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Worship and the Word from Clinton UMC

Worship and the Word from Clinton UMC

By Clinton UMC
Each week the drive-in worship service from Clinton UMC is shared with those who are joining us for worship in spirit.
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November 22, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
November 22, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
November 22, 2020
November 15, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
November 15, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
November 17, 2020
November 8, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
November 8, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
November 9, 2020
November 1, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service - All Saints Sunday
November 1, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service - All Saints Sunday
November 2, 2020
October 25, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
October 25, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
October 25, 2020
October 18, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
October 18, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
October 18, 2020
October 11, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
October 11, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
October 11, 2020
October 4, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
October 4, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
October 4, 2020
September 27, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
September 27, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
September 28, 2020
September 20, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
September 20, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
September 20, 2020
September 13, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
September 13, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
September 14, 2020
September 6, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
September 6, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
September 7, 2020
August 30, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
August 30, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
August 31, 2020
August 23, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
August 23, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
August 25, 2020
August 16, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
August 16, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
August 17, 2020
August 9, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
August 9, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
August 9, 2020
August 2, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service (Partial Recording)
August 2, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service (Partial Recording)
August 2, 2020
July 26, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
July 26, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
July 26, 2020
July 19, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
July 19, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
July 20, 2020
July 12, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
July 12, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
July 14, 2020
July 5, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
July 5, 2020 Drive-In Worship Service
July 5, 2020
June 28, 2020 - The Art of Neighboring, Loving Your Neighbor
June 28, 2020 - The Art of Neighboring, Loving Your Neighbor
June 29, 2020
June 21, 2020 Embrace God, & All that that Entails - Todd Morgan
June 21, 2020 Embrace God, & All that that Entails - Todd Morgan
June 26, 2020
June 14, 2020 - You'll Get Through This
Sheila Stasak delivers a wonderful sermon relating to the times we are currently living in and that "You'll Get Through This".
June 16, 2020
June 7, 2020 - Our Relationship with God
Todd Morgan talks about our relationship with God.
June 8, 2020
May 31, 2020 - This is What Was Spoken
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.
May 31, 2020
May 24, 2020 - Arm Yourselves With Christ-like Intentions
We close our look at the letter of 1 Peter (chapters 4-5) by thinking about what it means to live with Christ-like intentions in the middle of a pandemic
May 24, 2020
May 17, 2020 - From Ark to Baptism
As we hear the instructions from 1 Peter (3: 1-22) we ask how Christianity answers the question: what motivates a person to do what is right?
May 17, 2020
May 10, 2020 - Living As aliens and Exiles
As we move further into 1 Peter (2:11-25) we see how being loyal to Christ makes us foreigners to the rest of the world.
May 10, 2020
May 3, 2020 - Living Stones
as we continue looking at 1 Peter (2:1-10) we track down Peter's sources to better understand how we are like living stones (and children and priests).
May 3, 2020
April 26, 2020 - Discipline Yourselves
We continue looking at 1 Peter (1:13-25) to see how the new birth calls us to a life of discipleship.
April 26, 2020
April 19, 2020 - From New Birth to Living Hope
This week we begin our exploration of 1 Peter (1: 1-12) by looking at the bedrock of Peter's argument about how we are to live in the world as Christians.
April 19, 2020
April 12, 2020 - Easter - Terror and Amazement had Seized Them
This morning we look at the original ending of Mark (16: 1-8) to see how this version of the Easter story speaks into our lives today.
April 12, 2020
April 5, 2020 - Prophet and Troublemaker
On this Palm Sunday we look at what it meant for Jesus to enter Jerusalem on the back of a donkey (Matthew 21: 1-11), and what it continues to mean for us.
April 5, 2020
March 29, 2020 - Lord if You Had Been There...
This morning we look at the resurrection of Lazarus (John 11: 1-45) to ask where should we slow down in reading this story and where should we shout out loud.
March 29, 2020
March 22, 2019 - Surely, we are not blind, are we?
This morning we think about how Jesus' healing a blind man (John 9) is a challenge to systems of oppression.
March 22, 2020
March 15, 2020 - My Food is to Do God's Will
This week we consider some lived examples of what it means to be sustained on the living water of Jesus (John 4: 4-42)
March 15, 2020
March 8, 2020 - The Life of the New Birth
We go back to our Methodist roots to hear a modernized version of John Wesley's "The New Birth" in order to understand what Jesus tells Nicodemus in the Gospel of John. (John 3:1-21)
March 8, 2020
March 1, 2020 - The Temptations of the Enemy
This week we see how Jesus deals with temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4: 1-11) in order to learn how we can handle temptation.
