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

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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…

"Are You Listening?" - Sermon, September 10, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “Are You Listening?” Pastor Andrew Davis September 10, 2017 Ezekiel 33: 7-11 Matthew 18: 15-20
A few weeks ago, after getting back from the East Coast and still being on vacation from my church activities, I was perusing DirecTV and all 200+ channels for something other than ESPN, Food Network, Travel Channel, or the news when I came across American Movie Classics (AMC).  I was kind of intrigued that the 1989 film, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation was on AMC, so decided, what the heck, even though it’s August, I can use a little Christmas in August.  After all, some of the big box stores are getting ready to start putting their Christmas stuff out, so may as well get my heart ready for Christmas a few months early.  Then again, I always get a good laugh at any of the Vacation series starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as Clark and Ellen Griswold, as I needed a good laugh after all the stress of trying to get to and from the East Coast as I dealt with cancell…

Adventures from "The Quincy Quill" - September 2017

Where has this summer gone?  Even being still young-ish and now officially entering my late 30’s, I feel that time seems get faster and faster the older we get.  I remember back in my younger days how the last day of school would come around in June and looked forward to having the whole summer to relax, unwind from a busy school year, and play.  But as it always happened, the end of August came very quickly and before we knew it, another school year was once again upon us.  When this article is published, all of our schools here in Quincy and Plumas County will be back in session and we lift all of you who are back in school up in prayer, both students, teachers, and administrators. 
I have to be honest that the Fall has actually caught me off guard, as time does march on very quickly.  It feels like we started our summer programming a little early in May and just when I thought summer would be slower, it wasn’t.  Yet amidst how busy this summer has been for myself and many of us in …

"Who Are You?" - Sermon, August 27, 2017

As each new school year begins, I often find myself in a sense of denial about my age.  I think all of us can relate to that one, as it may not always feel like it was that long ago since we were facing the first day of school ourselves.  Plus a majority of this year’s college freshmen were born the year I graduated high school, which really puts things in perspective.  In fact, there was a little blurb back in May or June that pointed out that this year’s high school graduates were among the last of the kids born in the twentieth century, meaning a majority of the graduates this next June will be kids born in the twenty-first century.  Yet the first day of school is always one of those special times in our lives as students, parents, and even in our church family.  The new school year is a time of making new friends, a chance to build upon what was learned in the past year and learning new things, while each new year also gives us a chance to build up our identity and who we are.  As…

"When the Storms of Life are Raging" - Sermon from August 13, 2017

Community UMC, Quincy “When the Storms of Life are Raging” Pastor Andrew Davis August 13, 2017 Matthew 14: 22-33
          One of the things about visiting the mountains throughout my life and now living in the mountains is that the wind can often come up out of nowhere and come up very strong in the late morning to afternoon.  I remember from my many years of fishing the Truckee area lakes how things would be relatively calm when my dad and I got there, only to see the wind start creating riffles on the lake, then by mid-afternoon, whitecaps.  It’s one of those moments I would not really want to be out there in a kayak, raft, or small aluminum boat like our old 12-foot SeaNymph we used to have.  In fact, I remember how windy it was when my dad and I first went up to Eagle Lake when I was almost 13.  Even though we went ahead and launched at Spaulding and got out onto the lake, it was like being on a rough sea.  And to compound the rough water, our old Evinrude outboard didn’t want to coop…