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This morning’s gathering focuses on two sources of life: light and water, remembering the Epiphany of the Lord (when wise humans from a faraway place and tradition brought gifts to The Promised One) and the Baptism of the Lord (when Jesus humbled himself to be baptized in the wilderness). Enjoy an Epiphany carol, songs/prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Sarah's children's message, a message from Mk 1 and Mt 2, and a Prayer Walk with a song from the Drum Voices of Greensky Hill.
Imagine a world where justice for all is the norm, a world where everyone does these two things. "'You shall love the Lord your God* with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 22:37) *Feel free to use 12-Step language, God as you understand God. "We came to be aware that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity."
For All Saints Day, we are remembering those who Derek Weber describes as “the ones who cared for you, the ones who loved you…those who loved and cared and now are no longer there to do so.” With Revelation 7:9-17 & Matthew 5:1-12, we'll reflect on both personal (including pandemic) and political grief and we'll look to the example of "they who have come out of the great ordeal" for ways that we can participate with God in bringing comfort to those who grieve.
Some of us went to bed rejoicing, some of us went to bed weeping. Today, we remember that we have more in common than not. We walk this sacred way together: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are... If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” The Shout at Midnight in Matt. 25:6 reminds us to stay awake to opportunities to love.
What will you do with the talents you have been given? Follow us as we journey through the parable of the talents, Matthew 25:14-30. In every gospel message, there is a call. But let it be a call to joy, not to shame or to heaviness. Let it be a call to the possibilities of transformation and growth. Help us navigate through social and racial injustice from a child's perspective. Invite the community to more— more love, more joy, more fellowship, and connection.
Celebrate Thanks"living" with us as we continue Matthew 25 on this "Reign of Christ" Sunday. Let us take the opportunity to give thanks to Creator, as well as carry out Christ's reign where the "least of these" experience the abundance of God.
Join us in looking back over the past year, looking forward at what is to come, and savoring the moment of the present. Let us prepare for the coming of our Creator, as we enter into this Advent season.
Join us in seeking spiritual cleansing as we prepare for the coming of our savior this advent season. Recognize the messes we make, and how we can clean up in preparation of hosting our most important guest.
Advent Candle Lighting, a children's message from Pastor Sarah, songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, and a message from Pastor Jonathan, “Deck the Halls” from John 1. Discipleship Ministries asks, "After finding the mess and cleaning it up, what now? Decorations! We’ve got to make the place look great for those who are coming. We want our welcome to be beautiful and our hospitality to be breathtaking. So where do we start? What do we include? What does it matter?" It matters.
Join us for Advent Candle Lighting, Pastor Sarah's children's message, songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Jonathan's message, “Waiting on the Threshold,” from 2 Samuel 7 & Luke 1, and the Doug Howell song, "According to Your Word."
Merry Christmas from Pastor Sarah and the Greensky Hill Indian United Methodist Church's Children's Ministry and from Bishop David Alan Bard, Rev. Kathy Pittenger, and the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church's Children's Ministry.
Join us for special music by Maggie Sheaffer, songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, a musical children's message, Pastor Jonathan's message, “Enjoying the Company,” from Luke 2, a 2020 version of the Amy Grant song, "I Need a Silent Night," and a drum song by Raymond Shenoskey.
Join us for songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, Pastor Sarah's children's message, Pastor Jonathan's message, “Living the Celebration,” from Ephesians 1, a Christmas Carol, and a prayer walk to the Circle of Trees with the music of Jean Watson.
We are not powerless in the face of "the spiritual forces of racism, sexism, violence, and Plantation Capitalism" that James Lawson spoke about at John Lewis' funeral. We can do something. And when asked, "Why?", we can simply answer, "Because God." We'll share a Love Feast, pray together (including a Prayer for Anti-Racism), sing together, listen to a story from Matthew 14:13-21, and feel compassion in the 1969 Elvis Presley song, "In the Ghetto."
At first glance, a phrase like, "The word is near you," could seem like some churchy, religious, phrase disconnected from our everyday experience. It's not. It's true that it's a quote from the Bible, but listen to how connected it is to our everyday reality - especially our weird pandemic reality. In the New Testament book of Romans, "The word is near you," is a quote from the book of Deuteronomy. We know how to walk the good road. It's not too hard. It's not too far away. Let that sink in.
We want Greensky Hill to be a safe place for all of us - ALL - to take “the greatest risk we’ll ever take.” That’s why we ask the hard questions and embrace the Mystery when we don’t have good answers. A 2016 Jordan Smith song will help get us there. In these days when political opponents call each other "sheeple" and BIPOC are disproportionately harmed by the pandemic and by institutional racism, it's more important than ever that we see each other as fully human.
What do rocks have to do with being truly, fully, human? The same metaphor - rock - can be a life giving foundation upon which to build or an impenetrable fortress that keeps us from risking being seen as we are. Foundation or fortress? Has COVID-19 intensified self-protective feelings in you (like a 1966 Simon and Garfunkel song)? Everyday, we can deconstruct the colonized version of who Jesus is, look to the rock from which we were hewn, and answer with our lives, "Who do you say that I am?"
