Mystery

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Romans 8:26-27
Series - The Language Of Prayer: Mystery
Duration: 26 mins 59 sec

'In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. ' Romans 8:26-27

Begin

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Series - The Language Of Prayer: Begin
Duration: 30 mins 31 sec

'Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.' 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

For Unto Us Is Born This Day...

By: Rev. David Williamson & Rev. Perry Montgomery
Passage: Luke 2:8-20
Series - Calm and Bright: For Unto Us Is Born This Day…
Duration: 35 mins 4o sec

'And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. ' Luke 2:8-20

Christmas Eve: With The Angels, Let Us Sing

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Luke 2:1-20
Series - Calm and Bright: With The Angels, Let Us Sing
Duration: 15 mins 47 sec

'In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. And everyone went to their own town to register. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, ' Luke 2:1-20

Canticle Of Joy

Canticle Of Joy

ZUMC Chancel Choir & Orchestra

  • Director: Laura Brueckmann

  • Lighting Design: Michael Voigt

  • Sound Design: Andy Symons

  • Video: Aaron Earlandson

  • Narration: Mark & Mary Hiton

From the lighting of the first candle to the final celebratory chords, Canticle Of Joy gives your choir and congregation the chance to lift their praise to the newborn King! There are moments of tender intimacy (Away In A Manger) and glorious songs of praise and worship (Awake! Sing Gloria!). Some of the carols incorporated into the work include The Wexford Carol; Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus; Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day; Gentle Mary Laid Her Child; O Come, All Ye Faithful and others. These, coupled with unforgettable original anthems, will transport the listener from the hush of the manger to the joyous shouts of the angels. This is a glorious cantata!

Son Of God, Love's Pure Light

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passages: Luke 1:26-38 and Matthew 1:18-23
Series - Calm and Bright: Son Of God, Love’s Pure Light
Duration: 33 mins 07 sec

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. For no word from God will ever fail.”

Matthew 1:18-23

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about : His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

The Longest Night

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: 1 John 4: 7-12
Series - Calm and Bright: The Longest Night
Duration: 14 mins 41 sec

'Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. ' 1 John 4:7-12

Shepherds Quake At The Sight

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Isaiah 9:2,6-7
Series - Calm and Bright: Shepherds Quake At The Sight
Duration: 34 mins 49 sec

'The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. ' Isaiah 9:2,6-7

Sleep In Heavenly Peace

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Isaiah 2:1-4
Series - Calm and Bright: Sleep In Heavenly Peace
Duration: 28 mins 49 sec

'This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: In the last days the mountain of the Lord ’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord , to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. ' Isaiah 2:1-4

Carol and The Belles

Carol and The Belles
Director: Mary Hilton and Christina Gibson
Asst. Director: Annabelle Fiore
Set Design: Dante Fiore
Sound Design: Andy Symons
Video Production: Aaron Earlandson
Duration: 37 mins 43 sec

A Fab 50s Kids’ Christmas Musical

Created by Steve Moore, Rob Howard and David Guthrie

It’s 1954, and at Big Bill’s Drive-In restaurant, where the wait staff sings your order, and the Christmas decorations stay up all year long, excitement has never been higher.  They’ve just won the network’s “Christmas at the Drive-In” contest, and will host the live telecast of the Rock & Roll Christmas TV Special! While the staff gets the Drive-In spruced-up for the show, the customers don their best leather jackets and poodle skirts, and the TV audience is adjusting the rabbit ears and popping the Jiffy Pop, everyone is about to get a big surprise. How is it that a simple pageant proclaiming the birth of Jesus the Savior replaces the Rock & Roll Special, and who are those singing waitresses who “steal the show” in place of Rock & Roll’s biggest stars? It all comes to pass with 50s fun, Christmas charm, cool tunes, and Joy to the World in the newest kids’ musical from Little Big Stuff, Carol and the Belles.

Christ The King

by Rev. David Williamson & Rev. Perry Montgomery
Passage: John 18:33-37
Series - Give Thanks: Christ The King
Duration: 28 mins 26 sec

'Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” ' John 18:33-37

More Than Enough

by Rev. David Williamson
Passage: John 2:1-11
Series - Give Thanks: More Than Enough
Duration: 31 mins 20 sec

'On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water” ; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. ' John 2:1-11

A City On The Hill

by Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Matthew 5:14-16
Series - A Disciple’s Path: A City On The Hill
Duration: 30 mins 21 sec

' “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. ' Matthew 5:14-16

A Legacy Of Service

by Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Matthew 20:20-28
Series - A Disciple’s Path: A Legacy Of Service
Duration: 28 mins 25 sec

' “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, ' Matthew 20:1,20-28

Giving Your All

by Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Mark 12: 41-43
Series - A Disciple’s Path: Giving It Your All
Duration: 30 mins 58 secs

'Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. ' Mark 12:41-43

Being Present

by Rev. Perry Montgomery
Passage: Mark 2:1-5
Series - A Disciple’s Path: Being Present
Duration: 25 mins 09 secs

'A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” ' Mark 2:1-5

Lord, Teach Us To Pray

by Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Luke 11:1-4
Series - A Disciple’s Path: Lord Teach Us To Pray
Duration: 28 mins 39 secs

'One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. ’ ” Give us each day our daily bread. ' Luke 11:1-4

Sowing To The Spirit

by Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Galatians 5:16-25
Series - A Disciple’s Path: Sowing To The Spirit
Duration: 28 mins 12 secs

'For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. ' Galatians 5:16-25

Grace Disarms

by Rev. David Williamson
Passage: John 8:1-11
Series - What Grace Does: Grace Disarms
Duration: 25 mins 53 secs

' but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” ' John 8:1-11

Eva Kor: Holocaust Survivor and Forgiveness Advocate

Eva Kor Sept 26th, 2018 Zionsville United Methodist Church

For the past 40 years, Holocaust survivor Eva Kor has shared her story with students, teachers, medical professionals, senators, administrators, historians, university groups, graduating classes, and civic groups, both nationally and internationally. Eva is one of the few surviving twins sharing her personal account of the medical experiments supervised by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. Eva’s account of her survival of the Holocaust offers many relevant lessons on the dangers of hate and prejudice, and the consequences of allowing prejudice to persist, unchecked, in others.

In addition to the importance of her account from a historical perspective, Eva’s life lessons and message of forgiveness have touched the lives of millions of people. In 1995, Eva chose to forgive the Nazis, after deciding that they should no longer have power over her life. She describes forgiving the Nazis as an act of self-healing, self-liberation, and self-empowerment; forgiveness is not about the perpetrator, not about forgetting. It is one step toward repairing the world by helping victims free themselves from perpetrators and remove anger and hatred. Eva shares her own discovery of the power to forgive so that others may see the possibility to heal themselves through forgiveness. Forgiveness provides a way for people to free themselves from hurt, anger, and hatred, from the pain of victimhood. If people find peace with themselves, the world may also find peace.

Recipient of the 2017 Sachem award, Eva’s message of healing reaches around the globe and across social, economic, cultural boundaries.