Sunday 2019-06-16

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


The Holy Spirit and the Trinitiy

Genesis 1:1, 3:22; Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14

1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

22And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

14May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Questions:

  • Is there an emotional, physical, or spiritual feeling when the Holy Spirit enters you?

  • He?

  • Has there always been a Trinity?

  • Is God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit the same person or are they three individuals?

  • What’s the difference between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit?

  • Is there a hierarch between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit?

Next week:

Strategic Leadership Team

The Holy Spirit and Prayer - Should we pray to the Holy Spirit?

6/30 - Finish “who is?” and “what does the Holy Spirit do?”

Questions: How do you hear the Holy Spirit when you’re in a deep valley of depression? How do I discern whether that little voice in my head is the Holy Spirit?

7/07 - Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Questions: Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Why unforgivable? Why can’t we know the answers? Why do we have to experience “bad news?” How does suffering end? How is the Holy Spirit made visible to us?

7/14 & 7/21 - Fruits of the Spirit

Closing Prayer

O Holy Spirit who is light unto your children, may you enlighten us. O Holy Spirit who gives never-ending grace, may you replenish us. O Holy Spirit who is the fire of love, may you burn in our hearts. O Holy Spirit who is Lord and giver of life, may you live within us. As a cloud lessening our temptations, as the dew reviving our weariness, as fire purging the waste in our hearts, as water purifying our spirits, as the wind sending us out, as a dove turning our eyes to heaven. Amen

Based on “A Prayer to the Holy Spirit” by Christina Rossetti


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2019-06-09

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


The Holy Spirit: Pentecost

Acts 2:1-13

1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11(both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

What was Pentecost?

  • OT - feast related to the Law given to Moses on Mt. Sinai. In one sense, the old covenant.

  • NT - Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us change our lives, grow in our faith, become disciples and disciple makers, & set us free from the control of sin.

Jesus instructions:  Acts 1:3-8

  1. Do not leave Jerusalem

  2. Wait

  3. Baptized with the Holy Spirit

Question:  Baptism and Filling

Note: Still struggling with God’s plan

Receive power

Be my witnesses

Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth

Spirit like a dove descending on Jesus at His baptism - Matt. 3:16-17

Spirit descending - wind and fire - on His disciples

Baptized and filling - what does that mean?

Something Happened!!!!

Acts 2:40-41 New International Version (NIV)

40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Closing Prayer

O Holy Spirit who is light unto your children, may you enlighten us. O Holy Spirit who gives never-ending grace, may you replenish us. O Holy Spirit who is the fire of love, may you burn in our hearts. O Holy Spirit who is Lord and giver of life, may you live within us. As a cloud lessening our temptations, as the dew reviving our weariness, as fire purging the waste in our hearts, as water purifying our spirits, as the wind sending us out, as a dove turning our eyes to heaven. Amen

Based on “A Prayer to the Holy Spirit” by Christina Rossetti


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2019-06-02

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


The Holy Spirit: Who Is He?

John 14:15-21; 16:6-11

15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

6Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. 7But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

Two Needs of Humanity:

The Son of God died for us.

The Spirit of God works in us.

I need Jesus for my eternal life.

I need the Holy Spirit for my internal life.

He is God - the third person of the Trinity

The Holy Spirit is a person - of sorts

The Holy Spirit has:

  • Intellect

  • Emotion

  • Will

1) He ________________   Rev 2:7; Acts 13:2

2) He ________________   Romans 8:26

3) He ________________   John 15:26

4) He ________________   Acts 8:29/Rom 8:14

5) He ________________   Acts 16:6,7

6) He ________________   John 16:13

7) He ________________   Acts 20:28

8) He ________________   Acts 5:3-4

9) He ________________   Heb. 10:29

10) He _______________   Matt 12:31-32

11) He _______________   Eph 4:30

Who:

  • Eternal Heb 9:14

  • All Powerful Luke 1:35

  • Everywhere present (omnipresent) Ps 139:7

  • All knowing (omniscient) 1 Cor. 2:10-11

  • Called God Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 3:18

  • Creator Gen 1:1-2; Job 33:4

Closing Prayer

Come Holy Spirit Come, Help me to hear Your voice when You speak, to hear the inner voice when You whisper, and even to understand when You are silent but very real and very present. Lead me today closer to Jesus.  Help me to walk in His pathways. Give me courage to do the things He did for those who others ignored.  Come Holy Spirit Come … Come Holy Spirit Come. Amen.


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2019-05-26

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Divide & Conquer (Or Be Divided & Conquered)

Luke 11:14-15; 17-22, 24-26

14Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. 15But some of them said, “By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.”

17Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 18If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 19Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 20But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

21 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 22But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.

24 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 25When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”

What are the two basic ways to “Divide & Conquer”?

Which approach did Joshua employ at the second attack on Ai?

When Jesus healed the man who couldn’t speak, of what did some accuse him?

How did Jesus answer their accusation?

We are able to live by Faith and not by Fear because of these Promises of God:

  1. To __________________ be with us. (Matthew 28:20)

  2. To be __________________ than our enemy. (1 John 4:4)

  3. That ___________________ can separate us from God’s Love. (Romans 8:38-39)

We can do Nothing. We can do Anything. Or, we can do the Right thing.

What is the Right thing? ______________________________!

What elements comprise the Full Armor of God?

  1. The belt of ______________________.

  2. The breastplate of _______________________.

  3. Feet fitted with the ____________________________________.

  4. The shield of ________________________.

  5. The helmet of __________________________.

  6. The sword of the __________________________.


TODAY’S PREACHER

Rev Ray Owens is the Pastor of Visitation at Calvary UMC

Sunday 2019-05-12

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


This Is Love: Give It Away

Matthew 25:34-40

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


  1. The Invitation from Jesus ________________________.


  2. You who are ________________________ by my Father.

    What does He mean blessed? What’s in it for me?


  3. Take your inheritance _________________________.


What are you invested in? Stocks? Money Market? Dow? Nasdaq? Bonds?


How about __________________________?


Hungry

Thirsty

Stranger

Needed clothes

Sick

In prison

God invests in people - all people.


CLOSING PRAYER

Sweet Lord, thank You and praise You that You loved me enough to come, take my sins away, offer me a new life, and lift up the promise of a blessed life both now and in the future. I know that this trust I give You, this heart I give You, and this heart to honor You will be hard some days, but I know You will see me through because You are faithful. Give me eyes to see the hungry and the thirsty and the stranger. Help me find a humble way to connect with those who need clothes, who are sick, or in prison. Especially help me to reach out to those who are searching for You, for Your grace, and for Your peace. In Jesus name, Amen.


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC


Sunday 2019-05-05

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


This Is Love: Love That Makes All Things New

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

14For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

16So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The Resurrection Changed Everything

  1. This Is Love: Forgiveness of sin

  2. This Is Love: Defeated Death

  3. This is Love: We have become new creatures in Christ and all things are created new



What do we need to get rid of to make space for the new?



Christian hope is not compensation.



Christian hope is not explanation.



Christian hope is not evacuation.



Christian hope is new creation.



It begins on the inside and moves outside.

CLOSING PRAYER

Mighty God, You are our creator and our redeemer. You sent Jesus into the world not only to defeat the power of sin and death, but to change us to righteousness, to bring us a new and different life and lifestyle, new values, new ways of thinking, new ways of acting...new ways. We surrender our thoughts and minds to You. Continue to renew us every single day so we might live the full life You desire for us, a life of joy and peace, a life of hope and endurance, a life of goodness and wholeness. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2019-04-28

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


This Is Love: Love That Conquers Death

Acts 13:32-39; I Corinthians 15:20-26

32“We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors 33he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm:

“ ‘You are my son;

today I have become your father.’

34God raised him from the dead so that he will never be subject to decay. As God has said,

“ ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’

35So it is also stated elsewhere:

“ ‘You will not let your holy one see decay.’

36“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. 37But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.

38“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. 39Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.



20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Resurrection changes ___________________________.



Resurrection is the _________________________ of death.



Resurrection is the promise of new ___________________.



Resurrection is a _______________________.



I Corinthians 15:3-8



Romans 8:11  “ And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[a] his Spirit who lives in you.”



