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.

PART 5 – PRACTICING DISCERNMENT – Care for our Selves (August 12-November 4, 2018)

In this second section of the practice of discernment, we dive into what it means to create practices in our daily lives that allow us to care more deeply for our hearts, minds, spirits, and bodies. We will explore practices of stillness, silence, solitude, and simplicity as we dig more deeply into what it means to live a good and beautiful life, where we are truly free.

AUGUST 12 – Reflections on Practicing Self-Care
Mark 10:46-52
Pastor Karen preaching
When Jesus asks Bartimeus what it is that he wants, he says, “I want to see AGAIN.” Karen will reflect on her upcoming renewal leave and the longing in our hearts to be able to see yet again.

AUGUST 19 – The Practice of Self-Care and Discernment
Luke 10:26-28
We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. What does it mean to LOVE ourselves? To be a friend to ourselves? To offer compassion and care for our own needs? Jesus seemed to think this practice of self-care was important. There is an assumption in the statement that we wouldn’t do harm to ourselves. What does it look like to discern where God is leading us to treat ourselves with the care and love of Christ?

AUGUST 26  – SILENCE, Part 1
Discerning a New Relationship to Technology

Genesis 11:1-9

SEPTEMBER 2 – SILENCE, Part 2
Discerning a New Relationship to Technology
Proverbs 2:1-15

David Ziegel Preaching

SEPTEMBER 9 – SOLITUDE, Part 1
Discerning a Rhythm for our Souls to Rest

Matthew 11:28-30
The goal is not to escape your life, but to build a life that you don’t need to escape from. We will explore what it means to truly come home to find rest within yourself whether you are with people or stepping away for a season.

SEPTEMBER 16 – SOLITUDE, Part 2
Discerning a Rhythm for our Souls to Rest

SEPTEMBER 23 – STILLNESS, Part 1
Discerning a New Relationship to Time

Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11
Many of us have uttered the phrase, “There just isn’t enough time!” Many of us feel as if we are slaves to the clock, trying to get as much done as possible in the time that we have each day. The ancient practice of Sabbath is woven into the fabric of our faith from the beginning. How can we discern a new relationship to time and productivity and busyness, where we are not dominated by it but can live in freedom? How can the practice of Sabbath restore a sanctity to time?

SEPTEMBER 30 – STILLNESS, Part 2
Discerning a New Relationship to Time

Mark 2:23-28
David Ziegel Preaching
In this interaction on the Sabbath, Jesus is reminding the disciples and the Pharisees of the true intent of Sabbath rest. It is to remind us of who we truly are. It is to restore us to a right relationship with God and with others. How can we practice this gift of rest and stillness so that we can continue to discern our true identities?

OCTOBER 7 – MOVING TOWARD ACTION
Allowing the Inner Voice to Lead Us to the Next Faithful Step

John 15:7-11

OCTOBER 14 – NAVIGATING CHANGE
Discerning a Way Forward in the Wake of Uncertainty

Dialogue message with West Ohio Conference Bishop Gregory V. Palmer about the future of the United Methodist Church.

OCTOBER 21 – SIMPLICITY, Part 1
Discerning a New Relationship to Money and Material Goods

Laity Sunday, Max Andrick preaching

OCTOBER 28 – SIMPLICITY, Part 2
Discerning a New Relationship to Money and Material Goods

NOVEMBER 4 – WHOLE-LIFE GENEROSITY
2 Corinthians 9:8

Stewardship Sunday
When our whole selves are grounded in healthy practices rooted in Christ, there is often more than enough to be shared with those around us.