Mt. Zion UMC - Sermons

Mt. Zion UMC - Sermons

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church is located in Mechanicsville, MD.


Gratitude
Oct 6 • 21 min
Ever since Cain slew Abel, envy has been a thorn in our sides. Psychologists say that it might be the most dangerous of all negative emotions, because it only motivates antisocial behavior. The cure for envy is thankfulness, which has an oversized i…
Charity
Sep 29 • 27 min
Today we talk about the cure for greed: Charity. When the sermon was originally delivered, there was a time for testimony. Unfortunately, the audio quality of the testimonies was too low, so they have been edited out. The focus scripture is Deuteron…
Diligence
Sep 22 • 23 min
Today, we talk about the virtue of diligence. We learn the benefits of being diligent, and we talk about how to cultivate it in our hearts. It’s all how the choices we make in how to spend our time. Our scripture lessons are:Proverbs 6:6-11
Peace & Serenity
Sep 15 • 36 min
Today, we talk about how to cultivate peace & serenity in our hearts so that we are less likely to react in anger when bad things happen. Licensed social worker & therapist Jennifer Voorhaar walks us through a breathing exercise to help us c…
Humility
Sep 8 • 26 min
I believe this may be the most important series I have every preached. It’s called, “Happiness through Courage: Seven Spiritual Disciplines for Joy and Self-Esteem.” Over an eight-week period, I will be outlining seven spiritual disciplines that are…
Happiness through Courage
Sep 1 • 21 min
I believe this may be the most important series I have every preached. It’s called, “Happiness through Courage: Seven Spiritual Disciplines for Joy and Self-Esteem.”This series is so important because it will be addressing a problem that I be…
The Promised Land from Afar
Aug 25 • 19 min
Today, we conclude our sermon series on the life of Moses by looking at the death of Moses. Did he die content? Would you be content under the same circumstances? The texts we will be using are Deuteronomy 32:48-52 & 34:1-6.
The Downside of Discipleship?
Aug 18 • 31 min
This week, Tim Allen does a cost/benefit analysis of discipleship. The sermon is based on Luke 18:18-29 and Hebrews 11:29-12:2.
The Lost Generation
Aug 11 • 15 min
This week, we talk about one of the saddest events in the history of ancient Israel: When they arrived at the Promised Land, but chose not to go in. Our scripture lesson is long… Numbers Chapters 13 & 14.
The Ten Commandments
Aug 4 • 25 min
This week, we take a fresh look at the 10 Commandments and what they really mean for us. The sermon references a video, which was removed for copyright reasons. The video, The First Guy to Ev…
Food in the Desert
Jul 28 • 18 min
This week, we talk about how God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness. What does it mean to have faith that God will provide? We also look at the way nostalgia can keep us from seeing God’s blessings in the present, thereby blinding us to h…
Epic Fail
Jul 21 • 24 min
Sean Getz preaches on the importance of taking risks for God. The scripture lesson is Micah 7:8-10.
Awful Miracles
Jul 14 • 22 min
Today, we learn about the Plagues of Egypt. Then, we discuss the importance of choosing to tell our own story as a victory story, rather than a victim story. Our focus scriptures are Exodus 11:1-2 & Exodus12:21-32.
The Burning Bush
Jul 7 • 17 min
This is the second sermon in our series on the life of Moses. Today, we hear the story about the burning bush and talk about how God gives people purpose in life. The scripture is taken from Exodus chapters 2 & 3.
The Baby in the Basket
Jun 30 • 13 min
This week, we start a new sermon series on the life of Moses. Today’s brief sermon serves as an introduction to the series. The message is based on Exodus 1.
Accepting God’s Grace
Jun 23 • 9 min
Today, Tom Dixon gives us his personal testimony about accepting God’s grace and the self-forgiveness that should follow it.
Father’s Day 2019
Jun 16 • 14 min
Today, in celebration of Father’s Day, we take a look at the Parable of the Forgiving Father, once known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The Gospel lesson is Luke 15:11-32 (NIV).