Romans 8:37-39  “ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Closing Prayer

Gracious God, you have loved us with an everlasting love.  You sent your Son to earth because You loved us. Jesus, you laid down your life willingly. In Your death and resurrection we see Your love manifested at its highest level possible. We want to let You love us and we want to love You as well.  Bring Your resurrection live in us. Stir us with new power to obey and love You. Send us into this world with this life. Fill us with the hope that one day we will know this resurrection life in fullness. In Jesus name. Amen


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC



Sunday 2019-04-14

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Hosanna! Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

John 12:12-19, 23-26, 37-43

12The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

14Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

15“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;

see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”

16At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

17Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”

23Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

37Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet:

“Lord, who has believed our message

and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

39For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:

40“He has blinded their eyes

and hardened their hearts,

so they can neither see with their eyes,

nor understand with their hearts,

nor turn—and I would heal them.”

41Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.

42Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43for they loved human praise more than praise from God.

A bit of history

  • Zechariah 9:9

  • Psalm 118:25-26


Significance of the crowd


Significance of the palm branches


The “red carpet” treatment


Why a donkey?


Where did they all go?


Some believed but wouldn’t say so


What are your plans for this year’s Holy Week?

We don’t plan to fail, but many times, we fail to plan.


CLOSING PRAYER

Dear God,

Thank you for sending your Son and paving the way for our lives to be set free through Jesus' death on the cross. Thank you for what this day stands for - the beginning of Holy Week, the start of the journey towards the power of the cross, the victory of the Resurrection, and the rich truth that Jesus truly is our King of Kings.

"Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord..."

We give you praise and honor for your ways are righteous and true. We give you worship for you are holy and just. We will declare that your love stands firm forever. For your loving kindness endures forever.

In the Mighty Name of Jesus,

Amen.


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2019-04-07

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Jesus Heals

John 4:43-54; 5:1-14

43After the two days he left for Galilee. 44(Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) 45When he arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him. They had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, for they also had been there.

46Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. 47When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.

48 “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

49The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”

50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”

The man took Jesus at his word and departed. 51While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. 52When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.”

53Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and his whole household believed.

54This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.

1Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 4 5One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

7“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

8Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

11But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

12So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

My biggest fear…….

Interesting question:

Do we believe in Jesus as the Son of God because He has done something for us or do we just simply believe?

  • The official’s request for healing for his son

  • Jesus’ interesting response

  • What preconceived notions do we have about Jesus or about healing?

  • Jesus has a world wide reach

  • Jesus’ interesting question to the man at the pool - “Do you want to be healed?”

(Do you fully understand what that means or may mean?  Are you ready for those who will respond poorly to your healing?)



This morning, do you (or your friend or family member) want to be healed?

Are you (they) ready for what may come with the healing?

Do they believe in Jesus?

CLOSING PRAYER

I come Lord Jesus, just as I am. I’m as ready as I know how to be healed of bitterness, anger, guilt, pain, physical matters, spiritual matters or emotional matters. I need Your help and I ask for that help. I trust You with the outcome of my prayer.  I trust You.  Amen


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2019-03-24

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Do You Really Want a King?

Psalm 107:1-3, 19-32; John 6:16-24,12-13

1Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

2Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—

those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,

3those he gathered from the lands,

from east and west, from north and south.

19Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he saved them from their distress.

20He sent out his word and healed them;

he rescued them from the grave.

21Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love

and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

22Let them sacrifice thank offerings

and tell of his works with songs of joy.

23Some went out on the sea in ships;

they were merchants on the mighty waters.

24They saw the works of the Lord,

his wonderful deeds in the deep.

25For he spoke and stirred up a tempest

that lifted high the waves.

26They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;

in their peril their courage melted away.

27They reeled and staggered like drunkards;

they were at their wits’ end.

28Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,

and he brought them out of their distress.

29He stilled the storm to a whisper;

the waves of the sea were hushed.

30They were glad when it grew calm,

and he guided them to their desired haven.

31Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love

and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

32Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people

and praise him in the council of the elders.

16When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.

22The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone. 23Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.

12When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

Why do we have the accounts of signs and wonders?

When have you felt that Jesus is absent, indifferent to your pain, or too late?

We seek His hand when we should be seeking His face.


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Lori Bultemeier

Sunday 2019-03-17

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Raising of Lazarus

John 11:17-27; 38-44

17On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

38Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39“Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

40Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

2 Johanian meanings:

The cure for “death” or to “death” would enable humanity to see

_______________________________.  

Jesus talks of his glory in connection  with _____________________.

John 7:39

What does Jesus say that’s important:

  • I AM the resurrection and the life

  • Whoever believes in me …..

