Christmas Eve Services 2022

This year’s Christmas Eve service is here! Enjoy a full service with music and scripture readings to celebrate Christmas! We have some special readers and a special visitor tonight, and many wonderful songs from our choir! We hope you enjoy this special service!

On the Turning Away

Word in Song IV
On the Turning Away
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We continue our fourth installment of The Word in Song with “On the Turning Away.” What is it that we must do? What about the things that we don’t do? Are we paying attention to both of those things? Are we turning to God? What does God want? Find inspiration anywhere and everywhere, and hear the Word in song!

Our scripture reading comes from Ezekiel 18:21-32.

Our musical inspiration comes from “On the Turning Away” by Pink Floyd.

Service for 7/11/2021

The Word in Song IV: Doctor My Eyes

GreenupCottonwood, & Lerna United Methodist Churches

Rev. Cameron D St.Michael – July 11, 2021

7th Sunday After Pentecost

Reading: Isaiah 38:1-20.

Reflection: Psalm 13.

Musical Reflection: Doctor My Eyes by Jackson Browne

Today’s full service can be viewed on YouTube here or below.

Today’s full service text can be viewed, downloaded, or printed here.

Included in the PDF is the text of today’s sermon, scripture readings, prayers, the prayer list, and all other service information.

Singing Praises

It's Pastor Cam
Singing Praises
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“Singing Praises” looks at the role music plays in our life of faith. The command to sing is all throughout the Bible. Scripture has many songs woven in. We go and sing at church on Sunday, but what about the rest of the time? Do we sing God’s praises? Why is music so important? Why is music so powerful?

Our scripture reading comes from Isaiah 12:1-6.

If Everyone Cared

The Word in Song III
If Everyone Cared



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The last message in this installment of The Word in Song is “If Everyone Cared” and comes on All Saints Sunday. As we remember those who have passed from this life, do we do so with hope? Do we wait patiently for the kingdom? Or are we called to something greater? Where is our hope? Find inspiration anywhere and everywhere, and hear the Word in song!

Our scripture reading comes from Isaiah 65:17-25.

The musical inspiration is from “If Everyone Cared” by Nickelback.

Never Gonna Give You Up

The Word in Song III
Never Gonna Give You Up



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The latest in The Word in Song is the ever popular “Never Gonna Give You Up” inspired by the music of Rick Astley. When troubles hit, who go we turn to? Will God ever walk away from us? How do we combat fear, hate, and lies? Know that God will be there. Find inspiration anywhere and everywhere, and hear the Word in song!

The scripture reading comes from Jeremiah 31:31-38.

The musical inspiration is “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley.

My Back Pages

The Word in Song
The Word in Song II
My Back Pages



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The last message in this run of The Word in Song is “My Back Pages”, inspired by the time by Bob Dylan. This Father’s Day message reflects on what it means to be like a child. Do we still ask questions like a child? Be humble like a child? Find inspiration anywhere and everywhere, and hear the Word in song!

Our scripture reading comes from Matthew 18:1-5, 10-14.

The musical inspiration comes from “My Back Pages” by Bob Dylan.

The Man In The Mirror

The Word in Song
The Word in Song II
The Man In The Mirror



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Today marks the beginning of The Word in Song II, the second installment of the series. We begin with “Man In The Mirror” and it was inspired by the song of the same title by Michael Jackson. In it, we explore how we change ourselves to change the world. What examples does the Bible give us? Can we change others? Can we see how to change ourselves? Find inspiration anywhere and everywhere, and hear the Word in song!

Our scripture reading comes from James 1:19-27.

The musical inspiration comes from Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror.”

A Baffled King Composing Hallelujah

HallelujahIn preparation for my latest installment of The Word in Song, I asked friends for suggestions for songs. One that came up was one I expected to have pop up. It was “Hallelujah”, written by Leonard Cohen and performed by many different artists. Though I love the song, I wasn’t sure I could do it justice in my sermon series. Continue reading “A Baffled King Composing Hallelujah”

Revisiting an Idea

I was working on my planning for the season after Pentecost, and I remembered a series from a couple of years ago. I had found inspiration in music. But it wasn’t hymns or praise music. It was from music I grew up with and heard on the radio. It reminded me that inspiration can come from anywhere, and so I did a series of six sermons inspired by song lyrics. I’m looking at doing that again. In preparation, I decided to look back and add the original “The Word in Song” series here. I’m looking forward to having another series of songs to cover very soon!

If you happen to have a song that has inspired you, comment, tweet, message me, or however you’d like to contact me and let me know!