From its inception, the church was called to be a sign of hope and life in the world, shining in the midst of darkness, greed, evil, sin, and devastation. This call seems even more important now, as we reclaim the power of who we are meant to be for the world in the moment of challenge that we find ourselves in.
June 16 – Time to Get Up! – Acts 9:36-43
The call to awaken to new life didn’t stop at Jesus. The days of the early church were filled time after time with healings and awakenings to God’s spirit at work. Are we truly claiming our call to be the kind of church where lives are changed and hearts are awakened and people find true healing and freedom in Christ?
June 23 – The Table Included WHO? – Acts 11:1-18
The call of God’s church was to break down all the barriers and the walls that divided people from one another. The church from its very inception was to include all people. We affirm our commitment as a church called to claim a love for ALL people.
June 30 – All Services in Warehouse 839
Guided small group conversations around tables. Usual worship times and styles.
July 7 – FREE*DOM – Acts 12:6-19
Guest Preacher: Rev. F. Willis Johnson
Our partner in ministry in the West Ohio Conference, Pastor Willis is starting a new church, Living Tree, a multi-ethnic community of faith that we have been supporting for the past seven months. Through the extraordinary story of Peter’s release from prison in Acts, Pastor Willis will reflect with us on the reality of our faith in tension with the signs, times, and systems in which we live. God’s promise now and forever is freedom!
July 14 – When One Door Closes – Acts 16:6-15
The early church was designed with an outward focus. At times, the Holy Spirit would close a door and make it clear that where they thought they were headed wasn’t so. Instead, sometimes God is doing a new thing. When Paul receives a vision to go instead to Macedonia to help share the world, he is ready and willing. His willingness led him to a key encounter with women in the area, including Lydia, who became a profound leader in the church. Are we willing to trust in God when doors before us are closing and new ones are opening?
July 21 – Songs from Prison – Acts 16:16-34
The outward focus to share the good news of Jesus Christ got many in the early church in trouble. And yet, even in their times of tribulation, they sang songs of praise and celebration to God. Singing songs of praise to God in the good times and the bad was an early marker of the church and its powerful focus on HOPE for the future.
July 28 – Set Apart – Acts 13:1-3 – Dialogue Message with Pastor Jon
Pastor Jon Osmundson’s First Sunday
At the foundation of the extraordinary ministry of Paul was this moment when he was clearly identified, set apart, and sent for a specific ministry and mission. On this Sunday when we welcome our new Associate Pastor, Jon Osmundson, we’ll hear about the call on Jon’s life to set-apart ministry, as well as the hope that he has in the church of Jesus Christ. We will also celebrate the work of God in the life of our youth, who will be returning from Lakeside Institute camp after a week of being set apart to listen to the work of God in their lives.
August 4 – Just two services today, 9:30 & 11am, BOTH IN THE SANCTUARY, to celebrate Vacation Bible School!
NOTE: No 8:30 worship in the Sanctuary. No 11am worship in Warehouse 839.
Celebrating Vacation Bible School!
August 11 – To an Unknown God – Acts 17:22-31
Pastor Jon Osmundson
We do not worship a God confined to this place or any place. We worship a God who always has been and always will be present with us. Our God is never far away.
August 18 – Do Not Be Afraid, I am With You… Acts 18:1-11
The journey of Paul sharing the Gospel was fraught with challenges, rejection, and violence. Throughout the journey, God reveals God’s self to Paul in a vision, continuing to promise to be present with him and to give him all that he would need. Do not be afraid… I am with you. Where do you need to trust God more fully to be with you through the challenges ahead?
August 25 – Building Up the Body – Acts 18:24-19:7
Throughout the journey, the leaders find people who have heard of Jesus and who are seeking to live faithful lives, but who have not heard the Holy Spirit or been baptized in the Holy Spirit. They continue to build up who they find and strengthen them in the faith. Some of these leaders go on to become significant leaders in the faith. Who are we building up for the future of God’s church?
looking ahead to fall: rediscovering hilliard umc
This fall, as our new Associate Pastor Jon Osmundson joins our team, we will together rediscover the foundations of what makes us Hilliard UMC. We will unpack the foundations of our phrase God Loves You… No Matter What, as well as the membership covenant, the spiritual practices that we believe best help us to connect with God. This will be a season for all of us to commit our lives again — or for the first time — to the work that God has called us to!
September 1 – GOD LOVES YOU… No Matter What! Part 1 – Ephesians 3:14-19
We begin with the foundations of our life in Christ, the heartbeat of our church, that God Loves You… No Matter What! This week, in part 1, we will focus on the “God loves you” part of the statement.
September 8 – God Loves You… NO MATTER WHAT! Part 2 – Colossians 2:16-23, Romans 8:31-39
The love of God is grander than anything we can imagine, but what about all of our mistakes and all the ways we fall short? Over and over, scripture reminds us that there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love. Any teachings that tell us that these things disqualify us from God’s love should be rejected. In this Part 2 message, we examine the “no matter what” part of the heartbeat of our faith.
September 15 – The Power of Prayer – Colossians 3:1-4
Many of us have been taught the power of prayer on behalf of others as well as for ourselves in times of need. But much of the power of prayer comes in helping us to find the depth of the life in Christ that we are longing for. This morning we will explore this first part of our membership covenant and the invitation from Christ to dwell richly in the presence of God, each and every day.
September 22 – Real Relationships – Colossians 3:5-11
When it comes to growing deeper in our faith in Christ, we are called to examine ourselves in community with others, that we might grow more fully into the person we are called to be. As we look at the small group part of the membership covenant, we explore the power of real relationships that can help us become the person we are called to be.
September 29 – The Heart of Generosity – 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
At the heart of our faith is that God’s economy is one of abundance, where there will be enough for all of us. When we participate in this worldview of abundance with a deep trust in God, we are able to live lives of generosity. This part of our membership covenant challenges us to be people of generosity, trusting in God’s economy of abundance, as we give generously of our income, working toward a tithe.
October 6 – Serving Others – Colossians 3:12-14
On this World Communion Sunday, we explore the call to serve others. This key part of our membership covenant invites us to participate in God’s gifts of compassion and love by serving others. Come learn about how you too can serve others through the ministries of this church!
October 13 – Personal Development – Colossians 3:15
Pastor Jon Osmundson speaking
The work of discipleship calls us regularly to examine the conditions of our own hearts and minds. Where are we not at peace with one another or ourselves? Where do we need to examine our motives and our reactions, so we can more fully allow the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts?
October 20 – Solidarity with the Suffering
Guest Preacher: Pastor Zach Holler
October 25-27 – ALL CHURCH RETREAT at the Maria Stein Center
Together we will focus on recommitting ourselves to the call of God in our lives. With sessions focused on the various parts of our covenant as a church, we will deepen our lives with God.
October 27 – The Heart of Worship – Colossians 3:16-17
Pastor Todd Anderson speaking
One worship service in the Sanctuary – 10am
We gather each week for worship, but what is the meaning of God’s gift of worship? Why is it so important for the life of a Christian? As we explore this part of our membership covenant, we will see the ways that we can engage in worship with our whole selves.
November 3 – Proud Past, Hopeful Future
On this All Saints Day, we celebrate the stories of our past as a church and invest together in the future that God is calling us toward. We will present our gifts for investment in the future this week.
November 10 – Preschool Appreciation Sunday
November 17 – Engaging Scripture for Personal Transformation
November 24 – God loves you… no matter what