  • That they might believe You sent me

  • Take off the grave clothes

In practice, what does all of this mean:

  • Can we pray for someone to be raised from the dead?

  • Are there living “deaths” that we need to be freed from?

  • What grave clothes are you wrapped in that you need to be freed from?

PRAYER FOR LIFE

Almighty and Everlasting God, our Creator and Sustainer and giver of life,  we believe this morning that You are the resurrection and the life. Come this morning and free us from whatever binds us, free us from whatever holds us captive.  Free us from the parts of us that have died or are controlling us.  Free us and let Your glory shine in us and through us.  We give ourselves completely to You.  We seek Your help and Your favor in Your time. In Jesus Name,  Amen.


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Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2019-03-10

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Water to Wine

John 2:1-11

1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

7Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

8Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Sometimes misconstrued:


Context/Practices of the wedding:


Lessons we learn:

  1. Jesus hears us even in what appears mundane

  2. Understand a bit about His relationship with His mom

  3. ”Woman” was not a word of disrespect

  4. God has a plan

  5. Jesus will use circumstances to help others see and understand who He was

  6. Changing water into wine using the stone water pots was a significant statement


What will you ask of Jesus today?  Will you do whatever He says to do?


Ask Him right now - Lord, will you …?

CLOSING PRAYER

Lord, You are invited into our hearts, into our lives, little events and big events, we want You there. Your presence changes our minds and attitudes and hearts and brings good things out of what appears to be tough situations. Thank you for being faithful and willing to help us out with whatever is happening in our lives. May our hearts reflect our gratitude and love for You and to You. In Jesus Name.


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Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2019-03-03

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Be Still and Know That I Am God

Psalm 46; Isaiah 40:28-31

1God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging.

4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5God is within her, she will not fall;

God will help her at break of day.

6Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8Come and see what the Lord has done,

the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9He makes wars cease

to the ends of the earth.

He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

he burns the shields with fire.

10He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

11The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.



28Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,

and his understanding no one can fathom.

29He gives strength to the weary

and increases the power of the weak.

30Even youths grow tired and weary,

and young men stumble and fall;

31but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC



Sunday 2019-02-24

ORDER OF WORSHIP 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Come to Me

Matthew 11:25-30

Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Two perspectives of weary and burdened:

1)

2)

things we lean on or are burdened by:

chains of ___________________

chains of ___________________ 

chains of ___________________

chains of ___________________

chains of ___________________

chains of ___________________ 

chains of ___________________

chains of …...

  • Jesus’ invitation  “Come to me…”

  • Bill Withers - "Lean On Me" - listen to these words:

  • we lean on others but that is only as good as they are leaning on Jesus

  • ultimately - ultimately - it comes down to Jesus

Closing Prayer

Almighty, everlasting Lord.  You told us to simply come to you. That’s harder for me than it sounds. It means I have to swallow some pride, admit my need, and to surrender to You.  And yet, I desperately need some rest for my soul and spirit, so I’m coming to You this morning. As Pastor Randy prays over the burden that I’ve written down, I invite You in with rest, and healing, and help, and grace.  Jesus, touch me this morning. Touch me and set me free. I surrender to You. Come in, Lord Jesus, and set me free and renew my soul. In Your Mighty Name, Amen.

Sunday 2019-02-17

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Jesus Said…

John 1:1-8; Matthew 7:1-5

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.


1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

  1. “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”

Rocks:

  • What are they?

  • What do they stand for?

  • Why do we throw them?

  • At what or whom do we throw them?


  1. “Do not judge or you too will be judged”

  • We judge all the time - how can we not judge?

  • Specks of sawdust and planks

  • Grace and accountability and holy living…


CLOSING PRAYER

Sweet Lord, hear our cries for mercy and help and forgiveness and making good decisions and being good witnesses. We ask for Your help to live our lives in a holy manner - keeping the faith - not easily giving in to the stuff of the world - and doing that with Your compassionate eyes and heart Jesus. Help us to walk what seems like a narrow tightrope at times between defending the faith and opening wide the doors of the church - and Your Kingdom. Thanks for being patient while we figure some of these things out. In Your might name.  Amen

Next Week: Jesus said, “Come to me you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.


TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2019-02-10

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


I AM the Vine

John 15:1-17

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17This is my command: Love each other.

