But You Can't Stay Here.
Washington Street UMC Sermon Podcast
by Washington Street UMC
1w ago
The disciples had returned to Jerusalem following the ascension, where they worshipped God and prayed. The arrival of the Spirit drives them out, reminding us all that the Spirit does not gift us to remain in social halls of homogeneous comfort, but moves us into the streets to engage and welcome an expansive body that represents all of God's beloved humanity ..read more
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You Don't Have to Go Home...
Washington Street UMC Sermon Podcast
by Washington Street UMC
1w ago
The disciples longed to sit in Jesus' presence. They mourned his crucifixion, and locked themselves in the upper room. When Jesus returned, they wanted nothing more than abide in his presence. But Jesus doesn't call us to stay in his presence, Jesus departs, promising the gift of a leading spirit, so that we might go forth to all the world ..read more
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General Conference Followup
Washington Street UMC Sermon Podcast
by Washington Street UMC
3w ago
This is the invitation of Jesus himself, that we might know we are loved, and that we might abide in Jesus’ love by keeping Jesus’ commands, commands that require us to love one another as Jesus loved us (that is, laying one’s life down for another). And then, in summary, we are told that we are given these commands, so that, once again, we might love one another.  ..read more
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The People of God For Whom the World is Our Parish
Washington Street UMC Sermon Podcast
by Washington Street UMC
1M ago
There are only three General Rules for Methodists. The rules lead us in our mission as the Church. Even beyond our stated mission at WSUMC, the United Methodist Church also has a leading mission: To Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World ..read more
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The People of God Who Tend to the Ordinances of God
Washington Street UMC Sermon Podcast
by Washington Street UMC
1M ago
The third General Rule is "Attend the Ordinances of God." The ordinances of God were those things that Wesley identified as being required of God's people, including works of piety and works of mercy. What does this look like our modern society ..read more
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The People of God Who Do Good
Washington Street UMC Sermon Podcast
by Washington Street UMC
1M ago
The second of the General Rules is "Do Good." Sometimes the "good" that we are do seems obvious, but at other times, it can be tricky. What does doing "good" look like in our community - in our lives ..read more
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The People of God Who Do No Harm
Washington Street UMC Sermon Podcast
by Washington Street UMC
1M ago
The first of the General Rules is "Do no Harm." Sounds easy, right? Perhaps not. This isn't a passive avoidance of intentionally doing harm to another person. This means declaring solidarity with people from all walks of life, and being intentional about the way we live in community with those whose way of life differs from our own ..read more
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Again & Again, the Sun Rises
Washington Street UMC Sermon Podcast
by Washington Street UMC
1M ago
According to Mark, on the first day of the week, the women rise with the sun and buy spices to anoint Jesus’ body. They are shocked to find the tomb empty, and leave in fear and terror. Mark’s resurrection story is less triumphant than the other Gospel testimonies (as scholars believe the remainder of Mark’s gospel was a later addition). In Mark’s version, we are reminded that Easter comes to us, again and again, even if we don’t know what to make of God’s resurrection ways. Again and again, the sun rises. And some days, that is enough ..read more
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Again & Again, We Draw on Courage
Washington Street UMC Sermon Podcast
by Washington Street UMC
2M ago
On Palm Sunday, we remember that Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was not a risk-free, palm party. It was a protest parade—a protest against those in power, a parade to prepare the way for a different kind of king. And this was all happening with plots to kill Lazarus (and Jesus) building in the background. We’re reminded that the crowds were brave to show up that day, and that Jesus drew on courage to face his journey to the cross. The root of courage is “cour,” meaning “heart.” Courage is deep within us; drawing on courage is both internal and external. We often find it when we most need it, when ..read more
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Again & Again, We Are Reformed
Washington Street UMC Sermon Podcast
by Washington Street UMC
2M ago
We desire for God to write on our hearts so that God’s law can re-shape and re-form us from the inside out. Reformation is a journey of letting the old fall away for something new to emerge, of returning to God’s words over and over, of being drawn into the heart of God. This is the process of justification and sanctification; transformation must be internal and communal ..read more
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