Online worship services

August 7, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Grace in Country Music – The Little Girl 

God loves us before we know it and God’s love can even find its way into country music. Join Pastor Rob in a new series on ‘Grace in Country Music’. The first sermon focuses on Prevenient Grace and the song The Little Girl by John Micheal Montgomery.

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July 31, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Expect Resistance

Business leaders in Ephesus stir up crowds to riot, believing that Paul and Christians are undermining their religion, their economy, and soon their peaceful politics. Paul is kept from speaking, and Alexander tries to speak to no avail. The village clerk warns the crowd that Rome could end their riot, or they could go home and settle any business in courts. Paul leaves after encouraging the believers. How might we encourage believers today, who struggle to have faith, and to live out their faith in a culture that doesn’t care and doesn’t want to listen…? What does our counterculture offer that might help people choose Jesus’ way over no way?

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July 24, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Nearing the Ends of the Earth 

Paul heads to Athens after folks begin stirring up crowds against him in other towns, and is invited to speak to curious crowds in the marketplace. He connects their worship of many gods to worship of the one “unknown” god, and tells them of God and Jesus, who was raised from the dead. Many are turned off, but some are still curious, and a few join Paul and become believers. How might you craft your witness to Christ, knowing that many may not be interested, some might be curious, and a few may want to know more…? Sometimes we don’t know how to be true to our faith without diminishing others so to be polite, we suggest all religions are the same, but while there are many valid religions, ours is unique, powerful and worth sharing, not watering down.

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July 17, 2022 – John Kemble

Paul, along with Silas, is visiting towns he had been to on previous journeys. The Holy Spirit interrupts their travels, and Paul follows a vision to go to Macedonia. In Philippi an encounter with a slave girl lands them in jail, where they hold late night Church. How do people on the margins of life impact you? When is worship a dark time? What is Freedom?

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July 10, 2022 – ASP Sunday

ASP Sunday is a time for the mission team to reconnect, share stories, and celebrate the work of our youth and adult volunteers who headed to Kanawha County, West Virginia. Pastor Lisa will introduce the ASP Testimonies linking the message of scripture that people from every nation are welcome to the good news of Jesus, no matter what they eat or what they have believed before. The love of Jesus embraces and saves everyone! How have we been blessed when extending God’s love to those outside our “zone”? When has God worked amazing grace through us, in spite of us even?! How might we now extend God’s grace even farther, and answer God’s call to share in word and deed?

July 3, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Blinded by the Light 

Saul, who has been persecuting Christians, arresting them from all over Judea, is now blinded on the way to Damascus in Syria. He encounters Jesus, is convicted of his error, and is healed and baptized by Ananias, a disciple who reluctantly heeds God’s call to help Saul. God sees that Saul can be a great instrument of faith for Gentiles and Jews. With the disciples’ help in Damascus, Saul becomes a great witness to Jesus, proving that Jesus was the Messiah. Who has helped you in some of your great turn-arounds? How have you been helped by folks you might have once considered enemies? How has God blessed you and helped you to make surprising life changes – real makeovers for faith?!

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June 26, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Hop In

Phillip willingly goes where the spirit leads, even beyond Judea to outlying regions and with “outlying” foreigners, proclaiming the love of God in Christ that can heal and bless people. When Philip heeds the message of God’s angel and Holy Spirit, he is led from Samaria to southern Judea to baptize an Ethiopian eunuch who is the treasurer of the queen of Ethiopia: for no one is unclean or or unfit to be saved by God’s love and grace. Relegated to the outermost court of the Jewish temple, the eunuch in baptism was blessed by the Holy Spirit of God. And Philip is transported to his next destination, on the coast of Judea. When have you heeded the Spirit’s prompting to reach out and bless someone on the margins? Who have you noticed and helped, who is not part of your usual crowd? What gift/s did you give? And what gift/s did you receive? Are you paying closer attention to God’s calls to see people in need? Why or why not?!

