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Sermons are listed as follows:
Sermon Title
Worship Series
Preacher
Scripture Text
Date (MM.DD.YEAR)

METHODS WORSHIP SERIES 2020-2021

More Than This | 09.13.2020-10.04.2020
Everything Changes | 10.11.2020-10.25.2020
Trust God’s Story | 11.01.2020-11.22.2020
Heart of the Holy | 11.29.2020-12.27.2020
Origin, Ownership, Onward | 01.03.2021-02.14.2021
Day by Day | 02.17.20201-04.03.2021
Scope & Sequence | 04.11.2021-05.30.2021

So Many Questions | Summer 2021
Summer at the Movies | Summer 2021

Sermons are available as YouTube videos.

SUMMER AT THE MOVIES II | JULY/AUGUST 2021

How do I move on?
Summer at the Movies 5/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Mark 4:35-41
08.01.2021

How do I live my best life?
Summer at the Movies 4/5
Rev. Hope Hutchison
Acts 9:10-19
07.25.2021

How do we talk about mental health?
Summer at the Movies 3/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Isaiah 43:1-3, 18-21
07.18.2021 (posted soon)

How do I make the right choice?
Summer at the Movies 2/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
James 2:14-26
07.11.2021

How do I grow on the journey?
Summer at the Movies 1/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Romans 15:1-6
07.04.2021

SO MANY QUESTIONS II | June 2021

Is there a right religion?  
So Many Questions! II 4 of 9
Rev. Nate Melcher
John 14:1-14
06.27.2021

What does forgiveness look like?
So Many Questions! II 3 of 9
Rev. Hope Hutchison
Colossians 3:12-17
06.20.2021

Does God love everybody?
So Many Questions! II 2 of 9
Rev. Nate Melcher
Philippians 2:1-13
06.13.2021
(release date TBA)

What are the names of God?
So Many Questions! II 1 of 9
Rev. Nate Melcher
Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15
06.06.2021

SCOPE & SEQUENCE | April/May 2021

Jesus and Voice
Scope & Sequence 8/8
Rev. Nate Melcher
Psalm 29
05.30.2021

Jesus and Community
Scope & Sequence 7/8
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 2:1-21
05.23.2021

Jesus and Trust
Scope & Sequence 6/8
Rev. Nate Melcher
John 17:6-10, 20-21
05.16.2021

Jesus and Love
Scope & Sequence 5/8
Rev. Nate & Kevin Kling
John 15:9-17
05.09.2021

Jesus and Ethics
Scope & Sequence 4/8
Rev. Hope Hutchison
John 15:1-8
05.02.2021

Jesus and Care
Scope & Sequence 3/8
Rev. Nate Melcher
John 10:7-18
04.25.2021

Jesus and Presence
Scope & Sequence 2/8
Rev. Dawn Houser
Luke 24:36b-48
04.18.2021

Jesus and Peace
Scope & Sequence 1/8
Bishop David A. Bard
John 20:19-31
04.11.2021

HOLY WEEK | April 2021

Holy Dawn
Easter Sunday
Rev. Nate Melcher
Mark 16:1-8
04.04.2021

Holy Midnight
Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil
Rev. Hope & Rev. Nate
Matthew 27:57-66
04.03.2021

Holy Twilight
Good Friday
Rev. Hope & Rev. Nate
John 18-19
04.02.2021

Holy Dusk
Maundy Thursday
Rev. Hope & Rev. Nate
John 13:1-18
04.01.2021

DAY BY DAY (Lent) | February/March 2021

Holy Daylight
Day by Day 6/6 Palm Sun.
Rev. Nate Melcher
Mark 11:1-11
03.28.2021

Day of Death
Day by Day 5/6
Rev. Nate Melcher
John 12:20-33
03.21.2021

Day of Birth
Day by Day 4/6
Rev. Nate Melcher
John 3:1-21
03.14.2021

Day of Truth
Day by Day 3/6
Rev. Nate Melcher
John 2:13-22
03.07.2021

Day of Commitment
Day by Day 2/6
Rev. Hope Hutchison
Mark 8:31-38
02.28.2021

Day of Choice
Day by Day 1/6
Rev. Nate Melcher
Mark 2:13-17
02.21.2021

Day of Piety
Ash Wednesday
Rev. Shawna Horn
Matthew 6:1-6
02.17.2021

ORIGIN, OWNERSHIP, ONWARD | January/February 2021

Why We Live & Act
Origin and Onward 7/7
Rev. Nate Melcher
Mark 9:2-9
02.14.2021

When We’re Stuck & Go
Origin and Onward 6/7
Rev. Nate Melcher
Mark 1:29-39
02.07.2021

