Upcoming Sermon Series


In the weeks following the resurrection of Christ, the disciples were faced with the decision of a lifetime — Do we continue living the life Jesus taught us or do we go back to the life we had before Jesus?  In a way, each Easter we are faced with the same decision.  Does it really matter to us that Easter happened or that Jesus resurrected?  Does my life need to look any different because this event occurred 2,000 years ago?  The disciples answered yes to all of these questions and we think you should answer a resounding yes as well.  This sermon series will be focused on developing an authentically Christ-like life — actions that match words, directed by the Holy Spirit, trusting in the Lord.  One definition of authentic is genuine.  During this run up to election cycle we are inundated with all sorts of promises and our challenge us to figure out which politician is genuine or authentic.  Don’t let anyone question your authenticity, join us and let’s grow together.
Relationships with the right people and with the right spirit make all the difference in the world. Created in the image of a Triune God we are made for relationship and community. The beginning of the biblical story makes this point when Adam does not feel complete on his own. Our lives are full of relationships — parents, siblings, children, spouse, friends, colleagues, etc. — and the better the relationships with any and all of these listed the fuller our lives can be. This four week sermon series called “Right Relationships” will utilize the perspective of Professor Christine Pohl and her book titled, “Living into Community.” We will focus on cultivating practices that sustain us such as embracing gratitude, keeping promises, living truthfully and practicing hospitality. Summer is often a time when we spend some extra time with family and friends and even connect with people we may not see often enough — let this summer also be a time when you consider more deeply the ‘right relationships’ in your life.
Every four years late summer turns into a great display of patriotism and athletic achievement with the Summer Olympic Games. This year much of the world’s eyes will be focused on Rio de Janeiro as once again we watch the world’s best athletes reach for the highest goal. One of the captivating parts of the Olympics is hearing the varied stories of the athletes, many of whom had to sacrifice much and prioritize well, in order to earn their spot in the games. Together as a church we are going to spend some time thinking about our own highest goals, the sacrifices we may have to make in order to reach those goals and just what priorities it will take to be the best kind of witnesses for Jesus Christ in the world. Defining the goal is the easy part setting a purposeful road toward the goal and staying the course is where the hard work is. Join us for this six week Sermon Series as we “Pursue the Prize” together.
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Jesus made this statement and lots of similar statements; in fact he talked more about finances/generosity/giving than any other topic. Whether you are in plenty or in want, money has a direct connection to your values, your faith, and the health of your relationships. It’s no wonder that in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus presented a radical message about our “treasure” and our hearts. In this 4-week sermon series, we will utilize a curriculum called, “Treasure” written by Rev. Jacob Armstrong, a United Methodist pastor from Tennessee. We wil use the Sermon on the Mount to reexamine what our treasure is. How do we spend our time, energy, and money? If our hearts follow our treasure, as Jesus taught, then we’d better make sure they are aligned. This series will culminate in a fifth week where we will celebrate Consecration Sunday making known what our financial gifts to FUMCCV will be in the following year.
One of the striking realities of all four Gospel accounts is how many people did not recognize Jesus as the Messiah and how many people were threatened by the suggestion that a carpenter from Nazareth could be the Messiah? As one reads the Gospels it does not take much to notice that Jesus being the Messiah was going to bring quite a ‘Divine Disruption’ to just about every part of life in the Ancient Near East. As a result of their denial or stubborn rejection of Jesus many of those people missed out on the glorious blessings the Messiah could have brought to them. Are we at risk of missing out on these glorious blessings? It may not be due to denial or stubborn rejection but busyness, over-programed lives or ambivalence that lead us to missing out. Advent is a time to prepare our lives for the new coming of Christ and a renewed faith. This year at FUMCCV our Advent preparation is going to focus on the unexpected nature of the Messiah that took so many people 2,000 years ago by surprise. Let the Messiah not take us by surprise and instead may our lives be well prepared for a Divine Disruption this coming Christmas.