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June 19, 2022 – Cheryl Johnson

Holy Boldness: How Can We Keep from Speaking?! 

Peter heals a crippled beggar, and is brought to the religious authorities with John, for they are arrested for teaching that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. Peter testifies that in Jesus’ name there is salvation, for he was raised from the dead. The authorities are afraid of the crowds, and see the man healed before them. They order them not to speak, trying to contain the spread of the Gospel, but Peter and John say “they cannot keep from speaking.” What about our faith is so compelling that we must speak of it to others? What might you be so bold to talk about with others?!

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June 12, 2022 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

Recipe for a Contagious Faith!

Crowds are convicted by Peter’s preaching, baptized, then devote themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers. They were in awe of the wonders and signs done by the apostles, and shared their possessions with all as any had need. They spent much time together at temple, and ate together with glad and generous hearts, praising God. And day by day God added to their number those being saved. Wow! Are we convicted of Jesus’ as Lord and Messiah? Are we devoted to teaching and prayer? In awe? Are we glad? Generous?

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June 5, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

It’s NOT Five O’Clock Somewhere

The Spirit comes with wind and flames and inspires each of the disciples in the Upper Room to begin speaking in languages unfamiliar to them, about God’s deeds of power. Crowds gather and hear their testimonies, and wonder what this can mean, and Peter is moved to tell them about Jesus – the first sermon inspired by the Holy Spirit! When has God’s spirit moved us to tell about God’s deeds of power?! What would we tell about it that might seem so outlandish that we’re filled with new wine or the Holy Spirit.

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May 29, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

It’s GO Time! 

The disciples have just had a great season of review with Jesus after his resurrection, being reminded of his teachings during his ministry with them. Jesus prepares to leave them now, reminding them that God will send the Holy Spirit to empower them to share the Good News of God’s everlasting love to the ends of the earth. Wait, what?! Us witness?! Ready or Not, Jesus is going to make sure we are ready to be about the Spirited Adventures of his mission to the ends of the earth.

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May 22, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Pastor Rob Hamilton Preaches, – “Do You Want to be Made Well?” 

How many times do we come up with excuses to prevent God’s healing work in our lives? Sometimes we are so focused on excuses that we start to let the excuse become our narrative and we need to hear Jesus simple words of healing so that we can standup and move on to the full and abundant life Jesus offers us.

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May 15, 2022 – Confirmation

Students share Why Jesus is important to them, why church is important to them, and what commitments they want to make to both.

May 8, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Pastor Rob Hamilton Preaches, – “Faithful Women in Fearful Times” 

A look at the women of the exodus and how their faith, courage and tenacity beats in all hearts today.

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May 1, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Pastor Rob Hamilton Preaches, – “Do You Love Me?” 

We all betray Jesus. What transpires with Peter and the rest on the beach after the resurrection can be us. We all want to go back to a way of living before Jesus got a hold of us. Sometimes we can be successful in our efforts (or at least we think we are) and then Jesus comes to get us back. When he does, Jesus wants to know do you love me?

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April 24, 2022 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

Pastor Lisa Telomen Preaches, – “Care-takers, collaborators and co-creators with God” 

The subduing and dominion parts are really about being responsible for the survival and flourishing of everyone who calls earth home, not a license to go out and exploit the earth for our pleasure…. some thoughts on how we can help the earth survive and flourish… from saints and gardeners of all ages.

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April 17, 2022 – Easter Sunday

Celebrate the joy of the Resurrection with the Good News of the Easter Gospel and the Chancel Choir’s performance of Now The Green Blade Riseth, written for this service by Scott Stevenson and Pastor Rob Hamilton’s message, “Easter IRL”.

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April 15, 2022 – Good Friday

This traditional Good Friday Service held in the UMCG Sanctuary features modern reflections on what it might have been like to be there the day Jesus was crucified. We sing Taizé choruses, listen and reflect together on Jesus’ suffering, death and crucifixion.