Pentecost 2019
Jun 9 • 29 min
This week, we talk about Acts Chapter 2, Pentecost, the Holy Spirit, and worship. What does it mean to have open hearts and minds?
Annual Conference Report 2019
Jun 2 • 31 min
Nito Slack (Youth Member at Large, Baltimore - Washington Conference) and Pastor Steve report on their experiences at the 2019 Annual Conference. The theme was “United in Love.” The focus scriptures are Ephesians 4:1-16 and John 13:34-35. Lay Member…
Servant Leadership
May 19 • 23 min
There is no such thing as a natural-born leader (or follower). Leading and following are both learned skills, and ALL Christians need to do both well. Today, we talk about Jesus Christ’s leadership model: Servant Leadership. Our focus scripture is M…
A Mother’s Promise - Mother’s Day 2019
May 12 • 29 min
Hannah desperately wanted to have a child. She promised God that, if he gave her a child, she would give that child right back to God. What does it mean to give your child to God? Do we trust God to care for and guide our loved ones? Our focus text …
The Road to Emmaus
May 5 • 19 min
When we encounter obstacles on the road of life, how do we respond to those obstacles? On the evening of the first Easter, two disciples encountered a stranger on the road to Emmaus… Our focus scripture is Luke 24:13-35.
Doubting Thomas
Apr 28 • 17 min
Poor Doubting Thomas… What a nickname! Was it so bad that he wanted evidence? No, that wasn’t the problem. Today, we talk about what it means for Christians to trust each other. Our text is John 20:19-31.
Easter 2019
Apr 21 • 17 min
Today, we reflect on the Easter story, the world in which it took place, and the world we live in today. Nostalgia is fun, but it lies to us. Things were not better in the old days. These are the best days to be alive, and we owe that to Jesus. (Joh…
Palm Sunday 2019
Apr 14 • 19 min
Every year, we tell the story of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. It’s a happy story… on the surface. But between Palm Sunday and Easter, the story takes a dark turn. Today we ask the question: “How often does God offer us a …
The Way 5 - Jesus and “Those People”
Apr 7 • 25 min
During the season of Lent, we will be taking a walk through the adult life of Jesus Christ, following his ministry from beginning to end. This series is based on the Adam Hamilton Lenten curriculum: The Way. You can purchase it online at www.cokesbu…
The Way 4 - Jesus on the Lake
Mar 31 • 28 min
During the season of Lent, we will be taking a walk through the adult life of Jesus Christ, following his ministry from beginning to end. This series is based on the Adam Hamilton Lenten curriculum: The Way. You can purchase it online at www.cokesbu…
The Way 3 - Preaching the Kingdom of God
Mar 24 • 20 min
During the season of Lent, we will be taking a walk through the adult life of Jesus Christ, following his ministry from beginning to end. This series is based on the Adam Hamilton Lenten curriculum: The Way. You can purchase it online at www.cokesbu…
The Way 2 - Three Kinds of Healing
Mar 17 • 19 min
During the season of Lent, we will be taking a walk through the adult life of Jesus Christ, following his ministry from beginning to end. This series is based on the Adam Hamilton Lenten curriculum: The Way. You can purchase it online at www.cokesbu…
The Way 1 - Baptism & Temptation
Mar 10 • 19 min
During the season of Lent, we will be taking a walk through the adult life of Jesus Christ, following his ministry from beginning to end. This series is based on the Adam Hamilton Lenten curriculum: The Way. You can purchase it online at www.cokesbu…
General Conference 2019 & The Transfiguration
Mar 3 • 22 min
This week, we talk about the aftermath of General Conference 2019, Jesus, mountaintop experiences, and valleys. Our scripture lesson is Luke 9:28-43.
Youth Sunday: Foundations
Feb 24 • 22 min
This Sunday is Youth Sunday! Nito Slack gives a report on what it was like being a youth emcee at the annual gathering. Sean Getz preaches on how our church can better support our youth. The focus scripture is Matthew 16:13-20.
