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.

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost: The Bread of Life

Jae NewmanSermon

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

I know the David story—the darkness, the redemptive element—is seemingly the text we might focus on. It’s not where I’m focusing us this week. Instead, I’m arrested by this metaphor: “The Bread of Life.” Metaphors are a big deal.

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost: Conquering Giants

Gloria RoordaSermon

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

What would be on your list of fears? Because we all have them don’t we? We all have areas of our lives that if we are not careful can become a tsunami of fear, overwhelming us and making us feel completely unable to move ahead in any kind of meaningful way.

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Gloria RoordaSermon

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

Today we are talking about how in the kingdom of God values things differently than the culture around us. What’s important, and how God is at work is hidden for those who are not immersed in the Kingdom of God. People may be looking at the exact same event, and see two completely different things.

Third Sunday After Pentecost: Failure as Opportunity

Chris LandonSermon

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

1 Samuel 8 is a turning point in the history of Israel and also a train wreck of failure. This chapter fundamentally changes the nation of Israel, they go from a gathering of tribes with a version of a theocracy lead by divinely appointed judges to a monarchy.

First Sunday After Pentecost: Ordinary Time

Gloria RoordaSermon

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

I never liked the term ordinary time, because I thought it meant plain, unexciting, boring. But in some research I did this week, I found out that “Ordinary Time is called “ordinary” not because it is common.