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Cantada from 12-09-18

"Let Peace Begin With Me"
   Presented by the Music Dept. 

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Children’s Sunday School Program
Presented by our children Dec 2nd, 10:30 worship service.   

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Sermon from 12-02-18

I do not think it was coincidental that John, the Gospel writer, included the seemingly minor detail that Nicodemus came to see Jesus “by night.”  In this story from the third chapter of John, which culminates in the very familiar John 3:16,

Nicodemus is struggling to understand. Jesus helps point him in the right direction by reminding him (and all of us) that it is when the Spirit begins to animate matter, that God’s work of salvation begins to truly take shape. It doesn’t happen in a vacuum…it happens in the midst of the very real “stuff” of our lives. Even in the darkness. This first Sunday of Advent, at the 8:00 worship service, I will be preaching the sermon from John 3:1-17 titled “Why Matter Matters.”  At the 10:30 service our children will be presenting their Christmas program “The Light Before Christmas” as the message. Why not come to both services? See you then.     -Pastor Derek

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Sermon from 11-25-18

This Sunday we'll look at a story where Jesus chats about how we use our loose change.  How the money that we carry changes us?     -Pastor Charlotte

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Sermon from 11-11-18

Christians are like Lego pieces. I know what you’re thinking: “Huh?” Lego pieces by themselves are fun but when you put the pieces together, you can create wonderful things. Christians are the same way! We build each other up, support one another, and create lasting and loving communities. Connection is a big part of our lives and our faith. This Sunday, as our youth lead worship, we will explore the power that connections have; because while Lego creations can be easily broken, the bonds we create with each other are much stronger.

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Sermon from 11-18-18

The things we carry. As we wind down our fall series, I invite us to recognize that sometimes what we hold in our hands, as well as in our hearts, are things we intend to use as weapons against others. In this week’s scripture, John 8:2-11, we come alongside Jesus, as he is confronted by a group of Scribes and Pharisees, with a woman who had been caught in adultery. The punishment for adultery would have been stoning. If they didn’t physically have the stones with them, the stones were surely present in their hearts. Jesus disarms them, freeing the woman as well as the Scribes and the Pharisees from the tyranny of the law. Each are given another day in which to become more faithful bearers of God’s image. “The Stones We Carry” is the title of this Sunday’s sermon. Come join us as we learn and experience God’s grace together once more. -Pastor Derek

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Sermon from 11-04-18

Companions are those with whom we share a part of our journey. If we break down the etymology of the word, we also learn that companions are those with whom (com-) we share bread (panos). Both of these meanings are brought to life in our worship this Sunday. We celebrate All-Saints Sunday and we remember with gratitude the lives of those in our congregation who have died over the past year. And our scripture, John 6:1-14, is the story of the miraculous feeding of the multitudes – and the young boy who shares his bread so that all may eat. Come, be renewed and fed by the Bread of Life we will share this Sunday.  See you then!          -Pastor Derek 

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Sermon From 10/28/18

Four friends are drawn together by a vision. A friend of theirs is paralyzed, and Jesus, who has been rumored to have healing powers, is in town. The friends decide to try to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus so that he might be healed. When they arrive at the place where Jesus is, their way is blocked by the crowds that have assembled. But their hope will not be dimmed. They find a way. Or rather they create a way. And Jesus, moved by their faith and their commitment to their friend, heals the paralytic. When we offer ourselves with hope and faith and give our best efforts to bring others into Christ's healing presence, miracles can and do happen. This Sunday we are invited to bring our financial commitment cards for 2019 into Christ's presence during our worship. We will offer them to God, expectantly and with hope that they will be a way through which others may come to Christ. I know God will bless us as we gather to celebrate God's faithfulness together. See you in church!       -Pastor Derek 

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Sermon From 10/21/18

In an “every person for themselves” kind of world, how does the Christian notion of community fit in? Is there a uniquely Christian way of living together that makes sense today? “We Get to Carry Each Other” is a line from the U2 song titled “One.” In this phrase lies the seed of a unique Christian sensibility: that it is a privilege for us to walk together as a community and to share one another’s joys and burdens. This Sunday’s message is based on Paul’s words of encouragement to the church in Rome found in Romans 12:9-21. See you in church!     -Pastor Derek 

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Sermon From 10/14/18

When we recognize what we believe to be a clear path down which God is calling us to go, life can seem smooth and somewhat easy. When we begin to see obstacles that appear to be able to hinder our moving down that path, and those obstacles seem insurmountable, it is easy – out of fear – to hesitate, drawback, and become immobilized. The Hebrew people, as they were about to enter the Promised Land, had this paralyzing moment when their faith wavered and they refused to go forward. God’s word to them?  “Have no fear…the Lord your God goes before you.”
This Sunday’s message is a call to move forward with boldness and renewed faith…in the words of Buzz Lightyear: “To Infinity and Beyond!”  It is based on Deuteronomy 1:26-33.  See you in church!   - Pastor Derek

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