We Make the Road by Walking - Week 6
October 24, 2021
Jacob wrestles with God on the riverbank the night before he reunites with his estranged brother Esau. We want to live in harmony with God and with our loved ones, but we all experience times of discord. Jacob takes all his angst about his relationship with his brother--and even his relationship with himself--and wrestles with God, demanding a blessing. God does give a blessing, but the blessing comes with a change: his name changes and he will forever walk with a limp. Wrestling with God is now part of his identity, part of the blessing. The same can be true for us. We can find blessing in the wrestling.
We Make the Road by Walking - Week 5
Genesis 18:9-15 and Micah 6:6-8
October 17, 2021
When God established the covenant with Abraham and Sarah, God promised that all of the families of the earth would be blessed through them, and that their descendants would be as many as the stars. But they they never had any children. They grew old. It was too late. And when it was too late, God showed up and told them they would have children. With God, it’s not too late. We think that after a certain amount of time, it’s just too hard or even impossible to change, but that is not how God thinks. God does not give up.
We Make the Road by Walking - Week 4
Genesis 7:1-5; 9:8-17
October 10, 2021
Humanity and God started out with a harmonious relationship, but in short order, things descended into chaos and violence. Heartbroken, God decided to wipe humans of the face of the earth and start over. After the flood, however, God relents, and promises never to destroy all humanity again. So is God changing and growing? Or are humans changing in their understanding of God? However we answer those questions, it is clear that life changes us, and the stories we tell adapt accordingly. How is the pandemic changing our stories? It has been an era of suffering and struggle, and also learning and creativity. Sharing our stories can help us heal and grow in an age of isolation and division.
We Make the Road by Walking - Week 3
Genesis 3:1-13 NRSV
October 3, 2021
Jesus teaches us that what we seek, we will find. So what is it we’re looking for? Who are we seeking to imitate? Are we looking for things that will fill us, but empty others? Or are we looking for the things that God looks for--to create, to bless, to heal, to love? How do we handle rivalries and jealousies so that they do not consume us?
We Make the Road By Walking - Week 2
Genesis 2:4b-9; 15-17 NRSV
September 26, 2021
The garden of Eden contains two trees, two sources of food. One is the Tree of Life. The other is the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God tells humans to eat from the Tree of Life, but not from the other tree. Why? Why does God put that tree there in the first place? Why would it be so bad to want to know what is good and what is not good? In this creation story, we see humanity’s first temptation--to put ourselves in the role of God.
We Make The Road By Walking - Week 1
Genesis 1:1-5; 26-31, Genesis 2:1-3
September 19, 2021
God’s work is creation, and it is good. Then God took a day off to enjoy it, to find joy in creation. We can find joy in creation, also--joy in the act of creating and joy in creation itself. We are called to resist evil, injustice, and oppression, and joy is one of the ways we do that resistance. The joy of creation infuses us with God’s goodness. Finding joy in creation gives us strength to work for the good. Finding joy in creation reminds us of our purpose.
All Things New - Week 10
September, 12, 2021
The Bible closes the way it opens, with God’s promise. “I will be your God and you will be my people” is the covenant that God makes with us. There is not a happily ever after the end, but a beginning in God’s love and covenant. The destination is the process; the goal is the growing.
All Things New - Week 9
Sept. 5, 2021
Haven't we all had to face a big change that just didn't come at the right time? How many times have we said, "I'm just not ready," or "The timing isn't good right now"? Did you know that Jesus said those same things? The very first public act he did in his ministry was something he tried to get out of because the timing was off. Unfortunately for him, and fortunately for the rest of us, his mom didn't take no for an answer and pushed him into it anyway. That miracle, when he turned the water into wine at a wedding, changed his life and changed our lives. What does this mean for us? God rarely waits for us to feel ready because God knows we already have everything we need. God is with us, so, as MLK said, the time is always right to do what is right.
