Almaden Hills United Methodist Church.

Our Purpose

Sharing God's Love; Following the Way

Worship Services

Sunday mornings:
Traditional service
at 10:00

Pastor's Message

Recent Sermons

  • December 10, 2017: Youth Christmas Presentation   (Audio)
  • December 3, 2017: Star Child   (Audio)
  • November 26, 2017: What a Friend We Have in Jesus   (Audio)
  • November 19, 2017: You Are Mine   (Audio)

Pastor Mariellen's Message for December:

Candles This phrase from John Wesley catches my attention:
"… for the encouragement of the Church in all her afflictions."

This causes me to wonder what can be the Church's encouragement, our world's encouragement, and our own individual "encouragement" in all of our "afflictions." And those afflictions are many, are they not?

Our present season has been filled with the afflictions of fires, earthquakes, floods; of victimization by theft, harassment; of personal grief and suffering; of international warfare; and of violence at a Las Vegas outdoor concert, a Manhattan bike lane and a Sutherland Springs, Texas church.

How can we be encouraged or see any kind of hope in afflictions such as these?

John Wesley says that absolutely there is such encouragement … in scripture. In Revelations 22:17, Wesley reminds us, Jesus desires to come into our world and our lives to give us "the water of life." In the 17th verse and in the 22nd verse, we are asked to offer Jesus an invitation to do just that. We are to say, "Come, Lord Jesus, Come."

Amidst our Advent and Christmas season, that is exactly what we will be doing. During our Advent Sunday worship services, December 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th, we will be sending Christ our invitation, "Come, Lord Jesus, Come." This invitation will take place each week in a very special time of our Advent worship services when we light our Advent wreath candles. In that time, our choir, the bell choir, and Advent wreath families will lead us in a time of inviting Christ to bring life to all afflictions, to reveal hope to all that is hopeless, and to unwrap the gift of love in our world.

Each week, our Advent invitation will begin with this anthem by Joel Raney and John Wesley:

Aimless searching, lost in the night, come, Lord Jesus, come.
Deep in darkness, longing for light, come, Lord Jesus, come.
Come thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
From our sins and fears release us; let us find our rest in thee....
Come, Lord Jesus, come.

As we finish our worshipping season of "Thanksgiving and Generosity," please know you are invited to be in worship each Advent Sunday as we seek "the water of life," as we prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ into our lives.

Advent blessings,

Pastor Mariellen