Sermons by Rev. Peter Cottrell

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October 1, 2017 – A Methodist Prays Constantly

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World Communion Day Sermon Series: Five Marks of A Methodist Sermon Title: A Methodist Prays Constantly Prayer is a mark of a Methodist. But today we see that prayer is broader and deeper than stopping before meals and before bedtime. To pray without ceasing means we have to see prayer differently. It has to be […]

September 24 – A Methodist Gives Thanks

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Sermon Series: Five Marks Of A Methodist Sermon Title: A Methodist Gives Thanks Much like joy, gratitude and thankfulness are something we must practice and aim for in order to be thankful in tough times. Joy and gratitude are woven together, and each leads back to the other. Do you experience gratitude daily? Do you […]

September 3 – Life Giving

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How We Can Be More Like Jesus: Life Giving Matthew 16:21-28 (Page 19 New Testament in Pew Bible) Give our little life to God in trade for a BIG life for God and in God. Our life is not about us, we are about Life.

August 6, 2017 – Care. Feed.

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Sermon: Care. Feed. Sometimes we think of God so “other worldly” that we miss a key element in the Christian faith – incarnation. God is present in the creation and in us. God does not merely show up in grand miracles. Jesus demonstrated that God is reflected and revealed in many very common elements of […]

August 20, 2017 – Heart

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Sermon: Heart. Once again Jesus comes up against the rule keeping Pharisees and challenges their thinking. Notice that Jesus does not condemn the Pharisees. Religious people then, and religious people today want it to be about following the right set of rules or having the right set of beliefs. But Jesus teaches over and over […]

July 23, 2017 – Hope Is Suffering

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7TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Scripture: Romans 8:12-25 Sermon: Hope in Suffering  In Romans 8:12-25, Paul weaves a number of intimacy metaphors together. Family, child parent, sibling with Christ, new birth and adoption. Each of these allows for a place that each of us can connect to the passage and understand Paul’s point – God claims […]

July 30, 2017 – Our Weakness to God’s Glory

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8TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST   Scripture: Romans 8:26-39 Sermon: Our Weakness to God’s Glory  Paul has been leading us to these verses. Paul has been walking us slowly here through the pitfalls of First Century Jewish and Christian thought. Our weakness does not stand in the way of God’s ultimate desire to be connected to […]

July 9, 2017 – Accepting Grace Is Hard

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5TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST Scripture: Romans 7:15-25 Sermon: Accepting Grace Is Hard  Cheap grace is easy. When we just think we can take advantage of the gift without any response or responsibility, when we don’t have to take stock of ourselves and look into the mirror with honesty, when we don’t have to wrestle or […]