Sermon Series


Current Sermon Series

Making Room

During the season of Advent, we will have four special services during regular Sunday worship around the theme of "Making Room." We will make room for Jesus in our hearts and worship space with a Hanging of the Greens service;
make room for the stranger with a service inspired by the Mexican Las Posadas; make room for the darkness (grief, loneliness, and/or stress) that often accompanies the season with a Blue Christmas/service of healing; and make room for hope with a Christmas Eve morning Service of Lessons and Carols.

Past Sermon Series

The Kingdom of Heaven is Like...

As we move toward the end of the Christian year, which culminates at the end of November with Christ the King Sunday, we'll take a look at four images Jesus gave for God's Kingdom: The Kingdom of Heaven is like...a man who sowed good seed. A mustardseed, or a bit of yeast hidden in some bread dough. Buried treasure, or a pearl of great price. A man who hired workers for his vineyard. What does Jesus want us to understand about what kind of kingdom - and what kind of king - this is?

God's People in the World

"The mission of Arlington Temple UMC is to be a welcoming community called by Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and equipped to be God's people in the world." Throughout the month of September we'll explore those different aspects of our mission and what it means for us to be the church. We'll also hear from church members each week about how they aspire to be "God's person in the world."

Acts: Church on Fire

Beginning on Ascension Sunday (May 28) and taking us through the summer, we will follow Peter, Paul and the people of the early church as they go about their adventures in community, continuing the ministry of Jesus, and spreading the good news (and get in a lot of trouble along the way.) How can these first followers of Jesus provide a model for what Christian life looks like for us?

Lent 2017: Questions Jesus Asked

What are you looking for? Why are you afraid? Do you want to be made well? Do you love me? Jesus was a man of many questions, and even though they are directed at people within the Gospels - the disciples, for example, or people Jesus healed - many of them are directed at us as well. So how would you respond to Jesus' questions?

Winter 2017: Stories Jesus Told

Jesus was a traveling preacher who preached, most of the time, in stories. His parables range from the familiar (the Prodigal Son) to the genuinely strange (God is like a landowner who commends his servant for cheating him?) But they all have something to teach us, and we might even be surprised at what. What do we do with these more complex and enigmatic teachings of Jesus?

Advent 2016: Jesus' Family Tree

This year we’re spending the season of Advent with some of the people who made Christmas possible: the people in Jesus’ family tree. If you think they were all pure like Mary and righteous like Joseph, think again, because it turns out God’s purpose plays out through some pretty interesting characters with some pretty scandalous stories! What can we learn from a widow who won't stand for rejection, a prostitute, a seductive foreigner, and a woman victimized by a king about who Jesus is and the work God is doing through him?

August-September 2016: The Life of a Prophet

What does it mean to be a prophet? We'll explore some famous passages from the major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel) and what they have to tell us about the prophetic life--and how we can live a little more prophetically, too.

July 2016: Faith and Food

From the Garden of Eden to the heavenly banquet, food is an integral part of our story as God's people. We might call it, in the words of one professor, "God's love made nutritious." But how do we eat well (and ethically) as God's people? What is eating like in heaven (and what does that mean for life on earth now?)

June 2016: Praying the Psalms

Why pray something someone else wrote? The Psalms were Jesus' prayer book, and while they might seem antiquated and even sometimes problematic (praying that your enemies fall into a pit?) they can be a rich part of our prayer lives, too. Come learn about different kinds of psalms you might encounter and what they can add to your spiritual life.

Winter/Lent 2016: The Ten Commandments of Jesus

Sometimes God and faith and church and belief can all start to seem pretty complicated. So, for the new year, here’s a sermon series on all the things Jesus just straight out told us to do. No complicated metaphors, no riddles, no trick questions: just a refresher on the basics of what it means to follow Jesus in this world. We'll explore Jesus teachings such as: Seek Forgiveness, Love Your Enemies, Forgive, Don't Worry, Don't Judge, Mean What You Say, and more.