Whether it is chosen or forced on you, change brings both opportunities and challenges. As a congregation, we are experiencing change in our building and worship space. As individuals, we experience changes throughout our lives: birth, death, marriage, divorce, new job, retirement and many others.

Join us at First United Methodist Church as we consider how our faith helps us to make sense of life’s changes. Each week, we will consider one of three stages of the transition process and how they can lead to meaningful and productive movement into a hopeful future. Invite a friend to join you for this series as we learn how to cope with the one constant in life: change.

What is this sermon about?

This sermon is about transitions and the endings in our lives.

Why is this sermon important?

It is important because endings are a part of the reality of life and our faith offers us tools to help us cope.

What is the good news?

The good news is endings are not the end. The end of Jesus’ life led to the resurrection, which brings hope for the endings in our lives.

What are the next action steps?

You are invited to engage endings, go after them, live into them.

Recognize the reality of loss.


Walk the path of transition so that you can experience renewal and resurrection.

What is the context of this sermon?

This is the first sermon in a series focused on transitions. It is the final Sunday of worship in the sanctuary before renovation. It has been prepared with help from a series preached by Dustin Petz at Norfolk United Methodist Church in August of 2014.