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It’s You I Like! April 15, 2018

For the Third Sunday of Easter, Reverend Judith Reedy preaches the word from 1 John 3:1-7–that God loves all creation as children of God, and still calls us to act as adults–choosing love and being love for one another, even in difference, even when love is hard to muster.  With help from Mister Rogers and friends.

Stalking God! April 8, 2018

Reverend Judith Reedy continues Grace’s celebration of Easter with a sermon on John 20:19-31–Jesus’ resurrection appearances, Thomas’s doubts, and God’s graciousness in pursuing creation, pursuing US–inviting us to go into the world and in turn be gracious to one another.  Includes the Children’s Message, by request, and the Chancel Choir’s selection, “This Do in Remembrance of Me.”

Triumphant Failure! April 1, 2018–Easter Sunday

Reverend Judith Reedy’s Easter message embraces the paradoxes of human frailty and marvelous witness, the music of failure, and–most of all–the awful death and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ.  God’s love is our triumph; Christ’s resurrection is our resurrection.  (Mark 16:1-8)

Bind Us Together, Lord–March 25, 2018

Grace UMC Dallas’s 2018 Palm Sunday celebration is a remembrance of home–of Jerusalem as the place to which Jesus must come to connect with his sacred roots and where he must confront empire and division.  Associate Pastor Eric Markinson asks listeners to honor their shared spaces and to be home to one another–especially those who long for home.  (Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29)  Includes the Chancel Choir’s lovely offering of “My Jesus, I Love Thee.”

A New Law–March 18, 2018

For the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Rev. Becky Hensley offers a moving and prophetic message on Jeremiah 31:31-34–asking us whether we wish to be a church and a nation that condones violence through our inaction, or one that can learn from some of our most marginalized voices, those of our youth.

March 11, 2018–A Piece of Work!

On this Fourth Sunday of Lent, Pastor Judith Reedy preaches on Ephesians 2:1-10, inviting listeners to live into the masterpieces God created us to be, and to trust God’s faithfulness through our human frailty and sinfulness.  Includes the Chancel Choir’s beautiful offering of “How Can I Keep from Singing.”

March 4, 2018–Two Tablets / Ten Words

Reverend Judith Reedy considers Exodus 20:1-17, the Ten Commandments, in this Sunday’s sermon: These words provide boundaries and guidance by which to live and love in community.  Even today–especially today–they are needed to guide our care, of self and others.

It’s Never Too Late–February 25, 2018

For the Second Sunday of Lent, Pastor Judith Reedy reminds Grace UMC Dallas that It’s Never Too Late–to embrace God’s covenant, respond to God’s call, invite others to the saving power of Jesus Christ, and turn back to God. (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16)  Includes Emmanuel Sanders’ moving offering of “A City Called Heaven.”

Resistance Is Futile, February 18, 2018

Associate Pastor Eric Markinson invites listeners to journey to their wilderness during Lent, following Jesus’s example in Mark 1:9-15.  Preparing for the journey is essential, but God and angels will help manage Satan and the wild beasts we inevitably will find there.  Includes the Chancel Choir’s offering of “God Is my Rock,” and Lay Leader Carolyn Childress’s generous prayer for the people.

February 11, 2018–Passing the Torch

Friends of Grace: On Transfiguration Sunday, Rev. Judith Reedy preaches on Elijah’s passing the mantle of authority to Elisha (2 Kings 2:1-12) as Elijah is swept to heaven on a chariot of fire.  She generously reminds us how Jesus came from the mountain to pass the torch of healing, service, and love to all his followers–to us.  Includes “Celtic Laud” by the Grace Chancel Choir, and our Stephanie Bohan’s powerful call to service and advocacy on behalf of the Agape Clinic, of which she is Executive Director.