Pastor Sermons

Pastor David Jolly

Coming Home and Bringing A Friend

If you want to find help, give someone some help. One way I believe I can help is to pray for my relatives and friends who have died not knowing Christ Jesus. Since the day Moses appealed to God when God said he was going to kill all the Israelites for making the Golden Calf, Moses contended with God over this- appealing to God’s mercy and Scripture records that God changed God’s mind.

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The King Is Coming, Keep Awake

It is hell on earth to have no hope in God and heaven. It is hell on earth that you and I and all the churches are supposed to try and cure by inviting others into discipleship with Jesus…into the love, hope, faith, caring, joy, peace…

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Branches Well Connected- Bear Good Fruit

It’s very clear the incredibly high degree that Wesley calls us to help, it’s also clear that each admonition comes with the grace of the word- “can”. Do all you “can”, which means to the degree and number of times that you are able.

To me John Wesley takes Jesus’ greatest love command, that we all love God with our all and love our neighbor as ourselves, and Wesley an intense student of Jesus’ total teaching- translates the heart portion to an action verb- to go and do as much as you can.

Love- both the feeling and the action matter.

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Learning at the Feet of Jesus…

Donna replied, “Why not add a bottom, how much could a sheet of plywood cost?” Now Donna and I were the only two humans in that room for the discussion. Still, the next morning early, I received this e-mail from a former parishioner Joan, “Pastor what are you building, I have the feeling I am supposed to buy you a sheet of plywood”. Joan is, and was, an avid disciple of Jesus Christ who daily sits at the feet of Jesus…it’s amazing how God can use us when we are so well connected as Joan and Donna…

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Take My Yoke Upon You- but Why?

Take my yoke upon you… But why? Why would we take a yoke? Well you might take on a yoke if doing so didn’t add to your burden but instead lifted the burden. The ancient yokes often had a movable pin or connecting bar that went to the plow or wagon. The pin could be...

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Living Water

Years ago, someone who had stopped coming to church on Sundays before I was appointed to that church explained to me the reason why: “I enjoy reading the Sunday New York Times while having breakfast in bed.  And I can get more out of it than coming to church.”  I...

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Love, Communication, Communion

Last Sunday Rabbi Shohama and I led the Memorial Service for Diana Gunzl, a daughter of Violet Smith.  As you know, Rabbi Shohama still waits for the Messiah to come, while I as a Methodist believe Jesus Christ as the Messiah already came, died, is risen, and will...

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Jesus’ Commandment: “Love One Another.”

Last Sunday President Emmanuel Macron at the age of 39 driving up the Champs-Élysées in a military vehicle and the epaulets on Ms. Macron's inauguration jacket and its shiny double-breasted rows of buttons and her skirt above her bare knees at the age of 64 clearly...

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On Mother’s Day and the 5th Anniversary Memorial Day

Today Emmanuel Macron takes his office as the new president of France at his age of 39.  The French people seem to prefer gossiping about Macron’s love affair with Brigitte, the first lady of the country, to the French politics.  She told Paris Match: “At the age of...

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My Poverty and the Good Shepherd

Last Tuesday afternoon, I visited Jophille at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, along with Lucia.  We met also Mina and Andy, her parents, who had  been there from 6 AM until midnight every day.  After the hospital visit we met Lucia’s sisters, the twins, at the 9/11...

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Love A Stranger

In the New Room in Bristol, built by John Wesley in 1739, the oldest Methodist chapel in the world, I happened to meet a stranger in front of the statue of John Wesley riding on a horseback.  It was the last Friday when I had a brief conversation with that stranger. ...

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Christ Is Risen

At the beginning of my ministry as a United Methodist pastor in the US, the first thing I did was to go to the Holy Land as a pilgrim, because at that time I realized that my pilgrimage would be my number one asset for the rest of my pastoral life.  A vacation means...

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My God, my God Why Have You Forsaken Me?

The Met Fifth Avenue exhibited “Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven” until January 8, 2017.  Now it displays “Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220).”  The reason why I often spend my time in many museums of New York...

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Come Out! Lazarus!

I visited Diana at Montefiore Hospital 5 times.  It was at my 4th visit with her when she was getting better.  So I spoke with her pleasantly.  Actually it was a form of my prayer spoken in my ordinary, mundane, conversational words with her, not in a formal prayer...

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Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

Last Monday, I was honored to officiate at the gravesite service for Vivian Nelin, Linda’s mother, at the magnificent Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel.  She died peacefully not in a nursing home but in her own home at 105.  After the service Lucia and I were also honored to...

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Jesus’ Discourse with a Woman at Jacob’s Well

Last Sunday I began my sermon with Amy Rosenthal’s “Modern Love” column, “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” published in The Sunday New York Times on March 12, 2017.  The next day on March 13, 2017, Monday, she died.  According to The New York Times Obituaries on...

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Be Born of Spirit!

“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)  Jesus says to Nicodemus.  Recently I heard such a sound of it, reading Amy K....

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Three Temptations of the Church in the Wilderness

Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights, and was tempted in the wilderness by the devil.  If we can say that the church represents Jesus, and thus the church’s mission also represents Jesus’ mission, we can see Jesus’ struggle with the devil in the wilderness is...

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Church Calendar

Dec
17
Sun
10:00 am Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
After the Sunday School sermon, the children and teens participate in their classes downstairs. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month. The children also take part in the sacrament of communion.
Dec
24
Sun
10:00 am Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Dec 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
After the Sunday School sermon, the children and teens participate in their classes downstairs. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month. The children also take part in the sacrament of communion.
Dec
31
Sun
10:00 am Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Dec 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
After the Sunday School sermon, the children and teens participate in their classes downstairs. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month. The children also take part in the sacrament of communion.
Jan
7
Sun
10:00 am Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Sunday Morning Services @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
After the Sunday School sermon, the children and teens participate in their classes downstairs. Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month. The children also take part in the sacrament of communion.