Sermons

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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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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