Sermons

Summaries and recordings of sermons given during our Sunday morning worship services (or during other special events).

Crossing the Commitment Line (Camp Meeting, 8/12/18)

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in FEATURED, Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Crossing the Commitment Line (Camp Meeting, 8/12/18)

Richwood UMC hosted the 8/12/18 Pitman Camp Meeting. Rev. Steve Herman challenged us with his sermon and Sanctified inspired us with their music. Are you ready to commit to God, or are your toes wiggling just short of the line?

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Our Beautiful Savior is Willing And Able (Camp Meeting, 8/5/18)

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in FEATURED, Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons | 0 comments

Our Beautiful Savior is Willing And Able (Camp Meeting, 8/5/18)

Oh the beauty of this Man Jesus! During his 8/5/18 Camp Meeting message, Jeff Crispin challenged us to go deeper than the snapshots of beautiful experiences. We need to trace it all beck to Jesus!

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Spiritual Viruses (Camp Meeting, 7/29/18)

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Spiritual Viruses (Camp Meeting, 7/29/18)

During the Pitman Camp Meeting service on Sunday 7/29/18, the One Way Express inspired us with their blend of Christian Blue Grass, and then Rev. Bill Wilson challenged us to guard against the “Spiritual Viruses” that we are prone to catch.

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Revive Us Again! (Camp Meeting 7/22/18)

Posted by on Jul 25, 2018 in Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons | 0 comments

Revive Us Again! (Camp Meeting 7/22/18)

Is today’s Church ready for revival? Rev. Sherry Zapolla spoke at the 7/23/18 Camp Meeting and answered that question with a “No!” Through music and message, she challenged us to pray for revival and to be instruments of change.

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No One Escapes the Cross… Do They? (Camp Meeting 7/15/18)

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons | 0 comments

No One Escapes the Cross… Do They? (Camp Meeting 7/15/18)

Rev. Jim Hughes, returning again this year as a guest speaker at the Pitman Camp Meeting, appeared as Thomas. Thomas was a man who desperately wanted to return to his first love. But he saw Jesus die on the cross; and nobody escapes from the cross… Do they???

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Coins with God’s Image (Camp Meeting, 7/8/18)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Coins with God’s Image (Camp Meeting,  7/8/18)

Jesus’ response to the trap was brilliant:”Whose image is on that coin? Then give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, but give to God what belongs to God.” It blew His questioners away.
The sermon at the 7/8/18 Camp Meeting turned that question towards us: What “coins” are you carrying?

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What Can We Learn from the Sneetches? (Camp Meeting, 7/1/18)

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

What Can We Learn from the Sneetches? (Camp Meeting, 7/1/18)

PUMC was the host church for the Pitman Camp Meeting on Sunday July 1; Our choir provided the special music, and Pastor Jim preached the message. In light of current events, how does God view diversity and unity? What can we learn from Dr. Susses’ story about The Sneetches?

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Running on Empty (4/8/18)

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Sermons, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Running on Empty (4/8/18)

Easter is over. All of the plans, dinners, and holidays are finished. It’s time to get back to normal. But what was “Normal” for the disciples? They were totally drained. Worn out by worry and fear. Doesn’t that happen to us? Do we sometimes feel that we’re running on fumes?
Pastor Jim’s service on the 2nd Sunday in Easter 2018 shows us how Jesus fills up our tank.

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New Challenge? Be Strong and Courageous! (Camp Meeting, 8/20/17)

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons | 0 comments

New Challenge?  Be Strong and Courageous! (Camp Meeting, 8/20/17)

On August 20 2017, the First UMC of Glassboro hosted the Pitman Camp Meeting.  Their Praise Band (Magnify) roused us up with their music, and their Pastor (Rev. John Inverso) inspired us with his message….   Pastor John’s scripture reading was Joshua 1:6-11… 6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses...

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Time to Get Our Feet Wet! (7/30/17)

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Time to Get Our Feet Wet! (7/30/17)

It was confirmation Sunday.  A Group of wide-eyed teens stood at the front of the church to declare the faith that their parents had promised to nurture in them when when they stood at the same altar years earlier.  These youth had “survived Pastor Jim’s Boot camp” in order to reach this special Sunday. But what’s next?  Completing Middle School, entering High School, College, jobs, marriage, even having kids themselves?  So much awaits.  So much potential to fear and...

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You Were There! (Camp Meeting, 7/16/17)

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons | 0 comments

You Were There! (Camp Meeting, 7/16/17)

Rev. Jim Hughes has a unique ministry where he dresses up as a Biblical character and gives a first person account of what he lived through; of how he saw God or walked with Jesus.  Over the years at the Pitman Camp Meeting we’ve seen him portray characters such as Judas, Peter, and John. Some of those costumes were pretty heavy.  And on a warm July night in the Grove Auditorium, they can be pretty uncomfortable.  There have been evenings where his performance cost him 5-10 pounds from...