Shift 5: From Survival Mentality to Generosity
Feb 17 • 20 min
Week 5 in our five-week sermon series based on the “Shift 2.0” by Phil Maynard. Most American churches are unhealthy. In order become healthy, grow, and thrive, we need to adopt healthy habits and make lifestyle changes… just like any other unheal…
Change
Feb 10 • 18 min
This week, Jean Neely talks about characters throughout the Bible who dealt with tremendous changes over the courses of their lives. The focus scriptures are Psalm 23 and Genesis 11:27-32.
Shift 4: From “Serve Us” to Service
Feb 3 • 26 min
Week 4 in our five-week sermon series based on the “Shift 2.0” by Phil Maynard. Most American churches are unhealthy. In order become healthy, grow, and thrive, we need to adopt healthy habits and make lifestyle changes… just like any other unheal…
Town Hall Meeting on Human Sexuality in the UMC
Jan 27 • 63 min
This podcast is the audio portion of a Town Hall Meeting we held in preparation for the United Methodist Church’s upcoming Special General Conference in February 2019. The purpose of the Conference will be to discuss the possibility of full inclusio…
Shift 3: From Membership to Discipleship
Jan 27 • 21 min
Week 3 in our five-week sermon series based on the “Shift 2.0” by Phil Maynard. Most American churches are unhealthy. In order become healthy, grow, and thrive, we need to adopt healthy habits and make lifestyle changes… just like any other unheal…
Shift 2: The Worship Lifestyle
Jan 20 • 30 min
Week 2 in our five-week sermon series based on the “Shift 2.0” by Phil Maynard. Most American churches are unhealthy. In order become healthy, grow, and thrive, we need to adopt healthy habits and make lifestyle changes… just like any other unheal…
Shift 1: The Shift to Hospitality
Jan 6 • 30 min
This week, we begin a new five-week sermon series based on the “Shift 2.0” by Phil Maynard. Most American churches are unhealthy. In order become healthy, grow, and thrive, we need to adopt healthy habits and make lifestyle changes… just like any …
New Year’s - 2018-19
Dec 30, 2018 • 27 min
On this last Sunday of 2018, we talk about New Year’s Resolutions and Covenant Renewals. Pastor Steve reflects on 2018, bodily transformation, health, and metaphorical implications for the Body of Christ. We finish with John Wesley’s Prayer of Coven…
Christmas 2018
Dec 24, 2018 • 18 min
We’ve all heard people tell stories about dramatic births. But Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth skips all of the details parents would normally care about, while including details that are seemingly unimportant. Why is that? What does it tell us about…
Mary, Full of Grace
Dec 23, 2018 • 22 min
Week 4 in our Advent sermon series. This year, we look at the birth and life of Jesus through the eyes of Mary, moving backwards in time. Today, we explore how Mary reacted when the angel Gabriel announced that she would miraculously conceive and gi…
Blue Christmas 2018
Dec 20, 2018 • 15 min
A Blue Christmas service is designed for those for whom the holidays might be difficult. Those who have undergone a difficult loss, transition, or life change may have a hard time finding joy at Christmas. In this sermon, we talk about expressing ou…
Amazed, Astounded, and Astonished
Dec 16, 2018 • 25 min
Week 3 in our Advent sermon series. This year, we look at the birth and life of Jesus through the eyes of Mary, moving backwards in time. Today, we explore how Mary reacted when twelve-year-old Jesus went missing in Jerusalem for five days. (This se…
A Sword Will Pierce Your Soul
Dec 9, 2018 • 18 min
Week 2 in our Advent sermon series. This year, we look at the birth and life of Jesus through the eyes of Mary, moving backwards in time. Today, we marvel at how Mary responded to the Crucifixion. (This series is based on the Adam Hamilton Curriculu…
Beginning with the End
Dec 2, 2018 • 17 min
Week 1 in our Advent sermon series. This year, we look at the birth and life of Jesus through the eyes of Mary, moving backwards in time. Today, we begin with Jesus’ Ascension into heaven and Mary’s later years. (This series is based on the Adam Ham…
Enough: Generosity
Nov 18, 2018 • 24 min
