Ash Wednesday

Chris LandonSermon

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

I have been reading a lot about Cain and Abel recently. I have been reading about them because that is the topic of my master’s thesis. As a grad student there is nothing that we like to talk about more than our master’s thesis and there is nothing that everyone hates more than hearing a grad student talk about their master’s thesis. So I will save all the boring details for another time.

The Third Sunday After Epiphany

Chris LandonSermon

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

Scripture is like a rearview mirror. We can look back at the history of God and humanity and their acts. The question we then have to wrestle with is, how does this look back relate to where are now? How do the lessons that we discern from the history of God and humanity, relate to our present?

Epiphany

Chris LandonSermon

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

The church year can be split into two mirrored halves. They both follow the same rhythm. The rhythm starts with a season of waiting and preparation, Advent and Lent, where we are expectant of the high holy days that are to come.

The Third Sunday of Advent: Joy in the Midst of Winter

Jae NewmanSermon

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Twenty centuries later, the world still swells in the weeks before Christmas. I’m not talking about the fact that Target has Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes available in late October or the fact that those obligatory Santa Claus pictures are taken at shopping malls all across the country.

The First Sunday of Advent

Gloria RoordaSermon

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Today is the beginning of a new year! This is one of those times in the church calendar that it is apparent that we are out of step with most of those around us. It is a time when we are reminded that our lives, our reality is ordered around the life of Jesus Christ our Savior.

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.