All Things New - Week 8
August 29, 2021
God consistently calls people to new things, but if we are honest, much of our life is repetitive. We do the same things day in, day out, week in, week out. We get in habits and thought patterns. How can we grow when we find ourselves doing the same things over and over? In our story today, Peter's time with Jesus ends almost exactly how it begins. Jesus also asks Peter an important question not once or twice, but three times. Repetition can be good for us, and can actually lead us deeper into that new future that God has for us.
All Things New - Week 7
August 22, 2021
As we explore Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians who
reminds us of our need to look after our neighbors. Paul urges us to look at our neighbors through Christ’s eyes—eyes that see everyone as a beloved child of God.
All Things New - Week 6
August 15, 2021
Pastor Tanya takes a look at how Paul’s Letter to the Romans reminds us of God’s transforming love. Paul helps us connect with God’s grace and restore ourselves with hope for the future.
All Things New - Week 5
August 8, 2021
God grace is not a performance we execute, it is a faith we live.
All Things New - Week 4
Jeremiah 31:1-6, 31-34
August 1, 2021
When God does a new thing, it often does not make sense to our human logic. If we partner with God in doing a new thing, we may have to look and feel foolish. Do we have the faith of Jeremiah to not only envision new life where others see wasteland, but have the strength and commitment to make it grow?
All Things New - Week 3
July 25, 2021
Following God's call ultimately feels best, even when it is hard or a new thing.
All Things New - Week 2
Deuteronomy 1: 6-8, 19-21, 26-33
July 18, 2021
Moses has led the people of God through the wilderness, and it is now finally time for them to enter the Holy Land. The people must be rejoicing and relieved to make it through a time of slavery and wandering, right? Nope. They are grumbling, afraid, and longing for the days of slavery in Egypt. Why? Why are people like this? Our memories are faulty, and we are prone to long for the past even when it wasn't all God wanted for us. How can we face the future unafraid instead of longing for an unhealthy past? How can we use our memories to help us look forward? How can we let God lead us to do a new thing when the pull of the old thing is so strong?
We remember together that God calls us to go forward without dread or fear.
All Things New - Week 1
Genesis 12: 1-12
July 11, 2021
We start at the very beginning, reading the story in Genesis 12 when God calls Abram and Sarai to a new covenant. Does God tell them they're doing a great job, keep it up, and God will see to it that they have a nice, comfy life? Nope. God calls them to leave everything they know and go to a new place, a place only God knows. Sound familiar? Don't worry; this is a story of good news, for Abram and Sarai, for all the families of the earth, and for us as well.
Turn, Turn, Turn Part 2
1 Corinthians 11:23b-25
July 4, 2021
Pastor Tanya takes a look at how the celebration of Holy Communion keeps us mindful of how we are a community. Holy communion helps us connect with God’s grace and restore ourselves for the future.
Turn, Turn, Turn
June 27, 2021
We live with change, constantly. It is all around us and it really needs to be. Let’s revel in the gift of new beginnings!
Weaving The Future
(Pastor Mary's Last Sunday)
June 20, 2021
I give thanks for the threads I have been able to add to the tapestry of Marysville UMC and know that you will continue to do God’s work in this community.
Do! Love! Walk! (Graduation Sunday)
Micah 6:1-4, 6-8
June 13, 2021
Faith is not just a matter of what we believe; faith calls us to act.
Bread For The Journey
June 6, 2021
Jesus, the bread of life, is the source of all we need.
The Interrelational Unknown
May 30, 2021
The community of God experiences our communal values very differently and each of us is having a sacred, valid engagement.
May 23, 2021
The Holy Spirit blows it all away. It blows us out into the world. It blows apart all that divides us. It blows away our fears.
In the Interim
Acts 1:1-11 CEB
May 16, 2021
Jesus, after telling his followers to be his witnesses was taken up to heaven. The followers find themselves at an in-between time as they await the gift of the Holy
Singing God’s Song of Love
Psalm 98:4-9 (NRSV-adapted)
May 9, 2021
We join creation, singing God’s song of love. We are chosen and loved
May 2, 2021
It is six years since Marysville United Methodist became a Reconciling Congregation, welcoming everyone! We will celebrate this and consider how we can continue this good work. We hear the story of an Ethiopian Eunuch who was curious and learned about the good news of Jesus.