Week 4 in our sermon series on simple living and financial responsibility. This week, we talk about generosity and the importance of taking it seriously. (This series is based on the Adam Hamilton Curriculum: “Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplic…
Enough: Cultivating Contentment
Nov 11, 2018 • 30 min
Week 3 in our sermon series on simple living and financial responsibility. This week, we talk about strategies to simplify life while cultivating contentment. NOTE: This sermon was edited for time, removing a reflection by Tom Dixon. CORRECTION: The…
Enough: Financial Wisdom
Nov 4, 2018 • 23 min
Week 2 in our sermon series on simple living and financial responsibility. This week, we look at various scriptures that contrast wise financial management with foolish financial management. (This series is based on the Adam Hamilton Curriculum: “En…
Enough: When Dreams Become Nightmares
Oct 28, 2018 • 25 min
Week 1 in our sermon series on simple living and financial responsibility. This week, we look at various scriptures that challenge materialism. How did the American Dream become the American Nightmare? (This series is based on the Adam Hamilton Curr…
The Spiritual Journey
Oct 21, 2018 • 19 min
This week, Karen Schanck shares her moving testimony and exhorts everyone to embark on a spiritual journey. Ephesians5:8-9a and Titus 3:4-7 (CEV) serve as the focus scriptures.
Creed: I Believe in the Resurrection
Oct 14, 2018 • 25 min
Week 6 in our sermon series on the Apostle’s Creed. This series is designed to accompany the Creed curriculum by Adam Hamilton, which is available through Cokesbury.com. This week, we discuss the resurrection of the dead and the life everlasting… …
Creed: I Believe in Forgiveness
Oct 7, 2018 • 22 min
Week 5 in our sermon series on the Apostle’s Creed. This series is designed to accompany the Creed curriculum by Adam Hamilton, which is available through Cokesbury.com. This week, we discuss forgiveness… our need to be forgiven, God’s eagerness t…
Creed: I Believe in the Church
Sep 30, 2018 • 30 min
Week 4 in our sermon series on the Apostle’s Creed. This series is designed to accompany the Creed curriculum by Adam Hamilton, which is available through Cokesbury.com. This week, we discuss the Church. There is also a nonpartisan excursus on what hap…
Creed: I Believe in the Holy Spirit
Sep 23, 2018 • 24 min
Week 3 in our sermon series on the Apostle’s Creed. This series is designed to accompany the Creed curriculum by Adam Hamilton, which is available through Cokesbury.com. This week, we discuss the third part of the creed: “I believe in the Holy Spirit.”…
Creed: I Believe in Jesus Christ
Sep 16, 2018 • 19 min
Week 2 in our sermon series on the Apostle’s Creed. This series is designed to accompany the Creed curriculum by Adam Hamilton, which is available through Cokesbury.com. This week, we discuss the second part of the creed: “I believe in Jesus Christ.” O…
Creed: I Believe in God
Sep 9, 2018 • 20 min
This week, we begin a new six week series on the Apostle’s Creed. This series is meant to be a companion piece to Adam Hamilton’s “Creed” book & curriculum, which can be purchased at www.cokesbury.com. Today’s topic is the first line of the creed, “I b…
Labor Day 2018 - Red, White, and Blue Collar Pride
Sep 2, 2018 • 32 min
Today we celebrate the contributions of the American worker and the Protestant Work Ethic. This sermon is a little long because we gave people the opportunity to share stories of work that made them proud. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-14)
Solomon
Aug 26, 2018 • 22 min
Today we talk about King Solomon. He was the wisest man who ever lived… but was he the most successful? (1 Kings 3:5-15; 1Kings 4:29-34)
Joab
Aug 19, 2018 • 27 min
Today, we talk about the most complicated character in the Bible: Joab. He was King David’s nephew, top general, and fixer. Whenever there was dirty work to be done, Joab was in the middle of it. 2 Samuel 15:13-15, 2 Samuel 18:1-5, 2 Samuel 18:9…
Leaving Your Comfort Zone
Aug 12, 2018 • 36 min
In todays’s sermon, Ouida Starbuck reflects on her life as a Navy wife and a United Methodist. Drawing from various scriptures, she talks about the importance of leaving your comfort zone, seeking God’s will, and having an optimistic view of the unknown.
