“Lent in Plain Sight” by Jill J Duffield is our source of devotions and worship for the season of Lent. As she wrote “God is often at work through the ordinary, ordinary people, ordinary objects, ordinary grace. Through the ordinary, God communicates epiphanies, salvation, revelation and reconciliation. It is through the mundane that we hear God’s quiet voice.” Our attention is drawn to “ten ordinary objects that Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem.” They are so ordinary that we have all of the items: dust, bread, cross, coins, shoes, oil, coats, towels, thorns and stones right in front of us.
Lent in Plain Sight: Oil
March 21, 2021
Oil was (and is) used for healing, cooking and anointing. Prophets, priests and kings were anointed and set apart for God’s service and this points us to Jesus. Watch the video
Lent in Plain Sight: Shoes
March 14, 2021
Shoes have existed for over 10,000 years! In the bible, they point us towards reverence to God, readiness to share the gospel and humility. Watch the service here.
Lent in Plain Sight: Coins
March 7, 2021
Coins, plain ordinary pennies and nickels and dimes represent the government, giving and even our gratitude. Watch the service here.
Lent in Plain Sight: Cross
Feb. 28, 2021
The cross is symbolic of Jesus’ purpose in life. When Jesus said deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow me, he gave us our life’s purpose as well. Watch the service here.
Lent in Plain Sight: Bread
Feb. 21, 2021
One loaf of common ordinary bread is symbolic of Christ’s life, sacrificial death and resurrection, hospitality and even a reminder of God’s presence. Watch the service here.
Promises from the Psalms
God’s Promise of Love
February 14, 2021
God’s shows us hesed love. It is unconditional, one-sided and universal. Watch the service here.
Promise of Eternal Life
February 7, 2021
The promise of eternal life is for today and all of eternity for those who believe in Jesus! Watch the service here.
God’s Promise to Answer
January 31, 2021
God promises to answer our prayers, but God sets no timetables as to when or how. Watch the service here.
Promise of God’s Provision
January 24, 2021
God promises to provide for us! Watch the service here.
Promise of God’s Peace
January 17, 2021
Again, God’s promise of Peace is clear through out scriptures! In this time of pandemic, panic and pain, we can still seek peace. Watch the service here.
Promise of God’s Protection
January 10, 2021
God’s promise of protection is clear through out the scriptures, especially in Psalm 91. Then Jesus says in John 10:28-29, he will hold on to us so we can never perish. Watch the service here.
Promise of God’s Presence
January 3, 2021
Psalm 23 promises us a Shepherd who will always be with us. Jesus promises us in Matthew 28>20 to alway be with us! This is a promise we can hold on to and know we are never alone. Watch the service here
I Believe in the light which has come…
Sunday, Dec. 20
John 1:1-5 speaks of the light of Christ. We celebrate the darkness which his light has overcome. Watch the service, including the virtual Christmas Program, here.
I Believe in God even when….
Sunday, Dec. 13
Luke 1:46-55 is Mary’s joyous response and praise to God. To Mary, God is not silent. But to us, God sometimes does seem silent. But there is a remedy which will lead us from despair to rejoicing! Watch the service here.
I Believe in Love even when…
Sunday, Dec. 6
Matthew 1:18-25 tells Joseph’s story. His story is one of great love for Mary and faithfulness to God. We can all learn from his legacy. Watch the service here.
I Believe even when…
Sunday, Nov. 29
Together the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah 40:1-11 and the gospel of Mark 1:1-15 offer us a unique perspective. We hear both good news of the one to come and the importance of preparation! Watch the service here.
Moving Through Matthew
What Are You Doing?
Nov. 15, 2020
Jesus tells another future oriented parable, the second of three stories. The one slave buries his master’s money effectively maintaining the status quo. What are we to do with our talents…bury or use? Watch the service here.
Are You Ready?
Nov. 8, 2020
Jesus returns to telling another future oriented parable. The bridesmaids wait as do we. How can we best wait? Watch the service here.