April 10, 2022 – Palm Sunday

Experience the last week of Jesus’ life through engaging drama and worship.

April 3, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Pastor Rob Hamilton Preaches – ‘The Walk: Share’ 

At UMCG we are really good at ‘walking the walk’ as they say. You can see in our generous service to others the love of Christ. But unless we tell people about Jesus and invite people to experience Jesus as we do at UMCG, we neglect ‘talking the talk. Sharing your faith isn’t about ‘converting’ anyone to your perspective but sharing with others that which you love about your Lord and your church.

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March 27, 2022 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

Pastor Lisa Telomen Preaches, – ‘The Walk: Give’

Our online checking statements may say more about our priorities in life than our google calendar. Jesus had a lot to say about how we order our living and giving, to be in line with God’s goals for our lives and world. We’ll take a look at Matthew 6: 19-21, among others of Jesus’ comments about money and wealth. How do you prioritize care for your money and possessions? Are they to do good, for the Lord’s sake? Pastor Adam Hamilton talks about gratitude, living purposefully, and generosity, as key drivers for our happiness and faithfulness in our lifetimes. Come explore these ideas with Pastor Lisa Telomen, and former Lay Leader John Kemble, as they share in a dialogue sermon about Giving as one of the essential practices in the Christian life.

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March 20, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Pastor Rob Hamilton Preaches, – ‘The Walk: Serve’ 

When Jesus says he is the fulfillment of all the Law and The Prophets, we see in Jesus someone who loves God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength and their neighbor as themselves. In this sermon, we will explore our foundations for serving others as an act of loving God and neighbor.

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March 13, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Pastor Rob Hamilton Preaches, – ‘The Walk: Study’

Through Scripture the living Christ meets us in the experience of redeeming grace. We properly read Scripture within the believing community, informed by the tradition of that community.We interpret individual texts in light of their place in the Bible as a whole. We are aided by scholarly inquiry and personal insight, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As we work with each text, we take into account what we have been able to learn about the original context and intention of that text. In this understanding we draw upon the careful historical, literary, and textual studies of recent years, which have enriched our understanding of the Bible. Through this faithful reading of Scripture, we may come to know the truth of the biblical message in its bearing on our own lives and the life of the world. Thus, the Bible serves both as a source of our faith and as the basic criterion by which the truth and fidelity of any interpretation of faith is measured.

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March 6, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Pastor Rob Hamilton Preaches, – ‘The Walk: Worship & Prayer’ 

From the beginning of the Bible and all the way to the end, God’s people have lifted praise, thanksgiving and adoration to God. For generations we have been able to talk to God like talking to a friend. Learn new and renew your worship and prayer practices as we explore this first and core Christian practice.

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March 2, 2022 – Student Pastor Cory Nordine

Student Pastor Cory Nordine Preaches – ‘God’s Alarm’

Watch and reflect on Cory’s message in our Ash Wednesday Service! Remember you are dust, and that you are holy! — and renew your relationship with God who gives you birth, and who gives you sacred, eternal, worth!

February 27, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Pastor Rob Hamilton Preaches – ‘Not So Happy Ending’

David is in his old age. He doesn’t go out to fight in battle anymore. His third son Absalom, by Bathsheba is quite the young man. He’s handsome and cocksure like his dad, but he doesn’t follow after the Lord. He murders his half brother in an act of vigilante justice; he organizes a revolt that sends his aged father to flee the city. Absalom then dies in a tragic accident. To the affectionate, chivalrous heart of David, the loss of his son, worthless and treacherous as he was, brought grief that more than outweighed his own safety and restoration. Trigger warning: this story references sexual assault and murder. 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33

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February 20, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Pastor Rob Hamilton Preaches – ‘Even the best make mistakes’ 

David was now comfortable, too comfortable. He was without challenge. In his ease he wandered away from God. The wandering of his heart, led to wandering eyes, which lead to a rape, coverup, manslaughter and this displeased the Lord. David gets called out on this and he repents, but he still has to live with the consequences of his action and they are tragic. But even with such a hard fall from grace, God was able to still use David and history remembers him as the greatest king of all time. Trigger warning: this story references sexual assault and murder. 2 Samuel 11:1-15, 26-27

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February 13, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Pastor Rob Hamilton Preaches – ‘Dirty Dancing?’