How We Suffer & Heal
Origin and Onward 5/7
Rev. Nate Melcher
Mark 1:21-28
01.31.2021

Who We Hear & Are
Origin and Onward 4/7
Rev. Nate Melcher
Mark 1:14-20
01.24.2021

What We Expect & Find
Origin and Onward 3/7
Rev. Nate Melcher
John 1:43-51
01.17.2021 (Sojourners)

What We Receive & Do
Origin and Onward 2/7
Rev. Nate Melcher
Mark 1:4-11
01.10.2021

Grace Upon Grace
Origin and Onward 1/7
Bishop David A. Bard
John 1:1-18
01.03.2021

HEART OF THE HOLY (Advent) / CHRISTMAS EVE | December 2020

The Heart of Prophecy
Heart of the Holy 5/5
District Superintendents
Isaiah 63:7-9
12.27.2020

Memey Christmas
Christmas Eve
Rev. Nate Melcher
Nativity Story
12.24.2020

The Heart of Faith
Heart of the Holy 4/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Psalm 89
12.20.2020

The Heart of Joy
Heart of the Holy 3/5
Rev. Hope Hutchison
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
12.13.2020

The Heart of Healing
Hope & Healing Worship
Rev. Nate Melcher
Psalm 13, 23, 100
12.09.2020

The Heart of Peace
Heart of the Holy 2/5
Rev. Ruth Phelps
Isaiah 40:1-11
12.06.2020

The Heart of Hope
Heart of the Holy 1/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Isaiah 64:1-9
11.29.2020

TRUST GOD'S STORY | November 2020

Trust in Our Foundation
Trust God’s Story 4/4
Rev. Nate Melcher
Matthew 7:24-29
11.22.2020

Trust in Our Gifts
Trust God’s Story 3/4
Rev. Nate Melcher
Matthew 7:15-23
11.15.2020

Trust in Our Hospitality
Trust God’s Story 2/4
Rev. Nate Melcher
Matthew 7:12-14
11.22.2020

State of Love and Trust
Election Day Communion
Rev. Nate Melcher
Ruth 1:9-18
11.03.2020

Trust in Our Passion
Trust God’s Story 1/4
Rev. Nate Melcher
Matthew 7:1-11
11.15.2020

EVERYTHING CHANGES | October 2020

Change in Perseverance
Everything Changes 3/3
Rev. Nate Melcher
Matthew 6:25-34
10.25.2020

Change Through Sharing
Everything Changes 2/3
Rev. Nate Melcher
Matthew 6:16-24
10.18.2020

Change Through Prayer
Everything Changes 1/3
Rev. Nate Melcher
Matthew 6:1-15
10.11.2020

MORE THAN THIS | September/October 2020

You Are Wise to Love
More Than This 4/4
Rev. Nate Melcher
Matthew 5:38-48
10.04.2020

You Are Strong to Stand
More Than This 3/4
Rev. Hope Hutchison
Matthew 5:17-26
09.27.2020

You Are Made to Shine
More Than This 2/4
Bishop Bruce R. Ough
Matthew 5:13-16
09.20.2020

You Are Blessed to Bless
More Than This 1/4
Rev. Nate Melcher
Matthew 5:1-12
09.13.2020

ACTIVATE WORSHIP SERIES 2019-2020

A Time to Act | 06.30.2019-07.28.2019
Calling All Apostles | 08.04.2019-09.01.2019
The Neighborhood | 09.08.2019-10.20.2019
Invest in the Story | 10.27.2019-11.24.2019
Value Love | 12.01.2013-12.29.2019
A Fresh Start | 01.05.2020-02.23.2020
True Grace | 02.26.2020-04.19.2020
Every Move I Make | 04.26.2020-05.31.2020

So Many Questions | Summer 2020
Summer at the Movies | Summer 2020

Sermons are audio (pre-March 15) or YouTube videos.

