Twenty Sixth Sunday After Pentecost: Waiting

Gloria RoordaSermon

Arbor House is a community of Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia, NY

So, those were some interesting readings this morning, weren’t they? First, we have both the OT and Psalm readings from I Samuel: Hannah’s story; then the reading about Jesus being our high priest, and finally the Gospel reading about the destruction of the Temple. And actually, I think they all hang together pretty well.

All Saints Day

Gloria RoordaSermon

Arbor House is a community of Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia, NY

Today we are commemorating All Saints Day, a day when we remember all the people who have gone before us into death; so it is fitting that in all our readings today, except the psalm, death and tears are part of the conversation.

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

Chris LandonSermon

Arbor House is a community of Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia, NY

Words have an incredible power. Words can affect change in ourselves, the people around us, and the world around us. I performed a wedding a few weeks ago, and there was something that happened when I said, “I now pronounce you husband and wife.” Those words changed something about the people being married simply by me speaking them.

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Gloria RoordaSermon

Arbor House is a community of Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia, NY

If you died tomorrow, how would people describe you? Often eulogies gloss over a person’s imperfections and paint a rosy picture of a person’s life, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about after the funeral, maybe when the family and friends gather for a meal, how would they describe you?

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost: Life Against Death

Chris LandonSermon

Arbor House is a community of Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia, NY

Quentin Tarantino is rumored to be working on a Star Trek movie. When I heard that, it struck me as odd. Of all the directors that could make a decent Star Trek movie, his name does not immediately come to mind. I think that he has made some great movies, and is an iconic director who has his own style (usually involving a copious amount of blood).

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Gloria RoordaSermon

Arbor House is a community of Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia, NY

What does a wise person look like? Some of you maybe think that to be wise means you have to be really old and have a long gray beard. But being wise is more than being old, or having a beard! Many of us know old people who are simply foolish, and bearded men who are not wise either. So what does it mean to be wise?

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Gloria RoordaSermon

Arbor House is a community of Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia, NY

The mother in today’s Gospel reading was desperate. Her little daughter was demon possessed and it was going to kill the little girl if she didn’t get the help she needed. So as soon as she heard the Jewish teacher who had a reputation for healing people was in her area, she set out to find him.

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Gloria RoordaSermon

Arbor House is a community of Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia, NY

Can we talk about the actor Ben Affleck a minute? He’s been in the news this week. I used to really like this guy! I loved the friendship he and Matt Damon had and their success together in the movie Good Will Hunting.

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost: Eat Me

Gloria RoordaSermon

Arbor House is a community of Northgate Free Methodist Church in Batavia, NY

He offers us a healing intimacy, a restructuring of who we are, perhaps even at a celluar or sub-cellar level to rid of us death, and revive us, heal us, restore us to a life that will never end.