Emergency Preparedness
Aug 5, 2018 • 32 min
Susie Mendoza preaches on Joel Chapter 2 and Emergency Preparedness
David and Bathsheba
Jul 29, 2018 • 27 min
Today, the hero of our story becomes the villain. What do we do with the story of David and Bathsheba in the Me Too era? (2 Samuel 11:1-17, and 26-27)
David the King
Jul 22, 2018 • 21 min
This week, we talk about two of the greatest victories of David’s life: The establishment of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the placement of the Ark on Mt. Zion. As joyous as the year was, it was marred by public tragedy and personal failure. …
A Different Kind of King
Jul 8, 2018 • 23 min
Last week, we said that God granted the people’s request for “a king like the other nations” had… so they would see why that was a bad idea. This week, God gives them a different kind of king: King David. But what made David different? Was David just…
Heroes & Villains of the Old Testament - King Saul
Jul 1, 2018 • 17 min
The people said they wanted a king so they could be like the other nations. Be careful what you ask for. Sometimes, God grants your request… just to show you how foolish it was. Texts: 1st Samuel 8:4-20 and 1st Samuel 11:14-15.
Heroes & Villains of the Old Testament - Samuel
Jun 25, 2018 • 19 min
Today we start a new sermon series on heroes and villains in the Old Testament. This week: Samuel. We start with his call story (1 Samuel 3:1-20) and then talk about his life.
Father’s Day 2018
Jun 17, 2018 • 30 min
Psalm 128 describes the ideal Father’s Day setting… But not the reality most of us live with. This week, we talk about how 1 Corinthians 13 can help us live into better familial relationships.
The First Church Council Meeting
Jun 11, 2018 • 36 min
The United Methodist Church is preparing to make decisions that could potentially result in a major schism. These decisions are currently focused on the debate over whether or not to perform same-sex marriages and whether or not to ordain pastors who a…
Annual Conference Report – We Are One: Beneath the Cross
Jun 6, 2018 • 17 min
Annual Conference Report – We Are One: Beneath the Cross Ephesians, 4:1-7, 11-16
Memorial Day 2018
May 27, 2018 • 15 min
This week, examine Galatians 5:13-26 and what freedom means for the Christian. My apologies for the sound quality.
Pentecost
May 21, 2018 • 20 min
Today, we look at the Pentecost story found in Acts 2. We examine what it says about the early Church, and we contemplate what that means for the Church today. The message then transitions into the introduction of our service of Confirmation. Unfortuna…
Mother’s Day 2018
May 13, 2018 • 25 min
Today, as we celebrate Mother’s Day, we also recognize the graduating class of 2018. Accordingly, we’re taking the opportunity to talk about how we parent kids through major life passages, and how we honor our parents as they age. Our texts are Proverb…
Go and Make Disciples
May 6, 2018 • 23 min
Today, we study Matthew 28:16-20, which is often referred to as “The Great Commission.” What does it imply for the purpose of the Church?
Why God’s Will Prevails
Apr 29, 2018 • 23 min
This sermon series is based on the book “Why?” by Adam Hamilton. We strongly recommend that you obtain a copy of the DVD and book from Cokesbury.com.
Why Can’t I See God’s Will for my Life?
Apr 23, 2018 • 17 min
This sermon series is based on the book “Why?” by Adam Hamilton. We strongly recommend that you obtain a copy of the DVD and book from Cokesbury.com. This podcast was not recorded live in worship.
