Tagged: “worship”

Lent Sermon Series

He was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear. (from Simon Peter, by Adam Hamilton) Simon Peter was thirty years old, married, and had three […]

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Super Sunday at Sterling UMC

This Sunday, the New England Patriots will square off against the Los Angeles Rams in Superbowl LIII at 6:30 EST. However, the Superbowl isn’t the only exciting thing happening on Sunday! The Sterling United Methodist Women will have their annual Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast from 8 AM until 12:30 PM in the church’s Gallihugh Fellowship […]

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God’s Messy Family: A New Year Sermon Series

In his book, God’s Messy Family: Finding Your Place When Life Isn’t Perfect, author and pastor Jacob Armstrong takes a look at our faith lineage by focusing specifically on the messy family dynamics found in the Book of Genesis.  By looking at the life stories of Abraham and Sarah, and their direct descendants – we […]

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King Street Bluegrass to Perform at Sterling UMC

Speaking about bluegrass music, bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe once characterized the genre as: “Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin’. It’s Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It’s blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound.” Bluegrass music is referred to as a form of American roots music, an offshoot of country music that was inspired by mainly […]

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Fall Kick Off!

The kick-off celebration Sunday at Sterling UMC has finally arrived and this Sunday, September 9 we will present our new adult and young adult Bible studies, the Deep Blue Kids Sunday School, new sessions for our youth and youth group, and new opportunities to serve. And at noon, we will celebrate with a “Fall Fiesta” […]

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A Return to Calm and a Big Thank You!

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?”   Mark 4:39-40   This week, as we wrap up the final clean up from the annual […]

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Teacher Recognition, Backpack Buddies, Grace Ministries

Last week’s Graduate Recognition Sunday post reported that our schools are teaching more kids than ever and according to the National Center for Education Statistics, total public and private elementary and secondary school enrollment reached a record 55 million in fall 2006, representing a 12 percent increase since fall 1993. Between 2006 and 2018, a […]

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Graduate Recognition Sunday

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, total public and private elementary and secondary school enrollment reached a record 55 million in fall 2006, representing a 12 percent increase since fall 1993. Between 2006 and 2018, a further increase of 8 percent is expected. Our schools are teaching more kids than ever. And, according […]

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Pentecost Sunday

The fiftieth day after Easter is known as Pentecost and this Sunday is Pentecost Sunday.  Pentecost is one of the principal days of the Christian year and in the early Church was the second most important part of the Christian year next to Easter.  The Greek word pentecoste means “fiftieth day.” Pentecost is the day on which […]

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Mother’s Day has Methodist Roots

In the 1860s, before there was an official Mother’s Day holiday in the U.S., a Methodist mom named Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day.” Ann organized women’s clubs in the 1860s to serve suffering mothers and children and to work for peace because they could see the ravages of war in their husbands […]

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Lessons of Easter Sermon Series Continues

We continue with the Easter Season, the time according to the United Methodist Church that: …also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends 50 days later on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ’s resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative […]

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Meeting the Risen Christ

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.  As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. Luke 24:13-16 We […]

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A Busy Week of Mission Efforts

It was a great evening of fellowship last Monday when a lot of our church family turned out in support of our United Methodist Women (UMW) who held a fundraiser at Joe’s Pizzaria in Sterling Park.  Thanks to everyone who came out to relax, eat, and have some fun!  The funds support the UMW mission […]

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April Activities at Sterling UMC

Now we continue with the Easter Season, the time according to the United Methodist Church that:  also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends 50 days later on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ’s resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative […]

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April Activities at Sterling UMC

Now we continue with the Easter Season, the time according to the United Methodist Church that:  also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends 50 days later on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ’s resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative […]

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Confirmation Sunday

According to “A Dictionary for United Methodists.” Confirmation is “the act by which persons who were baptized as infants or young children (or, because of other special circumstances, could not make the baptismal vows themselves) make their first public statement of their declaration or profession of faith. In this sense they confirm their faith. Confirmation […]

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Holy Week – Good Friday

According to the United Methodist Church: The Friday before Easter on which the crucifixion of Jesus is remembered. Good Friday services focus upon prayer and reflection on the death of Christ and penance and special devotion for the believer. The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, “Good Friday,” is not clear.  It […]

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Holy Week and Easter at Sterling UMC

Easter is a time of joy and renewal. Followers of Jesus saw their darkest days replaced with the miracle of hope and eternal life. Christians today take time for self-examination and reflection during Lent. “Going dark” for a few weeks prepares us to fully experience those first rays of resurrection light on Easter. (from the […]

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