Our sermon resource provides access to the last six messages offered during worship. Our Sermon Archive provides access to messages offered over the past three months. While these are audio only, you may visit the Rayville UMC YouTube channel for the video version of these messages.

Rev. Mike Palermo
August 2, 2020
Jesus tells the disciples that there isn’t any reason to send the crowd away and then instructs the disciples to feed the people. There is not anything wrong in their assessment—they indeed have five loaves and two fish. The problem lies in their inventory.
Rev. Mike Palermo
July 26, 2020
Our reading today is a series of parables Jesus offered explaining what the kingdom of heaven is like and ends with Jesus inferring that disciples train to bring out both the old and the new that is the treasure of heaven. What did that mean for these first followers of Jesus? What does it mean for the followers of Jesus today?
Rev. Mike Palermo
July 19, 2020
Conventional wisdom says if something is broken, fix it or get someone who can. The parable of the wheat and weeds turns conventional wisdom on its head.
Rev. Mike Palermo
July 12, 2020
God sows the seed of his grace generously and indiscriminately. To be the seed that falls on good soil we must choose to follow Jesus.
Rev. Mike Palermo
July 5, 2020
These are Jesus’ final words on earth to his followers. They are an expression of invitation, purpose, and expectation.

Suggested Bible Readings for the Week of August 2, 2020:

Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21

Bible Verses Theme
Our Lectionary suggested readings for this week has night-time miracles occurring in our readings from Genesis and Matthew. In Matthew’s feeding of the five thousand, it is evening, and the disciples are ready to rest. As Jacob prepares to meet his brother Esau, it is nightfall, and he and his family are ready to rest. In both cases, this rest is interrupted by miraculous encounters of divine power. Jacob wrestles with an angel and receives a blessing. The disciples debate with Jesus about sending the crowds away to find their own food, and instead witness a miraculous feast from some loaves of bread and a couple of fish. Even in our darkest hours and times of greatest fatigue, God is with us, offering miraculous opportunities for blessing and ministry.