Category Archives: Worship

Worship — Sunday, October 17, 2021

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If you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do that by clicking on the link in the Vimeo logo above and then selecting download.

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Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Love Divine Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning (Sunday, October 16, 2021), I’ll be delivering a message on the hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.” This old hymn provides a lot of information about the goal of Christian living in our present age. The choir will be back with the anthem “Blessed Assurance.”

Vintage Years

We’re coming up on our annual Vintage Years Celebration. There will be a time of special recognition for those members of our congregation who have reached 90 years or more. Our list of those hitting this milestone for this year’s celebration includes Julius Frey, Joanna Clemence, Kenneth Dawson, Verl Eckman, Louise Frey, Nadine Griffin, Carl Hansen, and Martha Zutavern. Please let us know if there’s someone we’ve missed.

Update: We’ll also be honoring those who turned 90 previously to 2020 and 2021: Joe Clemence, Rose Marie Elliott, Melva Rector, Les and Marie Thornton, Gil Green, Donna Smith, Dorothy Veach, Ray Power, Darlene Sexton, Keith Rogers, Dorothy Snider, Velma Becker, Lois Ledy, Melvin Leckron, Marvin Ledy, Helen Harrold, Virginia Hoffman, Norma Runs, and Evelyn York.

Worship — Sunday, October 10, 2021

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IIf you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do that by clicking on the link in the Vimeo logo above and then selecting download.

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Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Praise and Generosity in Worship Tomorrow

The Youth Praise Band will be leading singing tomorrow (Sunday, October 10, 2021). I’ll be preaching on generosity in all aspects of our lives, following Jesus’ lead in Mark 10:17-27. It promises to be a dynamic and meaningful service and with the Spirit’s help it can’t miss. We hope to see you there.

Sermon — Sunday, October 4, 2021

In this sermon we took a closer look at what Jesus had to say about divorce. We had some tech problems recording the service on Sunday, October 3, 2021, so I pulled the sermon directly off the camera.

IIf you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do that by clicking on the link in the Vimeo logo above and then selecting download.

You can make a contribution online via tithe.ly. Other options can be found here.

Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Worship Tomorrow (10/3/21)

I’ll be talking about divorce in tomorrow’s sermon (because Jesus talked about divorce in the gospel lectionary reading from Mark). We’ll be celebrating communion with Christians all over the world for World Communion Sunday. The choir will be singing “A Communion Invitation.”

A friendly reminder that tomorrow’s (Sunday, October 3, 2021) services, like those every Sunday, will be both in-person and online.

The 8:15 will be livestreamed at: vimeo.com/event/1266906

The 10:30 worship service (with better quality multiple cameras) will be uploaded later in the day to: abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/

You can download a bulletin here: abilenefirstumc.org/bulletin/

Worship — Sunday, September 26, 2021

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IIf you’re having trouble streaming our worship videos, you may want to simply download the entire video to your device and then play it. You can do that by clicking on the link in the Vimeo logo above and then selecting download.

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Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

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A Sermon About the Nature of Hell (Updated)

I had planned to talk about 1 John 4:7-2 and the hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” this Sunday, but plans have changed. I’ll now be preaching a sermon about the nature of hell on Mark 9:38-50. This is happening because I like to introduce the scripture passages that I don’t preach on. Mark 9:38-50 has a few things that need to be carefully explained, so I sat down to write out what needed to be said. I started writing a brief introduction and ended up with a full-blown sermon. I suspect and hope that the Holy Spirit was involved.

Note: we’ll still be singing “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.” In an interesting twist, that hymn still fits with the sermon.

Worship — Sunday, September 19, 2021

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Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Worship Tomorrow

Worship tomorrow will feature a sermon on James 3:13-4:8a with the theme of drawing near to God. We’ll also have flute solo from Shelley Carroll. You’re welcome to join us in person or online at abilenefirstumc.org.

Worship Tomorrow

I’m almost done with my sermon on James 3:1-12 for worship tomorrow. I’ll be using your suggestions as we discuss how to tame our tongues. Chuck Brussow and David Carlson will be providing a trumpet duet for special music during the 10:30 service.