Sermon Notes


02
Jun 2022

 FINDING HOME Psalms 137:1-6; Romans 1:21-25; Revelation 3:15-19; Matthew 11:28-30 We pause to remember, as a Church and Nation, those who left their homeland and put on the uniforms of the military to defend freedom. Brave men and woman left home, family, careers and safety and gave their lives. Our freedom is precious and fragile. Franklin Roosevelt said, “Those who long enjoy such privileges that we enjoy in time that others have died to win them.” The Hebrews knew the pain of war and the experience of losing home. I am thankful that Americans have never experienced losing our physical Homeland, but I feel that some Christians experience of home lost. Psalm 137:1-6 provides three words to help us understand this feeling: Despair, Derision and Determination. Despair and the experience of broken heartedness. Psalm 137:1-2 There is a feeling of displacement. The Hebrews taken from their land given by God. The Temple as the place where God dwells. Christians relate the Word of God and the Church is undercut in its influence. There is a feeling of discouragement. Hebrews were dismayed by circumstances a strange land. Churches offer teaching God’s Word addressing evil, forgiveness, acceptance, relations and love. There is a feeling of despair and brokenhearted spirit. Like the Hebrews we want to sit down and raise our hands is despair and give up. Derision of what is held as valuable and Holy is gone. Psalm 137:3-4 Captors/ tormentors taunts demanded they act joyfully in the face of their sadness. Christians are asked to put on a happy face, which we should, but deep inside our soul we know this is not home.  Concern for home a daily memory for the Hebrews. Christians equally face a sadness over the loss of values we hold. Determination to make Home the first...

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09
May 2022

Sermon Title- Raising Children in Troubled Times. Exodus 2:1-10  1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him. 5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children. 7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the women took the child, and nursed it. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water....

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02
May 2022

Matthias: Getting in the Mission Scripture: Acts 1:15-26   15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. 21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. 23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles...

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27
Apr 2022

Sermon:Baptism and Communion Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 28:18-19; Exodus 12:1-15; Luke 22:7- Matthew 3:13-17 13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. 14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? 15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well Matthew 28:18-19 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Exodus 12:1-15; The Lord told Moses and Aaron this in the land of Egypt: 2 This month is to be the beginning of your calendar. It is to be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell the entire Israelite community that on the tenth day of this month, they are to take a lamb or a young goat for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, one lamb per household. 4 But if the household is too small for a whole lamb, then that person and his neighbor next door to him must select one, based on the number of people. Determine what size lamb is needed according to how much each person will eat. 5 Your lamb must be unblemished, a year-old male. You may take it from the sheep or...

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25
Apr 2022

Sermon: Baptism and Communion Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 28:18-19; Exodus 12:1-15; Luke 22:7-20 Matthew 3:13-17 John Baptizes Jesus 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to be baptized by John at the Jordan. 14 But John tried to stop him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, because it is proper for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John let him. 16 After Jesus was baptized, he immediately went up out of the water. Suddenly, the heavens were opened for him! He saw the Spirit of God, descending like a dove and landing on him, 17 and a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my Son, whom I love. I am well pleased with him.” Matthew 28:18-19 18 Jesus approached and spoke to them saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and gather disciples from all nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Exodus 12:1-15 Instructions for the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread 12 The Lord told Moses and Aaron this in the land of Egypt: 2 This month is to be the beginning of your calendar. It is to be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell the entire Israelite community that on the tenth day of this month, they are to take a lamb or a young goat for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, one lamb per household. 4 But if the household is too small for a whole lamb, then that person and his neighbor next door to him must select one, based on the number of people. Determine what size lamb is needed according to how much each person will eat....

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