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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

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

Tearing Open the Heavens for You: Sermon Audio

On this first Sunday of Advent, we begin turning our hearts toward Bethlehem where we will encounter our King in the strangest of places. If we are to fully celebrate Christmas, we must first reconnect with the longing of the ancient Israelites. The ache for God’s presence leads us to a new encounter with God in Bethlehem.

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Sermon Title: Tearing Open the Heavens for You
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 11/30/2014
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Isaiah 64:1-9

Answer THE Question: Sermon Audio

In Matthew chapter 16, Jesus asks the disciples a simple question. “Who do you say that I am?” It is the most important question we will ever answer.

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Sermon Title: Answer THE Question
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 8/24/2014
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 16:13-20

Sowing Good Seed: Sermon Audio

The parable of the “Wheat and Weeds” seems to be a simple story urging us to choose the good and reject the bad. But if I know anything about Jesus, I know that it can’t be that simple.

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Sermon Title: Sowing Good Seed
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 7/20/2014
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

A Farmer’s Delight: Sermon Audio

The “Parable of the Sower” or “Parable of the Soils” may be one of Jesus’ best known parables. How can we hear this parable in a way that’s fresh and transformative? Maybe we need to ask the right questions.

Sermon Title: A Farmer’s Delight
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 7/13/2014
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23