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United in Witness

United in Witness

John 17 (NRSV) After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as... read more
Transformed into the Likeness of Christ

Transformed into the Likeness of Christ

Mark 9:2-9 (NRSV) Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. How good it is for us to be here in worship on this Sunday with our church family. And how appropriate it is that, as we transition from the season of Epiphany to the season of Lent, we we would hear and reflect on the story of Jesus’s transfiguration. In Epiphany, we celebrated the appearance of Jesus to us, the Gentiles, through the most unlikely characters: magicians from the East. Throughout the following weeks, we considered what the early part of Jesus’s ministry means for us: the wedding at Cana, the casting out of evil, and the spread of the Good News.... read more
What Time Is It?

What Time Is It?

John 2:1–11 (NRSV) On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. What time is it? It seems like it should be an easy enough question to answer. All we have to do is look at the clock to see that it’s __:__ [your present time, online reader, will of course depend upon when you read this sermon!]. Of course,... read more

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Joel Peterson

Joel Peterson

Pastor

Joel has been serving Eldersville UMC, with his wife Mallory, since 2015. He graduated in 2014 from Houghton College with a degree in Music and Religion and is currently a student at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

You can contact him at pastor@eldersvilleumc.org.

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