Sermons

A Good Samaritan Church

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost ~ Sunday, July 14th, 2019

Our ministry must be larger than ourselves if we are to be true to our call, our purpose. We worship a big God who calls us into a big world. In the face of estrangement, dysfunction, and strife we are challenged to speak the truth in love. We are challenged to learn how to forgive. We are challenged to seek reconciliation. We are challenged to commit ourselves to find an answer. A Samaritan church accepts the challenge.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passages:

Amos 7:7-17

Luke 10:25-37

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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David: A Man After God’s Own Heart

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost ~ Sunday, July 7th, 2019

God decided to become one of us – one with us – in Jesus Christ. In Christ we see that God did for us what we could not do for ourselves.  In Christ the Almighty reconciles us to God . In Christ God reaches out to us before we even lift a hand. In Christ God grabs us by the collar and plucks us from a sea of sin. No we are not perfect, but we are loved with a love that is relentless, constantly searching, constantly seeking, constantly calling our name; your name, my name.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Acts 13:16-25

Special Music

Offertory     Sicilienne by G. Fauré      Performed by Aleta Hoff on piano and Billy Akers on cello

 

Communion Music

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Relentless

Third Sunday after Pentecost ~ June 30th, 2019

God is relentless in pursuing us. God’s love for us is relentless. It never gives up. It is boundless. It is patient.

 

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Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Psalm 139:7-9

Special Music

Introit       Spirit of the Living God     Performed by Russel Boulton

 

Mission Trip Review: A Week of Hope

 

Special Music     Hear My Cry, O God     Performed by Russel Boulton

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Pigs or People

Second Sunday after Pentecost ~ Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Guest Minister: Rev. Jennifer Sakata

 

 

Sermon Notes were unavailable.

Bible Verse:  Luke 8:26-39

Special Music

Introit     As the Deer     Performed by Russel Boulton

 

Offertory     There is a Wideness In God’s Mercy     Arr. Calvin Hampton     Performed by Joel Harper

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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A Few Good Men: A Father’s Day Sermon

June 16th, 2019 ~ Father’s Day and Trinity Sunday

Dads, or at least a positive male role models, are important in a child’s life. Like mothers, men bring a certain texture to a child’s life, especially in the early years.

Due to technical difficulties, there are no audio/video files of this service.

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Romans 12:1-5

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Rummage Sale: Sermon for Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday, June 9th, 2019

Churches must compete with the culture as it hasn’t had to do since the first century.  Travel teams compete with religious commitments as do work responsibilities and social opportunities. None of this is bad. It is just the new reality in which we find ourselves.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Acts 2:1-21

 

Special Music

Offertory      Three Psalms for Bells    Arranged by Hunnicutt
Bless the Lord, O My Soul (103:1)
Hear, O Lord, When I Cry With My Voice (27:7)
I Will Love Thee, O Lord, My Strength (18:1)
Performed by the FFC Chancel Bells

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Rough Spots: An Anniversary Sermon

Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Rough spots. Life is about navigating the rough spots, isn’t it? We all experience them. It is, I believe, comforting to know that centuries ago, Jesus prayed for his disciples–then and now–for he knows that they would face many, many rough spots. Within a short time, his disciples would face the rough spots of betrayal, denial, crucifixion, and resurrection. There is still work to do, for the glory of God.

 

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  John 17:20-26

Special Music

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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No Greater Love

Memorial Day Sunday, May 26th, 2019

On this Memorial Day, let us not only remember those who died on the field of battle but let us also remember God’s claim upon our lives and respond in holy gratitude.

 

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  John 15:12-17

Special Music:

Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem

 

“Requiem”  Participants:

 Harp: Julia Kay Jamieson

Violin: Courtney Silver

Viola: Dr. Katherine Lewis and Allison Montgomery

Cello: Carol Wessler

Piano: Joel Harper

Soprano soloist: Aria Cramer

Baritone soloist: Russel Boulton

Conducted by Russel and Emma Boulton

 Thank you to Emma Boulton and members of the Illini Bluffs High School Chamber Singers for joining us.

 Special thanks to Sid and Flo Banwart for helping fund this worship experience.

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

(You may find the Requiem lyrics in the worship bulletin)

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Do Walls Make Good Neighbors?

May 19th, 2019 ~ 5th Sunday in Easter

Sometimes our theology can become walls of our own making.

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Acts 11:1-18

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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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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