SO MANY QUESTIONS I | August/September 2020

God roots for the Twins?
So Many Questions 9/9
Mark 9:33-37
Retired Clergy of RUMC
09.06.2020

Where Is Hope Today?
So Many Questions 8/9
Matthew 13:24-53
Rev. LaQuaan Malachi
08.30.2020

The Bible & Dinosaurs?
So Many Questions 7/9
John 21:15-25
Rev. Hope & Rev. Nate
08.23.2020

The Bible & Hell?
So Many Questions 6/9
Matthew 25:31-46
Rev. Nate Melcher
08.16.2020

The Bible & Heaven?
So Many Questions 5/9
Matthew 13:24-53
Rev. Nate Melcher
08.09.2020

SUMMER AT THE MOVIES I | July/August 2020

What is responsibility?
Summer at the Movies 5/5
Luke 10:25-37
Rev. Nate Melcher
08.02.2020

How do we move on?
Summer at the Movies 4/5
Revelation 21:1-7
Rev. Nate Melcher
07.26.2020

What gets us together?
Summer at the Movies 3/5
Luke 15:11-32
Rev. Hope Hutchison
07.19.2020

How to live my best life?
Summer at the Movies 2/5
John 3, John 7, John 19
Rev. Nate Melcher
07.12.2020

How does God see me?
Summer at the Movies 1/5
Galatians 5:16-26
Rev. Nate Melcher
07.05.2020

SO MANY QUESTIONS I | June 2020

What is the UMC Origin?
So Many Questions 4/9
James 2:14-26
Rev. Hope Hutchison
06.28.2020

How Do I Forgive?
So Many Questions 3/9
Matthew 18:15-22
Rev. Nate Melcher
06.21.2020

Why Do We Worship?
So Many Questions 2/9
Micah 6:6-8
Rev. Nate Melcher
06.14.2020

Spiritual, Not Religious?
So Many Questions 1/9
Philippians 3:12-4:1
Rev. Nate Melcher
06.07.2020

EVERY MOVE I MAKE | April/May 2020

Every Hand I Shake
Every Move I Make 7/7
Acts 2:1-47, Rm 16:1-16
Rev. Nate Melcher
05.31.2020

Every Chance I Quake
Every Move I Make 6/7
Acts 27-28, Rm 12:1-21
Rev. Nate Melcher
05.24.2020

Every Cake I Bake
Every Move I Make 5/7
Acts 26, Rm 15:1-6
Rev. Nate Melcher
05.17.2020

Every Pain I Ache
Every Move I Make 4/7
Acts 24-25, Rm 8:31-39
Rev. Nate Melcher
05.10.2020

Every Pain I Ache
Every Move I Make 3/7
Acts 23:1-11, Rm 8:18-30
Rev. Nate Melcher
05.03.2020

Every Breath I Take
Every Move I Make 2/7
Acts 22:6-29, Rm 6:1-11
Rev. Nate Melcher
04.26.2020

Every Move I Make
Every Move I Make 1/7
Acts 21:5-9, Romans 
Rev. Hope Hutchison
04.19.2020

HOLY WEEK | April 2020

Easterland
Easter Sunday
Rev. Nate Melcher
Luke 24:1-25
04.12.2020

Shadowland
Good Friday
Rev. Nate Melcher
Luke 22:47-23:56
04.10.2020

Servantland
Maundy Thursday
Rev. Nate Melcher
Luke 22:14-46
04.09.2020

TRUE GRACE (Lent) | March/April 2020

God, Give Us Strength
True Grace 6/6

Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 20:32-38, Ep 6:10-17
04.05.2020

God, Give Us Mystery
True Grace 5/6

Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 20:17-24, Ep 5:6-17
03.29.2020

God, Give Us Rules
True Grace 4/6

Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 20:7-12, Ep 4:25-5:1
03.22.2020

God, Give Us Humility
True Grace 3/6

Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 19:28-32, Ep 3:14-21
03.15.2020

God, Give Us Connection
True Grace 2/6

Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 19:8-10, Ep 2:11-22
03.08.2020

God, Give Us Wisdom
True Grace 1/6

Rev. Hope Hutchison
Acts 19:1-7, Ep 1:17-19
03.01.2020

Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday

Rev. Nate Melcher
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
02.26.2020

A FRESH START | January/February 2020

The Role of Membership
A Fresh Start 8/8

Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 18:24-28, Lk 3:1-22
02.23.2020

Passionate Worship
A Fresh Start 7/8
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 17:16-28, Lk 10:38-42
02.16.2020

