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Sermon Series

Anona UMC offers sermon videos and audio of our weekly Sunday services.

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Sunday, August 4 - Premeditatio Malorum

Erin Padgett

Premeditatio Malorum or “What’s the Worst That Could Happen”? Greek philosophy blended with the Christian faith early. We see that blend and wonder even in the formation of our current scripture. However, on the above question, scripture and philosophy differ. Stoics in particular were taught to meditate on the worst that could happen. The Scripture on the other hand reassures us of God’s watch, care, and providence over us that is past our understanding. We can trust in God’s care for us in all circumstance. My prayer for you on this Sunday is to “Trust in the Lord with all your Heart and Lean Not on your own understanding”.

Psalm 91:1-16
Sermon by: Dr. John M. Stephenson

Sunday, May 19 - In All We Say and Do

Erin Padgett

If we are to glorify God in all things we need the Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit. It becomes what gets us up in the morning, what the French call Raison d’etre or like the cover of this magazine, what the Japanese call Ikigai. My prayer for you is to discover your calling so that what you love, are good at, can support yourself with, and what the world needs can all come together in the joy of your life.

1 Peter 4:11
Dr. John M. Stephenson

Sunday, Dec. 9 - Zechariah & Elizabeth

Erin Padgett

 Mary and Joseph were not the only couple angels appeared to who conceived a miraculous child. Elizabeth was old and barren, and Zechariah was too. Because Zechariah doubted and wanted proof he was struck dumb. Late in life we think things are set and we are needing to accept the way things are. Then God happens. Suddenly there is a new chapter. The couple was assured this would be a good thing.  My hope for you this Sunday in the changing chapters of life, is that you believe in the power of God to take the life you have and add another chapter.

Luke 1:5-18
Dr. John M. Stephenson

Sunday, Nov. 25 - The In-Between Space

Erin Padgett

One of the main theories of defining Jesus is based on this scripture. Jesus “emptied himself” to be among us. Sabbath is another great theme of holiness and a day to keep “empty” so that God can fill it. Remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy isn’t just about a day in the week. It is leaving space for God. It becomes effortless over time as you and God get closer (less space between you and more capacity (emptiness) within you. As we come to the “space between” Thanksgiving and the Christmas Season known in the Church as Advent, I pray that you might find capacity, effortlessness, holiness, and more than enough.

Philippians 2:7
Dr. John M. Stephenson