Sermons

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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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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