Let's talk about genuine love and what it means to "hold fast to what is good." And we'll ponder this riddle, "For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it." A Mister Rogers song will help us hold fast and know, "Then Your Heart is Full of Love," as we listen to another story from Matthew 16 and a letter to a community trying to resist a false empire in order to live in God's kindom instead.
"Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law." - Romans 13:10Sunday, Sep. 6, at 10 AM, we're starting our September online worship series, "Through the Wilderness," with, "Praises & Swords," a message about real love in a really violent world.Let's walk together apart "Through the Wilderness." Together apart means loving our neighbors as ourselves by practicing physical distancing for now and social connecting always.
Our sacred text for this Sunday is a real stretch. Literally. "Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea..." (Exodus 14:21 & 27). As we wrestle with violence in the Bible and all around us, we're thinking especially about those who cry out to their mothers in their moments of crisis. Those who needed to be set free were not Pharaoh's only victims.
Let's face feelings of hopelessness and confusion with a story of hope and provision from Exodus 16. Sometimes, life is right in front of us, but we don’t recognize it. Sometimes, everything we long for, everything we need is right there, but... “Better the enslavement that I know, than the freedom that I don’t know.” - Rolf Jacobson, Fleshpots of Egypt
We're continuing our September online worship series, "Through the Wilderness," with, "Strike the Rock." This service is all about nibi (water) and the gut-honest question, "Is the Creator among us or not?" And we'll borrow a bit of hope from the David Wilcox song, "Show the Way," when we sing, "In this darkness, love will show the way."
Pastor Jonathan and team serving drive-in Communion in the parking lot (with free food boxes, free cloth masks, and home worship packets), followed by Pastor Sarah sharing a message from the sanctuary on Parking Lot 106.9 FM (30:00 on the video), “Through the Wilderness: That I May Gain Christ.” As we long to gather in our historic log sanctuary in the woods near Susan Lake, let’s imagine this space as our sacred circle of trees.
Catch your breath. Take a Sabbath break from pandemics and politics and set your mind and heart on something beautiful. Rest with songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, a Children's Message from Pastor Sarah, Lectio Divina in Philippians 4:1-9, and thoughts and song from Rev. Jonathan Mays.
May I call you Moses? Essential workers, homeschooling parents, struggling small business owners, everyone who wishes the nightmare would end, you are Moses today. "The Lord said to Moses, 'I will do exactly what you have asked. I am pleased with you. And I know your name. I know all about you.'" Join us for songs and prayers in Anishinaabemowin and English, a Children's Message from Pastor Sarah, and thoughts and song by Rev. Jonathan Mays from Exodus 33:12-23.
This week's video includes Pastor Sarah's Children's Message live! The service is all about what to do with the anxiety we feel, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. We can let it go.
Pentecost Sunday Live includes Pastor's Sarah's Children's Message! We'll re-center, focus on love, and continue working together to create a new normal. We will lament the murder of George Floyd; Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit; and the loss of 100,000 neighbors to COVID-19. And we will find hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to transcend difference and heal creation.
In 1870, William Swan was murdered for being black. None of the local white churches would bury a black man. At the end of the worship service, we walk from our hewn-log sanctuary to William Swan’s grave, so the world can see one more reminder that the particularly bad human behavior that the world has been reacting to since May 25, 2020 has been happening for a long, long time. And. There is still good in the world. And. If we love our neighbors as ourselves, love will win. Say his name.
This Second Sunday after Pentecost, we'll open our eyes to see all the people, especially those who often feel like they don't count - perhaps because of powerful people who literally don't want to count everyone, in the census, at the ballot box, or at the table - the very "harassed and helpless" people on whom Jesus had compassion. With Matthew 9:35-10:23 and Buffalo Springfield, we'll look at how the world in Jesus' time, in the 60's, and now, needs compassion.
Last week, Buffalo Springfield helped us look at these times we’re in. This morning, live from Greensky Hill, music from The Youngbloods will help us do something with Jesus’ teaching, “A disciple is not above the teacher…” Our Take Away: “Somebody’s hurting our people. It’s gone on far too long, and we won’t be silent anymore.” I encourage you to join me in accepting the invitation from www.june2020.org to join The Poor People’s Campaign.
This morning, live from Greensky Hill, our Anishinaabemowin prayers and songs and music from The Beatles will help us do something with Jesus’ teaching, "...whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones...truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward."
So far this Summer, songs from 1967 have helped us see the difference between the kingdoms of this world based on power and wealth and the kin-dom of God based on love. This morning, it’s a 1969 Tim Hardin hit (written by Bobby Darin), words from a guy who was blinded by the light, and Jesus telling us what we can do with toxic anxiety, that beg the questions, “Have we learned anything? Do we really understand what it means to live for freedom?” Do you remember, “A Simple Song of Freedom?”
As we continue creating a new neighborly normal together, we'll pray together, sing together, and this week a Dylan song from 1962 will help us think about Romans 8:1-11 and how where you "Set Your Mind" is the difference between death and life. I know I set it down somewhere. And peace. Oh, peace. Doesn't that sound amazing? Sarah's children's message follows.
Sarah shares soil management advice to help us set our minds on the Spirit. Plus, donut seeds! Yup, donut seeds.
What is creation waiting for? What are we waiting for? We’ve been using songs from the 60s, during our 10 AM online worship gathering, to think about questions like these. This morning, it’s a Pete Seeger song from 1955 with another important question: When will we ever learn?
As we continue creating a new neighborly normal together, we'll pray together, sing together, and contemplate Romans 8:26-39 and what it means to be "More Than Conquerors." We'll sit with Paul's questions (our questions?): “Who will rescue me from this body of death?" and "Who will separate us from the love of Christ?" And when we fear that the Creator and Lover of All might change their mind and leave us unloved, we'll trust the promise of the 1967 song by The Association, "Never My Love."
Experience Greensky Hill's live Easter Sunday worship service, followed by Bishop David Bard's Easter service and Pastor Sarah's Easter Garden Project in the videos that follow.
Watch the video of our live service from Pastor Jonathan & Kathy's dining room. Then, watch this video as we finish our Easter 2020 celebration together.
Rev. Kathy Pittenger shared a Children's Time during the Bishop's Easter Service.
In this video, Pastor Sarah shows us how to make an Easter garden project.
Watch Bishop David Bard's video about Body Prayer, then experience our live worship service with this video. Watch Pastor Sarah's Children's Message video to conclude our worship experience for the Second Sunday of Easter.
Sarah talks about finding joy even when there's doubt and sings "Waymaker."
Watch Bishop David Bard's video about Body Prayer, then experience our live worship service with this video. Watch Pastor Sarah's Children's Message in the next video to conclude our worship experience for the Third Sunday of Easter.
Climb into the fort with Pastor Sarah and Maggie for a story about The Road to Emmaus.
Pastor Jonathan shares an Agape Feast with Greensky Hill's extended family and friends and talks about walking the Sacred Way in Jesus' steps.
Sarah and Maggie meet the sheep at the Matchett Farm.
Pastor Jonathan leads worship, remembering Ahmaud Arberry, and singing "Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth," as we work together for a "new neighborly normal."
Jesus answers Thomas' question about knowing the way, opens the Shepherd's gate to all, and assures us that nothing - not even death - can separate us from the love of God.
Pastor Jonathan ponders the poets' words in Acts 17:22-31, "In him we live and move and have our being." And talks about how, "The God who made the world and everything in it, the one who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands..."
Watch this brief video of our live Maundy Thursday Service, then join the Batten family around the table in the video below to conclude our worship experience for Maundy Thursday 2020.
Watch the video of our live service from Pastor Jonathan & Kathy's dining room. Then, watch this video as we finish our Maundy Thursday service around the table with the Batten family.
Check out this great video as you reflect on the Christ Candle, listen to the story "Ragman" read by the author, Walter Wangerin, Jr., with an original song by Ken Medema.
Watch this brief video of our live Good Friday Service, then join Rev. Jeremy Peters in the next video to conclude our worship experience for Good Friday 2020.
Watch the video of our live service from Pastor Jonathan & Kathy's dining room. Then, watch this video as we finish our Good Friday service with the members of Court Street UMC in Flint MI and their pastor, Rev. Jeremy Peters.
We will get through this together.
We are not alone.
On Maundy Thursday, we shared a powerful interactive devotional written by our 2019 Camp Meeting speaker, Rev. Paul Perez. On Good Friday, we walked the streets of Flint and prayed with Rev. Jeremy Peters. Tomorrow, Easter Sunday, following our own brief live service at 10 AM, we'll join UMC siblings and others in worship together with Bishop David Alan Bard's Easter Service.
Today, this Holy Saturday, our 2017 Camp Meeting speaker, Rev. Dr. Glenn Wagner helps us wait.
We will get through this together.
As we experienced the art of our Christ Candle bearing the wounds and fears of our many prayer candles each time we gathered online during Holy Week, we meditate on the self-giving love of God, entering into our experience, our suffering, our injustice, and taking it to the grave. And we wait. We wait. We wait for new life.
Our first ever worship broadcast: Daniel Magee, a lay speaker at Greensky Hill, prepared a sermon for the third week in our Lenten series, "Selah – Life in a Minor Key." Each week in the series focuses on a Psalm and features an African American Spiritual. Along with Dan's message, "Worship and Bow Down," from Psalm 95.
This Sunday and next, we'll finish our Lenten series. We’ll rest - practice the Selah of Sabbath together - by listening, singing, praying, and meditating on a Psalm, an African American Spiritual, and hymns/prayers in Anishinaabemowin.
This Sunday, we'll finish our Lenten series. We’ll rest - practice the Selah of Sabbath together - by listening, singing, praying, and meditating on a Psalm, an African American Spiritual, and hymns/prayers in Anishinaabemowin.
Children’s Message for Psalm 130. Don’t be afraid to pray to God from a deep place.
As we long to gather in our historic log sanctuary in the woods near Susan Lake, let’s imagine this space as our sacred circle of trees.
Pastor Sarah shows us how to wave palm branches while we practice physical distancing.
Praying without Words