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Dear Friends,

Filling Up Pouring Out“Filling Up and Pouring Out” is a phrase that captures the heart of who we, as children of God, should long to be. In Romans 5:5 Paul says that, “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Our lives are filled continually with God’s love and we are called to share that love with others.

We are travelers together on this journey of faith, supporting each other along the way. My  hope and fervent prayer is that you will experience God’s overwhelming love in ways that transform your life and the lives of those around you.

Blessings on you and yours,
Allen

All Saints 2015: Sermon Audio

The commemoration of All Saints Day on November 1st is a long-standing Christian tradition. We gather and proclaim that Christ’s church is more that what we see, consisting of saints from all times and places. How do you relate to the title “saint”?

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Sermon Title: All Saints 2015
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 11/1/2015
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Revelation 21:1-6a

I Want To See: Sermon Audio

I have preached a lot of sermons over the last ten years, but this has to be my personal favorite. It is the story of Blind Bartimaeus. We hear him cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” What will be our response?

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Sermon Title: I Want To See
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 10/25/2015
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Mark 10:46-52

Your Place at the Table: Sermon Audio

It is World Communion Sunday and the lectionary points us to a text about marriage and divorce. What does that have to do with communion? Maybe more than we think. In this reading from Mark, Jesus seems to offer a teaching on marriage and divorce. However, if we know anything about Jesus, we should always expect there to be more. Is Jesus talking about divorce or is there something deeper? There’s always something deeper. And at the heart of this is a message of Christian unity that begins at God’s table.

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Sermon Title: Your Place at the Table
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 10/4/2015
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Mark 10:2-16

We’re All on the Same Team: Sermon Audio

Often the work of God is done in ways that we wouldn’t expect. What does it say that we would rather the work not get done than admit that God could operate in a way that doesn’t seem right to us?

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Sermon Title: We’re All on the Same Team
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 9/27/2015
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Mark 9:38-50

Choosing the Least, the Last, and the Lost: Sermon Audio

We all know what it feels like to be chosen last, to be the odd one out. Would it surprise you to know that the heart of God is revealed when God chooses the least, the last, and the lost? God chooses to welcome and care for those who others would pass over. What does that teach us?

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Sermon Title: Choosing the Least, the Last, and the Lost
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 5/10/2015
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: John 15:9-17

Everyone Likes a Parade: Sermon Audio

Palm Sunday – Holy Week begins with our attention focused on the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The crowd is cheering and Jesus seems destined to be rightfully crowned “King of the Jews.” How quickly things can change. Are we ready for what lies ahead?

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Sermon Title: Everyone Likes a Parade
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 2/29/2015
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Mark 14:1-10

Offering Our Prayers: Sermon Audio

This is the first in a five-part series on our United Methodist commitment to prayer, presence, gifts, service, and witness. In this first installment, we deal with the subject of prayer – what it is and why it is important.

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Sermon Title: Offering Our Prayers
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 2/22/2015
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Mark 11:22-25

Why Healing: Sermon Audio

Most would agree that healing was an important part of the ministry of Jesus. What does that tell us about Jesus and what does that mean for us today?

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Sermon Title: Why Healing
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 2/8/2015
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Mark 1:29-39

Jesus, Showing Us “The Way”: Sermon Audio

In The Gospel of Mark, the author wastes no time in showing us what it looks like to be in ministry to the world. Jesus enters the synagogue in Capernaum and begins to teach. Those listening are astounded because he speaks “as one with authority.” What would that look like for us today?

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Sermon Title: Jesus, Showing Us “The Way”
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 2/2/2015
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Mark 1:21-28

What If I Don’t Like to Fish: Sermon Audio

When Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James and John, he said, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” As fishermen, I’m sure that this made perfect sense to the four would-be disciples. But what if you don’t like fishing? What would you hear Jesus say to you?

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Sermon Title: What If I Don’t Like Fishing?
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 1/25/2015
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Mark 1:14-20