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"Prepare the Way: Refine" - Sermon, December 9, 2018

Community UMC, Quincy “Prepare the Way: Refine” Rev. Andrew Davis December 9, 2018 Malachi 3: 1-4 Luke 3: 1-6
This past week as I was reading through our texts for this morning, parts of Handel’s Messiah immediately came to mind. How many of you have had the opportunity to sing the Messiah, have it on CD, or have seen it live?  The Messiah by George Friedrich Handel is a beloved choral masterwork that often gets associated with Christmas, although it is a work that was written to tell the entire story Jesus’s life through music; from the prophets announcing his birth all the way to the resurrection.  As I read these two texts this morning, I hear the words, “But who may abide, the day of his coming” or “Every valley…every valley, shall be exalted…” playing through my mind.  Now, I could sing both of these solo arias from the Messiah, although they are a bit demanding to sing without extensive rehearsal, especially “But Who May Abide” where it talks about the refiner’s fire and all the notes…

"Prepare the Way: Stand" - Sermon, December 2, 2018

Community UMC, Quincy “Prepare the Way: Stand” Rev. Andrew Davis December 2, 2018 – First Sunday of Advent Jeremiah 33: 14-16 Luke 21: 25-36
How many of you already have your homes decorated for Christmas?  How many of you were at Main Street Sparkle on Friday night?  As we look around us, the song title sung by Perry Como and a number of other artists at this time of year says, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” as the town is now decorated and looking extra festive.  We saw signs of it looking like the Christmas season earlier last month as the ornaments were being hung on the trees along Main Street.  Then on Monday, the lights were being strung on the tree at the courthouse and of course, Sparkle was amazing once again thanks to the work of the Quincy Chamber. I think it’s safe to say that we are now in the Christmas spirit around here, especially as we just had some snowfall too.               However, you might wonder why we aren’t all decked out with boughs of evergreen and…

"The One Who Is, Was, and Is to Come" - Sermon, November 25, 2018

Community UMC, Quincy “The One Who Is, Who Was, and Is to Come” Rev. Andrew Davis November 25, 2018 Revelation 1: 4b-8 John 18: 33-37
Today is one of those strange-feeling Sundays, as it has the feeling of a holiday weekend with many still out of town from Thanksgiving this past Thursday. It’s also the quiet before the storm, as we are in a now, but not-yet when it comes to Christmas despite the fact that Black Friday has come and gone and that Christmas d├ęcor abounds just about everywhere you look now and Christmas music will be playing on many radios, CD players, or Pandora internet radio from now until December 26th. As I was driving back to Quincy from Rio Linda yesterday, I saw many Christmas trees on top of cars and trucks pass by me on Hwy. 89 and 70, a clear sign that Thanksgiving is now over and that it’s all about Christmas.  Yet here in the church, or at least those of us who follow the liturgical calendar, it’s the end of the liturgical year with today being Christ the King Sund…

"An Attitude of Gratitude" - Sermon, November 18, 2018

What an awesome weekend it was last weekend in Santa Barbara as my family celebrated my sister Sarah and brother-in-law Juan’s wedding in the rose garden at the mission. While weddings can be a little tedious to plan, I am beyond thankful and filled with gratitude that everything went as close to perfect as it can get.  Even in light of the Camp Fire going on in Butte County next door to us and the Woolsey Fire, which my family saw the plumes of smoke from in Santa Barbara last weekend, I am filled with gratitude for this congregation, as I do not have to worry about being away and things falling apart.  I was on pins and needles not being able to be here last week with the power being out for the Fall dinner, yet everything went off the next day without a hitch, plus I heard our DS Blake Busick had an excellent message and hope it challenged everyone too!!  I am filled with gratitude for Linda, Pastor Ray, and everyone who helps to keep things running.  But, I am filled with gratitud…

October "Adventures"

Since moving here to Quincy in 2016, October is a month I look forward to.Besides the beautiful colors in the changing trees, the cool nights, the fantastic fishing in our lakes and streams as the trout get fat for winter, and the smell of fireplaces in the air, it’s also when things feel like they are back in rhythm.I’ll admit that in September after not having my regular routine during the summer, things can be a little rough.But when October comes around, I’m back in gear.
The period from October until January is one of the busiest times of year, as our lay leadership development team works on the leadership needs for the next year, planning for the season of Advent and Christmas is well underway, and several of us are working on reports for our annual church conference (aka Charge Conference) that will be happening sometime in November.Even amidst the busy nature of Fall, it is always a source of joy to step outside and see God’s handiwork around us, as I always find a sense of awe…

"Mystery: Restored" - Sermon, October 28, 2018

Community UMC, Quincy “Mystery: Restored” Rev. Andrew Davis October 28, 2018 Job 42: 1-6, 10-17
On the last Sunday of every month, I often find myself wondering where the heck the month has gone, as this month has flown by like all the others have this year.Lately, I’ve been feeling the crunch of not enough time in the day or enough days in the week.It always seems to happen at this time of year too with preparation and putting together charge conference reports, along with the first of the big holidays on Wednesday with Halloween, Thanksgiving a few weeks away, then Christmas in less than two months.Thankfully, the choir will be ready for Christmas, although not so sure this pastor will be.A week ago, I was starting to wonder if donations would come in for our participation in Quincy Chamber’s Safe Trick-or-Treat along Main Street on Wednesday, but thanks to the generous donations, which are great appreciated, we will be participating and there with bells on. Along with all the festivities…