Showing posts from 2018

"Rise Up! Focus" - Sermon, February 4, 2018

Community UMC, Quincy “Rise Up! Focus” Pastor Andrew Davis February 4, 2018 Isaiah 40: 21-31
            A few days ago, my dad shared a photo on my Facebook wall of a church sign that asked “how many verses in the Bible are about ‘Eagles’ and ‘Patriots?’ The answer was Eagles, 33, Patriots, 0.  Over the last couple weeks, the running commentary among many of us has been that God seems to have a sense of humor about the Super Bowl this year, given that our scripture reading from Isaiah is one of the passages that has eagles in it and the fact that the Philadelphia Eagles will be playing the New England Patriots around 3:00 this afternoon.  It’s a strange coincidence that this particular reading would fall on Super Bowl Sunday, as it had been selected quite a few years back when the Lectionary readings for 2018 were assigned, even though we never know who is going to play who year from year.  Since I generally stick with the Revised Common Lectionary, a cycle of four readings each Sunday, I…

An Explanation about this year's Lenten Series

During the season of Lent, the 40 Days leading up to Easter (not counting Sundays), we will be starting a new series, beginning on Ash Wednesday at 5:00pm, February 14 through Palm/Passion Sunday, which will be March 25. 
Starting on Monday, February 19 at 10am and Wednesday, February 21 at 4:30pm, we will be offering a Lenten study around Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes’ book, Gifts of the Dark Wood, which offers some different insights around the sometimes dark places in our lives and how they can end up being a blessing in disguise.  To reserve a copy of the book, please contact the church office.  You are welcome to donate $10 to the book fund when you pick your book up. 
Our worship services, starting with Ash Wednesday on February 14 will touch on the theme of rehabilitation.  According to the team at Discipleship Ministries in Nashville (Dawn Chesser, Taylor Burton-Edwards, & Jackson Henry),
There is much to mine from considering our Lenten journey this year within the frame of rehab, …

Adventures, February 2018 from "The Quincy Quill"

How is it already the month of February?  I suppose as I get older, time tends to move even faster, as each new year goes by quicker and quicker.  While it feels like we just put away our Christmas decorations, we are already looking toward the season of Lent, the forty days (not counting Sundays) before Easter that begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day). 
As the team at Discipleship Ministries in Nashville (Dawn Chesser, Taylor Burton-Edwards, and Jackson Henry) explain,
the annual observance of the Lenten discipline among Christians is a time to seek restoration for our lives. It is a time to reflect, take stock of our spiritual condition, and realign our lives. Our method for taking stock is the baptismal covenant as our reference point and making good use of the means of grace as our method. We enter the season through the Ash Wednesday call “in the name of the church, to observe a holy Lent: by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; …

"Rise Up! Answer" - Sermon, January 28, 2018

Community UMC, Quincy “Rise Up! Answer” Pastor Andrew Davis January 28, 2018 Deuteronomy 18: 15-20
            How many of you like having an answer to every question you are asked?  I know I do!!  Yet, sometimes answers evade us and will admit that I will oftentimes get upset when I don’t have answers.  Any of you find yourselves there too?  Sometimes, we don’t always have an answer to everything, and as I’ve learned the older I get, we don’t always need to have an answer to everything either as frustrating as it can be when we don’t.  As I alluded to last Sunday, even though there is a tongue-in-cheek expectation among many that pastors are to have all the answers to everything, the reality is that we don’t always have all the answers to everything and that’s okay, as we can flesh out the answers together whenever we face life’s greatest questions.              This past year, I have gotten into the habit of listening to podcasts, which are recorded radio shows that we can listen to at a…

"Rise Up! Move" - Sermon, January 21, 2018

Community UMC, Quincy Rise Up! Move Pastor Andrew Davis January 21, 2018 Jonah 3: 1-10 Mark 1: 14-20
In some ways, we could almost change the words to our gathering song to “I’m gonna move when the Spirit says move (3X)…and obey the spirit of the Lord.”             We definitely gotta move with the Spirit, that’s for sure.  Yet there are also places we don’t always want to go into either.  What are some of the places you still go to, yet you would rather not?  <Allow for responses>             For the longest time, hospitals was something I avoided and just the thought of going into a hospital kinda made me turn a shade or two green.  Even nursing homes.  Yet once I got into the practice a few years ago, it was a total transformation that I could walk into a hospital or nursing home with confidence and assurance from God.  Talk about moving when the Spirit says move!!              In our text this morning, Jonah is called by God to go from Joppa (in modern day Spain) to the city of …