Sermons

An Incomplete Easter

Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2020

The Easter story is incomplete because the story of Easter is still being written today, by you and me, and our children and grandchildren and future generations. The decisions that we make, the things that we do, especially in scary and uncertain times, add chapters to the story of Easter. Easter is God’s story written to us.  

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage: Mark 16:1-8

 

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Light

Fourth Sunday in Lent, Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

As Christ is the light of the world so – the visible and living body of Christ – is to be a light shining in the darkest of times. We are called, we are challenged to be children of light.

 

         (A link to the YouTube video of this week’s service)

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passages:

I Samuel 16:1-3

Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41

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Dying of Thirst

Third Sunday in Lent, Sunday, March 15th, 2020

There are many people in our community who do not know the unconditional love of God revealed in Jesus. There are people who have been judged and found wanting by their communities. There are people who are hungry, physically and spiritually, and need to be fed, fed by our actions and words, if that be necessary. We are called to be the laborers who both sow the seeds of God’s love and reap the harvest of the seed that had been sown by others before us. In this season of Lent, let us not give something up but rather invite someone in.

 

       (A link to the YouTube video of this week’s service)

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passages:

Exodus 17:1-7

John 4:5-42

Special Music

Introit     Come Worship God     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Anthem     Send Your Word      By Keesecker     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory      Joyful Praise     By Hal H. Hopson     Performed by the FFC Chancel Bell Choir

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Exodus 32: Now What?

Second Sunday in Lent, Sunday, March 8th, 2020

God is writing this incredible story of redemption and rescue, of mercy and grace.  But because God is holy and just, that story has to be on His terms.  What God requires and lays out for us has to matter more than everything else.

 

       (A link to the YouTube video of this week’s service)

 

Sermon Notes, Rev. Jennifer Sakata, guest minister

Bible Passage:  Exodus 32

Special Music

Moment for Reflection     Sonatina in G     By Janina Garcia     Performed by 5-year-old Amelia Ly

 

Offertory     March     By  J.S. Bach      and  Waltz in A Minor     By Frederic Chopin     Performed by 5-year-old Amelia Ly

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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What Is Your Temptation?

First Sunday in Lent, Sunday, March 1st, 2020

I believe that the gospel writers wanted to tell the faithful, then and now, those of us who take Jesus seriously, how to face our own temptations, our own spiritual battles. In other words, Jesus shows us the way.

 

       (A link to the YouTube video of this week’s service)

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passages:  Matthew 4:1-11

Special Music

Introit     You Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Anthem     Abide with Me     Arr. Jack Schrader     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory     The Prayer     Performed Joel Harper

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Two Virtues ~ An Ash Wednesday Sermon

Ash Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Success and fame are good up to a point. But as Jesus once asked, “What does it profit a person to gain the whole world and lose their soul.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Genesis 3:17-19

 

Ash Wednesday Worship Bulletin

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Living Memorials ~ A Sermon for Transfiguration Sunday 

Transfiguration Sunday, Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

Biblically and theologically a metamorphosis has to do with God’s transforming purposes, not human efforts or wishful thinking about making changes in one’s life. 

 

   (A YouTube video of this week’s service is not available.)

Sermon Notes, February 23rd

Bible Passage:  Matthew 17:1-9

Special Music

Introit     Tremble, Oh Tremble     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Anthem     You Alone Are God     by Mary McDonald     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory     Ah, Holy Jesus     Performed by the FFC Chancel Bells

 

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Worshiping a Foolish God

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

 

  (A link to the YouTube video of this week’s service)

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  I Corinthians 1:18-31

Music

Anthem     Be Still My Soul     arr. Craig Coutney     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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The Winning Team

Sunday, February 9th, 2020

Thank you, Rev. Elliott Renfro, for preaching this day.

 

 

   (A link to the YouTube video of this week’s service)

 

Bible Passages:

1 Corinthians 2:1-11

Matthew 5:13-16

Special Music:

Anthem     Lift A Song, All Ye People     Words and Music by Joseph M. Martin     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory     You’ll Never Walk Alone     Performed by Joel Harper

 

Worship Bulletin, February 9th, 10 am

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Let Us Break Bread Together

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

We may see the world through different lenses. But we can be united in a common purpose. And we can build bridges across any divide through food. Because there is one bread, we, though many, are one body since we all share one bread.

 

    (A link to the YouTube video of this week’s service)

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  I Corinthians 1:10-18

Special Music

Anthem     Steal Away     Arr. Dennard     Performed by the Men of the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Worship Bulletin, February 2nd, 10 am

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