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Eye Opening Experience! (Camp Meeting, 6/25/17)

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Eye Opening Experience! (Camp Meeting, 6/25/17)

Summer!  When the end of May hits the calendar our senses are surrounded with a fresh set of experiences: The smell of burgers on the grill… The chlorine-laden breeze of a pool… The sights of sand and beach…  The smell of sunblock lotion… The quiet splash of whirling lake water as you paddle a canoe.  But to experience all of that, our senses must be open. The speaker at the first service of the 2017 Pitman Camp Meeting was Rev. Bill Wilson, and he focused on our sense...

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God’s Love Story (2/12/17)

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Sermons, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

God’s Love Story (2/12/17)

Valentine’s Day! Love!!! What is Love? More importantly, what is God’s Love? In this sermon Pastor Jim took a look at the book of Hosea to see a demonstration of what God’s love looks like.
God is crazy in love with you. Will you return that love? Will you accept Him into your heart? He wants to forgive you and begin a relationship with you right now. What does this story in Hosea teach us about that love?

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Everybody is a Player on God’s Super Team (2/5/17)

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Sermons, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Everybody is a Player on God’s Super Team (2/5/17)

Super Bowl Sunday… Things were a little different in church on this particular sabbath.  Pastor Jim wasn’t wearing his usual clergy robe.  Instead he was trying to look like Jerry Rice with his red 49’ers jersey.  The service listed in the bulletin looked a bit strange too: things like “The Huddle Up”, “A Time Out”, and the “Coin Toss” marked the schedule.  We were surrounded by object lessons, and Pastor Jim’s sermon put them to use,...

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The True Star of Christmas (1/8/17)

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Sermons | 0 comments

The True Star of Christmas (1/8/17)

In last year’s sermon series on Epiphany (entitled “Three Men and a Baby”),  Pastor Jim focused on the Wise Men and the Gifts.  In this year’s Epiphany sermon, he focused on the star.  What was the star?  Was  it a natural occurrence or something else?  What does it mean for us today? During the sermon, Pastor Jim referenced back to last year’s  series, so links to each of the three sermons are presented below: Three Men and a Baby… The first part of last...

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Entering a Jughandle, Rotary, or Roundabout (12/6/16)

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Sermons | 0 comments

Entering a Jughandle, Rotary, or Roundabout (12/6/16)

As we approach Christmas, Pastor Jim has been preaching a series entitled “An Advent Road Trip.” This was the 2nd part in that series. Is Christmas just a destination? Buy the gifts, wrap the gifts, take down the tree and move on? Is there something we can take from Christmas; not only from Christmas Day but from the journey to Christmas? The following recording is from the 11:00 service. Click on the play button, then scroll down to follow along…   Our scripture...

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Becoming Agents of Holiness-Pt 3 (10/2/16)

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

Becoming Agents of Holiness-Pt 3 (10/2/16)

Why didn’t God answer my prayer?!? This is a struggle Christians always run into. Maybe God just hasn’t answered it YET. Maybe He did answer it and it wasn’t the answer you were looking for so you didn’t recognize the answer. Or, sometimes it’s because the connection between you and God has been blocked. Blocked by a Prayer Whammy! Read on to find out more…

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Becoming Agents of Holiness- Pt 2 (9/25/16)

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

Becoming Agents of Holiness- Pt 2 (9/25/16)

“The Power of Intercessory Prayer” Pastor Jim is preaching a sermon series on Prayer, entitled “Becoming Objects of Holiness.”  Last week, he introduced the series by challenging us with the importance of prayer, and highlighting the importance of praying together (“Corporate Prayer”). In this week’s sermon, he reminded us of the power that comes when we pray for others (“Intercessory Prayer”).  Peter was in jail, about to be executed, and his friends...

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Becoming Agents of Holiness- Pt 1 (9/18/16)

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

Becoming Agents of Holiness- Pt 1 (9/18/16)

Pastor Jim is beginning a sermon series on Prayer, entitled “Becoming Objects of Holiness.”  In this first week, he reminded us that prayer changes us; it doesn’t change God.  In order to grow into holiness and to be an “agent” that God can use to His glory, we must develop an active and growing prayer life. And it’s important that we pray together as a family of believers in “Corporate Prayer.” Yeah- I can go into my “prayer closet”...

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Where is Your Bethany? (8/21/16)

Posted by on Sep 10, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

Where is Your Bethany? (8/21/16)

We all need a place of rest.  A place where we can gather with friends, let our hair down, and unwind.  Even Jesus needed a place like that.  Sometimes He went up on a mountaintop by Himself to pray.  While in Jerusalem, He frequently prayed in a grove of Olive Trees.  One time He was transfigured as He met on a mountaintop with Elijha and Moses! But another place that was special to Jesus was a village down the road from Jerusalem called Bethany. Lay Speaker (“Lay Servant”) Jim...

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