The Gift of All our Saints
Nov. 1, 2020
Matthew 5:1-12 lists 8 Beatitudes. Jesus calls us to join him (and all the saints) in bringing the kingdom of heaven on earth as it is in heaven. Watch the service here.
What Is Love?
Oct. 25, 2020
In Matthew 22:34-46, Jesus teaches us to Love God and love neighbor. Plus he draws our attention to the Messiah who is both Lord and Son. What’s that got to do with love? Watch the service here.
What Is God’s?
Oct. 18, 2020
In Matthew 22:15-22, religious and Jewish community leaders are still trying to trap Jesus. But his answers are always amazing. Jesus shows how deeply intelligent he is when asked about paying taxes: “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Watch the service here.
The Greatest Invitation
Oct. 11, 2020
In Matthew 22:1-14, Jesus tells the story of a Father who holds a feast celebrating his son’s wedding. When it was ready, the invited refused to come. Another invitation went out to all the people in the streets. They accepted the invitation and joined the Father at the feast. Watch the service here.
Vineyards, Rocks and Jesus?
Oct. 4, 2020
In Matthew 21:33-46, Jesus tells the story of a Father, the wicked tenants of the vineyard and his son. The rejected son becomes the rejected cornerstone. The religious leaders rejected Jesus and the Father. Before we are quick to condemn them, discover how we too often reject Jesus. Watch the service here.
The Parable of 2 Sons
Sept. 27, 2020
Matthew 21:28-32 takes place after Jesus has entered Jerusalem in the final week of his earthly life. The religious leaders are questioning his authority. But Jesus is very concerned about their hearts and their lack of repentance.
So he tells them a story…..watch the service here
The More Excellent Way 1st Corinthians 13
The 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians is often used at weddings. Paul might be surprised at that! He wrote this letter to the congregation in Corinth to show them the more excellent way to live is by love.
Sept. 13, 2020
Elder Penny Carpenter preached on Faith. Wonderful overview about faith
Watch the sermon on youtube
The Greatest is Love!
Sept. 6, 2020
In 1 Corinthians 13:13, Paul writes ….faith, hope and love..and the greatest of these is love. Then he moves into (what we’ve labeled 14:1) a challenge to pursue love. How do we do that? Watch the sermon on youtube
Aug. 30, 2020
In 1 Corinthians 13:8-12, Paul emphasizes what congregations need now will not be necessary in the future. Watch the sermon on youtube.
Love bears, believes, hopes and endures!
Aug. 23, 2020
In 1 Corinthians 13:7 Paul boiled down love into four essential characteristics that love does. Watch the sermon on youtube.
Is That Love?
Aug. 16, 2020
In 1 Cor. 13:4-6 Paul gives a list of what love is…but mostly he gives the Corinthian congregation a list of what love is not! Watch the sermon on youtube.
What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Aug. 9, 2020
Paul begins 1 Cor. 13:1-3 with a number of “if’s.” What’s love got to do with anything? Everything! Everything-love=nothing. Watch the sermon on youtube.
The More Excellent Way….
Aug. 2, 2020
1 Corinthians Chapter 13 is the often called the love chapter. In this chapter Paul explores the way to live the more excellent way…the way of agape love or God’s divine love as revealed in Jesus Christ. Watch the sermon on youtube.
The Book of Job
Over the next 6 weeks, our sermon series will focus on the Book of Job as he experiences despair and yet, never loses hope.
The End of the Story….
July 26, 2020
Job is changed by God’s answer. Job’s faith moves from his head to his heart as he prays for his “frenemies.” God restores Job’s community, wealth and family. Watch the service here.
Listen Up Job! part 2
July 19, 2020
God has more to say to Job. God’s answer has nothing to do with Job’s big question why. So what is God’s answer? Watch the service here.
Listen Up Job!
July 12, 2020
God answers Job by showing him creation, creativity and control are all in God’s hands. Watch the service here..
July 5, 2020
Job continues to hope to be remembered, to know his redeemer and to experience a resurrection. Based on Job Chapters. 14-19. Watch the service here.
Lamenting with Job
June 28, 2020
Job is on a roller coaster of grief and lament. Today we lament the state of our world. But we see a glimmer of hope in Job 7:21! Based on Job Chapters 3, 4 and 7. Watch the service here.
