Sermons

Just because: God has chosen you.

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Our God is bigger than us, wiser than we can know and that frees us up to be human and accept there are some divine realities that we won’t fully understand, and that is alright. You have been thought about by God for millennia. You are loved by God just because. So go, turn, serve, and wait.

 

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

 

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Tell of God’s Wonderful Works

Sunday, October 15th

 

Guest Minister: Rev. Thomas Norwalk,

(United Church of Christ Associate Conference MinisterEastern Association and Western Associations)

 

 

Scripture Lesson:  Psalm 105:1-8                                             

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Thoroughbred: Jesus Christ Gives Us His Righteousness

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

As Christians, we do not do things to look good, but live in response to what Jesus Christ has given us, our true identity, our righteousness.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage: Philippians 3:4b-14

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God’s Not Fair

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Life is unfair. The bible does not talk about “fairness.” It speaks of Faithfulness,  God’s faithfulness, our call to faithfulness to God.

 

Sermon Notes:

Bible Passage:  Philippians 1:21-30

Bible Passage:  Matthew 20:1-16

 

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Just Who Do You Think You Are?

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

In Paul’s letter to the Romans he asked the church “Why do you pass judgment on one another?” (v.10) If one person thinks that they should worship on one day of the week rather than another, or thinks that they should not eat meat because it may have been offered to an idol and therefore eats only vegetables, what difference is it to you?

 

Sermon Notes:

Bible Passage:  Matthew 18:21-35

Bible Passage:  Romans 14:1-12

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And the Devil Laughs

15th Sunday after Pentecost – September 10th, 2017

A few weeks ago one of our college students asked me if I would be willing to read C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters with him. Well, that was music to my ears because I love The Screwtape Letters! I’ve led multiple adult studies on the book, including a couple here at First Federated Church. I love Lewis’s wit and insight into the nature of sin and how we can easily think that we are being all pious and religious and be neither!

 

Sermon Notes:

Bible Passage: Matthew 18:15-20

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The​ ​Fear​ ​Of​ ​God: Shiphrah​ ​And​ ​Puah’s​ ​Holy​ ​Awe​ ​and​ ​Reverence​ ​For​ ​God

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – August 27th, 2017

The​ ​book​ ​of​ ​Exodus​ ​is​ ​a​ ​special​ ​book​ ​to​ ​me​ ​because​ ​I​ ​so​ ​easily​ ​see​ ​myself,​ ​the best​ ​and​ ​worst​ ​of​ ​who​ ​I​am,​ ​in​ ​the​ ​people​ ​of​ ​the​ ​book.​ ​My​ ​story​ ​of​ ​faith​ ​is​ ​much like​ ​theirs,​ ​filled​ ​with​ ​temptation,​ ​fear,​ ​grace,​ ​deliverance​ ​and​ ​salvation.​ ​

 

Sermon Notes:

Bible Passage: Exodus 18:2-10

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The Big Reveal ~ Forgiveness

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – August 20th, 2017

For the last few weeks you have studied the book of Genesis. You have gone through different chapters and today we get to the big reveal—we get to the moment that everything has been leading too.

 

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Rendezvous with Reconciliation

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – Sunday, August 6th

 

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Gypped: Picking Up the Pieces

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 30th, 2017

 How do you not become jaded and walk away from that which you love? The answer was maddeningly simple. You learn to become wiser and move on.

 

Sermon Notes:

Bible Passage: Genesis 29:15-28

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