Manchester United Methodist Church

Live Like Lydia

Painting by Sara Beth Baca depicting Lydia of Thyatira.
September 23, 2019
Lydia welcomed Paul, Silas, and Timothy into her home, an example of extending hospitality beyond the superficial into relationship. We are all called to hospitality.

The Company We Keep

Homeless person on the street
How many of your close relationships are with those who look different, speak different, act different or believe different than you do?  Rev. Jim Peich explores what Jesus shows us…

Give

Painting of a jazz ensemble 'in the grove.'
September 2, 2019
Followers of Jesus give with extravagant generosity in order to express gratitude and joy for all God has given to them.

Know Your Place

Painting by Bansky
September 1, 2019
Jesus describes the reign of God as an open table. All people are invited. In setting an open table, Christ invites all people to experience a life shaped by God’s…

Grow

light bulb with planet earth inside
August 28, 2019
One generation may not share Christ like the previous one did, and sometimes older generations have to get out of the way in order to allow the church to grow.

What’s Your Posture?

Doctor checking patient's posture.
August 19, 2019
Our physical posture has a huge impact on our health. Similarly, our spiritual posture strongly shapes our faith journey. Explore the importance of practicing a posture of love, humility, and…

And We Weep

August 12, 2019
“O God, what has happened to your creation? What kind of world is this that the innocent die? Where is your hand that it does not stop the killing?...” (From…

Worship

Colorful hues to depict the variety of worship
August 5, 2019
The core practice of Christian discipleship is worship, centering everything else that we do on God. Worship is the heartbeat of the church.

Embrace A New Day

Photo of beautiful new day with green grass, trees and blue sky.
August 4, 2019
Every morning we have the opportunity to awaken and embrace a new day, and regardless of what happened the day before, good or bad, the new day gives an opportunity…

Where To?

Road leading into the horizon to illustrate we are free to do any way we like, God is not compelling us.
July 29, 2019
Christ has made us free, but he doesn't insist that we follow him, he invites us to. We are free to go where God is calling us … or not.

Living a New Life

Image of blue shy with 'change' written in the clouds.
July 22, 2019
"There is a new life available to us, a better life, our true life, a resurrection life that we were created to live in the first place. In order to…

Can’t Make Me

Obstinate young boy looking as if he's challenging you.
July 14, 2019
Tell the truth, if loving our neighbors as ourselves were easy the world would look very different. We feel compassion to the point of being drained, but it’s not enough.…

Get Up and Go

Photo of dirt road going off into infinity in the early morning mist.
July 9, 2019
Living faithfully requires motion, growth, change. The Bible is full of stories of change and new beginnings. What is their relevance and can we learn from them today?

Not Yet

Photo depicting famous Michaelangelo painting of God's finger touching man's.
Sometimes scripture, and the disciples, and Jesus don’t sound the way we want them to. We want what we want. We want to be in control, to be coddled, comforted,…

Serving Life

Photo of a chain link fence representing a barrier.
July 1, 2019
Problems don't always have to derail life. If we move to re-frame them, we can discover how to "serve life."

A New Language of Love

Photo of sculpture showing two people seated speaking with one another.
June 10, 2019
There is a language of love that fills the yearning in every human heart for sacred space with God. Jesus recognized this and gave us ths ‘language'on Pentecost.

Who Is This?

Painting of disciples listening to Jesus around a table.
Who is this Jesus Christ whom we confess to be our Savior and Lord? This message by Rev. Steve Harbaugh explains why it is important to know, especially during this…

Their God Is My God

Photo of Isalamic children being give new pairs of shoes for the first day of school by the Snearkes with Soul volunteers.
June 3, 2019
As Christians, we can’t get tangled up in doctrine. Instead, our focus needs to be on real people. Compassion the common thread that makes us one.

Writing Your Own Doxology

Photo of a person outside facing a stormy sky with hands raised.
May 28, 2019
You can write your own doxology! We get so caught up in worries and problems that we forget that God loves us. Every day we can praise God regardless of…

Intimacy

Two small girls hugging each other, not holding back.
May 21, 2019
The 'vulnerability of intimacy' is something we need to develop. Children have no problem naturally hugging others. We shouldn’t either. Jesus didn’t.

Enough for Today

Photo of a lamb in a green pasture facing the viewer.
Do you have enough? How often are you in “want” mode? How often are you desiring, hoping, wishing for a thing, or an opportunity, or a relationship, you don’t have?…

Toughness

Close up photo of a little girl smiling in open trust.
May 8, 2019
Children display a resilience and hope that is much stronger than adults who’ve felt despair and defeat. But, God calls us to act on faith and believe something can happen.

Blessed, Loving Gaze

Photo of a person standing on land looking out into the distance of the ocean.
How to let go? When all you want is to hold on tight? How to be still & trust that what you’ve taught them is enough? How to allow mistakes…

Known By My Scars

Artwork depicting a deep wound or scar.
April 30, 2019
After the resurrection, Jesus was recognized by his scars. We too, are often known by what has marked us. Our wounds matter; they are a witness to the redeeming power…

The Big Empty

Photo of risen Christ facing the light of day after emerging from the tomb.
We encounter emptiness throughout life. If that's you, put your trust in God's power to break open the empty tomb and fill it with light, angels, and the Good News.

Holy Time

Photo of a sunrise with beautiful hues of orange and light.
Holy Time. It's limited and precious time, often spent in despair, not knowing what to do. It can be a time when we hold our breath and hope against hope.…

Social Order

April 8, 2019
Jesus was a carpenter’s kid without education. He wasn't among the socially elite. Some were offended by him because he acted above his place in society. Who offends us if…

Cling to Jesus

March 26, 2019
In today's do-it-yourself (DIY) culture, there are some things we can't, in fact must not, do by ourselves, but rather in connection with others.