Into the Pit
June 21, 2020
The series begins with an introduction in Chapters 1 and 2. In those 2 chapters we discover different ways to respond to suffering. Job’s response is the righteous right way. Watch the service here.
“I AM” Statements of Jesus
“I AM the bread of life”
June 7, 2020
In John 6:35, Jesus states he is the bread of life. He explains to the people in the synagogue how they will receive eternal life if they believe in him, come to him and eat his flesh and drink his blood. Spoiler alert, we don’t take this literally! Watch the service here.
“I Am the Resurrection and the Life”
May 31, 2020
In John 11:26, Jesus states that he is the resurrection. In this message, we come to a more complete understanding of resurrection, recovery and new life available and promised to us in Christ. Due to technical issues, no there is no recording.
“I Am the Vine”
May 24, 2020
In John 15:15, Jesus says he is the vine, the true vine. Declaring he is God, Jesus invites us to remain in him as only Jesus the source of everything we need. Watch the service here
“I AM the way, the truth and the life”
May 17, 2020
In John 14:1-12, Jesus says he is the way, the truth and the life. Declaring he is God, Jesus, the fulfillment of all God’s promises, provides the way into the Father. Watch the service here.
“I AM the good shepherd”
May 10, 2020
In John 10:11-18, Jesus calls himself the good shepherd. Declaring he is God, Jesus defines the perfect shepherd to lead the Lord’s flock (that’s us!) Watch the service here
“I AM the gate”
May 3, 2020
In John 10:1-11, Jesus calls himself a gate or a door. If we are the sheep of his flock, what does this mean for us? Watch the service here.
The Day of Resurrection, part 2!
April 26, 2020.
Jesus mets Cleopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus. This was the road of broken dreams. But Jesus came along side them. He broke bread with them and their eyes were opened. Scriptures are Psalm 116: 1-4, 12-19 and Luke 24: 13-35. Watch the service here.
The Day of Resurrection!
April 19, 2020
The disciples were behind locked doors out of fear but Jesus brought them peace. Scriptures are Psalm 16 and John 20:19-31. Watch the service here.
We began The Story back in the fall of 2019. We finished our congregation wide reading on Easter! The Story continues through the book of Acts, Paul’s journeys and beyond. Now, we continue God’s Story!
Christ is Risen!
April 12, 2020 Easter Sunday
Hope and Praise
April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday
Watch worship service on youtube.
Psalm 42 and 43
Jesus, the Son of God
March 29, 2020
Online worship continues in the church sanctuary. Watch now on youtube
Psalm 130 and John 11.
March 22, 2020
First online only worship service held this morning in the church sanctuary. Psalm 23 and Matthew 6:25-34.
March 15, 2020
We’ve arrived at chapter 22 and 23 in the book The Story! John the Baptist!
Psalm 25:1-10, John 1, Mark 1, Matthew 11:1-15
March 8, 2020
Our guest Pastor Dan Koehler preached on Psalm 121, Genesis 12:1-4, and John 3:1-17
Rebuild, Restore, Renew
March 1, 2020
Nehemiah rebuilds the walls around Jerusalem. The people are restored to their homeland and renew their commitment to God.
“The Story” finishes the Old Testament! We begin Chapter 22, The Birth of A King on March 8.
For Such a Time As This
February 23, 2020
The book of Esther is a fascinating tale of intrigue, identity and God’s divine reversal. Esther served as a mediator for the Israelites and points us to our need for Jesus Christ, our mediator and savior.
February 16, 2020
Ezra and Haggai tell God’s side of the story when the Israelites were allowed to return home. It was a challenging time but through it all there was God’s love, grace and mercy.
Thriving in Exile
February 9, 2020
The book of Daniel points us to how he (and his 3 buddies) thrived even while living in exile. Everything he did pointed others to God.
February 2, 2020
Judah has been captured, the temple burned and leadership taken to Babylon leaving behind the poor and the weak. The once mighty nation has fallen, banished from their God given land and is now in exile. The cycle repeats but there is hope when God promises to bring them back.
