Sermons

Sugar for the Soul

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Sunday, February 17th, 2019

I believe that we have a gnawing hunger within our very being named “Security.” Its alias is “Desire.” We constantly seek ways to satisfy this hunger. Advertisers know this and feed our soul hunger. They tempt us with “sugar for the soul” which may satisfy us now but ultimately leaves craving more.

In today’s gospel lesson Jesus did not commend poverty or hunger, or want. But neither did He condemn wealth. Rather he challenged us to take a closer look at our spiritual health in light of our wealth–for we are wealthy by the world’s standard. Jesus invited us to think about the real source of security. What really makes us secure?

 

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passages:

Luke 6:17-26

Jeremiah 17:5-10

Psalm 1

Special Music

Anthem     Thanks Be to God      Arranged by Noble Cain      Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory     “Cathedral” Prelude in E Minor, BWV 533     J. S. Bach     Performed by Joel Harper

 

10 am Worship Bulletin

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Deep Water: Swimming When You Can’t Touch Bottom

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Sunday, February 10th, 2019

We have to be willing to risk going out into waters so deep that we are over our heads. We have to be willing to “take a flier” and risk failure. Isn’t this willingness to act on behalf of God at the very heart of Jesus’ parable about the three stewards who were entrusted with the Master’s money. It was the one who played it safe by burying the money that missed the Master’s pleasure. May each one of us swim in deep waters. And in our splashing glorify God

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Luke 5:1-11

Special Music

Anthem:     Anthem of Faithfulness      arr. Benjamin Harlan     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory:     All Creatures of Our God and King     Arr. Howard Helvey     Performed by Joel Harper

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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God Is Greater Than Our Prejudices

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

God is not limited by our prejudices. God is a big god, not a small one limited by our likes and dislikes, preconceived notions and prejudices. When we pray “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” we are not giving God permission because God  n-e-v-e-r  needs permission. Instead, we are acknowledging that God’s will  w-i-l-l  be done on earth and we can either get on board or get run over.

 

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Luke 4:21-30

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Waking Up From Auto Pilot

Third Sunday after Epiphany, January 27th, 2019

This Sunday we had a guest minister, The Rev. Jennifer Sakata.

 

The Sermon audio file is above, but Sermon Notes and YouTube video are unavailable for this service.

 

Bible Passage:  Luke 3:15-22

Anthem     Angels of Light      By Felix Dorowski     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Healing and Wholeness

Second Sunday after Epiphany, January 20th, 2019

“Wholeness” is to have that peace that the apostle Paul wrote about when he referred to a peace that surpasses understanding. It is a Christ-like peace seen in the Gethsemane’s garden where Jesus finally submitted to “not my will but thy will be done.” It does not come easily, and I believe that there are times when it does not come at all.

 

A YouTube video of this service is unavailable.

Sermon Notes

Bible Passages:

Isaiah 62:1-5

Psalm 36:5-10

John 2:1-11

I Corinthians 12:4-11

Special Music:

Anthem:     The Perfect Prayer     Performed by FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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I Am Baptized: To Begin Again

Sunday, January 13th, 2019 ~ The Baptism of Christ

Our baptism reminds us that there is an Eternal Love that enveloped us before we even knew what love is.  This enveloping Love calls us to live into our Baptism to the glory of God.

 

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Sermon Notes

Bible Passages:

Acts 8:14-17

Luke 3:15-17

Luke 3:21-22

Special Music:

Part the Waters / I Need Thee Every Hour     Performed by Russel Boulton

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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The Fourth Gift

Epiphany Sunday ~ January 6th, 2019

The Fourth Gift is an homage. May we strive to humble ourselves and acknowledge that Christ is Lord of all – our possessions, our treasure, and our very lives. May we not go a single day without asking God what we should do, that the Divine guide us in our thoughts and actions. And may we remember that we are nothing more than humble servants in the service of the King of kings.

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Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Matthew 2:1-12

 

Special Music

Anthem     Good News!      By Jay Althouse     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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God in the Silence

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

In silence, God makes every moment of our ordinary lives holy.  God sanctifies even the washing of dishes and taking out the garbage, going to work and working on calculus. There are no real ordinary times or wasted moments under God’s watchful eye. Every moment counts.

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Sermon Notes

Bible Passage: Luke 2:41-52

 

Special Music     All Things Bright and Beautiful     Arr. Richard Shephard

Performed by: On flute: Eva Corona     FFC Chancel Bells: Betty Crusen and Laura Racine     and the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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I Will Honor Christmas in My Heart

Christmas Eve ~ Monday, December 24th, 2018

On this Christmas Eve, may we sleep peacefully and awake with a new understanding of what it means to be alive…a child of God…claimed in baptism and fed at His Table. May we, like the shepherds, seek the Christ child and find Him. May we, “be not afraid” for we, too, have heard the Good News.

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage: Luke 2:1-14

2 pm Service

Sermon, audio

 

Special Music

O Holy Night     Performed by Rev. Susan Krummel & Dr. Anni Reinking

 

Worship Bulletin, 2 pm

 

5 pm Service

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Special Music

O Holy Night     Performed by Russel Boulton     /     Silent Night     Performed by the congregation, led by Russel Boulton

 

Worship Bulletin, 5 pm

 

11 pm Service

Sermon, audio

 

Special Music

Anthem   Good News!     By Jay Althouse     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Anthem     Ave Maria     By Sally K. Albrecht     Performed by the FFC Men’s Chorus

 

Anthem      Candlelight Carol     By John Rutter     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Worship Bulletin, 11 pm

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The Hopes and Fears of All the Years

Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

But like a good mystery writer who drops clues throughout a story, Luke tells us time and time again that this new age that is about to dawn with the birth of this Child, this new chapter in salvation history, is going to turn the world upside down!

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Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Luke 1:39-55

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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