Posts with the tag “christmas”

Are You a Bridge?
by Kim Matthews, Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, Huntington, WV on January 6th, 2024
20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. M...  Read More
Seeing is Believing
by Lyle Henderson, Central United Methodist Huntington, WV on January 5th, 2024
7 I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.    I will praise the Lord for all he has done.I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel,    which he has granted according to his mercy and love.8 He said, “They are my very own people.    Surely they will not betray me again.”    And he became their Savior.9 In all their suffering he also suffered,    and he personally rescued them.In his love and ...  Read More
Yes Pass it On
by Dan Erenrich, Spruce Street UMC, Morgantown, WV on January 4th, 2024
3 Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again.5 I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. A...  Read More
My Jesus
by Jennifer Greene, 1st United Methodist Church, Williamstown, WV on January 3rd, 2024
Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. 3 The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he ...  Read More
Finding the Good News
by Jeffrey A. Porter, Barboursville, WV on January 2nd, 2024
How beautiful on the mountains    are the feet of the messenger who brings good news,the good news of peace and salvation,    the news that the God of Israel reigns! Many times in our lives, we have or will be waiting for “the feet of him who brings good news,” as we anticipate events. Maybe it is a school test result...the arrival of a loved one from travels...the results of medical tests or the ...  Read More
The Holy Spirit in the New Year
by Betty Lou Harris, Franklin United Methodist Church Wellsburg, WV on January 1st, 2024
4 When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5 he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6 He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inh...  Read More
New Life in Christ
by Denver Drake, Gassaway UMC, Gassaway, WV on December 31st, 2023
11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. 12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, 13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. 14 He gave his life to free us f...  Read More
And It Moved Into the Neighborhood
by Hannah Lamb, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Nitro, WV on December 30th, 2023
1 In the beginning the Word already existed.    The Word was with God,    and the Word was God.2 He existed in the beginning with God.3 God created everything through him,    and nothing was created except through him.4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,    and his life brought light to everyone.5 The light shines in the darkness,    and the darkness can never extinguish it.6 God s...  Read More
The God Who Stays
by Tammy Harris, Simpson UM Church, Moundsville, WV on December 29th, 2023
1 Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. 2 Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! 3 Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies. 4 Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God wil...  Read More
Growing Seasons
by Doris P. Dean, Calvary UMC, Clarksburg, WV on December 28th, 2023
1 Sing a new song to the Lord!    Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!2 Sing to the Lord; praise his name.    Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.3 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.    Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.4 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!    He is to be feared above all gods.5 The gods of other nations are mere idols,    but the Lor...  Read More
by Jamie Jarvis, St. Luke’s UMC, Craigsville, WV on December 27th, 2023
2 The people who walk in darkness    will see a great light.For those who live in a land of deep darkness,    a light will shine.3 You will enlarge the nation of Israel,    and its people will rejoice.They will rejoice before you    as people rejoice at the harvest    and like warriors dividing the plunder.4 For you will break the yoke of their slavery    and lift the heavy burden from their shoul...  Read More
Enter In
by Linda Kay Wellings, 1st United Methodist Church Buckhannon, WV on December 26th, 2023
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. When I had my children, I loved them from the beginning. God loved his Son, Jesus, from the beginning too and, as Jesus entered this world, God was sharing His love with us. Bible stories tell us of the significance of His birth, but sometimes it is on...  Read More
Christmas Boots
by Steve Matthews, Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, Huntington, WV on December 25th, 2023
15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. ...  Read More