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Do Not Be Afraid

Do Not Be Afraid

“The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God…For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.” –Luke 1:30, 37-38 On this last […]

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  December 23, 2019   No comments
Advent Signs

Advent Signs

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.” –Isaiah 7:14 The weekly themes during Advent are Hope, Peace, Love and Joy. We know that in a world that is often filled with difficulty and despair, we need […]

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  December 16, 2019   No comments
Advent Waiting

Advent Waiting

“The wolf will live with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat; the calf and the young lion will feed together, and a little child will lead them.” –Isaiah 11:6 This verse from Isaiah speaks to a future with hope and peace as the cornerstones of life.  The writer gives […]

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  December 9, 2019   No comments
Advent Hope

Advent Hope

“A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.’” –Isaiah 40:3-4 The season of Advent […]

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  December 2, 2019   No comments
Thankfulness Leads to Hope

Thankfulness Leads to Hope

“O give thanks to the Lord, for God is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever!” –Psalm 118:1 Thankfulness is not some sort of magic formula; rather it is the language of love and hope, which keeps us in communication and connection with God. A spirit of thankfulness can open us to an attitude of hope […]

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  November 25, 2019   No comments
Accent on H.O.P.E.

Accent on H.O.P.E.

…and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” –Romans 5:5 Over the last four years, our Sun Prairie United Methodist Church has been living out of a ministry plan of H.O.P.E.  Each year, we have focused our ministry […]

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  November 11, 2019   No comments
Power of Pictures

Power of Pictures

“I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.” –Psalm 30:1-2 Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week. I have a book of beautiful nature pictures taken by […]

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  October 14, 2019   No comments
Full Service

Full Service

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” –1 Peter 4:10 When was the last time you pulled up to the pumps at a gas station and a service station attendant came out to pump the gas, wash the windows […]

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  September 16, 2019   No comments
Hope Holds Strong

Hope Holds Strong

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” –Galatians 6:2 This past Wednesday, several hundred people in the Sun Prairie community gathered downtown at the fire station to remember and reflect on the events that happened one year ago on July 10, 2018. There were many emotions as […]

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  July 15, 2019   No comments
Inspired H.O.P.E.

Inspired H.O.P.E.

“Bring the best of the first fruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God.” –Exodus 23:19 This past weekend was the 33rd Annual Garage Sale at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. It truly was a week of inspired H.O.P.E.! H.O.P.E. is our Four-year Ministry Plan and it was on full display […]

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  May 6, 2019   No comments