Recent Sermons

Our teaching and preaching at Trinity Heights U.M.C. are grounded in Scripture, (Christian) tradition, experience, and reason. These four long-held and cherished approaches to theological reflection guide us as together we explore and understand God, God's movement, and God's will for us in the world.

On this page, we will seek to provide the last few months' sermons for you to experience a bit of what Trinity Heights is about.

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Current Sermon Series

Sunday, September 24, 2017 – "The Facebook Effect and the Court Prophets of Old (Testament)"

Rev. Ron reflects on "social media echo chambers" and some Biblical guidance on how to respond.
Note, audio recording is currently unavailable, so the link above will download a manuscript of the sermon.

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - "Disney's Renovation of Epcot & Jesus' New Commandment"

In the first of a few sermons reflecting on how "everything old is new again," Rev. Ron Bartlow compares Disney executives' assertions about the "traditions" that drive the renovation of Epcot with the expressions of Christian tradition in contemporary churches.


Sunday, August 27, 2017 – "God Is Bigger Than We Think"

In the fourth and final message in the series "Great Themes of the Bible," Rev. Ron Bartlow rambles on about the nature of God.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 – "God is Love"

In the third of a four part series ("Great Themes of the Bible"), Rev. Lynn Bartlow reflects on the good news throughout the Bible that "God is love." In contrasting a loving God with an angry or an absentee God, Lynn shares the good news that God is present, active, and loving in our world.

Sunday, August 6, 2017 – "God Is With Us"

In the first of a four part series ("Great Themes of the Bible") Rev. Lynn Bartlow reflects on the good news of the Old and New Testaments that God Is With Us.

Sunday, July 30, 2017 – "A 'God With Us' Church"

In the last of our series on "Discovering the God of Our Universe," and as part of our "Christmas in July" celebration, Rev. Ron reflects on the nature of Jesus' identity as expressed in the names given him... and what those names suggest we are to be as the Church of Christ!

Sunday, July 17, 2017 – "God's Imagination"

As we continue to reflect on "Discovering the God of Our Universe," Rev. Lynn Bartlow draws from the Gospel of John a story about Nicodemus, and what he learns when he encounters God's great imagination...

Sunday, July 9, 2017 – "What About Bob? (The Older Brother)"

Jesus is a master storyteller! While we're all likely familiar with the parable of the "Prodigal Son," Rev. Ron shares some (perhaps new?) insights into Jesus' master story, as he draws a connection between its primary audience (Pharisees and "teachers of the law") and its open ending...

Sunday, July 2, 2017 – "Just a Lump of Clay"

Drawing from Genesis 1 and Psalm 8, Rev. Lynn Bartlow reflects on one significant part of God's Creation of all things: you matter to God!

Sunday, June 25, 2017 – "A Courageous Church"

Church leaders Matt Harris and Cindy Payne join Rev. Lynn Bartlow in sharing a summary of their experience at the 2017 annual conference of The Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church, reflecting on the vision that we are to be "a courageous church: loving like Jesus, working for justice, united in hope."

Sunday, June 11, 2017 – "It's What We Do"

Church leader Phil Off shares a reflection on our opportunity to care for one another as fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ!

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - "Frenetic Spirit"

Rev. Ron shares insights of the story of the man with a demon-possessed boy, from Mark 9. This story connects with our lives today, as the "frenetic spirit" of wild chaos present in the story is present around us, and Jesus gives us the correct way to respond...

Sunday, May 14, 2017- "Mothers and Heroes and Stones, Oh My!"

Sunday, May 07, 2017 - "Return to the Shepherd"

       Rev. Lynn Bartlow reflects on what it means to be a sheep of the Lord.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – "Stone Stories"

Guest speaker Ray Buckley - author, storyteller, and former director for United Methodist Native American ministries - shares stories.


Additional Recent Sermons

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – "Engaging Doubt: Thomas' Story"

Rev. Ron Bartlow shares a reflection on the story of "faith-filled" Thomas, his unbelievable encounter with our risen Lord, and what we can learn from it regarding our doubts and faith.

Sunday, April 16, 2017 - "Come, and See..."

The experience of Mary Magdalene and the disciples on that first Easter morning echoes an ongoing narrative in the Bible, an invitation to "come and see." They come to the tomb, and see... but what do they see? Revs. Lynn and Ron Bartlow reflect on what Mary unexpectedly encountered when she came seeking the Lord.

Sunday, April 9, 2017 –"Holy Week, Batman!"

In this Sermon, Revs. Lynn and Ron Bartlow share a short reflection on the days of Holy Week.

90 Days in the New Testament...

The following sermons were part of our 90 Days in the New Testament church endeavor from winter, 2017. Please note that for this series, sermons are arranged in order, with the most recent sermon toward the bottom. Click the link to download the sermon to listen on your computer or device.

Sunday, January 15, 2017 - "Matthew's Rabbi"

Rev Lynn Bartlow begins our four week series, "The Good News According To..." with reflections on the Gospel of Matthew and its perspectives on how Jesus is. This series is the first part of our church-wide endeavor to read through the New Testament together in 90 days.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - "Mark's Action Hero"

As we continue our 90 Days in the New Testament related series "The Good News According To...," Rev. Ron Bartlow reflects on the unique perspectives of the Gopsel of Mark, the "fast paced, action" Gospel.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 – "Luke's LuLLaby"

Rev. Lynn Bartlow continues our series "The Good News According To..." with a look at the Gospel of Luke, which begins like a musical and continues with an emphasis on the Last, the Least, and the Lost...

Sunday, February 5, 2017 – "Written, Spoken, Incarnate... John's Word of Life"

The Gospel of John can seem radically different from those of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In this final part of our series "The Good News According To...," Rev. Ron Bartlow will share more about John's unique perspectives and approach to sharing the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - "The Handoff"

Rev. Ron Bartlow shares how Jesus hands off authority and responsibility for his ministry to the disciples at the end of the Gospel of John...

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - "Five Lessons from the Early Church"

Rev. Ron Bartlow shares a few insights into the contemporary church from the experience of the early church in Acts.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - "Of Prefaces and Strangely Warmed Hearts"

Near the Feast Day for John and Charles Wesley, Rev. Lynn Bartlow shares how the book of Romans has shaped the Western world through the work of Martin Luther and the Wesleys. The challenge to live our lives is given from Romans 12. 

Sunday, March 05, 2017 - "Fast, Feast, and Focus"

Pastors Lynn and Ron reflect on 1 Corinthians 13 through the lenses of "fast, feast, and focus," giving us encouragement as we continue to grow in love for God and neighbor...

Sunday, March 12, 2017-"Paul on..."

Rev. Lynn Bartlow reflects on some of the theology and reflections of the Apostle Paul as found in his letters.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - "Paul and the Art of Letter Writing"

Rev. Dan Morley, superintendent for our North District of The Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church, shares a word about the art of letter writing, drawing from Paul's letter to Timothy.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 – "By Faith..."

Rev. Lynn Bartlow, and members of the congregation, share about the witness of faith in Scripture and their lives.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 – "It's The End of the World As We Know It..." "...And I Feel Fine"

In two parts, Rev. Ron Bartlow shares some reflections on the Book of Revelation, including what it is, how to read it, and why...