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    Welcome!

    Thank you for visiting our church website today. If you are looking for a church in Durand, you can find a welcoming, safe space here. At Durand United Methodist Church we believe we are made free by the love of God through Jesus Christ. Our impulse is to be active in the community and see with Jesus’ eyes, inwardly renewed by God’s Love, empowered by God’s Spirit. Our desire is to be at peace and bring God’s peace and love with us wherever we go. It is a joy to be a part of the Durand United Methodist Church! I invite you to connect with us in the life of this…

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    Casting Off

    God, in God’s great love—as God has always loved—opens their eyes to what is actually out there. It is so unfamiliar, they call it “what is it?” “manna.” Out of the morning dew, God created sustenance. Still, they complained about what they didn’t have any longer—and it was something they never actually had! They were comparing their current state of things with an alternate reality that didn’t exist for them. Instead of looking to the God that just saved them from wretched living conditions, Instead of recognizing what was before their very eyes and written on their hearts, the Israelites erected the god of What-Used-To-Be. And separated themselves from themselves,…

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    Saved From Myself

    We embody shame, we make solid a hurtful word or unthinking remark or slight, someone overlooking our humanity, divinity – we solidify that pain in our gut and muscles and around the lungs, constrict the blood vessels, cutting off oxygen to the heart… The pain is real. And it does real damage. Jesus tells us a parable about a landowner who forgives a slave who turns around and withholds forgiveness for someone else. At the end of that parable, the master, in his anger, handed him over to be tortured. Jesus, saying, ‘so will God do to all of you if you don’t forgive from your heart.’ It’s not that…

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    Adoration and Anger

    14th Sunday After Pentecost sermon video When my father died just 5 days after his 38th birthday, a lot of people had a lot of things to say to our family and to my mother. People quoted verses, Psalms, lovely platitudes meant to placate the overwhelming grief of a young mother of 4 who lost the love her life – way too soon. And when she went beyond the allocated time appropriate to grieve, people had a lot to say then, too. ‘don’t worry about tomorrow, God will take care of it.’ ‘God causes everything to work for good – doesn’t that make you feel better now? Can’t you see…