David has ascended to the throne. For all his success, he knows it comes only from the Lord and so he unabashedly worships God. David is all in dancing and singing as the ark comes into town. His display of worship breaks decorum and it draws the ire of Saul’s daughter but it shows his love of God. How can we look and see how God has been using us, leading us, blessing us. What is our response to God’s action in our lives? It ought to be worship and praise.

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February 6, 2022 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

Pastor Lisa Telomen Preaches – ‘The Better Part of Wisdom: Mercy’

Abigail negotiates peace between David and her husband, defusing David’s anger and advancing God’s goals for the kingdom. How might we watch for God’s messengers, or even be God’s messenger for peace & mercy? 1 Samuel 25: 2-35

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January 30, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

‘Frenemies’  

1 Samuel 17:57 – 18:9 – David and Saul have a pretty tense relationship. In this reading, David wins the favor of the people and Saul gets jealous. It’s even more troublesome to Saul that his son Jonathan enters into a covenant relationship or bromance with David. For years, Saul will try to hunt, jail and kill David. David will be cunning and merciful. There will be a reprieve and it will all come to an end when Saul and Jonathan are killed in battle. How does God use these adversarial relationships to form and shape us by identifying our role and what we can do to build bridges in relationships.

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January 23, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall’

The Classic Story of David and Goliath – David is young and so sure of himself. He’s not afraid of big bad Goliath that everyone else cowers to. Is that because David is young, full of himself and thinks he’s immortal? Probably part of the reason. The main reason could be that he is so assured of victory that David had learned to trust God in other situations and knew how to act in this situation.

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January 16, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

‘God Vision’

In our world today, we easily judge people by appearances, economic status, education level, religious or political affiliations and then we assign worth, even opportunity. That happened in ancient Bible times too. God, however, doesn’t judge like we do, instead we learn in 1 Samuel 16:4-13 that God looks upon our hearts.

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January 9, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

A worship service of baptismal anticipation and reaffirmation, featuring music and Pastor Rob Hamilton’s message – “Not Worthy”

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January 2, 2022 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Pastor Rob Hamilton leads a Celebration of the Epiphany

December 26, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

Pastor Lisa Telomen leads an audience participation drama, “How Far is it to Bethlehem?” Written by Mary Lou Williams, 2001

December 24, 2021 – Pastors Rob Hamilton & Lisa Telomen

Pastors Rob Hamilton and Lisa Telomen lead our 6PM Service on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Service complete with Carols, Chancel Choir, and Candlelight.

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December 19, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

Fourth Sunday of Advent
Pastor Lisa Telomen preaches, “All I Want for Christmas is to be Free from Apathy – Unwrapping Love”
Romans 12:9-18, 21

“Unwrapping Love” is the fourth part of our four part Advent Series, “All I Want for Christmas… Unwrapping the Gifts We Really Need this Year”

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December 12, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Third Sunday of Advent
Christmas Cantata and Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “All I Want for Christmas is to be Free from Sorrow – Unwrapping Joy” Luke 1:46-53Philippians 4:4-9

“Unwrapping Joy” is the third part of our four part Advent Series, “All I Want for Christmas… Unwrapping the Gifts We Really Need this Year”

December 5, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Second Sunday of Advent
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “All I Want for Christmas is to be Free from Conflict – Unwrapping Peace”
Micah 5:2-5a, Colossians 3:12-17

“Unwrapping Peace” is the second part of the four part Advent Series, “All I Want for Christmas… Unwrapping the Gifts We Really Need this Year”

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November 28, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

First Sunday of Advent
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “All I Want for Christmas is to be Free from Despair – Unwrapping Hope
Romans 8:24-28