Why Aren’t My Prayers Answered?
Apr 15, 2018 • 22 min
This sermon series is based on the book “Why?” by Adam Hamilton. We strongly recommend that you obtain a copy of the DVD and book from Cokesbury.com.
Why Do the Innocent Suffer?
Apr 9, 2018 • 29 min
This sermon series is based on the book “Why?” by Adam Hamilton. We strongly recommend that you obtain a copy of the DVD and book from Cokesbury.com.
Easter: Hope is a Dangerous Thing
Apr 1, 2018 • 13 min
John 20:1-18 tells the story of what transpired at the empty tomb that first Easter morning. Hope is a dangerous thing. Why is that?
24 Hours: Good Friday and the Crucifixion
Mar 30, 2018 • 23 min
This sermon series is based on the “24 Hours That Changed the World” curriculum by Adam Hamilton. Over the course of the Sundays in Lent, we will look at each event in the last day of Jesus Christ’s life on earth. We begin with the Last Supper, and end…
Holy Thursday 2018
Mar 29, 2018 • 13 min
Tenebrae: A reading of eight selections from John 18 & 19, recounting the last hours of the life of Christ. A candle is extinguished after each of the first seven readings, culminating in a loud crash. The final lesson is read in nearly total darkness.
Palm Sunday
Mar 25, 2018 • 15 min
Mark 11:1-11 Faith is not trusting in God to give us what we want. Faith is trusting God enough to follow Christ and obey Christ… even when it flies in the face of what we want.
24 Hours: The Torture of the King
Mar 18, 2018 • 19 min
This sermon series is based on the “24 Hours That Changed the World” curriculum by Adam Hamilton. Over the course of the Sundays in Lent, we will look at each event in the last day of Jesus Christ’s life on earth. We begin with the Last Supper, and end…
24 Hours: Jesus, Pilate, and Barabbas
Mar 12, 2018 • 20 min
This sermon series is based on the “24 Hours That Changed the World” curriculum by Adam Hamilton. Over the course of the Sundays in Lent, we will look at each event in the last day of Jesus Christ’s life on earth. We begin with the Last Supper, and end…
24 Hours: In the House of the High Priest
Mar 4, 2018 • 23 min
This sermon series is based on the “24 Hours That Changed the World” curriculum by Adam Hamilton. Over the course of the Sundays in Lent, we will look at each event in the last day of Jesus Christ’s life on earth. We begin with the Last Supper, and end…
24 Hours: The Garden at Gethsemane
Feb 25, 2018 • 20 min
This sermon series is based on the “24 Hours That Changed the World” curriculum by Adam Hamilton. Over the course of the Sundays in Lent, we will look at each event in the last day of Jesus Christ’s life on earth. We begin with the Last Supper, and end…
24 Hours: The Last Supper
Feb 18, 2018 • 24 min
This sermon series is based on the “24 Hours That Changed the World” curriculum by Adam Hamilton. Over the course of the Sundays in Lent, we will look at each event in the last day of Jesus Christ’s life on earth. We begin with the Last Supper, and end…
Ash Wednesday: Tempted by the Devil
Feb 14, 2018 • 14 min
Matthew 4:1-11
Fear Not: 5 - Fear of Death
Feb 11, 2018 • 33 min
This sermon series deals with the topic of how fear now permeates our culture, and how that fear is damaging our physical, mental, and spiritual health. More importantly, we will talk about how to change our approach so we’re not ruled by fear anymore….
Fear Not: 4 - Fear of Armageddon
Feb 4, 2018 • 24 min
This sermon series deals with the topic of how fear now permeates our culture, and how that fear is damaging our physical, mental, and spiritual health. More importantly, we will talk about how to change our approach so we’re not ruled by fear anymore….
