Pastor John Blossom put on his storm gear as the sounds and sights of a dangerous night on the Sea of Galilee came to life in his sermon, "Get in the Boat," based on Matthew 14:22-33's story of the disciples struggling to stay alive in a tiny boat as Peter walked with Jesus on the water. Audio and slides from our announcements, the sermon, our prayers and our sending charge are in the podcast below. Printable text of Pastor John's sermon are viewable below under the podcast, and can be downloaded here.
Our Sunday bulletin now has discussion questions that relate to each week's sermon and lectionary Bible readings, and lists the readings for the upcoming week. In the fall, we still start a discipleship BIble study group on Sundays based on these questions and readings. See Pastor John for details and to join the leadership of this discipleship study group. Have a blessed week!
You'd think that feeding five thousand families would be enough to be a disciple of Jesus, right? Well, that was just one part of Jesus' training for his disciples - and the next part was quite a boat ride! Come and celebrate God's grace with joy-filled worship this Sunday, 10AM, and hear Pastor John Blossom's sermon "Get in the Boat." Scripture passages for this week: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-23, Matthew 14:22-33
If you've been coming to our worship services lately, hopefully you've been enjoying our slides on the TV screen that display hymn lyrics, bible verses, audio, and more. These slides run using software called Proclaim, which has many powerful Internet-enabled features. The StarCubs daycare center let us use their temporary summer camp WiFi in our church building to get this started, but we needed a longer-term solution to make it permanent and reliable.
Fortunately, Paul Boyanowski of Tech Pro Services, the husband of StarCubs' manager Lana, helped us to track an old Internet cable in our balcony back to a closet next to our education building office. Paul was able to hook up this wiring to our office Internet connection, and now we have excellent WiFi internet service in the church sanctuary, and good service in the fellowship hall.
This will help our Proclaim presentations work better for worship, but it also allows you to follow our presentations on your smart phone. Proclaim can also send information to other phone apps with Bible study tools and other features. Just download an app to your phone, connect to our new network (password on our bulletins and in the lobby), and you're set!
You can download Proclaim's remove viewing app for iPhones here and for Android phones here.
FaithLife, the company that makes Proclaim, also has study apps that link to Proclaim.
FaithLife Bible Study for iPhone is here and for Android here.
FaithLife Groups, a secure service for online Bible study and fellowship, is for iPhone here and for Android here.
We hope and pray that this will make your worship experience more meaningful and enjoyable! Our thanks to our Trustees for helping us to move on this opportunity quickly.
When Jesus's disciples fed five thousand families, it was a miracle - a miracle that is the basic challenge to every disciple of Christ. Come join us for worship this Sunday, 10AM, as Pastor John Blossom's message "Becoming God's Math," shows us how to have the faith to be God's miracle today! Reading: Matthew 14:13-21.
Audio and slides from Pastor John's sermon, "The Courage to Conquer," is below, along with our announcements, and our prayers. Coming soon: our Sunday audio in podcasts! Below the recording is the text of Pastor John's sermon, downloadable here. We apologize for some of the slides not being perfectly coordinated with the audio today and the omission of the offertory anthem, we are working to address these issues. Have a blessed week!
In his message this Sunday, July 30th at 10AM, Pastor John Blossom will be speaking about "The Courage to Conquer," focused on this week's reading from Romans 8:26-39. Whatever our challenges, God's offers us the courage to be "more than conquerors through Christ, who loved us." See you then!"
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Jacob's ladder invited us into a faith-filled worship experience this Sunday at South Meriden Trinity UMC, an invitation that went all the way down the aisle and onto the cross itself! We thank Laurie Brandl and the choir for their music - welcome back!
A video of the slides and audio from Pastor John's sermon, "You are Here, is below, along with our announcements, our prayers, and our offertory anthem. Coming soon: our Sunday audio in podcasts! Below the recording is the text of Pastor John's sermon, downloadable here..
Our worship on Sunday, July 23rd at 10AM features Pastor John Blossom's sermon "You are Here," following the lectionary scriptures from Genesis 28:10-19a (Jacob's ladder) and Romans 8:12-25 (Paul's hope from faith). Our Music DIrector Laurie Brandl returns from vacation this week.
Have a blessed week - see you Sunday!