“Unwrapping Hope” is the beginning of a new four part series for Advent titled, “All I Want for Christmas… Unwrapping the Gifts We Really Need this Year”

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November 21, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “Losing Traditions and Milestones” Lamentations 1:1-8, 5:19-22

In the final sermon in the “Good Grief” Sermon Series, Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “When we can’t celebrate traditions and milestones with all the full joy and celebration we’d prefer, we are forced to adapt. To find that which is the intended purpose or pure reason to celebrate and find a way to lift that up. We don’t have to be happy about our changed or lost traditions, but we are not without hope and can find a way to celebrate while also being honest about our grief. It’s ok that the approaching holidays are not always the hap-happiest season of all.”

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November 14, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Lisa Telomen preaches, “Losing Relationships and Community” Job 19:6-20

“When All Else Fails: Losing Relationships and Community” In this fourth part of the 5-part Sermon Series “Good Grief”, Pastor Lisa Telomen preaches, “The pandemic has tested our relationships and our community as schools and jobs and churches changed…some entire businesses have been lost, many jobs are done differently; we’ve had to learn to live and work and worship differently, and our relationships have changed with almost everyone. Where do we find support and encouragement to cope with so much change in our “networks”? How did Job do it? How do we rebuild our community?”

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November 7, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “Losing the Ones We Love” John 11:32-44

“Losing the Ones We Love”, – An All Saints Remembrance and Celebration. In this third part of the 5-part Sermon Series “Good Grief”, Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “One of the things I find most compelling about Jesus is that he felt the sting of death. Jesus shed tears over losing one he loved. He knows our griefs. He’s been there. He’s with us as we remember the ones we love and see no more.”

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October 31, 2021 – Pastor Mary Gay McKinney

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Mary Gay McKinney preaches, “Losing Health and Vitality” Luke 2:25-38Leviticus 19:32, & Proverbs 16:31

“Losing Health and Vitality” is the second part of the 5-part Sermon Series, “Good Grief: Being real about what we’ve lost, finding words to describe our grief, and faithfully finding hope.”

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October 24, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “Losing Certainty and Security” Psalm 137

“Losing Certainty and Security” is the first part of the 5-part Sermon Series, “Good Grief: Being real about what we’ve lost, finding words to describe our grief, and faithfully finding hope.”

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October 17, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “Give.” Proverbs 22:9, & 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

“Give.” is the third part of the 3-part Sermon Series, “Earn. Save. Give.” John Wesley’s three rules to not let money rule your life.

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October 10, 2021 – Howie Pribble

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Howie Pribble preaches, “Save.” 1 Timothy 5:8, 1 Timothy 6:8, Romans 12:17, and Galatians 6:10

“Save.” is the second part of the 3-part Sermon Series, “Earn. Save. Give.” John Wesley’s three rules to not let money rule your life.

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October 3, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “Earn.” Exodus 1:8-14 & 1 Kings 5:1-8

“Earn.” is the first part of the 3-part Sermon Series, “Earn. Save. Give.” John Wesley’s three rules to not let money rule your life.

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September 26, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “But What About Me?” Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

In all this talk of seeing all the different kinds of people that Jesus sees and helps, what about us? Yes, some people suffer and need healing through no fault of their own, but there are also plenty of people who made their misery, should they get help before the people who do everything right and play by the rules? Perhaps when Pastor Rob preaches on this familiar story it can help shed some light on the question ‘what about me?’

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September 19, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “Regaining Sight”  Mark 10:46-52

Too often we might equate ourselves to the crowd in this story. We want to be the ones who have claimed our seat at the curb to see Jesus when he passes by. We don’t too often think of ourselves as the ones in need of mercy, because of our blindness. In what was might be Jesus be ready to help us regain sight so we can see all the people and follow him on the Way?

