Preview: It’s Not About Me

This Sunday, I’ll be preaching from Luke 17:5-10, a passage of scripture that may sound familiar but probably sounds strange in a couple of places. At least, that’s how I feel about it! Did Jesus really want us to go around replanting trees in lakes?

As you might know, this Sunday we’ll also hold an installation service to install Mt. Haley’s new pastor. It’s only somewhat tongue-in-cheek that the morning sermon’s title is “It’s Not About Me.” Come worship with us and find out what all this is about!

–Pastor David

Breathless Worship

This Monday, I had the privilege of attending the funeral service of Rev. Sam Dunbar, pastor of two nearby churches and friend to many at Mt. Haley. I never knew Sam personally, but my parents did, and I know his daughter Jenny from my seminary days. Something that happened at the end of the service was very striking, very powerful, and I’d like to share it with you.

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Funeral for Rev. Sam Dunbar

Rev. Sam Dunbar, pastor of St. Louis Church of God and North Bradley Church of God, passed away after a long illness on Thursday, September 23.  Here are the details for the visitation and funeral:

Visitation is at Smith Funeral Home in St. Louis, Michigan on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Church of God Campground in St. Louis.

We will collect a love offering for the Dunbars during our worship service this Sunday morning.  Please continue praying for the Dunbar family and our two sister churches during this difficult time of mourning.

–Pastor David

Preview: World Falling Apart? Buy a Field.

The prophet Jeremiah lived during the time when Judah was being conquered by Babylon.  Jeremiah constantly warned the people of God’s judgment because of their sins.  Yet when it came down to the end – with Jerusalem surrounded and under siege – God told Jeremiah to buy a field.  Why would God do such a thing?  Come worship with us this Sunday, and we’ll see what we can learn from this passage.

–Pastor David

Finding Meaning at the Graveside

This weekend, the mystery of death has been on my mind for a number of reasons.  Grieving the loss of a loved one is something that nearly everyone can remember.  Chances are, if you aren’t grieving over someone right now, someone you know is grieving over one of their loved ones.  Death is never far from us, in one way or another.  And it often leaves us asking the ultimate question:  “Why?”

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Whom Will You Serve?

On Sunday, September 19, Pastor David spoke about our call to serve the Lord instead of money.  With the annual business meeting just around the corner, this is a timely message!  The main sermon passage is Luke 16:1-15, the parable of the dishonest manager.  We also read from Amos 8:4-7, which Pastor David references occasionally.  Click the link below to listen.

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Preview: Whom Will You Serve?

One of the famous sayings of Jesus is this:  “You cannot serve both God and money.”  On Sunday, September 19, I will preach on Luke 16:1-15, which records these words of Jesus.  This passage also includes a rather confusing parable about a dishonest manager.  What can this all mean?  And how does it apply to today’s society?  Come worship with us and let’s discover together!

Also, this Sunday, we will be singing a song which might be unfamiliar to you.  It’s called “You are Holy.”  If you’d like to brush up on this song before Sunday morning, here’s a good music video to show you how it goes.  See you then!

–Pastor David