Message for 7/5 “Sackcloth Pilgrim or Happy Tourist”

A note from Pastor:

We will have a Food Pantry night Tuesday at 5pm. Anyone interested in
volunteering is welcome. Also a big thanks to all of our people who have
been responsible with wearing masks and keeping distance on Sundays. We
are able to continue our services on Sundays because of our people
behaving so responsibly. Thank to everyone for all that everyone is doing!

For those joining from home, here is a recording and text of the Sunday sermon.

5 July 2020 Sunday Service;  “Sackcloth Pilgrim or Happy Tourist”

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6/21 Message “A Christian Mindset”

The church will be open as usual for a service at 11 am Sunday 6/21. Food pantry is also open this week 5:30 -7 pm Tuesday, and there will be a Board Meeting on Wednesday. For those joining from home, here is text and recording of Pastor’s message this week from Philippians.

21 June 2020 Sunday Message

Call to Worship: Philippians 2:1-4

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Tithe, Offering, and Prayer Concerns: Good morning Father, Creator of all that is good and wholesome; Thank you! Thank you for the morning each day you grant us the opportunity to breath in the hope of a new day. Please bless our gifts and offering, and sanction our very being into service in you and for your kingdom. Amen!

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Message for 6/7 “Rich & Poor, No More”

We are still meeting in person at 11 am Sunday for a service, with worship, prayer, singing from the Praise Voices, Communion, and masks and hand sanitizer. And Food Pantry will be open 5:30-7 pm this Tuesday. For those joining us from home, here’s a recording and text of the message for this week.

7 June 20 Sunday Message; “Rich & Poor, No More”

Call to Worship Matthew 19:23-26

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”

26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

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Message for 5/31 Pentecost Sunday “Church Born & Reborn”

The church is open again on Sunday 5/31, 11 am for a worship service. We’re still taking precautions and doing masks for now, but going to try sharing Communion this week. For those joining us from home, the following is a recording and text of the sermon.

Call to Worship: Acts 2:1-4 

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.                                        (Opening Prayer)

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Message for 5/24 “Endurance”

The church is open again on Sunday 5/24 11 am for a worship service. Bring your mask if you have one, or we can provide. For those joining us from home, the following is a recording and text of the sermon.

24 May 2020 Sunday Message

       “Endurance; Memorialized by Prayer, and Service”

Today, as we begin our worship service, we show our reverence for all those God has placed in our lives that have made a difference in our own individual lives. These are the people who have given to you and I, and the memorial goes beyond those who have served in the military. They are all the first responders, our incredible health providers, our dedicated public servants. It’s that person in your neighborhood who is always there when you need them, and the family that have gone before us creating the life we enjoy today, and have retired for the evening awaiting the great reunion in the morning. This weekend all of us in this land are one people as we come to say thank you to a God who has blessed us richly.

Call to Worship; Psalm 116: 12-16

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Message for 5/17 “A Rededication”

The church is open for service on Sunday 5/17 at 11 am! With masks and social distancing, but celebrating being together. For those who can’t make it, Pastor has recorded and provided a copy of the sermon so you can read or watch on Youtube (below).

17 May 2020 Sunday Service “A Rededication”

Call to Worship; Luke 2

41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”

Tithe and Offering Prayer: Father in Heaven, you know the hearts of us all. Lord today we pray to accept our rededicated attitudes, heart, and sole, to be in you, to serve you, and walk with you in service to others in this dark and hurting world.

Amen!

Message “A Rededication of our Church”

Scripture Reading; Nehemiah 3:11-18, 12:27

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Church is open on May 17

The Church will be re-opening its doors this Sunday, May 17th for worship service at 11:00 am!

For the safety of our congregation, here are the guidelines we plan to follow for now:

  • There will be no adult or children Sunday School at this time. Children are welcome, but they will be sitting with their family during service.
  • Communion will not be served at this time and there will be no Fellowship after service.
  • Everyone’s temperature will be taken at the entrance to the church, to make sure no fevers come inside.
  • Masks must be worn in the church. If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Social distancing will be practiced.
  • Ushers will escort you to your seat.

So welcome back to church. What’s church with no coffee, no cookies, no hugs, no handshakes, no all-sitting-together-in- the-very-back, and even masks to cover all the nice smiles and mess up our outfits? It’s going to be tough and awkward for a while. But these remain: the God of the universe, our neighbors, and love. Let’s see what we can do to be the church. And for those who are not able to come out yet, we’ll continue to post sermons here.

Sunday Message 5/10 “Gifts in Times of Adversity”

See below for a recording and text of this week’s message. Pastor Steve will be out on the church front steps this Sunday 10 am to 1 pm. And we’re planning for the possibility of being able to reopen the church soon. Stay tuned for updates.

Call to Worship; 2 Peter 1:2-8

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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