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September 12, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “Shoo! Get out of here! ”  Mark 10:13-16

Jesus has just spent some time healing the sick around Galilee, then is confronted by religious leaders for not Jesus sees the children and the disciples try and chase them off. What is it about finding something so divine we want to horde it for ourselves? It’s almost like we’re afraid that there isn’t enough Jesus to go around. Jesus knows how to set us straight and show us the endless abundance of God’s grace. It’s so simple even the kids get it.

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September 5, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Lisa Telomen preaches, “Guess Who is Coming to Dinner?!”  Mark 7:24-37

Jesus has just spent some time healing the sick around Galilee, then is confronted by religious leaders for not following some of the religious traditions and commandments.  Jesus crosses into a neighboring region to get away for a bit, but a foreign woman asks for help…Jesus honors her faith and heals her child. Next a deaf man is brought to him. Ponder with Pastor Lisa, how long should our table be?!  Do we have to welcome all the guests God sends our way?!

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August 29, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Lisa Telomen preaches, “Really and truly hearing and seeing!” John 4:5-26

As part of our worship series to help us “See All the People” like Jesus did, today’s scripture about Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well reminds us to look and listen closely to others who aren’t part of our usual circles of care. The woman at the well and Jesus remind us that those outside our religious circles can open new windows to God’s love and grace, even as we offer to share those things with them.

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August 22, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Mark 6:30-34, 53-56   
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “See All The People

In this first of the “See All The People” series, Pastor Rob Hamilton begins with the passage where Jesus is tired from his broad reaching ministry. In seeking to find rest and renewal he stumbles upon a needy crowd and instead of focusing on his own needs, Jesus sees the crowd with compassion and feeds them. Many times in our walk we can be like Jesus busy and tired with all our existing life and ministry and still Jesus calls us to really see all the people around us with compassion and to offer them the Bread of Life and Living Water. This Sunday, we will also be blessing backpacks for the new school year. Students and staff alike are welcome to bring their bag to be blessed for the school year. 

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August 15, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Mark 6:1-13 
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “When Your Past Catches Up To You

Mark’s narrative moves from the beginning of Jesus’ expansion of ministry with the disciples to a flashback with Herod who -in wondering about Jesus’ identity-  recalls what happened to John the Baptist. We all have those moments when something in the past suddenly catches up to us and we have to choose to dwell in the past or move faithfully and boldly into the present future God sets before us. How might God be working in our moments of when the past catches up to us. 

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August 8, 2021 – ASP Service

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Several members share their experience during their time at the Appalachian Service Project

After a 2 year hiatus due to Covid, a group of 40 volunteers representing UMC of Geneva travelled to Bell County, KY July 4th-10th for a week of work and fellowship in the mountains of Appalachia. UMCG has participated with the Appalachia Service Project for more than 30 years. Join us Sunday Aug 8th as this year’s participants come back together to share their stories and sing songs from the mountains! Online worshippers please plan to watch LIVE at 9am as we broadcast worship live via YouTube from our Hamilton St. sanctuary with members from our most recent Appalachia Service Project leading worship and giving witness to the ways God is at work in their ministry.

August 1, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Mark 6:1-13 
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “Homecoming

As Pastor Rob Hamilton returns to UMCG as our new lead pastor it is a bit of a homecoming as Pastor Rob served as our Associate Pastor from 2011-2015 we will look briefly at the action packed 6th chapter of Marks’ gospel which begins with a homecoming for Jesus. 

Upon arrival back home there was quickly a disconnect between the people who remember Jesus as the kid they watched grow up and the man present before them, Jesus the itinerant preacher and Son of God. Now, Pastor Rob isn’t equating himself to Jesus, but there are similarities to these present and Biblical situations that the Holy Spirit stirs within us as we reconnect with each other in this season of homecoming. 

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July 25, 2021 – Pastor Mary Gay McKinney

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost  Isaiah 43:18,19 and Matthew 10:40-42
Pastor Mary Gay McKinney preaches, “Can Pastor Rob Sing?

