“The Master Gardener” - By Lay Speaker Steve Laur

May 26, 2017


May 21, 2017


John 15:1-8


 I am the true vine

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. He removes any of my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. You are already trimmed because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch can’t produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can’t produce fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything. If you don’t remain in me, you will be like a branch that is thrown out and dries up. Those branches are gathered up, thrown into a fire, and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified when you produce much fruit and in this way prove that you are my disciples.


“Determination” - By SJUMC Youth

May 16, 2017


May 14, 2017


Galatians 6:1-9


Caring and sharing

1 Brothers and sisters, if a person is caught doing something wrong, you who are spiritual should restore someone like this with a spirit of gentleness. Watch out for yourselves so you won’t be tempted too. Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are important when they aren’t, they’re fooling themselves. Each person should test their own work and be happy with doing a good job and not compare themselves with others. Each person will have to carry their own load.


Those who are taught the word should share all good things with their teacher. Make no mistake, God is not mocked. A person will harvest what they plant. Those who plant only for their own benefit will harvest devastation from their selfishness, but those who plant for the benefit of the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit. Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up.


“Baptism, Pt. 1: Incorporated and Initiated” - by Rev. Troy Benton

May 10, 2017


May 7, 2017


Acts 1: 1 - 5


The risen Jesus with his disciples

1 Theophilus, the first scroll I wrote concerned everything Jesus did and taught from the beginning, right up to the day when he was taken up into heaven. Before he was taken up, working in the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus instructed the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he showed them that he was alive with many convincing proofs. He appeared to them over a period of forty days, speaking to them about God’s kingdom. While they were eating together, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised. He said, “This is what you heard from me: John baptized with water, but in only a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”


“The Fruits of The Spirit: Life is Sweet!”: By Lay Speaker Jan Denby

May 2, 2017


April 30, 2017


 Galatians 5: 22 – 26


22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the self with its passions and its desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit. 26 Let’s not become arrogant, make each other angry, or be jealous of each other.”


“Holy Help” - By Rev. Troy Benton

April 24, 2017


April 23, 2017


Matthew 5:13-16



Salt and Light


13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. 14 You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.”


Easter Service, “The Power of His Blood pt 2: Some Things Will Never Come Out” - By Rev. Troy Benton

April 17, 2017


April 16, 2017


John 20:1-18



Empty Tomb

Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. She ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve put him.” Peter and the other disciple left to go to the tomb. They were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and was the first to arrive at the tomb. Bending down to take a look, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he didn’t go in. Following him, Simon Peter entered the tomb and saw the linen cloths lying there. He also saw the face cloth that had been on Jesus’ head. It wasn’t with the other clothes but was folded up in its own place. Then the other disciple, the one who arrived at the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. They didn’t yet understand the scripture that Jesus must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples returned to the place where they were staying.

Jesus appears to Mary

11 Mary stood outside near the tomb, crying. As she cried, she bent down to look into the tomb. 12 She saw two angels dressed in white, seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and one at the foot. 13 The angels asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” She replied, “They have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they’ve put him.” 14 As soon as she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she didn’t know it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she replied, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him and I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabbouni” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Don’t hold on to me, for I haven’t yet gone up to my Father. Go to my brothers and sisters and tell them, ‘I’m going up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene left and announced to the disciples, “I’ve seen the Lord.” Then she told them what he said to her.


“The Power of His Blood pt 1: It Was Anything, but an Ordinary Day” - By Rev. Troy Benton

April 11, 2017


April 9, 2017


John 12:12-19 (CEB) 

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

12The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13They took palm branches and went out to meet him. They shouted, “Hosanna! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the king of Israel!” 14Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, 15Don’t be afraid, Daughter Zion. Look! Your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt. 16His disciples didn’t understand these things at first. After he was glorified, they remembered that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him. 17The crowd who had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead were testifying about him. 18That’s why the crowd came to meet him, because they had heard about this miraculous sign that he had done. 19Therefore, the Pharisees said to each other, “See! You’ve accomplished nothing! Look! The whole world is following him!”


“BOUND, pt 5: Bound to Hope” - By Rev. Troy Benton

April 6, 2017


April 2, 2017


Psalm 130 (CEB)

1I cry out to you from the depths, Lord—2my Lord, listen to my voice!  Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy! 3If you kept track of sins, Lord— my Lord, who would stand a chance? 4But forgiveness is with you—that’s why you are honored. 5I hope, Lord. My whole being hopes, and I wait for God’s promise. 6My whole being waits for my Lord—more than the night watch waits or morning; yes, more than the night watch waits for morning! 7Israel, wait for the Lord! Because faithful love is with the Lord; because great redemption is with our God! 8He is the one who will redeem Israel from all its sin.  


Romans 8:1-6 (CEB)

1So now there isn’t any condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3God has done what was impossible for the Law, since it was weak because of selfishness. God condemned sin in the body by sending his own Son to deal with sin in the same body as humans, who are controlled by sin.4He did this so that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us. Now the way we live is based on the Spirit, not based on selfishness. 5People whose lives are based on selfishness think about selfish things, but people whose lives are based on the Spirit think about things that are related to the Spirit. 6The attitude that comes from selfishness leads to death, but the attitude that comes from the Spirit leads to life and peace.


“BOUND pt 4: Bound to Provision” - By Rev. Troy Benton

March 30, 2017


March 26, 2017


Psalm 23 (CEB)

A Psalm of David

1The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing. 2He lets me rest in grassy meadows; he leads me to restful waters; 3he keeps me alive. He guides me in proper paths for the sake of his good name. 4Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff—they protect me. 5You set a table for me right in front of my enemies. You bathe my head in oil; my cup is so full it spills over! 6Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the Lord’s house as long as I live.


Ephesians 5:8-11 (CEB)

8You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, so live your life as children of light. 9Light produces fruit that consists of every sort of goodness, justice, and truth. 10Therefore, test everything to see what’s pleasing to the Lord, 11and don’t participate in the unfruitful actions of darkness. Instead, you should reveal the truth about them.