Reflecting on the Psalm 138 and Mark 3:20-27, Associate Pastor Eric Markinson considers the surprises of a God who defies our expectations at every turn–loving lives on the margins, calling believers to give their time, lives, and control–!–in faith and praise, service and worship. God asks us to live into the irony with trust, a bit of humor, and much, much love. Includes the Chancel Choir’s lovely offering of “Write Your Blessed Name.”
Reverend Judith Reedy preaches on Mark 2:23-3:6, where all are included in God’s sabbath rest–because the sabbath was made for all! People of all shapes, sizes, colors and creeds are sorted into the wide embrace of God’s love: Our response, of course, is to ensure that welcome is spread far and wide. Includes the Chancel Choir’s offering of Rutter’s “For the Beauty of the Earth.”
Peace with Justice Sunday/Trinity Sunday brings Reverend Becky Hensley’s tremendous message of a God who calls us to relationship with all of creation, just as we are–and shines painful light on churches’ failures to nurture love for women, persons of color, people of various abilities and various gender and sexual orientations. Deacon Becky invites all who are called by God–all of us–to proclaim passionate and healing words of justice, peace, and love for all. (Isaiah 6:1-8)
Includes Brian Hardesty-Crouch’s wonderful Children’s Message.
Reverend Judith Reedy’s Pentecost sermon reminds Grace and the Church that the Holy Spirit came to all people gathered in good will that day, sinners or saints–and not to a church building, to denominations, or to particular interest groups. All of us who believe the Christ’s message of love as a means to salvation receive the Holy Spirit, and are called to bring that love to a yearning world. (Acts 2:1-21)
As the Easter season moves toward the wonder of Pentecost, Reverend Judith Reedy returns to Jesus’ final discourse in the Gospel of John to remind listeners that our God is a great encourager, unconditionally loving us and calling us to love that generously–women and men, straight and gay, old and young, no matter color or creed. We are to love fiercely and powerfully, like a mother. (John 17:6-19)
In celebration of Grace’s youth, Rev Brian Hardesty-Crouch reflects on the love we share with one another, and the source of that love–the one who is Love, our Creator God and God’s Word made flesh, Jesus. (John 15:9-17)
Easter continues at Grace UMC Dallas with a sermon on love–the love of God that makes possible human love, and the ache, joy, and responsibility of loving one another. Associate Pastor Eric Markinson preaches on 1 John 4:7-21, the one place in scripture that states what all believers know–that God is love.
In this sermon, Pastor Judith Reedy invites Grace Church Dallas to build the Communion of God, through our actions and our love–even in the face of conflict and discouragement. She offers a good word on Acts 4:5-12, remembering Earth Day and Native American Ministries Sunday.
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.
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.”