thrive UMC Blog

Real Celebration

  For the past two months, we’ve been talking each week about the art of celebration, where we’ve encouraged all of you to make celebration a daily ritual.  The message we’ve shared has been quite simple –and almost childish, really: just find something in your lives to be grateful for –especially the people- and let

27 Dec 2017

Welcome Weakness

  This morning, I wanted to open with a reading from the Psalms.  As some of you might know, the book of Psalms is a collection of songs, poetry and wisdom writings, that were or originally authored in the ancient Hebrew language.  So what I’m sharing with you now is a poem of a particular

20 Dec 2017

Growing Love

For the last six weeks, we’ve been focusing our time here together on the art of celebration.  Because our firm conviction is that we will experience our own lives more joyfully and more powerfully when we’re celebrating.  And for the first month, our challenge for all of you was simply to find something to celebrate. 

14 Dec 2017

Celebrating Time

Friends, here we are already in the month of December, and I just want to know: what time is it? It is, of course, the first Sunday of the month, which means today is Breakfast church!  Except instead of breakfast, we’ll be having cookies and probably lots of things that are amazing, as long as

06 Dec 2017


  I want to invite you today to read and reflect on a few verses of scripture. Read them, and then spend a moment or two with them, noticing how these words feel as your own prayer: LORD, you have examined me. You know me. You know when I sit down and when I stand

29 Nov 2017

The Divine Song

You know, especially as I remember last week, where I heard such amazing singing from all of you –it struck me again that what we just did right there is really super weird, isn’t it?  Some music just happened, and there were words on a screen, with the open, but insane, hope that you’d all

22 Nov 2017

What We Almost Miss

This morning we’re deviating a bit from our usual routine by singing some old, traditional hymns.  And while this may not be the preferred style of music for everyone here, it’s definitely a good thing to do from time to time, because the change really helps put what we do every week in perspective, doesn’t

15 Nov 2017

Even Problems

Over the last several months, I’ve had more conversations that have touched on the topics of stress, anxiety (and depression), and busyness than I can count.  Whether it comes to politics, or personal relationships and routine calendars, or even just a simple greeting to an acquaintance in passing, sooner or later the common theme seems

08 Nov 2017

The Value of You

I’m not sure if you’ve all had this opportunity recently, but how many of you have ever stood back and observed young children interact?  Like a group of fiver or six barely-verbal one-to-three year olds while they’re playing or something? It’s totally fascinating, right? Now, if you haven’t had that chance, you’d like to, let

01 Nov 2017

The Scandalous Proclamation

Today we’re continuing our series called, Unsettled: The Spirit That Leads Us Home[less], by reading the opening of a letter by a man named Paul, to a specific community of people in Rome. The letter was written somewhere around the year 50 A.D., which is almost twenty years after Jesus was crucified and raised from

25 Oct 2017