Online worship services
November 28, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton
Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Rob Hamilton preaches, “All I Want for Christmas is to be Free from Despair – Unwrapping Hope
“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”
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.”
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?”
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.”
October 31, 2021 – Pastor Mary Gay McKinney
“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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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?’
September 19, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton
September 12, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton
September 5, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen
August 29, 2021 – Pastor Lisa Telomen
August 22, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton
August 15, 2021 – Pastor Rob Hamilton
August 8, 2021 – ASP Service
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
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!