Welcome to worship with Richfield United Methodist Church. We know it’s a big step to get up on a Sunday morning and go to a new church for the first time, thank you for coming to see and we hope you have a good experience. Read on for details on sermon podcasts, the current worship series, worship styles and locations, communion, music, options for families with children, and accessibility for both weekly worship services, 9:00am Traditional Worship and 11:00am Living Waters.
Christmas Eve Worship Services
Tuesday, December 24
4:00 pm Christmas Eve For Children of All Ages with Candlelight (Childcare available)
10:00 pm Christmas Eve with Carols, Communion, and Candlelight
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. Pastor Nate preaches thematically-linked worship series that are typically 4-7 weeks (catch up on the latest series with sermon podcasts) and the current series is inspired by the Acts of the Apostles. Each sermon offers a mix of pastoral care in the midst of challenge, prophetic vision for a justice-filled world, and a call to action. Pastor Nate preaches the same sermon at both worship services, as do all guest preachers.
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ACTIVATE is a one-year journey is inspired by Acts of the Apostles to learn from the early church about the church we are today and the church God calls us to be tomorrow. This rich New Testament book is famous for stories like the fiery Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the dramatic conversion of the Apostle Paul, Simon Peter taking bold new steps as a leader, strong women playing vital roles in the early church, and a variety of people bridging their differences. ACTIVATE also flashes back to key moments of the disciples’ time with Jesus in the Gospel of Luke and explores two of Paul’s most-powerful letters, Ephesians and Romans. With weekly digital devotional materials, the 8 miniseries of ACTIVATE culminate as your year-long guidepost to dig deep into who you are called to be as a beloved child of God. All are welcome, and all means all.
A Time to Act! – We go out, sent by Jesus to spread love to the whole world. (Acts 1-2)
Calling All Apostles – We share hope, teaching with our Spirit-led experiences. (Acts 3-5)
The Neighborhood – We serve all, walking with Jesus to engage our neighbors. (Acts 5-8)
Invest in the Story – We build up, the Holy Spirit crafting a firm foundation. (Acts 8-9)
Value Love – We value love, with expectation of the arrival of Jesus for the world. (Acts 10-12)
This Advent, on our Sundays journeying toward Christmas, we turn back to Simon Peter as he encounters outsiders and must learn that God values them, too. Believe it or not: grammar matters for this series title! This isn’t a noun – “The Value of Love” – nor is it a gerund-form verb of ongoing action – “Valuing Love.” Instead, it’s the imperative command from God: “[You must] value love.” It’s been said it’s all you need. It’s been said it’s what makes the world go ’round. And it’s been said it’s best when shared. Who taught you to value love? Where has love meant the most in your life? Where has love been in short supply? Who in the world is treated as less valuable? Where is God calling us to love next? This Advent, value love – let it fill your heart and may it be on your tongue and at your fingertips.
December 1 | Acts 10:1-16 with Rev. Nate Melcher preaching
God calls us to value expansive love, to see just how far God’s love can stretch out.
December 8 | Acts 10:17-29 with Rev. Ruth Phelps preaching
God calls us to value responsive love, the kind of love that we must be prepared to share.
December 15 | Acts 10:30-48 with Rev. Nate Melcher preaching and the Christmas Pageant
God calls us to value inclusive love, welcoming others at the table and yes, even “them!”
December 22 | Acts 11:19-30 with Rev. Nate Melcher preaching and a Service of Lessons & Carols
God calls us to value brave love, stepping up to the plate and showing up with our game face.
December 29 | Acts 12:1-24 with Rev. Nate Melcher preaching
God calls us to value mysterious love, for love must take many forms for many situations.
A Fresh Start – We partner with a God of second chances. (Acts 13-18 & the Gospel of Luke)
True Grace – We partner with a God of boundless, expansive grace. (Acts 19-20 & Ephesians)
Every Move I Make – We partner with a God who believes in us all. (Acts 21-28 & Romans)