Online worship services

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