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Sermons from 2020

Embracing Hope.

Scripture Reading       Luke 2:22-40  Lord, this morning we come to you with open hearts; Hearts that need to be mended, Hearts that need to be filled with New hope, Hearts that need to be redirected, Hearts that need to be encouraged and forgiven. Amen   Embracing Hope The prophet Simeon, a devout and righteous man…

Our souls magnify the Lord.

Luke 1: 26-38;    2nd Samuel 7:1-11,16;   Luke 1:46b-55;   Romans 16: 25-57 Good morning.  I am Pastor Pam Stewart, retired United Methodist minister,  and part of the Preaching Team during this Interim Kingdom time at Tomoka UMC as we wait for a full-time Pastor to be appointed hopefully in July 2021.   We appreciate your faithfulness in…

Come! Rejoice in our God

Come! Rejoice in our God. Let us give thanks, whatever life brings. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. Let us prepare our hearts and our world for the prince of Peace, who is coming. May all who weep come home with shouts of joy. Prepare the way of the Lord…

Lift up your voice, do not fear.

Scripture Reading       Mark 1: 1 – 8 Lift up your voice. Lift it up, do not fear.                                                                                                     Feeding, gathering, carrying, leading: This is how God will come.                                                  The old will pass away.  A new world will dawn.                                                                                             Love, faithfulness righteousness, peace: Theses will mark God’s new day.                   Love needs a path.  Peace needs a highway.                                                                                         Even…

Stay Alert! 

Scripture:  Mark 13:24-37 Today we begin the Advent season. Advent is a season of expectancy and an opportunity to prepare for the Christmas celebration. This season invites us into the ancient longing that God would send a Savior, the promised Messiah. Advent also reminds us that we must be alert for Jesus’ Second and Final…

Finding Christ by Serving the Needy

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 25:31-46 Today, we celebrate the end of the liturgical year with the feast of Christ, the King. We will reflect upon what this Gospel reading tells us about Christ, the King, who rules over all.  When we understand the King we serve, then we can appreciate the judgments He makes. We will also…

Grow to your Full Potential

Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30 NIV Today, I want to remind us all of the truth that we sometimes forget. God expects you and me to reach our fullest potential as we grow and produce fruit according to the resources He gives to us. This principle is at the forefront of our gospel reading today, the Parable…

Celebrating Our Victors

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2 CEB Today we celebrate All Saints Day, a Christian celebration that was introduced back in the 8th century. This is a day when we remember Christians who have gone before us and honor them for their faith in Jesus. We also express our gratitude for how their faith has influenced us for…

Jesus, Love, and the Law

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 22: 34 – 46 When Pastor Jose asked me to share the message with you this week, he sent me the reading from the liturgical schedule, and after reading it, I actually became pretty excited about what I was reading.  So I went back and reread all of chapters 21, 22, and 23,…