It’s Scary Out There (#236)

This recording includes Pastor McGraw’s response, early in the service, to the racism and violence on display in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend. Following that is a shortened sermon on the text from Matthew.

In today’s text from Matthew, Jesus terrifies the disciples as he approaches them while walking on water. Discipleship can be a scary thing. What does this text teach us about living with our fear?

  • Sermon Title: It’s Scary Out There
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 8/15/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 14:22-33

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Feeding the Multitude (#235)

The “Feeding of the Multitude,” the only miracle included in all four Gospels, reveals the necessity for human cooperation with God in transforming the world. “You give them something to eat” is our mission directive.

  • Sermon Title: Feeding the Multitude
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 8/6/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 14:13-21

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Mixing Metaphors (#234)

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52




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Wheat and Weeds (#233)

In this text from Matthew, Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a field where both wheat and weeds are growing. Are you wheat or are you a weed? The answer may be more complex than you think. Maybe the answer has more to do with our conception of “kingdom” than anything else.

  • Sermon Title: Wheat and Weeds
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 7/23/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

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One Cup at a Time (#232)

Jesus sends out his disciples with the reminder that those who support them with even a “cup of water” will not “lose their reward.” Is this merely a reminder to support God’s ministers or is this something more? Could it be a blueprint for building Christian community?

  • Sermon Title: One Cup at a Time
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 7/2/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 10:40-42

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Daring to be Disciples (#231)

What does it mean to acknowledge Jesus before others? It means “going where Jesus goes and doing what Jesus does.”

  • Sermon Title: Daring to be Disciples
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 6/25/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 10:24-39

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The Kingdom Of Heaven Has Come Near (#230)

Jesus sent his disciples out into the world with a simple message: “The Kingdom of Heaven has come near.” This is a message that is more than mere words, it requires world changing action.

  • Sermon Title: The Kingdom Of Heaven Has Come Near
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 6/18/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 9:35-10:8

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Trinity Sunday: Trinity is Still My Name (#229)

The doctrine of The Trinity is one of the most fundamental confessions of the Christian faith. However, it is also one of the most difficult to understand. But, maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be. You can view the diagram of The Trinity that Pastor Allen mentions during his sermon by clicking the following link:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b3/Shield-Trinity-Scutum-Fidei-English.svg

  • Sermon Title: Trinity Sunday: Trinity is Still My Name
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 6/11/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 28:16-20

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Ascension Sunday: Who Are We Now? (#227))

In the Apostle’s Creed, we affirm that Christ has “ascended” and now sits at the “right hand of God the Father Almighty.” What does this mean for us as we seek to live as Christians in the world today, especially considering that Jesus left us to carry on as the Body of Christ?

  • Sermon Title: Ascension Sunday: Who Are We Now?
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 5/28/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: John 17:1-11

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Christ Our Shepherd (#224)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” On this day we recognize that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, we are the sheep, and he leads us to green pastures and still water. What else can we learn from this text in The Gospel According to John, chapter 10 vv 1-10.

  • Sermon Title: Christ Our Shepherd
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 5/7/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: John 10:1-10

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