Welcome to Our World
A Fresh Start 6/8
Bishop Bruce R. Ough
Acts 16:16-40, Lk 6:27-36
02.09.2020

Radical Hospitality
A Fresh Start 5/8
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 16:11-15, Lk 14:15-24
02.02.2020

The Role of the Church
A Fresh Start 4/8
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 15:12-21, Lk 14:7-14
01.26.2020

The Vision Crier
A Fresh Start 3/8
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 14:8-20, Lk 19:1-10
01.19.2020

The Systems Organizer
A Fresh Start 2/8
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 13:26-35, Lk 6:46-49
01.12.2020

The Spiritual Shepherd
A Fresh Start 1/8
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 13:1-12, Lk 15:3-7
01.05.2020

VALUE LOVE (Advent) / CHRISTMAS EVE | December 2019

Value Mysterious Love
Value Love 5/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 12:1-24
12.29.2019

A New Hope 4:00pm
Christmas Eve, 10:00pm
Rev. Nate Melcher
Nativity Story
12.24.2019

Value Brave Love
Value Love 4/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 11:19-30
12.22.2019

Value Inclusive Love
Value Love 3/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 10:30-48
12.15.2019

Value Responsive Love
Value Love 2/5
Rev. Ruth Phelps
Acts 10:17-29
12.08.2019

Value Expansive Love
Value Love 1/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 10:1-16
12.01.2019

INVEST IN THE STORY | October/November 2019

Invest in the Miracle
Invest in the Story 5/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 9:32-42
11.24.2019

Invest in the Foundation
Invest in the Story 4/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 9:26-31
11.17.2019

Invest in the Risk
Invest in the Story 3/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 9:26-31
11.10.2019

Invest in the Legacy
Invest in the Story 2/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 9:1-19a
11.03.2019

Invest in the Promise
Invest in the Story 1/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 8:26-40
10.27.2019

THE NEIGHBORHOOD | September/October 2019

Rallying Point
The Neighborhood 7/7
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 8:4-13
10.20.2019

Tongues and Ears
The Neighborhood 6/7
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 8:1-3
10.13.2019

The Cost of Discipleship
The Neighborhood 5/7
Rev. Hope Hutchison
Acts 7:51-8:1
10.06.2019

Are These Things So?
The Neighborhood 4/7
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 6:8-7:50
09.29.2019

You and You and Who
The Neighborhood 3/7
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 5:12-16
09.22.2019

Jesus Out Loud
The Neighborhood 2/7
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 5:17-42
09.15.2019

The Art of Neighboring
The Neighborhood 1/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 5:12-16
09.08.2019

CALLING ALL APOSTLES | August/September 2019

The Empty Canvas
Calling All Apostles 5/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 5:1-11
09.01.2019 (No Audio)

Great Power & Grace
Calling All Apostles 4/5
Rev. Wayne Albertson
Acts 4:32-37
08.25.2019 (No Audio)

Center and Margins
Calling All Apostles 3/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 4:1-31
08.18.2019 (No Audio)

Pass It On
Calling All Apostles 2/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 3:11-26
08.11.2019 (No Audio)

The Touch
Calling All Apostles 1/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 3:1-10
08.04.2019 (No Audio)

A TIME TO ACT | June/July 2019

Fire in the Belly!
A Time to Act 5/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 2:37-47
07.28.2019

Back to the Future
A Time to Act 4/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 2:22-36
07.21.2019

Sharing the Spirit
A Time to Act 3/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 2:1-21
07.14.2019 (No Audio)

The In Crowd
A Time to Act 2/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 1:12-26
07.07.2019

Brave Space
A Time to Act 1/5
Rev. Nate Melcher
Acts 1:1-11
06.30.2019

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Senior Pastor Nate Melcher is known for crafting sermons with humor and depth. His preaching weaves closely to a scripture text and features illustrations that appeal across generations. He combines his M.Div theology degree with his MFA in Creative Writing and BA in Film Studies, as well as his training in improv comedy, to deliver sermons intended to be relatable, meaningful, and actionable. 

Pastor Nate preaches thematically-linked worship series at typically 4-7 weeks each (catch up on the latest series with sermon podcasts). In every worship service, the sermon offers a mix of pastoral care in the midst of challenge, prophetic vision for a justice-filled world, and a call to action.

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