Blown

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: John 20:19-23
Series - Sown: Blown
Duration: 29 mins 52 sec

'On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. ' John 20:19-23

Scattered

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Matthew 13:1-9
Series - Sown: Scattered
Duration: 30 mins 50 sec

'That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. ' Matthew 13:1-9

Torn

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Joel 2:12-17
Series - Sown: Torn [Ash Wednesday Message]
Duration: 17 mins 33 sec

'“Even now,” declares the Lord , “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the Lord , weep between the portico and the altar. Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord . Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ ” ' Joel 2:12-17

WOW!

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Ephesians 4:1-6 & Matthew 17:20
Series - The Language Of Prayer: WOW!
Duration: 38 mins 45 sec

Ephesians 4:1-6

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Matthew 17:20

'He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Why?

By: Rev. Perry Montgomery
Passage: Romans 11:33-36
Series - The Language Of Prayer: Why?
Duration: 15 mins 02 sec

'Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.' Romans 11:33-36

Yes!

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Exodus 3:1-11
Series - The Language Of Prayer: Yes!
Duration: 30 mins 42 sec

'Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” ' Exodus 3:1-11

Silence

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Series - The Language Of Prayer: Silence
Duration: 27 mins 28 sec

'The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord , where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord , for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord : The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. '

1 Samuel 3:1-10

Thanks

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Luke 17:11-19
Series - The Language Of Prayer: Thanks
Duration: 29 mins 43 sec

'Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” ' Luke 17:11-19

2019 All Church Meeting

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Isaiah 49:6
2019 All Church Meeting
Duration: 1 hr 23 mins 58 sec

'He says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” ' Isaiah 49:6

Sorry

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Luke18:9-14
Series - The Language Of Prayer: Sorry
Duration: 29 mins 47 sec

'To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” ' Luke 18:9-14

Please

By: Rev. David Williamson
Passage: Luke 18:1-8
Series - The Language Of Prayer: Please
Duration: 29 mins 47 sec

'Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’ ” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” ' Luke 18:1-8

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