January 26, 2020
As the once united kingdom splits kings continue to reign. God raises up “prophets” to speak God’s truth, warning and consequences if they do not repent and turn back to God. Jesus was the ultimate prophet and has passed on that role to us.
January 19, 2020
Solomon, David’s son, had an abundance of wealth, wisdom and wives. What can we learn about leadership from his story?
January 5, 2020
In 1st and 2nd Samuel, David grows from a shepherd to a King. He is mighty warrior, a poet and musician…and he was human. David sinned, repented and turned back to God. God redeemed him. Even when God said David “no” David stayed faithful.
Time for A King
Nov. 24, 2019
The people come to Samuel who is serving as judge and leader of the Israelites. They ask for…demand?… a King, like the other nations have. God tells Samuel to give them what they want and Saul was selected as the first king of Israel.
Nov. 17, 2019
The beautiful story of Ruth, her mother in law Naomi and Boaz is full of God shining through their actions of faith and redemption. We are called to small and big acts of faith while we live as “ordinary missionaries.”
God’s Chosen Leaders?!?
Nov. 10, 2019
In the book of Judges, God raises up 12 leaders. Ehud, Deborah, Gideon and Samson are the most well known. Each one has a weakness that God works through to rescue and save the people of Israel from their sin. In spite of these leaders, the people continue to turn their backs on God, worship other idols and slid deeper into depravity and sin.
Be Strong and Courageous!
Nov. 3, 2019
In Joshua chapter 1, God commands Joshua to be strong and courageous 4 times. When Joshua stays with God, he is successful, but when everything falls apart for the nation when they turn away.
Oct. 27, 2019
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Moses gives his farewell address to God’s people. Though Moses will not enter the promised land, he was faithful to God all the days of his life.
New Commands, New Covenant, New Life
Oct. 20, 2019
Exodus 19-20; 24-25;32-34; 40 God says “I’m coming down! If you want me to” then put these in place: 10 Commandments, Tabernacle, Sacrifices. God partners with Moses to accomplish this plan.
Oct. 13, 2019
Exodus 1-7; 10-17. Years after Joseph, the Pharaoh made the nation of Israel into slaves. A Hebrew baby named Moses is born, grows up to be called by God to lead his people out of Egypt!
Oct. 6, 2019
Genesis 37-50 Joseph goes from the pit to the palace and saves his family from starvation.
A New Nation
Sept. 29, 2019
Genesis 12-36. The story focuses on God’s promises, Abram and Sarai and their faithfulness.
Creation: The beginning of life as we know it.
Sept. 22, 2019
Genesis 1-11. The stories of creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, sin, and God’s plan.
Songs of Advent
The book of Luke begins with what some have called the first Advent Carols. Over the next 4 weeks, Mary, Zechariah, the angels and Simeon will sing to us their songs of joy, hope, love and peace.
Songs of Joy
December 29, 2019
On this last Sunday in December, we joyfully celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ! The sermon is primarily a reading of “Why The Chimes Rang” by Raymond Macdonald Alden.
Song of Simeon: Nunc Dimittis
December 22, 2019
In Luke 2:22-38, devout and righteous Simeon recognizes that this infant Jesus is the Messiah. He sung words of praise to God and said words of warning to Mary.
Song of the Angels: Gloria!
December 15, 2019
In Luke 2:8-14, an angel comes to the shepherd with an announcement. The angel is then joined by a host of angels singing! This morning’s message was part of our Children’s Christmas program.
Song of Zechariah
December 8, 2019
Zechariah is told by the angel Gabriel that he will have a son. When Zechariah questions Gabriel, his consequence is to be made mute until the baby is born. In Luke 1: 67-79, come the words of prophecy and promise as Zechariah (father of John the Baptist) rejoices in regaining his voice. This is a first person sermon.
Song of Mary
December 1, 2019
Luke 1: 46-56 Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth. When Mary receives Elizabeth’s welcome and blessing for her along with her unborn child, Mary breaks out into song. She rejoices, not in her circumstances, but for all God has done.