A United Methodist Community
Where Faith Meets Life
5920 Jonestown Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112
UPCOMING SERMONS FOR SUMMER OF 2017 ....
Sunday, May 28 (Memorial Day) :: You Have What God Needs
Matthew 14:13-21 / 2 Kings 4:42–43
When Jesus feed the 5,000 he proved that he was God and that nothing was impossible for him. Yet, Jesus took what little the people had and multiplied it feed the crowd. In the end there was enough left over for each of the disciples to carry. Jesus can still to great things, and Jesus still takes what little we have to reach people. Jesus story continues in us today as we carry and share the living bread with others.
Sunday, June 4 :: Pentecost :: The Touch of the Master’s Hand
Isaiah 64:8 / Acts 2:1-13
On the day of Pentecost the Master’s hand touched his people and they became a church. When the spirt of God comes into our lives, God takes something ordinary and makes us something very special. The Holy Spirit empowers us to live for God in this world.
Sunday, June 11 :: Fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-23 / 1 John 4:7-12
Our focus will be on these fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering.
Sunday, June 18 (Father’s Day) :: Fruit of the spirit
Galatians 5:22-23 / James 3:13-18
Our focus will on be on these fruits of the Spirit: gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.
Sunday, June 25 :: Where Faith Meets Life
We are excited to announce the beginning of a new worship series at Charlton Church. This is not a typical weekly sermon series. This new series will happen 2 or 3 times a year, is based on our motto of “Where Faith Meets Life”, and will involve a special guest being a part of our worship. We kick off this new “Where Faith Meets Life” series with the Honorable John F. Cherry, Dauphin County Justice for the Court of Common Pleas. As part of our worship, Judge Cherry will share his story of how his faith has had an impact on his daily life.
Sunday, July 2 :: Our Burden Bearer
1 Peter 5:7 / Psalm 55:16-22
Jesus is our burden bearer. He has come to take our anxiety and fears. We may want to hold on to our burdens because they are deep and personal, yet Jesus beckons you to cast all your cares upon him.
Sunday, July 9 :: 5 Misused Scriptures
Philippians 4:13, Jeremiah 29:1, Matthew 18:20, Matthew 7:1, Matthew 24:40 / 2 Timothy 3:14-17
There are few scriptures that get missed used all the time. We will explore the real meaning of these scriptures, and be challenged by their real meaning.
Sunday, July 16 :: Supererogation
Although you man have never heard the word “supererogation” before, a huge controversy surrounded it around time of the reformation. It effects how we carry out our faith in daily life. If you don’t know what this word means, come and be challenged!
Sunday, July 23 :: Our God is Greater
1 Kings 18:20-40 / 1 Kings 17:8–16
One of the pastor’s favorite stories from the Old Testament is the showdown between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. It has all the twists and turns of a heavyweight fight, but in the end there is no question that our God is greater! Our story will help bolster our faith in a world where God seems to be losing.
Sunday, July 30 :: Another Look at God
As children, our perception of God is based on what we have been taught by our parents and Sunday School teachers. As we enter adulthood, our perception of God changes, and it is often our life experiences that help us to know God more fully. As part of our worship, we will consider how God continues to reveal himself to us, even in the most unexpected places.
During the month of August, our worship will focus on ideas and themes from some popular children’s books, and we will consider what message they have for adults.
Sunday, August 6 :: Give and Take
There are givers and takers in this world. In the book “The Giving Tree”, the boy and the tree are just like the rest of us: they can't get no satisfaction. They are trapped in a co-dependent relationship with the boy as the taker and the tree as the enabler. Neither can break away from this pattern, which is why the book’s ending is so tragically beautiful. We will examine to see if we are takers or givers, and seek to break these patterns.
Sunday, August 13 :: The Gift of Friendship
In the children’s book “Altoona Baboona” the main character is bored and races off on a grand adventure. In the end she discovers the greatest treasure is friendship. We too can journey through this life on grand adventures, yet friendship is truly the greatest treasure we can find. We will focus on friendship and be thankful for those we call friends.
Sunday, August 20 :: The Secret of Forgiveness
In the book “Don’t Tell the Whole World” we see how sometimes big secrets get shared, trust is broken, and forgiveness is given. We will learn about being smart with the things we share and how forgiveness is important to share with others.
Sunday, August 27 :: Ripples of Kindness
In the book “Each Kindness” we will be moved to see how we should release kindness into this world. We will also see how holding back kindness can be regretful. Kindness is important to show and share because it ripples out to many others.
We end our summer worship schedule by ‘kicking off’ our fall season of ministry.
Sunday, September 3 (Labor Day) :: Simply Church
1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27
Church can be way too complicated. We can see lots of activity but no productivity. Our goal at Charlton is to focus on our mission of making disciples first and foremost in all we do.
SUMMER WORSHIP at 9:30 AM
At Charlton, we prefer not to use terms such as 'traditional' or 'contemporary'. We strive to provide worship experiences that are uplifting and inspirational, and reflect a variety of Christian traditions. Our music is chosen based on the theme of the day, incorporating cherished hymns of the past as well as newer songs of praise.
In addition to our Sunday morning worship services, special services are held throughout the year as we celebrate holy days such as Advent, Christmas Eve, Lent, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
Nursery care for infants and toddlers is available on Sunday mornings from 9AM until 10:45 AM. Charlton Church is a SAFE SANCTUARY, with policies in place to reduce the risk of child abuse.
I was glad when they said unto me, 'Let us go into the house of the Lord.'
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