Videos by First United Methodist Church, Dallas in Dallas. We are an inclusive church, welcoming people from all walks of life to show and share God's love since 1926.
On Thanksgiving week, Dr. Andy Stoker's focus on love and belonging delivered a powerful message that's important to remember this holiday season.
"Connection is belonging to one another. Love brings forth that kind of connection, but it is not a superficial love. Love is the ultimate “Yes” to belonging. We are showing a depth of Love for one another when we decide to stay together, even when things are difficult, even when the path forward is unclear, even when it seems that all hope is lost. No matter how difficult the conflict, how sharp our words become, it is belonging that will get us through."
Will Whitmire: The Holy City
As we move through Holy Week, Will Whitmire's solo offers a lovely worship moment in the midst of the craziness. Listen and enjoy!
Music video challenge - Susan McIntyre
Susan McIntyre has a beautiful music video challenge submission just in time for Holy Week! Enjoy!
Midweek check in with Dr. Stoker
Trying to adjust to this new normal? For our mid-week check in, Dr. Andy Stoker notes how hard this adjustment can be, and that we are held by God in times of transition. How are YOU doing this week?
Music video challenge: Will Whitmire
Another fun one from the music video challenge- Will Whitmire did not disappoint!
Music Video Challenge - The Allen family
Gotta love these videos! Here's "No Social Distance in Paradise"!
Music video challenge - the Roberts family
The Chancel Choir continues their challenge - the Roberts family outdid themselves with this one!
Dr. Andy Stoker - Midweek Check In
Welcome to Dr. Stoker’s midweek check in, a pastoral moment shared each Wednesday. Please comment below and let us know how you’re taking care of yourself during this time!
Music video challenge - The Whitmires
These Chancel Choir music challenge videos are just too funny! We love seeing all this talent and humor!
Julianne Harris & Carrie Chavarria: Lead Kindly Light
Beautiful music in unconventional spaces! A lovely addition to our digital worship experience last Sunday.
Dr. Andy Stoker: God Bless This Mess
While #COVID19 is definitely a crisis, it's also presented a real opportunity to re-imagine everything. See Sunday's sermon from Dr. Andy Stoker - this might be a mess, but there will be silver linings!
So glad you guys are enjoying the music video challenge! Here’s another fun one from the Wortley family!
Dr. Andy Stoker: Mind The Gap
Last Sunday, Dr. Andy Stoker reminded us that God is always with us, even when we're suffering, even when it seems impossible: "God wants us to recognize that where we are God is also. God is in the gaps. God is in the ‘in between’. God is in the silences, the difficulties, the challenges, the hurts, the trauma, the unfulfilled wishes, the unrealized dreams; God is in all the places we believe to be all alone. God is in the gaps. We must mind the gap—that is where God is."
Dr. Andy Stoker: Original Blessing
Last Sunday, Dr. Andy Stoker used scriptures from Genesis to remind Enneagram 7s (and all of us) that one moment does not define our lives, but it's the ultimate love and care of God that shapes our lives. Hope you enjoyed this Enneagram series! Missed a week or two? See them all on our You Tube channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwbCh7vyjjqDTejnnizeRXg?view_as=subscriber
Chancel Choir: For Everyone Born
A treat for the first Sunday of Lent - Our Chancel Choir helped to create a beautiful environment for worship with For Everyone Born.
Dr. Andy Stoker: Interior Castle
Last Sunday, Dr. Andy Stoker used the life of Teresa of Avila and the truth of the transfiguration to remind Enneagram 9s (and all of us) that God chose us, and our presence matters.
Chancel Choir: My Eternal King
A special midday treat: Last Sunday's Chancel Choir singing "My Eternal King" and lovely organ music leading into the Doxology from our own Tim Effler.
Dr. Andy Stoker: Strength to Love
Dr. Andy Stoker spoke to Enneagram 8s through the story of Mother Teresa, who taught us of "God’s providential care and our need to trust that God will meet your vulnerability with exactly what is needed." We have Enneagram 9s and 7s left. Join us these next two Sundays or livestream with us at firstchurchdallas.org.
Dr. Andy Stoker: Violence of Love
Last Sunday, Dr. Andy Stoker talked about Sixes on the Enneagram through the story of the life and faith of Oscar Romero. "I am convinced that each one of us hold within us sainthood. St. Romero was just like you and me. He was afraid to break out of the ways he’d always done it, to trust the world, others, himself and God to meet his needs. Once timid about social and political changes around him, he discovered an inner knowing where he needed not to rely on others for guidance but only Christ. Rather than just fight off monsters, he took on the monstrous. Rather than complain, he engaged great courage to take action to stand for what was good, just and loving, even for “the least of these.” He was secure within himself, knowing that the Holy Spirit was an ever-present guide for security and peace."
Dr. Andy Stoker: Through the Window
Last Sunday, Dr. Andy Stoker used 1 Corinthians 1 and the work of Jane Goodall to tell our Enneagram 5s that "they can be comfortable in the world", and remind all of us that we decide what kind of impact we want to make on the world. "In all of what we do here as a church, we represent the wisdom of the cross which is sacrifice in the face of suffering, which is hope in light of helplessness, which is love overcoming the myth of lovelessness. In all that we do as disciples of Jesus Christ, in every waking moment, we have the choice to represent the wisdom and power of the cross instead of the world’s foolishness. This is what ultimately will save us time and time again."
