Scripture: Matthew 2: 1-12
For most of us, the beginning of a new year turns our focus and attention to the “future.”For some of us that focus is expressed on New
Year’s resolutions, the intentions we have for our life, and the plans we make. Others may not make resolutions, but we still have hopes and
wishes for the upcoming year, and we consider the possibilities of what the year may hold for us. Some of us simply want a clean slate, a fresh start, or a new beginning. I wonder, what is absent from your life today? What are your deep longings and desires? What is the word of Christ that you need to illumine in your life today? Whatever you might name, that is the beginning of your epiphany. It is more than emptiness. It is God calling. It is a guiding star that illuminates your life. It is a star that shines in the night sky of your life. Join Pastor Ross on this Epiphany Sunday as we explore how we might approach this new year … how do we feel God calling to us, and where might the light of Christ be directing us to focus our attention?
Sunday, January 15, 2023: Baptism of the Lord Sunday . “Stories In The Water.”
New Sermon Series, “Fresh Start.”
Who doesn’t want a fresh start, a clean slate? That is exactly what Jesus offers us; he gives us the chance to begin anew every single day. But this is no ordinary fresh start. When we say yes to God’s new beginning in our lives, we are saying yes to an adventure that will require courage, perseverance, and boldness. We are saying yes to having our world turned upside down and inside out. We are saying yes to being stirred up and to stirring things up. And one thing is for sure: this fresh start is so worth it. So, let’s make it count.
Sunday, January 22, 2023: “Fresh Start: Are You Ready For This?”
Scripture: Mark 8: 27-38 Taking up our crosses” to be disciples of Jesus means being willing to risk inconvenient demands on our time, lack of certainty, embarrassment, and sometimes even physical danger. But Jesus is the way to life and he calls us to make fresh starts in faith. A fresh start requires courage, focus, and practice.
Sunday, January 29, 2023: “Fresh Start: Hens and Chicks.”
Sunday, February 5, 2023: “Fresh Start: Ten Lepers: How Many Miracles?”
Scripture: Luke 17: 11-19. Jesus has the power to change lives through God’s grace. Our own seemingly intractable flaws can be overcome, and we can change the world in response to the change offered to us. A fresh start begins with living in awe and gratitude of God’s gifts. “Taking up our crosses” to be disciples of Jesus means being willing to risk inconvenient demands on our time, lack of certainty, embarrassment, and sometimes even physical danger. But Jesus is the way to life and he calls us to make fresh starts in faith. A fresh start requires courage, focus, and practice.
Sunday, February 12, 2023: “Salvation in the House.”
Scripture: Luke 19: 1-10. A bold act of inclusion changed the life of Zacchaeus the tax collector as well as the whole community. How many lives can we transform if we really devote ourselves to inclusion? A fresh start requires being open to Jesus’ invitation to us as well as to those who are not valued in our community – the outcasts or the marginalized.
Eudora United Methodist Church is a growing congregation with a wonderful mix of newer attending younger singles/families and older adults that have been part of the church’s rich history. We’re a mission and service-oriented church that is constantly striving to grow in understanding God’s love for us and in our response of sharing that love with others. We experience and share the presence of God’s spirit in an intentionally blended music worship on Sunday mornings and in a variety of Spiritual Formation opportunities for all ages. Various Fellowship Groups also bring the congregation together for fun activities that meet through the year.
Looking for a new church home in which to grow and share? Come visit and discover your place here!