Sermons

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

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...

Read More

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

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Sermons | 0 comments

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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?

Read More

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,...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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…

Read More

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...

Read More

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”...

Read More

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...

Read More

The Long and Winding Road (7/31/16)

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

The Long and Winding Road (7/31/16)

Life is like a “Long and Winding Road.” We pass through a path of graduations, marriages, and births. But we also hit the valleys of job loss, divorce, and death. We long for something constant. On a winding mountain road, someone had been there before. The road is paved. Guardrails were installed. Someone keeps going through and maintains the road.

Is there someone like that in life? Are we traveling this road alone???

Read More

What Ever Happened to Laughter? (7/31/16- Camp Meeting)

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

What Ever Happened to Laughter? (7/31/16- Camp Meeting)

Reminiscent of the famous Neil Diamond concert, the 7/31/16 Camp Meeting was a “Hot July Night.” It would have been easy to skip this one and stay at home in the air conditioning. Do we have to be as stuffy when we worship God? How does laughter fit into our call to honor God and to be reverent before His presence?
PUMC was the host church, and Pastor Jim gave the message. He challenged us to take a fresh look at laughter as a way to honor God.

Read More

Cheers: A Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name (7/24/16)

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Sermons | 1 comment

Cheers: A Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name (7/24/16)

Like the sitcom Cheers, the Church needs to be a place where everybody knows your name… because Christ knows their name and they know Jesus’ Name. Pastor Jim used this 1980s sitcom to illustrate that the relationship we have with eachother is welcoming and powerful when it flows out of the relationship we have with Jesus Christ.

Read More

What Exactly Did Horton Hear? (7/17/16)

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Sermons | 1 comment

What Exactly Did Horton Hear? (7/17/16)

Dr. Seuss may have written a series of “Children’s Books,” but he usually packed a message that spoke to us too. In the immediate aftermath of World War 2, Dr. Seuss wrote a book expressing his personal challenge of accepting the Japanese as fellow humans instead of evil enemies.

In the divided atmosphere of today, how does this speak to us now? How can we listen and hear the cries of others? How can we be like Isaiah who said “Here am I. Send me.”??? How can we BE the answer???

Read More

If My People (7/3/16)

Posted by on Jul 9, 2016 in Sermons | 1 comment

If My People (7/3/16)

It’s July 3rd and tomorrow we’ll turn to our traditions of hot dogs, parades, and fireworks to celebrate the birth of our country. So how do we prepare for this?

God has given us a roadmap in 2 Chronicles that shows us how to be true “patriots” who seek the healing of our land. God is calling “His People” to constantly turn to God in humble prayer, to seek His face, and to change. IF we grow in our relationship by doing these things, God will “heal our land.”

Read More

God the Father (6/19/16)

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

God the Father (6/19/16)

Why did Jesus call God “Father”? Is God a man??? On this Father’s Day, Pastor Jim started with Deuteronomy 6:6-9 and guided us through the Bible to see what it means to see God as our “Father.”

Read More

Chasing Fake Rabbits (6/12/16)

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

Chasing Fake Rabbits (6/12/16)

What are you chasing in this life? What’s important to you? And if you catch what you’re looking for… will it be worth it? Pastor Jim provided some insight into these questions by looking at the story of “Farmer Bigger-Barns” from Luke 12. This sermon was given on June 12 at the 11:00 AM service.

Read More

Life After the Born-Again Birth (6/5/16)

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

Life After the Born-Again Birth (6/5/16)

There is life after death, and so it’s critically important to prepare for that life. To enter that life, we must be forgiven and to be “in Christ”… in other words, we must be Born Again. But what happens between that salvation experience and eternity? Is there life after birth???

Read More
Page 1 of 71234567