As people of faith, and faith in Jesus, we can’t avoid scandal.  It seems when we’re done with one scandal another A most beloved hymn is “Amazing Grace.”  Todd Agnew’s arrangement, “Grace Like Rain,” invites us to consider how grace comes to us.  Today Pastor Mary Gay invites us to consider how grace flows through us to others, and in particular to Pastor Rob and his family as we greet them next Sunday.

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July 18, 2021 – Pastor Mary Gay McKinney

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Acts 5:29-33 and Matthew 27:50-56
Pastor Mary Gay McKinney preaches, “Scandal Avoidant No Longer

As people of faith, and faith in Jesus, we can’t avoid scandal.  It seems when we’re done with one scandal another always awaits us.  There’s one we’ll never avoid, and shouldn’t.  Join Pastor Mary Gay as Nina Simone’s arrangement of the treasured gospel hymn, “Nearer Blessed Lord,” pulls us into scandal yet again.

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July 11, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost  Psalm 8, John 1: 1-5, 14
Pastor Lisa Telomen preaches, “Our Witness, Received and Given

Join us for worship as we begin our 2021 Summer Worship Music Series, “re-hymn-agined”. “How Great Thou Art” is the hymn of the day!  Based on a Swedish tune extolling God’s creative power and provision, it’s verses about salvation through Christ were added by a British missionary based on his experiences before and after World War II evangelizing displaced Polish and Russian refugees.  How do you experience God’s presence and express your awe and gratitude?!  

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July 4, 2021 – Pastor Jeffry Bross

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost  1 Peter 2:21-25
Pastor Jeffry Bross preaches, “Weight of Sin, Wonder of Grace”

Join us for worship as we continue our 2021 Summer Worship Music Series, “re-hymn-agined”. This series explores classic hymns remade in contemporary ways! This week, our service reflects on American Tune as performed by Paul Simon, based on the melody of “O Sacred Head”. 

June 27, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost  Lamentations 3:19-26
Pastor Lisa preaches, “New Every Morning”

In this first of our Summer Re-Hymn-Agined series, we take a closer look at hymns in their contemporary versions. This week’s hymn is Morning Has Broken. Our hymn reminds us of God’s first creation, and presents each morning as a new creation of God. Our scripture points us to our hope in God’s mercies and grace, new every morning, that are ever available, even in the darkest of times.

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June 20, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost  Mark 4:35-41
Pastor Lisa preaches, “Faith and friend through any storm?”

Jesus naps while the disciples and he cross Lake Gennesaret in a boat. A storm comes up, and the disciples panic while Jesus sleeps on. Roused by his frantic disciples, Jesus calms the storm, then asks the disciples “Don’t you have any faith at all?!” Well, do we? Who provides your hope and calm in the storms of life?

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June 13, 2021 – Pastor Rich Darr

Third Sunday after Pentecost  1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Pastor Rich preaches, “What’s Your Heart Condition?”

Both Jesus and the Hebrew scriptures fully agree that it is only with the heart that one can see rightly. That truth is witnessed in God’s decision to anoint David as the new king of Israel. It is so important to remember that our God does not see as humans see. All too often, we look on outward appearances, but the Lord looks on the heart. What kind of heart is God looking for?

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June 6, 2021 – Pastor Rich Darr

Second Sunday after Pentecost/Holy Communion  Psalm 138
Pastor Rich preaches, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

Today’s scripture reminds us who is in charge: God!  In light of God’s faithfulness to us individually and communally, how will we respond?  Half-heartedly? Or like the psalmist who sang, “I give you thanks, Lord, with my whole heart!”

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May 30, 2021 – Pastor Rich Darr

First Sunday after Pentecost/Trinity Sunday  John 1:1-14; 3:16,17
Pastor Rich preaches, “God is One. God is Three. God is a Community!”
The trinity – the notion that God is three persons in one – is certainly a mystery.  That truism is as profound and practical as it is mysterious.  Today’s sermon explores the doctrine of the trinity’s significance for community in general and the specific community we call church.

