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MESSAGE SERIES || Committed To Christ: Essential Practices of a Disciple


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.

Rev. Mike Palermo
October 10, 2021
There is great wisdom in this Twenty-second Psalm especially when you consider it was this psalm that Jesus prays from the cross when he cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” We can give into and collapse under the weight of our circumstance, or we can look past ourselves- look past our situation, trusting in the God who loves us and wants us to be in God’s company forever and that gives us hope and a future.
Rev. Mike Palermo
October 3, 2021
Our reading is not an easy one to listen to. It is dealing with the condition of one’s heart. One’s heart can be hardened by selfishness and self-gratification or softened by humbling oneself with the innocence of a child. What is Mark revealing about the intentions of God in capturing Jesus’ teaching on marriage, divorce, and the heart? A good hint comes from the celebration of World Communion Sunday. A celebration that serves to remind the church that we are to be the light of Christ in a hurting world standing in the need of grace and divine love.
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Rev. Mike Palermo
September 26, 2021
Until now, Jesus’ ministry was characterized by wonderous miracles and admiring crowds. Once Peter, speaking for the other disciples and himself, declares Jesus’ identity as the Son of God, Jesus begins preparing them for what awaits him in Jerusalem. From this point until they arrive in Jerusalem, Jesus’ chief emphases is preparing these disciples to understand discipleship as humble service rather than position and power. And everyone who does a mighty work in Jesus’ name, is engaged in ministry to the glory of God.
Rev. Mike Palermo
September 19, 2021
We are continuing in our theme of “practical Christian living” with an understanding of this major theme for James: “faith without works is dead.” We’ve looked at practical Christian living that is “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger;” that understands “neighbor” is anyone we are in a position to help, near or far away; that involves humbling ourselves, taking up our cross to follow in the ways of Jesus. This week, as we listen to the counsel of James, we are to understand two kinds of wisdom. “Wisdom from above” leads people of faith to do “good works” in gentleness and kindness without any expectation of repayment. We also see the destructive force of “earthly wisdom” that leads to conflict and chaos.
Rev. Mike Palermo
September 12, 2021
Even though Peter answers correctly when Jesus asked, “Who do you say that I am?” it becomes very evident he provided an answer that neither he nor the rest of the disciples completely understands. As we continue reflecting on the idea of practical Christian living, we come to realize picking up our cross is to live not die for Christ and that is a difficult challenge.
Rev. Mike Palermo
September 5, 2021
The lesson from Mark’s Gospel is greater than a physical healing. These two stories mark the beginning of Jesus tearing down the walls that separate the children of God, in this case, Jews and Gentiles. All are to have access to God through the Son, Jesus Christ. The lesson for us is that it is our faith that opens our eyes to such a relationship. It is faith that compels us to be bold and take risks getting out of our comfort zone asking who is my neighbor?

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Suggested Bible Readings for the Week of October 10, 2021:

Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

Bible Verses Theme

The life of faith often includes times of pain. In those moments, we are free to approach God honestly. We can be our true selves in God’s presence and can freely express our pain, our struggles, and even our sense that God does not respond. “Where are you, my God?” the psalmist asks. Jesus understands what it is to struggle. He quoted Psalm 22:1, “My God, why have you forsaken me?” from the cross (NRSV). Hebrews proclaims Christ as our high priest, who understands the human experience of pain and mediates grace toward us. When we despair, Jesus reminds us that for God, all things are possible.

Prayer Requests for the Week of October 10, 2021: ::

Birthdays: Pam Martin, Charles Spruell, Doug Cook, Morgan Graham, Rebecca Hillman, Bobby Calvert, Darryn Walker
Anniversaries: John & Jennifer Burson, Doyle & Penny Hammons
Jim Adams, Earl Alexander, Jim & Melissa Ball, Jim Berry, Patsy Carlson, Cheryl Castleberry, Lisa Chaney, Doug & Donna Cook, Henry Cumpton, Arthur Defee, Jim Adams, Earl Alexander, Jim & Melissa Ball, Jim Berry, Patsy Carlson, Lisa Chaney, Doug & Donna Cook, Henry Cumpton, Arthur Defee, Helen Diamond, Alex Ezell, Francis Genusa, III, Alicia Glover, Sybil Haggard, David & Marsha Hendershot, Kenny Hill, Ronnie Hubbard, Cresta Langley, Charlotte & BJ McKnight, Larry & Beth Milby, Mike Moncreif, Luke Palermo, Sandra Pesnell, Sandra Riley, Carol Sorey, Ann Temple, Edna Watts, Brent Webb, Victims of Hurricane Ida, Refugees of Afghanistan
Family of Raymond Germany