Showing posts from August, 2016

Adventures, September 2016 from the Quincy Quill

Adventures with Pastor Andrew Here I am, Lord.  Is it I, Lord?  I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart (Here I am, Lord; United Methodist Hymnal, 593)
Where has the summer gone?  I think it’s a question many of us ask, as here we are in September and already at the end of summer.  But amidst the summer ending, September marks another time of new beginnings as kids go back to school, the nights begin cooling down more, the days become even shorter, and we start seeing some semblances of Fall starting to take place, especially with the influx of pumpkin-spice everything and Halloween candy making its appearance in the stores.  Although visit one of the “big-box” stores in Reno or Chico and you’ll likely see some Christmas things up already!!  During my four years in Washington, DC for seminary, I looked forward to September because the humidity usually broke around the middle of the month and the weather became comfortable…

Worship with Reverence and Awe

Community UMC, Quincy “What Faithful Living Looks Like: Worship with Reverence and Awe” Pastor Andrew Davis August 21, 2016 Hebrews 12: 18-29
        I love a good thunderstorm!!  A couple days this week while working in the office, I would look out the front door of the church house and comment to Linda how the clouds were sure building and hoping for a good thunderstorm out here.  But instead, the Chester and Susanville areas got to have it and the brief rain while we stayed high and dry here in Quincy.  Might see some this week, as they are in the forecast.  Although with the dry conditions around us, we probably don’t readily want to wish for a thunderstorm necessarily, as lightning is one of the many ways wildfires begin and we already have enough fires burning in the state, along with resources being stretched thin.  However, eight years ago when my family and I traveled to Chicago, then up to Wisconsin for a family reunion, I got a good lesson of showing reverence and awe when it c…

Faithfulness, Everywhere, Under ALL Conditions - Sermon, August 14, 2016

Community UMC, Quincy “What Faithful Living Looks Like: Faithfulness, Everywhere, Under ALL Conditions” Pastor Andrew Davis August 14, 2016 Hebrews 11: 29-12: 3
How many of you have been watching the Olympics this last week?  Every two years, I can never get enough of the Olympics, as I find myself glued to the TV or watching online on my iPad, whether it’s the Winter or Summer Games.  With the summer games happening in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil right now, I’ve been watching the diving, swimming, gymnastics and basketball whenever I can, but I’ll also watch some of the other events as well, such as track and field, sailing, or archery.  Although I do tend to watch the Winter Games a little more, regardless of which Olympic Games are being held each even numbered year, I am always amazed at the agility and dedication of the athletes who spend countless hours training, making sacrifices in order to devote their life to the sport they love, and even the sacrifices their families have had to make…

"What Faithful Living Looks Like: Seeking the Unseen" - Sermon, 8/6/2016

Community UMC, Quincy “What Faithful Living Looks Like: Seeking the Unseen” Pastor Andrew Davis August 7, 2016 Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16 Luke 12: 32-40
11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.Indeed, by faith[a]our ancestors received approval.By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.[b]
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.10 For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.11 By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised…