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Our sermon resource provides access to the last six messages offered during worship. Our Sermon Archive provides access to messages offered over the past three months. While these are audio only, you may visit the Rayville UMC YouTube channel for the video version of these messages.

MOST RECENT SERMONS
Rev. Mike Palermo
November 21, 2021
Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you a king?” Jesus’ answer leaves Pilate asking, “What is truth?” Personal experience doesn’t create truth, nor does opinion, or culture, or religion, or anything else. Truth is truth whether we believe or not, whether we experience it or not, or whether we accept or reject it… Truth is absolute. And the prevailing truth from these few verses as Jesus stands before Pilate are these: 1) God Formed Us; 2) Sin Deformed Us; and 3) Jesus Transforms Us!
Rev. Mike Palermo
November 14, 2021
Jesus contrasted the self-service of people like the scribes with the selfless service of people like the widow. If Jesus were to offer the same critique of the church today, would Jesus’ view be the same? Would the church be the ones being criticized by Jesus for being more focused on taking care of itself rather than taking care of the poor or would the church be honored as the widow was for trusting in God’s provisions? The question is, where do we fit in the picture?
Rev. Mike Palermo
November 7, 2021
All Saints Day is partly to remember those who have gone on to eternal life before us but also to be reminded that as Jesus was raised from the dead, so too are we raised to new life in Christ. The question for each of us to answer as we listen to this Good News of John is simply this, “Do we hear Jesus when he calls us from the dead, ‘Come out!’?” Do we trust God’s promise of eternal life and live our lives in that promise?
Rev. Mike Palermo
October 31, 2021
There are only two people named in the Gospel of Mark who benefited from a miracle of Jesus. The first was Jairus, a temple leader whom Jesus helped by restoring life to his young daughter. And the other we encounter today in reading of Jesus healing a blind beggar named Bartimaeus. Jesus responds to his call for help asking, “What do you want me to do for you?” What would you ask for? What is the lesson Mark wants the readers of his Gospel to see and learn from?
Mr. Charles Germany
October 24, 2021
Pastor Mike and his wife Julie are away this week. Filling in to offer the message is Charles Germany, a member of Rayville United Methodist Church. His sermon is from Matthew 21:18-22 and from Revelation 3:20.
Rev. Mike Palermo
October 17, 2021
The letters to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon, are focused on recognizing God’s call and responding, trusting in the guidance of God. In general, the point is that we are all called to “rekindle the gift of God that is within us.” We are reminded that the gift given to each person is the gift of the Holy Spirit – a gift of power, love, and self- discipline. The celebration of the Laity today serves as both a recognition of the important role of the laity and as reminder that “God calls who he calls” whether you think or feel worthy.

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Suggested Bible Readings for the Week of November 21, 2021:

2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-12, 13-18; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37


Bible Verses Theme

In the beautiful hymn “How Can I Keep from Singing,” the refrain proclaims: “Since love is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?” Reign of Christ Sunday heralds the end of the Christian year with this same proclamation: God’s love in Christ Jesus reigns above every other power. Our scriptures from 2 Samuel and Psalm 132 foresee this coming Messiah, as our text from Revelation celebrates Christ’s eternal reign. May Love reign in our own hearts above every other motivation—be it fear, sadness, or anything that would separate us from God and from one another.

Prayer Requests for the Week of November 14, 2021: ::


Birthdays: Linda Stodghill, Luke Brown, Ron Robertson, Madison & Madeline Thomas, Langston Yancey, Lee Carpenter, Lori Lockeby, Chris Hollis, Buddy Hill
Anniversaries: Jackie & Peggy Fuller
Jim Adams, Earl Alexander, Jim & Melissa Ball, Jim Berry, Billie Jo Boughton, Patsy Carlson, Lisa Chaney, Brandon Clark, Doug & Donna Cook, Henry Cumpton, Arthur Defee, Helen Diamond, Kelly Evans, Alex Ezell, Bettie Jo Franklin, Francis Genusa, III, Sybil Haggard, Penny Hammons, David & Marsha Hendershot, Kenny Hill, Ronnie Hubbard, Cresta Langley, Charlotte & BJ McKnight, Larry & Beth Milby, Mike Moncreif, Luke Palermo, Sandra Pesnell, Jan Reeves, Sandra Riley, Carol Sorey, Bessie Tabb, Ann Temple, Edna Watts, Brent Webb, Victims of Hurricane Ida, Refugees of Afghanistan
Family of Don Talley