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Live streaming video of the 10:00am Sunday Worship Service is available! To view this video stream, simply click on the link below, on any Sunday morning from 10:00am (Eastern Time) to noon.

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The stream is through YouTube.


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EFT and Credit Cards please contact the Church Office (517)787-6460, 8am-4pm, Monday - Thursday, 8am-12pm Friday.
Checks may be mailed to: FUMC, 275 W. MIchigan, Jackson, MI 49201

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Welcome to First UMC Jackson! We are a United Methodist congregation comprised of people from all walks of life. We recognize that all are seekers and all are at different stages in their spiritual journeys. We welcome all individuals and, as a congregation, seek to be a reflection of Christ's love. We invite you to join with us, as together we strive to know God and be known by God as He reveals Himself in new and exciting ways.

Christmas Eve Services:

4:00pm Family Service will be held in the Chapel

7:00pm Service will be led by our Youth and Children Choirs in the Santuary

10:30pm Service a Festival of Music will be presented by the Music Department followed by a Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Day Service:

10:00am "A Service of Lessons and Carols"

December Sermon Schedule

December 11, 2016—Third Sunday of Advent

Scripture:    Isaiah 35:10-10, Luke 1:46b-55

Sermon Title:    “Awed & Odd:  Joy in the Midst of Despair”

Sermon Focus:      We wonder what one person or one church can do, and we despair at the injustices in the world.  When helplessness makes us feel weak in our hands or feeble in our knees, we are reminded of the poor of the “lowly servants” as Mary’s voice rings out in the “Magnificent” (the song of one awe-struck young woman!).  Things in the reign of God are topsy-turvy.  This Advent the Body of Christ, we must be “born again” and into the awe of God that leads to the joy of liberating service.

Sermon Text:

They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.  Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 

Isaiah 35:2c-3(NRSV)

His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.  He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.  He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;… Luke 1:50-52(NRSV)


December 18, 2016– Fourth Sunday in Advent

Scripture:   Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon Title:  “Awed & Odd:  Hope in the Midst of Hopelessness”

Sermon Focus:   Nothing about this pregnancy was “usual”.  Add to that signs and wonders and angel visits, and the birth of Jesus can be called “odd” at best.  But the message is clear– things can be born when you lest expect it.  So it is with hope.  Be on the look-out for the ways that hope refuses to die.  If you can’t find light in the usual places, look for it elsewhere.  Do not fear,  Move forward even if you can’t yet see the light.  The light comes into the world and will not be overcome.  God is with us.

Sermon Text: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.  Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14(NRSV)

But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins, “All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:  “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “god is with us”       Matthew 1:20-23 (NRSV)


December 24, 2016– Christmas Eve (11:00PM)

Scripture:  Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-20

Sermon Title:    “Awed & Odd:  Presence in the Midst of Loneliness”

Sermon Focus:      What an “odd” church!  What an “awed” church! A child is born with an odd (read “dubious”) heritage in an odd place (an animal shelter) under odd circumstances.  But  this is the “wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”  Angels sing, people come from miles around, and a star shines brightly over the place where he lay swaddled.  Odd enough.  But then this Presence of God, Emmanuel goes on to live an odd life of presence with the poor, the unlikely, the untouchables, the lowly, and, in the end, gives himself for the sake of the least of these.  There is no loneliness so deep the Christ, the Holy One, Presence of God does not know or cannot permeate.

Sermon Text: For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.      Isaiah 9:6 (NRSV)

He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purity for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.  Titus 2:14 (NRSV)


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