History of the vine and Jesus

What is “fruit” and how do we bear it?

  • Fruitful living: What does that look like?

  • Unfruitful

  • What does it mean to be pruned?

Questions we ask ourselves:

  • Am I connected to the vine?

  • Am I abiding in the vine?

  • Am I being fruitful?

  • Can I still get connected to the vine?

CLOSING PRAYER

Lord Almighty, I pray this morning in the mighty name of Jesus - declaring that I want to be connected to You - I want to abide in You and allow You to abide in me - I want to be fruitful and faithful so that all may know You are the Lord God Almighty. Use me as You will to be a vessel that reflects Your Light, and hope, and grace, and peace. In Jesus Mighty Name we pray …….. Amen


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2019-02-03

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


I AM the Vine…

John 15:1-17

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17This is my command: Love each other.

  1. “I AM the Vine”

    • History of Israel and the vine

    • Meaning of Jesus’ declaration

    • Impact of staying connected



  2. What is “fruit” and how do we bear it?

    • Fruitful

    • Unfruitful

    • Pruning



Questions we ask ourselves:

  • Am I connected to the vine?

  • Am I abiding in the vine?

  • Am I being fruitful?

  • Can I still get connected to the vine?



CLOSING PRAYER

Lord Almighty, I pray this morning in the mighty name of Jesus - declaring that I want to be connected to You - I want to abide in You and allow You to abide in me - I want to be fruitful and faithful so that all may know You are the Lord God Almighty. Use me as You will to be a vessel that reflects Your Light, and hope, and grace, and peace. In Jesus Mighty Name we pray …….. Amen


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2019-01-27

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


I AM the Way….

John 14:1-14

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God ; believe also in me. 2My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”

5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

8Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

9Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.


TODAY’S PREACHER

Ray Owens is Pastor of Visitation

Sunday 2019-01-20

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


I AM the Gate and the Good Shepherd

John 10:1-18

1 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

7Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

My premise: The more we know about Jesus, the safer we are spiritually (doubts, fears, lies), the better equipped we are to serve (parents, grandparents, teachers, leaders) and the more effective we are at making disciples (inviting others into relationship with Christ or inviting them to explore their faith).

Background

  • Sheep gates and shepherds   

  • The miracles

  • The Pharisees

Jesus as the Gate

  • Sense of ________________________

  • ______________________ to the sheepfold

  • Entrance into the ______________________________

Jesus as the Good Shepherd

  • ___________________________

  • ___________________________

  • ___________________________

  • ___________________________

Is Jesus your shepherd?  Let Him lead you today - in whatever is happening in your life - let Him shepherd you.

Closing Prayer

Mighty God - thank you for watching out for me, protecting me - many times in spite of myself. Forgive me when I doubt or question, forgive me when I get distracted and wander away, forgive me when I don’t listen for Your voice. Help me to follow where You lead, to obey what You say, and to be an example and witness to others who need You to lead them. In Jesus name, Amen.


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2019-01-13

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


I AM the Bread of Life

John 6:32-40

32Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”

35Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

What are we looking for or wanting from Jesus?

  • Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow?

  • A “Yes” man

  • Someone who will take the fall for our decisions or judgements?

Do we have the best donuts and coffee or why else are we here?

Jesus is substance - something solid

Augustine - “There is a God-shaped vacuum inside of us”

True or false

“Bread” has a history:

  • Moses - in the wilderness - God is with us

  • Moses in the temple - Exodus 25:23-30; Leviticus 24:5-9

  • Jesus feeds 5000

  • Jesus statement

  • In the upper room - bread represents His body - represents His presence

Jesus is saying:

  • He is essential for life

  • He is referring to eternal life

  • He is speaking of His self-sufficient existence - “aseity”

  • Come and believe - uses bread as an invitation to come and believe

  • He alleviates spiritual hunger

“Jesus came Not to Give Bread but to Be Bread” John Piper

Closing Prayer

I come to You this morning that you might feed my soul and my heart and my mind - that you might be the sustenance that I need to sustain my spiritual life - I come that You might feed me with things of eternity and goodness and grace. That at Your banquet table, I might be filled with mercy, and peace, and hope. You are indeed the Bread of my life, O God. Thank you for being my Savior and Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen.


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is the Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC