Category Archives: Worship

Information about worship opportunities at Sterling UMC.

The Breath Of God, Listen

The Breath Of God, Listen

This Lent we will quiet things down and heighten our attention to the “still, small voice” of God and our own True Self. Listening through prayer as well as meditation on holy texts is an ancient Lenten practice. Come and rest, come and listen.

Last week on Ash Wednesday Pastor Steve Vineyard introduced a new sermon series titled “Listen, Hearing that Still Small Voice and Finding Your Own” that will take us through the Lenten season.

This past Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent, the sermon titled “Listen, Hearing God’s Voice, Finding Your Own,” was presented with a very different service format that was moving and reflective.  “That just gave me chills,” was one listener’s comment.

Elijah found out in a cave where he expected to experience God in big wind and earthquake and fire, but there was only the sound of silence.  Like Elijah in his cave, sometimes we need to just get away to hear that “still small voice.”  What is your cave?  What place do you go to so you can hear past the chaos and into the depths of your life?

Pastor Steve will continue this discussion in his sermon this second Sunday in Lent on February 25.  The sermon is titled “The Breath of God.”

Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. – Romans 8: 26-30; 38-39

Our sacred texts connect the breath of God with our own aliveness–God blew breath into
us at creation and we continue to breathe all of creation in and out of our bodies constantly.
The early church also believed that breath and Spirit were one in the same.

We invite you to come and be moved also.  The service will be presented at 9 AM and 11 AM.

Sterling UMC is a community church and all are welcome to be our guest, attend our services and participate in our mission efforts.

Listen, Hear God’s Voice

Listen, Hear God’s Voice

“Look, I’ll pour out my spirit on you. I’ll reveal my words to you.” – Wisdom (from Proverbs) Have you ever misplaced your phone–which is on vibrate of course–and then asked someone to call it? We get really still and really quiet. Our ears perk up in all directions in order to be ready to… Continue Reading

Our “Listen” Sermon Series Continues and So Does Our 11 AM Service Pizza Sundays!

Our “Listen” Sermon Series Continues and So Does Our 11 AM Service Pizza Sundays!

The season of Lent began this week with Ash Wednesday.  Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “lencten” which means “spring.” Lent lasts for 40 days, not counting Sundays, and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.  In Western Christianity, Easter Sunday must always fall on the next full moon after Spring Equinox. Lent is… Continue Reading

Easter Flowers

Easter Flowers

Easter flowers are available for you to purchase this Easter, to be placed in the sanctuary and shared with those who worship with us. If you would like your flowers to be in honor or in memory of loved ones, please complete the order form with that information and it will be included in the… Continue Reading

Miércoles de Ceniza, Taking Ashes to the Street at Joe’s Restaurant in Sterling!

Miércoles de Ceniza, Taking Ashes to the Street at Joe’s Restaurant in Sterling!

In recent years some United Methodist pastors have taken to the streets with their ashes on Ash Wednesday meeting new people and applying ashes to the foreheads of those who: drove into the church parking lot in Clearwater, Florida; and on the busy sidewalk in front of Christ United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico;… Continue Reading

The Season of Lent Begins

The Season of Lent Begins

The season of Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday, this year on Valentine’s Day Wednesday, February 14!  Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “lencten” which means “spring.” Lent lasts for 40 days, not counting Sundays, and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.  In Western Christianity, Easter Sunday must always fall on… Continue Reading

GRACE Ministry, Backpack Buddies, and Lent

GRACE Ministry, Backpack Buddies, and Lent

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, this year on Valentine’s Day Wednesday, February 14!  Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “lencten” which means “spring.” Lent lasts for 40 days, not counting Sundays, and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.  In Western Christianity, Easter Sunday must always fall on the next… Continue Reading

GRACE Ministry, Backpack Buddies, and Lent

GRACE Ministry, Backpack Buddies, and Lent

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, this year on Valentine’s Day Wednesday, February 14!  Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “lencten” which means “spring.” Lent lasts for 40 days, not counting Sundays, and ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday.  In Western Christianity, Easter Sunday must always fall on the next… Continue Reading

It’s February Already!  What’s Going On at Sterling UMC?

It’s February Already! What’s Going On at Sterling UMC?

Remember we will soon be entering into the season of Lent which begins with Ash Wednesday, this year on Valentine’s Day Wednesday, February 14!  Our Ash Wednesday service will begin at 7 PM and this year we will be hosting a soup and salad meal before the service!  More on that to come! But first… Continue Reading

Sterling UMC’s Early Response Team Seeks New Members

Sterling UMC’s Early Response Team Seeks New Members

Are you skilled in the areas of carpentry or other contractor-type work like roofing, engineering, construction, electrical, or plumbing?  Or maybe you just like to do any of the aforementioned as a hobby? Sterling United Methodist Church is looking to grow our core group of Early Response Team (ERT) members and need those who may… Continue Reading

Join Us This Sunday for Worship, Learning, Fellowship, and Lunch!

Join Us This Sunday for Worship, Learning, Fellowship, and Lunch!

Our sermon series continues based on the book Unbeaten: How Biblical heroes rose above their pain…and you can too; and the quote, “pain is inevitable, but defeat is not.”  This Sunday will be the third in the series that will continue into February and is titled “When God Doesn’t Save.” Also, during our Growing Deeper at Ten hour, our Into… Continue Reading

Join Us This Sunday for Worship, Learning, Fellowship, and Lunch!

Join Us This Sunday for Worship, Learning, Fellowship, and Lunch!

Our sermon series continues based on the book Unbeaten: How Biblical heroes rose above their pain…and you can too; and the quote, “pain is inevitable, but defeat is not.”  This Sunday will be the third in the series that will continue into February and is titled “When God Doesn’t Save.” Also, during our Growing Deeper at Ten hour, our Into… Continue Reading