Online worship services
August 1, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton
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.
July 25, 2021 – Pastor Mary Gay McKinney
July 18, 2021 – Pastor Mary Gay McKinney
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.
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?!
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.
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?
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?
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!”
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.
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?
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!