Fear Not: 3 - Fear of Failure
Jan 28, 2018 • 23 min
This sermon series deals with the topic of how fear now permeates our culture, and how that fear is damaging our physical, mental, and spiritual health. More importantly, we will talk about how to change our approach so we’re not ruled by fear anymore….
Fear Not: 2 - Fear of Others
Jan 21, 2018 • 29 min
This sermon series deals with the topic of how fear now permeates our culture, and how that fear is damaging our physical, mental, and spiritual health. More importantly, we will talk about how to change our approach so we’re not ruled by fear anymore….
Fear Not: 1 - Blind Fear
Jan 14, 2018 • 38 min
This new sermon series deals with the topic of how fear now permeates our culture, and how that fear is damaging our physical, mental, and spiritual health. More importantly, we will talk about how to change our approach so we’re not ruled by fear anym…
Epiphany 2018
Jan 7, 2018 • 18 min
Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12
John Wesley’s Service of Covenant Renewal
Dec 31, 2017 • 21 min
Updated version of John Wesley’s Service of Covenant Renewal.
Christmas Eve
Dec 24, 2017 • 20 min
Luke 2:1-20 and “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickes.
Journey to Bethlehem
Dec 17, 2017 • 19 min
Sermon series based on “Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph,” by Adam Hamilton. Today’s lesson: Luke 2:1-5.
Raising a Child Not Your Own
Dec 10, 2017 • 26 min
Sermon series based on “Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph,” by Adam Hamilton. Today’s lesson - Matthew 1:18-25.
Whose Child Is This?
Dec 3, 2017 • 22 min
Sermon series based on “Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph,” by Adam Hamilton. Today’s lesson - Matthew 1:18-25.
A Carpenter Named Joseph
Nov 26, 2017 • 19 min
Who was Joseph?
Thanksgiving Eve
Nov 22, 2017 • 22 min
Thanksgiving Eve Hungry Team Ecumenical Service
Thanksgiving and Stewardship
Nov 19, 2017 • 25 min
Mark 12: 41-44 & 1 Timothy 6: 17-19
You Can’t Take it With You
Nov 12, 2017 • 23 min
Luke 16:19-31
Money - The Excellent Gift
Nov 5, 2017 • 14 min
Proverbs 6: 6-11 Luke 12: 42-48
If You Could Ask for Anything…
Oct 29, 2017 • 31 min
Thanksgiving, wisdom, money, and what it means to have spiritually mature discussions.
Preschool Sunday
Oct 22, 2017 • 10 min
Our Preschool Director, Rebecca Fitzgerald, speaks on the purpose of our preschool and how it serves the mission of our congregation.
ASP Sunday
Oct 15, 2017 • 20 min
Personal testimonies from members of our 2017 Appalachia Service Project mission team.
World Communion Sunday
Oct 8, 2017 • 15 min
World Communion Sunday - One week delayed.
David’s Forgiveness
Oct 1, 2017 • 31 min
Stuck in a Dead-End Job?
Sep 24, 2017 • 22 min
What do we do when, no matter what we do, we don’t feel fulfilled at work?
You’re Hired!
Sep 17, 2017 • 28 min
How does a Christian handle being unemployed or underemployed?
Horrible Bosses
Sep 10, 2017 • 22 min
1 Samuel 17:55-18:12 Week 2 in our series on what it means to labor at work as a Christian.
Labor Day - “You’re Fired!”
Sep 3, 2017 • 24 min
This week, we start a four-week series on the meaning of work. Genesis 1:27-28 (NIV) So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and…
Christian Parenting
Aug 30, 2017 • 26 min
Proverbs 13:24 Proverbs 22:6 Ephesians 6:1-4 & 10-17 Titus 2:6-8
The Mountaintop Experience
Aug 25, 2017 • 20 min
Old Rag Mountain and Luke 9:28-43.
Randy Johnson’s Testimony
Aug 18, 2017 • 11 min
On August 13, Randy Johnson delivered his powerful personal testimony of God’s grace in his life.
