Sermons

My Butterick Shirt, A Mother’s Day Message

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

We have a hard time understanding the importance of clothing in the ancient world. We readily give things to Goodwill when our clothes go out of style or simply throw them away when they become worn. But in the ancient world clothing was so central to life that there were laws against taking someone’s cloak because that cloak may be all that they have.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Acts 9:36-43

Special Music

Anthem     Psalm 23     Arr. Mark McClure     Performed by The Men of the Chancel Choir and Company

 

Offertory     The Light That Is Felt     by Charles Ives     Performed by Christian Sauder

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Jesus Meets Us at the Table

Sunday, May 5th, 2019 ~ Youth Sunday

We meet Jesus at the Table – to be fed, to be restored, to be encouraged, to be reminded not of who we were, but of who we are. Once Jesus has come into your life, once Jesus has touched your life, you can never be the same, ever again. You may go back to your profession but you will not go back to your old way of life, your old way of looking at things.

 

Frosty’s Sermon Notes

In honor of Youth Sunday, one of our Senior High Youth, Ellory Wahlfeld, had a few comments.

 

Bible Passage:   John 21:1-19

Special Music

Anthem     We Are Marching in the Light of God      Arr. Emily Pritchard      Performed by the Limestone Community High School Advanced Vocal Jazz Choir

 

Offertory      In the Morning When I Rise      Arr. Emily Pritchard       Performed by the Limestone Community High School Advanced Vocal Jazz Choir

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Do Not Be Afraid of Your Doubt

Confirmation Sunday, April 28th, 2019

I charge you, do not be afraid of your doubts. Don’t let them control your life or separate you from God. Seek the fellowship of God’s people, be faithful in answering God’s call and claim upon your life. Remember, in life and in death we belong not to ourselves but to God, in whose image each and every one of us has been made.

 

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:   John 20:19-31

Special Music

Prelude     Performed by River City Strings

 

Anthem     Sheep May Safely Graze     by J.S. Bach     Performed by Russel Boulton and the River City Strings

 

Offertory     Ave Maria     By Schubert     Performed by Russel Boulton and the River City Strings

 

Postlude     Performed by the River City Strings

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Come, Lord Jesus, Be Our Guest

An Easter sermon, Sunday, April 21st, 2019

The Risen Lord comes to us most days of our lives in manifestations that we do not recognize. When we show an act of kindness to a stranger or help someone in need, we are really ministering to Christ.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:   Luke 24:13-35

Special Music

Anthem     He’s Gonna Rise, My Soul to Save!     Words by Susan B. Boersma, Music by David Lantz III     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory     Jesus Christ Is Risen Today     Performed by the FFC Chancel Bells

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

 

Easter Sunday, 8 am worship service, Special Music

I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked     By Geoffrey O’Hara     Performed by Russel Boulton

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Simple Things

Maundy Thursday, April 18th, 2019

I believe that God has a soft spot in the divine heart for simplicity. God set aside two of the simplest elements of life as a metaphor for the Kingdom; bread and fruit of the vine.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  I Corinthians 11:23-26

Special Music

Anthem     Into the Woods My Master Went     By Alec Rowley     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Communion Music     Beneath the Cross of Jesus     Performed by FFC Chancel Bells

 

Benediction     Peace     Performed by the FFC Chancel Bells

 

Worship Bulletin, 6:30 pm

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Game of Thrones: A Palm Sunday Sermon

Sunday, April 14th, 2019 ~ Palm Sunday

Our Gospel is kind of a “game of thrones”  as three powers vie for control. The convergence of these forces sets the stage for Holy Week. Their battle dates back to the very dawn of the first humans. Their story is as relevant as Today and as new as Tomorrow.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passages

Luke 19: 28-40

Philippians 2: 5-11

Special Music

Anthem     A Day for Hosannas     Brad Nix     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir, Tim McCoul on trumpet

 

Offertory     Into the Woods My Master Went     Performed by the FFC Chancel Bells

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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How Do I Respond to a Generous God?

5th Sunday of Lent ~ Sunday, April 7th, 2019

When we’ve been touched by Christ we aren’t wasteful but we are extravagant. We are different. The Old Testament prophet Micah asked, “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?  That is a question for the ages, isn’t it? How should I respond to a generous God? That depends; how great is your Gratitude?

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  John 12:1-8

Special Music

Anthem    Lift Up Your Voice!     By Mary McDonald     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory        Let Us Break Bread Together                Performed by the FFC Chancel Bells

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

 

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The Ring

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Sunday, March 31st, 2019

This gospel lesson is one of, if not the most familiar of Jesus’ parables. Almost everyone can identify with it – a father or mother who patiently waits for their son or daughter to “return to their senses”, the individual who squandered opportunities, the person who wonders about “fairness”.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passages:

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

II Corinthians 5:16-21

Special Music:

Anthem     Ye Servants of God     Noble Cain      Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory     Lord of All Hopefulness     Performed by the FFC Chancel Bells, Flute solo by Eva Corona

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Second Chances and Missed Opportunities

The Third Sunday of Lent, Sunday, March 24th, 2019

God’s greatest gift to each one of us is “time”.  Each one of us has a limited amount of time before the game of our life comes to an end. We have a limited amount to time to do the work that God placed us on this earth to do. There is time for second chances, sure, and even comebacks, but we do not have forever.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passages:

Luke 13:1-9

Isaiah 55:1-9

Special Music

Anthem     Jesus, the Very Thought of You     Arr. Peter Mathews      Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory     I’ll Walk With God

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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What Is Your Jerusalem?

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

All of us have a Jerusalem, that place where we do not want Jesus to go; that place where we like to think that God does not see or know about. But here’s the thing; Jesus goes to Jerusalem. God knows that which we try so desperately to hide. All of this may seem like bad news, but it is also good news, gospel. Jesus went to Jerusalem where he was celebrated one day, betrayed, denied, and crucified before the week’s end. But the story did not end there. We are journeying toward Easter where the best news is found. The news that the women first heard so long ago that still gives hope today.

 

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passages:

Genesis 15:1-12

Genesis 15:17-18

Luke 13:31-35

Special Music:  The Bradley Chorale

Prelude:  Exultate Deo   Jacob Narverud

 

Denn Er hat seinen Engeln befohlen uber di            Felix Mendelssohn

 

Rejoice Ye Good People from Sechs Sprüche (Op. 79)     Felix Mendelssohn

 

Only in Sleep      Eriks Esenvalds

 

Even When He’s Silent          Kim Andre Arnesen

 

Caedmon’s Hymn      Blake Wilson

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am service

 

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