Author Archives: Hedy Collver

Strengthened by Diversity

Revelation 7:9-12 (New Living Translation) After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white … Continue reading

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Fisher Price Jesus

My niece Emma was born after I escaped the snowy northeast for the palm tree and stripmall-studded warmth of South Florida. But, through the miracle of the internet, I’ve been able to see her little face and hear her sweet … Continue reading

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It’s About Grace

[Week 1 in the GRATEFUL sermon series at Plantation United Methodist Church] Psalm 100 (New Living Translation) Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the … Continue reading

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Tree of Life

Woke up this morning thinking about the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Another shooting. Another place of safety violated. Another community rocked to its core. More families in pain and grief. Yesterday, before a funeral, … Continue reading

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River of Life, Bread of Heaven

Message for World Communion Sunday, October 7, 2018 For a video of the sermon, click here: Luke 22:14-23 (NIV) When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly … Continue reading

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Writing Writing Writing

Ever since the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Ash Wednesday/ Valentine’s Day this February, I have begun writing letters. Lots of letters. Letters upon letters upon letters upon letters. Frankly, up until then, I had thought writing to … Continue reading

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No More

The church where I serve as Senior Pastor is just a few miles south of Stoneman Douglas High School, where yesterday seventeen people were murdered, many others injured, and countless more deeply traumatized. I am heartbroken. Again. And I’m just … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Peace

[Transcript of a sermon delivered at Plantation UMC on February 11, 2018.] Peace. Up there with a cure for cancer and winning the lottery, it is one of the things people pray for the most. Peace for our world. Peace … Continue reading

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A Dream Unfinished

Esther 4:12-17 (New Living Translation) So Hathach gave Esther’s message to Mordecai. Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you … Continue reading

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Down to Earth Christmas

Text from the Christmas Eve message at Plantation UMC. I don’t remember how young I was the first time I went to a Christmas Eve service. Probably 7 or 8 years old. My family didn’t attend church, but on Christmas … Continue reading

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