Sunday Message Series

Each and every one of us longs to live a life of meaning… A life where our actions reflect the very things we value most… A life where we are living from the truest part of ourselves… The work of shaping a good and beautiful life is slow, intentional, and disciplined work. At Hilliard UMC, we will spend 2018 exploring Jesus’s invitation to be his disciples and to build this good and beautiful life of meaning. And we’ll work on doing this with a sense of joy, delight, and playfulness, knowing that God’s grace enfolds us and that it is okay to fall down and get back up as we learn?

Pastor April Blaine speaking unless otherwise noted.


As people of faith in this complex and divided world that we live in, what does it mean to make wise and discerning choices about how we live together in community Key to this is finding a growing awareness and awakening to our own voice, to our truest selves. As we become more deeply in tune with the work of God in our lives, we are more able to make the kind of life-giving choices that support meaningful community.

MAY 27 – The Practice of Discernment
Ephesians 1:17-19
Paul’s greatest hope for the early Christians he was forming is that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened.   In what ways are we learning to listen more fully to the voice that is our own voice, asking the right questions, and listening more deeply to the work of God in our life to make choices that are life-giving not only for us but also for the world around us?

JUNE 3 – Beyond our Differences
Dialogue with Jenna Bechtel
Matthew 18:18-20
Jenna will talk both about the experience of growing up as a minority and encountering racism, but also the journey to find her own voice in the world and live that out in ways that move beyond our differences to build community and increase empathy.

JUNE 10 – For All the People
Dialogue with Molly Shack
Micah 6:8
Molly will talk about her journey to become a community organizer and the campaign that she is working on now to directly address our state policies around the incarcerated.

JUNE 17 – When you Open Your Mouth
James 3:1-12
Pastor Karen Muntzing speaking
Our speech is important. Our words matter. Our words are what is in our heart.

JUNE 24 – Live Well, Live Wisely
James 3:13-4:10
Pastor Karen Muntzing speaking
What is true wisdom, and how does it differ from what we see, and the cultural water we swim in most days?

JULY 1 – Reclaiming Politics: Part 1
1 Corinthians 3:1-7
In our current political climate, the word “politics” itself has a very negative connotation. But politics is really about how we order our communal life together. It has everything to do with the Gospel. As Christians and as Americans, how do we reengage and reclaim the political conversation in ways that will build up our communities instead of tear them down? What does it mean for us today to truly seek to live in the light of God? As people of privilege, how can we notice who is NOT at the table? God’s preference for the poor? What kind of community do we want to create?

JULY 8 – Reclaiming Politics – Part 2
Congregational Conversation (talking in small groups)
1 Corinthians 3:1-7
We will continue our conversation from last week about reclaiming the political conversation around ways that will build up our communities. In small groups, we will have a chance to discuss and share stories about the kinds of communities we want to build up. What does it look like to practice discernment as a community for our own lives?

JULY 15 – Dialogue about the UMC’s Future: Part 1
1 Corinthians 3:8-9
Pastor April, with Amy Aspey
This first conversation will help clarify the place where our denomination is and what this may mean for the future of the church.

JULY 22 – Dialogue about the UMC’s future: Part 2
1 Corinthians 3:21-23
Pastor Karen, with Pastor Todd Anderson
This second conversation will dive a bit deeper to explore the global impact and how folks are being organized to prepare for what is next. What is our response?

JULY 29 – Stories from Lakeside

AUGUST 5 – Stories from Vacation Bible School (VBS)
2 Services in the Sanctuary at 9:30am & 11am
No 8:30am service in the Sanctuary
No 11am service in Warehouse 839