Pastor Robert celebrates Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21), and marks his final sermon at Clinton UMC, with a message about the miracles that the Holy Spirit can work through the beloved community we call the church.
For the first Sunday in Advent, Rev. Blanchard explores the message from Jesus (Matthew 24: 36-44) that we must be vigilant as we wait for the reign of God. Also included after the sermon are some brief thoughts upon communion.
Our series on spiritual gifts continues with a look at some of the gifts that let us carry Jesus into the lives of those around us: service, encouragement, leadership, compassion, and generous giving. (Romans 12: 4-8)
This week Rev. Blanchard looks at some of the more controversial elements of the letter of 1 Timothy (2:1-15) in order to ask how we should read the Bible when it disagrees with itself or we disagree with it.
This week Jesus declares the he comes to bring division (Luke 12: 49-56) and Rev. Blanchard asks us to think about what it means to be set against the ones we love.
You will also notice a change in audio quality during the sermon due to problems with our sound system that required a portion of the sermon to be re-recorded.
In this final sermon on Paul's letter to the Colossians (3: 1-17), Rev. Blanchard invites us to think about the ordinary ways in which we can practice radical love and forgiveness in order to make our communities the places they ought to be.
In this third sermon on the letter to the Colossians (2: 6-20), Rev. Blanchard continues exploring what Paul means when he tells us that Christ is the ruler of rulers by looking at the lives of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Niemöller.
Ever wondered where the idea for apportionments comes from? In this Christian Education moment, Rev. Blanchard speaks about some of the scriptural foundation for the practice as well as its centrality to the Methodist movement.
While Rev. Blanchard was attending Annual Conference, Lay Leader Todd Morgan filled in to provide this sermon asking what it means for us to be in one in God just like Christ was one with God. (Acts 16: 16-34 and John 17:20-26)
Occasionally in our worship service Rev. Blanchard provides a moment of Christian Education. This is a time for discussing the teachings of the church on a wide array of topics beyond the scriptural exposition of the sermon. We will be uploading those moments as special episodes separate from our weekly sermons. In this first episode of Christian Education, Rev. Blanchard discusses the notion of having an American flag in the sanctuary and the teachings of the church on military service.
Rev. Blanchard reflects on the story of Paul's revelation, conviction, and repentance (Acts 9:1-20) to explore what it means for us to experience the new birth...and to help others through the process.
This week our guest preacher is Sheila Stasak, Adminstrative Board Chairperson for Clinton UMC. She reflects on the story of Jesus calling Peter out of the boat in order to challenge us to "step out of the boats" of our comfort zones. (Matthew 14: 22-33)
Through the lens of the cross and the transfiguration Rev. Blanchard names some of the ways that the United Methodist Church has pushed the Spirit out of its practice and calls for reform. Before the sermon is a personal statement by Rev. Blanchard regarding the events of General Conference which took place in St. Louis last week, as well as a reading of a pastoral letter from Bishop Bard of the Michigan Episcopal Area.
Message from Bishop Bard 4:38
Scripture and sermon 7:53
This week Rev. Blanchard delivered a brief homily on Sunday before the Children's Pageant titled, "Mary, The Beloved of God," inspired by Luke 1: 39-55. Then on Christmas Eve he gave a sermon inspired by Luke 2:14 called, "Peace to Those God Favors."
This week Rev. Blanchard talks about what it means to live a faithful life by looking at Mark 10: 17-31 and Hebrews 3:7 - 4:13. He also draws on the writings of Dr. Georgia Harkness and the Rev. Ernest Fremont Tittle to support his thoughts.
Time Stamps: Gospel reading 0:05; Epistle Reading 2:35; Prayer for the Sermon 7:05; Sermon 7:27
As with any new endeavor we were bound to have learning curves. Unfortunately the audio for the last 1/3 of the sermon was lost.
To summarize the Good News from the lost audio: We know that although we walk in the grace of God we have not yet reached perfection in God’s love. So we must die to our old selves continually. With every night we should hope to die to the self that seeks fulfillment outside of God’s grace. With every morning we should celebrate the chance to be born again into a new more, holy life.