Light the Christ Candle

First, we re-light the candles of hope, peace, joy and love.Today, we light the Christ candle, representing Jesus, the light of the World!! The light of God-With-Us brings respite, provides comfort and fills us with hope, peace, joy and love. Chris is Born!! Alleluia!

Lighting the Candle of LOVE

Today we relight the candles of hope, peace and joy. remembering how God has spoken to us and made a difference in our lives. This week, we come to the candle of love. The flame reminds us that love is our greatest commandment. Love illuminates hatred and fills a compassionate heart.

Light the Candle of JOY

Today we relight the candles of hope and peace remembering how God has spoken to us and made a difference in our lives. Now we come to the candle of JOY, despite all of the celebrations, hugs and moments we have missed for God’s joy ignites embers under loss and sorrow and brings the light of steadfast love.

Light the candle of PEACE

Today we relight the candle of hope, remembering how God has spoken to us and made a difference in our lives.Now we light the candle of PEACE in spite of anger, violence, social unrest, depression, additions and pandemic conditions. God’s peace illuminates the possibility of healing and joy.

The first Sunday of Advent: HOPE!

The first Sunday of Advent: HOPE! Today the flame of this candle reminds us of the true HOPE that came to this world when God chose to be with us and Jesus was born. This light of God-With-Us shines and brightens the shadows of the world.

John Wesley goes to Georgia

We are continuing to explore the story of John Wesley and early Methodism. We learn about Methodist history not to relive the past, but to learn from it. The Holy Spirit moved powerfully through America and England in the time of the Wesleys, and we are wise to glean all we can from our vibrant history and tradition. To catch up on the series, check out Part 1 and Part 2.…

Who is your Pastor?

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. That sounds like a rather silly thing to do, seeing as I’ve been the pastor at Lansdowne UMC for over a year and a half, doesn’t it?  Still, as I recently passed a significant milestone in my journey toward ordination as an Elder in the United Methodist Church, I’ve had lots of opportunities lately to…

Growing Up

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18) “we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15) My last semester in seminary, I took a class on “Creation.” For a whole semester we studied not…

Alpha: Good News for the World

“What is too good about Jesus not to share?” That was among the first questions that my professor asked our evangelism class in seminary. Some students were quick to answer. Others had trouble articulating an answer. The professor, Mark Teasdale, went on to point out, “Only when we offer the good news of Jesus Christ as that which has touched and…
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