Easter Sermon April 1, 2018 Scripture: John 20:1-18

April 2, 2018

The recording did not include the scripture, so here it is if you would like to read it before listening:

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them,

‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings

but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes.

 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.

            They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’

She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father.

But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” ’ Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.


March 18, 2017 Sermon Based on John 12:20-33 Sermon Title: “Serve and Follow.”

March 19, 2018

The recording missed the scripture reading, so here it is.  John 12:20-33:

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks.  They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."  Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.  Jesus answered them,

"The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor. 

"Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say--'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour.  Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."

The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."

 Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.  Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.  And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."  He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.


March 11, 2018 sermon. Based on John 3:14-21. Sermon Title: “Know What You are Here For.”

March 12, 2018

John 3:16 is probably the best-known verse in the Bible.  In this sermon, the pastor looks at this verse a little differently.  These words show us that Jesus knew exactly why he was here and what he would accomplish.  Using that knowledge as a guide, we are challenged to see our lives as a mission and know just what we are here for, and what we will be remembered for.


March 4, 2018 sermon. Based on John 2:13-22. Sermon title: “Turn the Tables.”

March 5, 2018

In the scripture reading, we see Jesus overturning the tables of the moneychangers and chasing those who were selling animals out of the Temple.  The sermon hopes to lead us to think about changes Jesus would make in our lives so that we can be living temples -- holy places set apart for the presence of God.


February 25, 2018 sermon. Based on Mark 8:31-38. Sermon Title, “Walk Forward.”

February 26, 2018

During the Sundays of Lent, the sermons are looking at the things that Jesus tells us to do and shows us to do.  Last week, we saw how Jesus demonstrates that we can fight temptation.  This sermon looks at the way that Jesus calls us to walk forward with him.  This means walking away from some things and stepping closer to the example of Christ.  All of this is summed up in the call that Jesus gave to his disciples:  "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and foollow me."


February 18, 2018 Sermon. Based on Luke 4:1-13, Jesus Tempted in the Desert. Sermon title: “Fighting Temptation.”

February 19, 2018

In this sermon, we look at the three temptations Jesus faced and think about how they represent our temptations.  Since Jesus withstood these temptations, we can learn from him that we can, as well, when we follow His lead.


February 11, 2018 sermon. Based on Mark 9:2-9, Mark’s account of the Transfiguration. Sermon Title: “Listen to Him!”

February 12, 2018

In this sermon, Pastor Eric looks at the event of the Transfiguration.  What is usually a very "visual" event, in which Jesus is seen to glow bright and Old Testament patriarchs make an appearance, is also very important for what is HEARD.  Pastor Eric focuses on this, and on the importance of listening for those who would follow Jesus.


“Feed Your Soul,” the sermon by Eric Raygor from Feb 4, 2018 at Grace United Methodist Church in Somerset, PA.

February 5, 2018

Mark 1:29-39

As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

32That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

35In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.”

38He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.


January 28 Mark 1:21-28 Teaching with Authority

February 1, 2018

In this sermon, Pastor Eric talks about what it means that Jesus was recognized as one who "taught with authority."  Questions likek "Where did his authority come from," "What makes his authority different than other teachers," and "How does he use his authority iin our lives" are addressed.