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May 23, 2021 – Pastor Rich Darr – Pentecost Sunday

This Sunday: Pastor Rich preaches, “Earth, Wind & Fire!”
Acts 2: 1-21 Happy birthday, Church! With tongues of fire and rush of wind the Church is born on earth and publicly witnesses to God’s breath-taking inclusivity in the Spirit sent by God. Who is this Spirit and what role does the Spirit play in our personal and corporate life as the body of Christ on earth?

May 16, 2021 – Northern Illinois Conference Eastertide Service


May 9, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

Pastor Lisa preaches, “Love is the Question and the Answer.”
Sixth Sunday of Easter/Mother’s Day   John 15: 9-17

This sixth Sunday of Easter we reflect on Jesus’ teaching in his farewell discourse in the Gospel of John, specifically the passage John 15: 9-17.  Jesus reminds us to love one another as he has loved us, laying down our lives for each other as he did for us, and bearing fruit that will last, so that God can bless us and others, through us.  What can that possibly look like?  Does it look like your mom and dad, or grandparents, perhaps a teacher or coach? How might we lay down our lives as Christians today, following Jesus?

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May 2, 2021 – Pastor Rich Darr

Pastor Rich preaches, “Love Is the Greatest!
”Fifth Sunday of Easter/Holy Communion  John 15: 1-8; 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7,13
Love is the greatest! At least that’s what the Apostle Paul says in the love chapter of his first letter to the believers in the city of Corinth.  What does Christian love look like?  Where do we find it and how can we live it?  The Apostles John and Paul provide the answers!


April 25, 2021 – Pastor Rich Darr


April 18, 2021 – Pastor Rich Darr


April 11, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen


April 4, 2021 – Easter – Pastor Rich Darr


April 2, 2021 – Good Friday


March 28, 2021 – Pastor Becky Nicol


March 21, 2021 – Pastor Rich Darr


March 14, 2021 – Pastor Mary Gay McKinney


March 7, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen


February 28, 2021 – Pastor Rich Darr


February 21, 2021 – Pastor Becky Nicol


Ash Wednesday – February 17, 2021 – Pastor Rich Darr


February 14, 2021 – NIC Cabinet Worship Epiphany


February 7, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen


January 31, 2021 – Pastor Rich Darr


January 24, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen


January 17, 2021 – Pastor Rich Darr


January 10, 2021 – Pastor Rich Darr


January 3, 2021 – Pastor Mary Gay McKinney


December 27, 2020 – Pastor Lisa Telomen


Christmas Day 2020 – Pastor Becky Nicol


Christmas Eve 2020


December 20, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr


December 13, 2020 – Pastor Lisa Telomen


December 6, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr


November 29, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

November 22, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

November 15, 2020 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

November 8, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

November 1, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr – All Saints Sunday

October 25, 2020 – Pastor Becky Nicol

October 18, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

October 11, 2020 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

October 4, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

September 27, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

September 20, 2020 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

September 13, 2020 – Northern Illinois Conference Service

September 6, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

August 30, 2020 – Pastor Mary Gay McKinney

August 23, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

August 16, 2020 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

August 9, 2020 – Pastor Becky Nicol

August 2, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

July 26, 2020 – Renewal of Our Baptismal Covenant

July 19, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

July 12, 2020 – Pastor Lisa Telomen

July 5, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

June 28, 2020 – Pastor Becky Nicol

June 21, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

June 14, 2020 – Pastor Esther Lee

June 7, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

May 31, 2020 – Pastor Esther Lee

May 24, 2020 – Sabbath Sunday Worship Service

May 17, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

May 10, 2020 – Pastor Becky Nicol

May 3, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

April 26, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

April 19, 2020 – Pastor Esther Lee

Easter Sunday – April 12, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

Good Friday – April 10, 2020 – Tenebrae Service

April 5, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

March 29, 2020 – Pastor Rich Darr

March 22, 2020 – Pastor Becky Nicol