Sermons

Called By Name

Sunday, January 26th, 2020

 

 

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

Bible Passages:

Matthew 4:12-23

1 Corinthians 1:10-18 

Special Music

Introit     Wait For The Lord     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Anthem     Agnus Dei     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Offertory     A Handbell Soliloquy      By Valerie W. Stephenson     Performed by the FFC Chancel Handbells

 

Worship Bulletin, January 26th, 10 am

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God and Harry Potter

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

In Jesus, we see that God is a “seeking” God. God is the “seeker” looking for the valuable “Golden Snitch,” you and me. We are golden in the eyes of God.  So how do you respond to this God?  In our gospel lesson, two of the disciples of John turn to Jesus and begin to follow him. When Jesus turned to them and asked, What do you seek? What are you looking for? they replied Rabbi or “Teacher”, where are you staying?” What does it mean to walk, to live with you?  Come and see, he replied. You can know about Jesus but you cannot know Jesus unless you commit yourself to walk with Him, to live with Him, to take Jesus seriously. And you cannot know God, truly know God, unless you are willing to walk with the living resurrected Christ.

 

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

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passages:

Colossians 1:11-20

John 1:29-42

Special Music:

Introit     I Waited Patiently For God     FFC Chancel Choir

 

Anthem     Alleluia! Praise the Lord Who Reigns on High!     by Lloyd Larson     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir and Tim McCoul on trumpet

 

Offertory     Near To The Heart of God     Performed by Joel Harper

 

Worship Bulletin, January 19th, 10 am

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Do You Own This?

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

We are not the boss. We are not the final authority. But we are called to exercise leadership within the church. We are called to reflect Christ’s will, as best as we can understand it in our life together. We are called to set aside our will, bias, and prejudice.

 

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

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Colossians 1:11-20

 

Special Music

Anthem     Mercy Flows     by Patricia Mock and Faye Lopez     Performed by our Bradley Chorale Quartet

 

Offertory     Piano Medley     Performed by Joel Harper

 

Worship Bulletin, January 12th, 10 am

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Seeing God

Sunday, January 5th, 2020

If you want to know what God is like, simply look to Jesus. 

 

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

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Colossians 1:15-23

Special Music

Introit     All Hail To God’s Anointed      Performed by Russel Boulton

 

Anthem     And He Shall Feed His Flock     G.F. Handel      Performed by Soloist Kelsey Schrag

 

10 am Worship Bulletin

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Rachel Weeping for Her Children

1st Sunday after Christmas, Sunday, December 29th, 2019

God did not become incarnate in the son of Mary and Joseph to bring us a mid-winter festival of peace and contentment. No, God came into this world where families wander homeless and corrupt tyrants rule by murder and deceit. God broke into this world because this world needs a Savior for it cannot save itself. The slaughter of the innocent, the tears of Rachel weeping for her children, remind us that we live in the midst of brokenness. But in the midst of the brokenness, we also have work to do.

 

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

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Matthew 2:13-23

Special Music

Offertory

 

Worship Bulletin, 10 am

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Gloria: The Peace That Passed Understanding

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

It seems that from the beginning, from as early as the book of beginnings, Genesis, God has been searching for us. Like Adam and Eve after eating the forbidden fruit we have tried to hide from God because we are naked and ashamed. But God loves us. God loves us, each and every one of us. And God has given to us the ministry of reconciliation. The world wants us to choose sides. But choosing sides is the Devil’s mischief because ol’ Scratch knows that if we are fighting with each other, we are not living into our call of reconciliation. The ministry of reconciliation is the Christian mission. Proclaiming God’s peace is the Christian’s calling. It is our sole work, no matter what our profession or calling.   “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among all with whom God is pleased.”

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Luke 2:1-20

Special Music

Jesu Bambino

 

Dance of the Sugar Plum Faries and White Christmas

 

O Holy Night

 

He Is Born

 

Angel’s Carol

 

O Word of God Incarnate

 

Candlelight Carol and Silent Night

 

Celtic Christmas Blessing

 

Christmas Eve worship bulletin

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The Magnificat: The Manger and the Cross

4th Sunday of Advent, Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

The songs of Advent and the carols of Christmas will give way to the Cross of Calvary. There is an interesting thing in Bjorn Thorkelson’s painting. Both the manger and the shadow of the Cross are empty. Neither Christmas nor Good Friday has the last word. Death and Despair never have the last word. Easter does. “Because I live, you shall live also,” (John 14:19) 

 

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

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Luke 1:47-55

 

Special Music

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel     arr. Geschke     Performed by the FFC Chancel Bells

 

Waiting for Bethlehem’s Light      By Dale Patterson     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

10 am bulletin worship bulletin

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Where’s Christ?

Third Sunday of Advent ~ Sunday, December 15th, 2019

So where is Christ? Christ is wherever there the least, the last, and the lost are found. Christ is where the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered, the spiritually blind are given insight, the sick, the dying, and the literally blind are cared for, where the lost are found, where the hopeless are given hope. Christ is in the midst of the world’s brokenness and Christ beckons us to be His Body, to be the Church, doing works of the Kingdom in His name and to the glory of God.

 

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

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Matthew 11:2-11

Special Music

Children’s Christmas Program

 

10 am worship bulletin

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A Lesson from a Stump

2nd Sunday in Advent ~ December 8th, 2019

I think that stumps are fascinating things. We’ve cut several down in the flower beds of our yard. We even had a few ground “out”. The interesting thing about stumps is that just when you think that they are dead, just when you think that they are gone, a shoot pops up through the ground.

 

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

 

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:  Isaiah 11:1-10   and   Matthew 3:1-12

Special Music

Christmas Cantata     A Mass for the Shepherds      By Karl Kempter     Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir and Violinists: Marcia Henry Liebenow,  Jane Hoffmire, Molly Wilson, and Casey Hoffmire

 

10 am worship bulletin

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The Benedictus: The Song Born of Silence

First Sunday of Advent ~ Sunday, December 1st, 2019

In first-century Israel, many people believed that God had been silent for a very long time. But that simply wasn’t the case. The people had become complacent. God spoke through the prophets, Isaiah and Jeremiah, Amos and Micah, and the other Old Testament prophets. But Israel grew deaf and ignored their words. At times they even killed the prophets who challenged them to live up to their calling. They chased not only foreign gods but became addicted through distraction. They cast out those who judged them. So God seemed silent but God wasn’t really silent. God just couldn’t be heard above the din of their own noise. The people had forgotten how to listen.

 

The Benedictus: The Song Born of Silence

 

December 1st, 2019 Frosty’s Sermon Notes ~ The Benedictus, The Song Born of Silence

Bible Passage:  Luke 1:68-79

 

Special Music:

2019 Mission Moment ~ Carl Cannon’s Elite Youth Group

 

Anthem     Angel’s Carol      By John Rutter      Performed by the FFC Chancel Choir

 

Special Music      In The Bleak Midwinter      arr. Geschke      Performed by the FFC Chancel Bells

 

Offertory     Let There Be Peace On Earth      Performed by Joel Harper

 

December 1st, 2019 ~ 10 am Worship Bulletin

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