The Hard Part of Loving Thy Neighbor
Jul 11, 2017 • 22 min
June 25, 2017
4th of July Weekend
Jul 11, 2017 • 20 min
Psalm 33, The Founding Fathers, and Appalachia Service Project.
The Shack.mp3
Jul 11, 2017 • 25 min
Memorial Day 2017
Jun 6, 2017 • 23 min
1 John 3: 11 - 18
A Heart Strangely Warmed
Jun 6, 2017 • 17 min
Mark 12:28-34
Pentecost 2017
Jun 6, 2017 • 21 min
Acts 2
Mother’s Day
May 16, 2017 • 32 min
May 14, 2017 Proverbs 31:10-31 The first few words of the scripture lesson are missing from the podcast. The reading starts at the beginning of verse 10.
Coming Full Circle
May 16, 2017 • 19 min
Preached on May 7, 2017 John 21:1-19
The Road to Emmaus
May 2, 2017 • 19 min
Luke 24:13-33 April 23, 2017
Doubting (?) Thomas
May 2, 2017 • 10 min
John 20:19-29 April 30, 2017
Easter 2017
Apr 19, 2017 • 18 min
What is a Christian?
What on Earth Am I Here For? 7: Palm Sunday
Apr 15, 2017 • 26 min
Luke 19:28-40
What on Earth Am I Here For? 6
Apr 5, 2017 • 17 min
When people are passionate about something, they can’t stop talking about it. If we are passionate about the service work we do for God by helping our neighbors in the community, we WILL talk about it to others. That’s called evangelism.
What on Earth Am I Here For? 5
Mar 29, 2017 • 27 min
We were created for a purpose… To love and serve our God and neighbor. As we grow in our faith, we will feel compelled to serve people… to feed the hungry,visit the suffering, and heal the broken.
What on Earth Am I Here For? 4
Mar 22, 2017 • 25 min
We were created for a purpose… To love and serve our God and neighbor. The most important way we fulfill that purpose is through public worship in the community of faith. Worship leads to Christian Fellowship, which is the second way we serve our God…
What on Earth Am I Here For? 3
Mar 15, 2017 • 24 min
We were created for a purpose… To love and serve our God and neighbor. The most important way we fulfill that purpose is through public worship in the community of faith. Worship leads to Christian Fellowship, which is the second way we serve our God…
What on Earth Am I Here For? 2
Mar 7, 2017 • 20 min
We were created for a purpose… To love and serve our God and neighbor. The most important way we fulfill that purpose is through public worship in the community of faith.
What on Earth Am I Here For? 1
Mar 1, 2017 • 23 min
Church Wide Campaign based on Rick Warren’s book: “The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For” Week 1 - Introduction God created us with a purpose in mind. If we know that our lives have a greater purpose, we can survive anything!
Youth Sunday
Feb 21, 2017 • 16 min
The youth of Mt. Zion UMC speak about their experience at ROCK 2017. ROCK is an annual youth conference presented by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church in Ocean City, MD.
W.A.R.M.
Feb 14, 2017 • 23 min
Pastor Steve preaches on Matthew 25, picking up where David Hall left off. Crystal Bookwalter invites the congregation to respond to the Word of God by helping with WARM, the roving cold weather homeless shelter, when it comes to Mt. Zion UMC in March.
February 5 2017
Feb 7, 2017 • 24 min
David Hall preaches on Matthew 25:31-40
Healing the Partisan Divide: Guns and Conflict
Jan 29, 2017 • 35 min
Exodus 22:2-3 Psalm 20:7 Isaiah 2:3-5 Matthew 26:51-52
Healing the Partisan Divide: Healthcare Reform
Jan 22, 2017 • 22 min
Luke 10:30-37
Healing the Partisan Divide: Immigration Reform
Jan 15, 2017 • 35 min
Leviticus 19:33-34 Matthew 25:35
Healing the Partisan Divide: Politics and Religion
Jan 8, 2017 • 33 min
Matthew 7:12 Ephesians 4:29-32 James 1:19-20