March 1, 2020
February 23, 2020 - Get Up and Don't Be Afraid
This week the gospel of Matthew (17: 1-9) presents us with a story of transformation that resists meaning and asks us to dwell in mystery.
February 23, 2020
February 16, 2020 - Life and Death Are Set Before You
The Deuteronomist (30: 15-20) reminds us that following God requires us to make choices to do good.
February 16, 2020
February 9, 2020 - Is this the fast I choose?
God speaks through the prophet Isaiah (58: 1-12) to bring a complaint against the people of Judah who have made a mockery out of holiness.
February 9, 2020
February 2, 2020 - He has Told You What is Good
We look at the three simple (but difficult rules) that the book of Micah (6:1-8) tells us are good and required of us.
February 2, 2020
January 26, 2020 - Authority Will Be on His Shoulders
Isaiah (9:1-7) gives us an oracle that guides us in our thinking about what it means to have godly authority.
January 26, 2020
January 19, 2020 - A Light to the Nations
Through Isaiah God proclaims a light to the nations (49: 1-7), so we consider how we can shine our lights. 
January 19, 2020
January 12, 2020 - Your Mighty Works Within Us
Lay Servant Todd Morgan explores John the Baptist's feelings of inadequacy when asked to baptize Jesus in order to explore the times in our own lives when we feel inadequate and should turn to God. 
January 16, 2020
January 5, 2020 - The Twelve Days of Christmas
Clinton Administrative Board chair, Sheila Stasak, speaks about the meaning of the twelve days of Christmas and the gifts brought by the wise-men on Epiphany.
January 16, 2020
December 29, 2019 - He Will Be Called a Nazarene
This week we reflect on the flight into Egypt and the slaughter of the Holy Innocents to see how these darker parts of the Christmas story reveal the message of the gospel. (Matthew 2: 13-23)
December 29, 2019
Christmas Eve 2019 - And They Shall Call Him Emmanuel
Rev. Blanchard wades through the genealogy of Jesus and the history of Judah to ask what it means for us to call Jesus the "God who is with us"
December 25, 2019
December 22, 2019 - When Joseph Awoke From His Sleep
For the final Sunday of Advent we look at how Joseph responds to the news that his wife is pregnant with someone else's child.
December 22, 2019
December 15, 2019 - Are You the One Who is to Come?
This week Rev. Blanchard explores another story about John the Baptist (Matthew 11: 2-15) to see what God has to say to us in our moments of doubt.
December 15, 2019
December 8, 2019 - Here Comes the Kingdom of Heaven!
This week John the Baptist tells us about the coming Kingdom of God. (Matthew 3: 1-12) Rev. Blanchard unpacks the invitation that John gives us to change our hearts and lives.
December 8, 2019
December 1, 2019 - An Unknown Hour
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.
December 1, 2019
November 24, 2019 - The Days of the King
For Christ the King Sunday we look to the ancient hopes of Jeremiah (23: 1-6) to remind us that no matter how much bad news is in the world we still have hope.
November 24, 2019
November 17, 2019 - About to Create
We hear God's promise from Isaiah that a new heaven and new earth are being created (Isaiah 65: 17-25), and talk about what that invitation means for us.
November 17, 2019
November 10, 2019 - My Spirit Abides Among You
We look at the prophets of the past to hear their words for our future this morning. (Haggai 2:1-9)
November 10, 2019
November 3, 2019 - Putting it all in Motion
Our spiritual gifts series comes to a close with a reflection for All Saints' Day about what it means for us to use our gifts together as the Church. (James 2: 14-22)
November 3, 2019
October 27, 2019 - Voice and Vision
In our last round-up of spiritual gifts we talk about those people who help the church to have a united witness and vision. (Ephesians 4: 7, 11-16)
October 27, 2019
October 20, 2019 - Moving Heads and Hearts
As we continue our series on spiritual gifts we take a look at some of the gifts that move our hearts and minds. (1 Corinthians 12: 1-11)
October 20, 2019
October 13, 2019 - Hands and Feet
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)
October 13, 2019
October 6, 2019 - Though Many, One Body
This week we begin a 5 week sermon series on spiritual gifts by thinking about what it means for us to be united as one Body in Jesus Christ.
October 6, 2019
Sept. 29, 2019 - Be Rich in Good Things
We close out the letter of 1 Timothy (6: 6-19) by looking at the political and social implications of becoming a member of Christ's body.
September 29, 2019
September 22, 2019 - Power, Prayer, and Practice
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.
September 22, 2019
Sept. 15, 2019 - Avoiding Shipwreck in the Faith
This week Rev. Blanchard draws on John Wesley's sermons on "The Law Established through Faith" in order to unpack 1 Timothy's (1:8-19) lessons about the legitimate use of the law.
