Embracing the Love of God

Embracing the Love of God – The Path and Promise of Christian Life

A fall sermon series

We return to our roots this fall with a sermon series based on an early book by our own Rev. Dr. James Bryan Smith: Embracing the Love of God – The Path and the Promise of the Christian Life. The series runs September 9 through November 4.

“The first nine weeks of Chapel Hill’s existence was a sermon series based on this book,” says Rev. Jeff Gannon, Chapel Hill senior pastor. Every fall, I like to refocus our congregation’s attention back to the mission of Chapel Hill – ‘to welcome all people to experience and share the extraordinary grace and love of Jesus Christ.'”

Magnificent Zoe Groups: James Bryan Smith

“This sermon series takes us back to our beginnings in 1995, when my friend Jim Smith and his wife Meghan helped us start Chapel Hill,” continues Pastor Jeff. I am excited to begin a new season with a return to this seminal book by a man whose clarity of vision and expression has done so much to nurture the faith of our congregation over the years. I am even more excited that, thanks to the generous underwriting of an anonymous donor, Rev. Dr. Smith has once again joined our staff at Chapel Hill.”

As a teaching pastor, Smith teaches Wednesday nights and preaches monthly beginning September 23, and thereafter on the second Sunday of the month. Associate professor of religion at Friends University, Smith is executive director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends, a best-selling author and nationally recognized teacher. His latest book, The Magnificent Journey: Living Deep in the Kingdom, the second in a forthcoming trilogy, will be released on Ivy Press on October 6.

About the Book: Embracing the Love of GodEmbracing the Love of God

In today’s world, many people fail to experience the powerful freedom and healing of God’s grace. Even Christians too often experience judgment rather than the love that is the vital essence of Christian life. This visionary guide calls believers back to the basics: understanding the promise of God’s love to transform our most important relationship and fulfill our deepest spiritual needs. The moving insights found within illuminate the gentle nature of God’s love and teach readers how to continue on the path of love by embracing it day by day.

“The only thing that matters is faith working through love.”
— Galatians 5:16

“And we are put on this earth a little space that we may learn the beams of love.”
— William Blake, from “The Little Black Boy”

September: Knowing God’s Acceptance

God’s Acceptance – September 9

Accepting Ourselves – September 16

Accepting One Another, James Bryan Smith preaching – September 23

Receiving God’s Forgiveness

God’s Forgiveness – September 30

Forgiving Ourselves – October 7

Forgiving Others, James Bryan Smith preaching – October 14

Experiencing God’s Care

God’s Care – October 21

Caring for Ourselves – October 28

Caring for One Another – November 4

November 11 – James Bryan Smith preaches a stand-alone sermon based on the lectionary.

Embracing the Love of God

William Blake, plate from “The Little Black Boy”


About Chapel Hill United Methodist Church

At Chapel Hill, our mission to is welcome all people to experience and the share the extraordinary grace and love of Jesus Christ. We have a special calling to welcome all people into our congregation no matter what their past or current situations, without judgment or condemnation, just as Jesus did when He walked the earth. And our services are open to anyone with any interest in religious matters, regardless of faith tradition.

Worship services are normally Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Nursery and classes for children, youth and adults are available. Services stream live from our website and subsequently publish on YouTube. Sermons are also available as a podcast from the website and on ITunes. Unless otherwise indicated, services are held at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1550 N. Chapel Hill Drive, Wichita, Kansas, 67206. Located off 13th Street near K96, across the road from Warren East Theater. Chapelhillwichita.org. 316-684-1117.

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