Chancel Choir: For The Bread
The talents of our Chancel Choir take worship to another level! Here's last Sunday's "For The Bread".
Dr. Andy Stoker: Seeds of Contemplation
In our most recent installment of our Enneagram series, Dr. Andy Stoker focused on the 4s, and used Matthew 18 to remind us that we are beloved and enough. "God wants us to sift through all of the messages and all of the feelings of not having “enoughness” to find that little part of you that you’ve been missing."
Variations Choir: Reckless Love
Our Variations Choir brought us a special treat in worship Sunday with "Reckless Love". We love to have our youth play such a vital role in the service.
Chancel Choir: I'm Gonna Sing When The Spirit Says Sing
What a special treat from our choir this past Sunday. A special thanks to our soloist Veronica Roane and our piano duo Tim Effler and Doug Kinzey!
Todd McCavit: Construction Update
Missed church last Sunday? Hear our Board Chair Todd McCavit give an update on our construction progress. And it's not too late to donate to the Capital Campaign - make an investment in future generations of FirstChurch! https://www.firstchurchdallas.org/give/faith-beyond-walls/
Dr. Andy Stoker: Made For Goodness
On Confirmation Sunday, Dr. Andy Stoker recalled one of his own childhood experiences to remind us that God calls us to act as a community of faith and take care of one another.
Dr. Andy Stoker: My Experiments With Love
Last Sunday, Dr. Andy Stoker kicked off our new sermon series by looking at perfectionism. John Wesley's work and leadership served as an example of what it means to embrace God's perfection over our own.
Men's Quartet: Mary Did You Know
Our Men's Quartet gave us an early Christmas present with "Mary Did You Know". Take a listen!
Combined Choirs: Lo How a Rose
A choral treat from exactly this time last year - love it when there are beautiful musical moments like this in worship!
Variations Choir: Love Came Down At Christmas
Sundays in Advent are made even more special with our amazing choirs. Listen to our youth choir sing "Love Came Down At Christmas".
Dr. Andy Stoker: A 'Yes' To Belonging.
On Thanksgiving week, Dr. Andy Stoker's focus on love and belonging delivered a powerful message that's important to remember this holiday season. "Connection is belonging to one another. Love brings forth that kind of connection, but it is not a superficial love. Love is the ultimate “Yes” to belonging. We are showing a depth of Love for one another when we decide to stay together, even when things are difficult, even when the path forward is unclear, even when it seems that all hope is lost. No matter how difficult the conflict, how sharp our words become, it is belonging that will get us through."
Children's Choirs: Let Every Heart Prepare a Throne
We loved hearing our littlest voices this past Sunday during Hanging of the Greens!
Dr. Andy Stoker: Vision of Visions
"So, in the breaking bread, in the kneeling at the Table, we discover that there is power in brokenness and strength in fragility. This is a vision of visions that are now dwelling in our own bodies to become God’s miracle grown for the world to see Light and hope in all who come in our midst."
Dr. Andy Stoker: A Call to a Grateful Way
From last Sunday: "The apostle Paul paints the picture of a sure and certain hope for those who clothe themselves in Christ. Paul invites the members of the church at Colossae to 'strip off our old selves' and 'clothe yourself with the new self…that is the image of the Creator.' “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and . . . forgive each other […] Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.' In Paul’s writings, we can see this theme over and over: when we come to believe, Jesus restores us to God’s original blessing. This was and still is God’s hope for you and me in and through the person, work, life, death and resurrection of Jesus."
Chancel Choir: More Love To Thee
Last Sunday was a special treat - this beautiful piece by Howard Helvey was commissioned by the church to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ministries of Dana and Tim Effler. Enjoy!
Dr. Andy Stoker: Surprised by Gratitude
"What if ‘surrender’ was a virtue? What if ‘surrender’ could teach us who we really are and who God is? What if ‘surrender’ was the first step to leading a life filled with gratitude? Teresa of Avila once said: “We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can—namely, surrender our will and fulfill God’s will in us.” Know Jesus, Know Peace. No Jesus, No Peace."
Chancel Choir: Rejoice, The Lord Is King!
Rejoice, The Lord Is King! was a beautiful addition to worship this past Sunday!
Chancel Choir: Peace Like A River
The Chancel Choir is always such a beautiful addition to worship. Listen to them sing "Peace Like A River".
Dr. Andy Stoker: A Mountaintop Experience
From Dr. Andy Stoker on All Saints Sunday: "To come so close to the sufferings of Christ was to Francis’ followers confirmation of God’s presence in the here and now. This is it! For those of us who have been left behind, our tears, our fear, our doubts, our grief are pointing not to the sufferings of Christ but God’s answer to suffering in this world."
Children's Sermon: Hollis and Brian Owens
We've loved having our members give the children's sermon each week. And in preparation for Halloween, Brian Owens did not disappoint! See "Bob Ross" present our lesson last Sunday.
Dr. Andy Stoker: If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When?
"With so much going on in our world, in our denomination, in our lives, we need to be assured of the core message of our faith. God has not left us alone! God in Jesus Christ has brought God’s plan to fruition. Now it is our turn to respond all over again to God’s vision for our lives. I believe God’s vision for us is to be ‘what love looks like in public’." - Dr. Andy Stoker