September 15, 2019
Sept. 8, 2019 - Appealing on the Basis of Love
This week we look at the letter to Philemon to think about what it means to love someone while also holding them accountable.
September 8, 2019
Sept. 1, 2019 - Invite the Ones Who Can't Repay You
This week Rev. Blanchard thinks about how Jesus invites us to a life of humility through a lesson about table manners (Luke 14: 1, 7-14).
September 1, 2019
August 18, 2019 - Interpreting the Times
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. 
August 18, 2019
August 11, 2019 - With Great Blessing Comes Great Responsibility
Rev. Blanchard considers some of Jesus' parables (Luke 12: 35-48) to ask how we are using our blessings for the sake of others.
August 11, 2019
August 4, 2019 - Do Everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus
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.
August 4, 2019
July 28, 2019 - Why Do You Live as if You Still Belonged to the World?
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.
July 28, 2019
July 21, 2019 - Continue Steadfast in the Faith
This week we continue our look at the letter to the Colossians (1:15-28) as Rev. Blanchard considers how Christ's nature free us from the judgments of the world.
July 21, 2019
CE - Apportionments
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.
July 17, 2019
July 14, 2019 - We Haven't Stopped Praying
In the first of a series on Colossians, Rev. Blanchard ponders how Paul's greeting to the people of Colossae can speak to the polarization of our society. (Colossians 1: 1-14)
July 14, 2019
July 7, 2019 - Boast of Nothing Except the Cross
Rev. Blanchard uses Paul's letter to the Galatians (6:1-16) to invite us to consider how we prioritize our lives. Is God a priority for us are do we sometimes leave God waiting on us?
July 7, 2019
June 30, 2019 - Live By the Spirit
This week, Rev. Blanchard looks at the letter of the Galatians to contrast the fruits of the spirit with our selfish desires. (Galatians 5: 1, 13-26)
June 30, 2019
June 23, 2019 - How Big is Your God?
Due to recording problems we join ad. board chair, Sheila Stasak mid-thought as she asks how big our God really is if we don't have enough faith to step out of our comfort zones.
June 25, 2019
June 16, 2019 - The Good Father
For Father's day our ad board chair, Sheila Stasak, reflects on Proverbs 4: 1-27 to consider what makes for a godly father.
June 25, 2019
June 9, 2019 - A Spirit for Every Person
On Pentecost, Rev. Blanchard focuses on how the Spirit continues to transform the church by bringing the gospel from everywhere to everywhere. (Acts 2:1-21)
June 9, 2019
Education Moment - Annual Conference 2019
Rev. Blanchard provides an update on what happened during Michigan's Annual Conference gathering of 2019.
June 9, 2019
June 2, 2019 - One in Being with the Father
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)
June 6, 2019
May 26, 2019 - Following the Vision
This week the mission statement of the church is viewed in light of Paul's own mission to Macedonia (Acts 16: 6-15).
May 26, 2019
Christian Education - The American Flag and Military Service
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.
May 26, 2019
May 19, 2019 - Nourished on the Words of the Faith
In celebration of the end of another academic year, Rev. Blanchard offers his thoughts on how education is a gift from God and why we are responsible to keep learning every day. (1 Timothy 4: 6-16)
May 19, 2019
May 12, 2019 - God Our Mother
For Mother's Day, Rev. Blanchard looks at Hagar' story (Genesis 21: 8-21) to ask what we could learn from thinking of God as our Mother.
May 12, 2019
May 5, 2019 - Midwives of Faith
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.
May 5, 2019
April 28, 2019 - Step Out of the Boat
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)
May 2, 2019
April 21, 2019 (Easter) - Dying and Rising with Christ
In celebration of Easter, Rev. Blanchard, explains why death is nothing to be feared (Luke 23: 55-24: 12)
April 22, 2019
April 14, 2019 - The Stones Would Shout Out
For Palm Sunday, Rev. Blanchard asks whether we would have actually followed Jesus as he entered into Jerusalem. (Luke 19: 28-40)
April 14, 2019
April 7, 2019 - False Outrage
Rev. Blanchard reflects on John 12: 1-8 to ask and answer why young people are not interested in a church that would rather follow Judas than Mary.
April 7, 2019
March 31, 2019 - Lost and Found
Rev. Blanchard unpacks the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15: 1-3; 11-32) in order to ask where we fit in the story.
March 31, 2019
March 24, 2019 - Like a Tree
Reflecting on some of Christ's nature teachings (Luke 13: 6-9; 18-19), Rev. Blanchard discusses the growth of the Kingdom and the work of discipleship. 
