Sermon

Giving Hope: Given Hope

Download At the very heart of the Christian faith lies a paradox, one we tend either to resist as suspicious or way too costly, or, as we grow wiser, and our hearts more tender, to embrace as trustworthy and true and deeply fulfilling. Read More

Giving Hope: A Prayer with a View

Download Giving Hope: Praying with a View               October 18, 2020            P. Escamilla Just over 100 years ago, 28 British sailors led by Ernest Shackleton attempted to cross the continent of Antarctica. They failed before they even began. Their mother ship, the… Read More

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How can we sing

Download How We Can Sing                              September 27, 2020                P. Escamilla Overnight a pandemic has changed the world’s landscape. New rules, new restrictions, new dress codes, new vocabulary words, new precautions we must teach our children. Add to all of that a new sense… Read More

Untitled: It’s Not Fair

Download It’s Not Fair                                                     September 20, 2020                Laura Merrill Ms. Laura has already said it — “It’s not fair.” I didn’t title this sermon, but that would likely be the title first in line —”it’s not fair.” We see the unfairness immediately… Read More

Forgiveness

Download Forgiveness                                                     September 13, 2020                    P. Escamilla Community wounds even as it blesses. Maybe that’s why Peter raised that question in the primal stages of the church’s existence. He wanted to get ahead of this sad and unfortunate truth about… Read More

Do We Forgive and Foreget?

Download Sermon from St. Paul UMC in Houston Do We Forgive and Forget?                September 6, 2020                        Rev. Jeff McDonaldI’m reading a book called The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices. The book explores how we can nourish our souls by… Read More

Behind the wilderness

Download Behind the wilderness                                    August 30, 2020                         Paul Escamilla Moses is herding sheep in Midian for his father-in-law Jethro. He’s there because he was fighting injustices in Egypt and it didn’t end well. His people were slaves in Egypt, and he pushed… Read More

From the inside out

Download From the Inside Out                               August 23, 2020                                L. Healy When I first read through these verses in preparation for today, I emailed our Senior Pastor, Paul Escamilla, and said, “Couldn’t I just read the words over and over again for… Read More