Sermons

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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Rock Tumbler: The Temptations of Jesus

The First Sunday in Lent, Sunday, March 10th, 2019

Life’s temptations are the grit that reveals who we really are. The Table to which we are invited reminds us that as God provided manna to Israel in the Old Testament wilderness of the Sinai, so God’s angels ministered to Jesus. God still ministers to us by providing our daily bread for Life’s journey.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:     Luke 4:1-13

Special Music:

Anthem      If with All Your Hearts       Arr. Paul Christiansen     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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A Glimpse of Grace at a Fish Fry

Ash Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

In this Lent may we dedicate ourselves to glorifying God through our words and actions as we attempt to make this a truly holy Lent.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:   II Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

Worship Bulletin, Ash Wednesday

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It’s About Time

Last Sunday after Epiphany, Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Let us break this cycle of desiring to get to some moment other than the one that’s in our presence. Let’s not ignore the potential for joy and fulfillment that can be found in our lives right this moment. Every moment we wish away, ignore or dismiss as not good enough, we never get back. Conversely, every moment is ours to seize and appreciate, to love ourselves and others, and this amazing world. In the 90th psalm, verse 12, a prayer of Moses, it reads: “So, teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”  Your happiness doesn’t reside in the future and it hasn’t passed you by either, It’s right here. Don’t miss out the way the rich man in the parable did. Live your happiest life now. Live abundantly.

 

 

Special Music

Anthem     Fruits of the Selfless Heart     By Elizabeth J. Atkinson     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory     Movement 2, Concerto for Alto Saxophone     By Ronald Binge     Performed by Joel Harper on piano and Christian Sauder on alto saxophone

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Relationship Over Revenge

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany, Sunday, February 27th, 2019

Hate, jealousy, exploitation, these are the things that cause suffering and harm. The teachings of Jesus shows us a society that represents God’s Kingdom. Love, Peace, Forgiveness, Justice.  You see, Jesus pointed to a radical paradigm shift in which one gives up their right to revenge. Jesus presented the world with an alternative to “the harsh reality” of the world. Rather than entering into a mode of escalating violence which leads to more and more death, Jesus told his apostles, disciples and even the “crowd,” to do something radical.  Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you.

 

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passages:

Genesis 45:3-11, 15

Psalm 37:1-7

I Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50

Luke 6:27-38

Special Music

Anthem     Ave Verum Corpus     W.A. Mozart     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory     Simple Gifts     Arr. Lloyd Larson     Performed by the FFC Chancel Bells

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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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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