March 24, 2019
March 17, 2019 - Repent or Perish
As we continue our Lenten journey Rev. Blanchard calls us to turn toward God inspired by Luke 13: 1-5, 31-35.
March 17, 2019
March 10, 2019 - Giving Your First Fruits to God
As we mark the first Sunday during the Lenten season, Rev. Blanchard invites us to consider what it means for us to make a sacrifice to God. (Deuteronomy 26: 1-11)
March 10, 2019
Ash Wednesday 2019 - Spare Your People, O Lord
Rev. Blanchard dwells on the words of the prophets to deliver a message of repentance to begin Lent.
March 8, 2019
March 3, 2019 - Do Not Be Ashamed of Christ
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
March 3, 2019
February 24, 2019 - Be Merciful
This week Rev. Blanchard preaches about the second part of Jesus' sermon on the plain (Luke 6:27-38) to explain how love is central to the Christian message.
February 26, 2019
Feb 17, 2019 - Blessings and Woes
In this reflection on the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:17-26), Rev. Blanchard challenges us to think about whether we would receive Christ's blessing or get a warning from Christ.
February 18, 2019
February 10, 2019 - Why God Gives us Gifts
Rev. Blanchard reflects on how we can find the wealth of the Kingdom when we find ways to serve rather than chasing after material success. Luke 5: 1-11.
February 13, 2019
February 3, 2019 - I am Nothing without Love
Rev. Blanchard reflects on what it means to practice the kind of love set forth in 1 Corinthians 13.
February 4, 2019
January 20, 2019 - You have Saved the Best Wine for Last
Rev. Blanchard speaks about hope in this reflection on John 2: 1-11.
January 22, 2019
Jan. 13, 2019 - Pray for Me to the Lord
Rev. Blanchard invites you to stillness and silence this week in a reflection on Acts 8: 9-25.
January 16, 2019
January 6, 2019 - What Gifts Do We Have for the Messiah
Rev. Blanchard asks how we can follow the example of the magi in offering what we have to Christ. Matthew 2: 1-12
January 9, 2019
December 30, 2018 - Be Thankful
This week Rev. Blanchard asks how we can prepare for the new year with a Christmas mindset by looking at Colossians 3:12-17.
December 31, 2018
A Two-for-One Christmas Special
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." 
December 25, 2018
December 16, 2018 - A Baptism of Spirit and Fire
Rev. Blanchard puts on his best John the Baptist imitation as he calls the church to repentance in a sermon inspired by Luke 3: 7-20.
December 19, 2018
December 9, 2018 - Prepare the Way of the Lord
As we move closer to Christmas, Rev. Blanchard contemplates the beginning of John the Baptist's message from Luke 3: 1-6 to explore the roadblocks in our spiritual lives.
December 12, 2018
December 2, 2018
As we enter into Advent, Rev. Blanchard looks at Luke 21: 25-36 to reflect on the anticipation of the season and the hope of the Kingdom.
December 4, 2018
November 25, 2018 - A King in Truth
For Christ the King Sunday, Rev. Blanchard reflects on what it means to truly call Jesus Lord through John 18: 33-37
November 27, 2018
November 18, 2018 - Hive Flow
Guest preacher, Ginny Krauss, reflects on Mark 13: 1-8 and honey bees in order to understand how God frees us from anxiety.
November 20, 2018
November 11, 2018 - The Most Real Thing is Love
In this Armistice Day message, Rev. Blanchard explores just how far we have (or haven't) come since the end of the Great War a century ago through the lens of Isaiah 2: 1-4.
November 12, 2018
November 4, 2018 - Be Glad and Rejoice Forever in What God is Creating
For All Saints day we remember those who have died in the last year. Then Rev. Blanchard considers the words of Isaiah to imagine the Kingdom of God.
November 5, 2018
October 28, 2018 - Rethinking Covenantal Theology
In response to the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Rev. Blanchard takes a look at chapter 8 of Hebrews to challenge the Antisemitism lurking in Christian theology.
October 30, 2018
October 21, 2018 - On Perfection
This week Rev. Blanchard looks at Hebrews 5:7-6:12 in order to think about what it means to strive toward Christian perfection.
October 23, 2018
October 14, 2018 - The Word of God is Living and Active
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
October 16, 2018
October 7, 2018 - Jesus is not Ashamed to Call Us Brother and Sister
We're back after a week away (so that Clinton UMC could participate in a community ecumenical service). This week Rev. Blanchard speaks about World Communion Sunday and Hebrews 1: 1-4 and 2:10-18.
October 9, 2018
Sept. 23 - Submit Yourselves to God
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.
September 28, 2018
Sept. 16 2018 - Harvesting Peace
A reflection on James 3 by Rev. Robert Blanchard
September 19, 2018