"Give to God What is God's" - Sermon, October 15, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “Give to God What is God’s” Pastor Andrew Davis October 15, 2017 Matthew 22: 15-22
             Back when I was in Sunday school at Rio Linda UMC, all of us children and adults would gather in the sanctuary for a time of “morning sing” before we headed off to our respective classes.  Besides some of the usual Sunday School songs like “Arky, Arky (aka “Rise & Shine”), “I am the Light of the World,” “Morning Has Broken,” or “The Community Song,” one song that would come up here and there was called “The Magic Penny:” If you know it, feel free to sing along: Love is something if you give it away, give it away, give it away. Love is something if you give it away, you end up having more for, It’s just like a magic penny; hold it tight and you won’t have any. Lend it, spend it, and you’ll have so many, they roll all over the floor for Love is something if you give it away, give it away, give it away. Love is something if you give it away, you end up having more.[i]

"God's Provisions" - Sermon, October 1, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “God’s Provisions” Pastor Andrew Davis October 1, 2017 Exodus 17: 1-7
            Some weeks, you think that you have a good sermon based on the text of the week, yet after chewing on the text and when it comes time to sit down and write, nothing happens.  I have to be honest that it’s been that kind of a week for me, one of those where I really need to rely on the Holy Spirit more than ever.  Then again, it might be God’s way of saying that my sermons of late have been too long, so today is more like a Communion meditation. However, it seems appropriate on this World Communion Sunday, as we join in celebrating Holy Communion with churches around the world that we talk about the ways in which God provides for us.  Just looking at our altar display this morning, we see breads represented from around the world, in which you will be welcome to take some home after worship during coffee hour.  Like the many grains of wheat, rice, or corn that came together to make one lo…

"Just Enough" - Sermon, September 24, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “Just Enough” Pastor Andrew Davis September 24, 2017 Exodus 16: 2-23 Last Sunday, one of my friends who pastors another church had a rather catchy title for his sermon on the sign of his church.  Since we were talking about forgiveness last Sunday, his sermon title on the sign was ‘The Joy of the F Word.’ Definitely grabs your attention, doesn’t it?  Or might make others, groan, wince, or facepalm.  I admit that I got a pretty good laugh out of it, though.  In some ways this morning, and in several of our texts this next month, we could easily create a miniseries called ‘The Joy of the S Word’…Stewardship, since our texts in the Fall tend to lean towards stewardship and being good stewards of what we have in our homes, our church, and here on Planet Earth.  Unlike forgiveness last week which was quite a heavy topic, stewardship is one of the buzzwords around the church that people will oftentimes roll their eyes at because all too often they associate stewardship with…

"Forgiveness is a Necessity" - Sermon, September 17, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “Forgiveness is a Necessity” Pastor Andrew Davis September 17, 2017 Genesis 50: 15-21 Matthew 18: 21-35
Forgiveness is such a challenging, sometimes heavy, yet always necessary word that we hear on a regular basis around the church.  Each week during the prayers of the people when we pray together “The Lord’s Prayer” that Jesus taught us, we say the line “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us,” or when we prepare to take Holy Communion, we seek forgiveness from God for the ways we have fallen short.  Or when we say our individual prayers at whatever time of day we pray, whether it is morning or night, we ask God to forgive us for any shortcomings and any harm we have done to others.  Forgiveness is a necessity, whether we like it or not and no matter how easy or hard it is to forgive others, as God always offers us forgiveness.             Back in the fourth grade 27 years ago, my teacher, Mrs. Bingham was another teacher who was format…