Aug 12, 2018
Psalm for a Summer Sunday – Rev. Allan Brooks – Psalm 23
Series: Pentecost
A reflection on God's goodness and presence in our lives on this summer Sunday.
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  • Aug 12, 2018Psalm for a Summer Sunday – Rev. Allan Brooks – Psalm 23
    Aug 12, 2018
    Psalm for a Summer Sunday – Rev. Allan Brooks – Psalm 23
    Series: Pentecost
    A reflection on God's goodness and presence in our lives on this summer Sunday.
  • Aug 5, 2018Desire to Live – Rev. Gary Hilton – Gen. 2 & 3, John 1 & 6, Isaiah 55
    Aug 5, 2018
    Desire to Live – Rev. Gary Hilton – Gen. 2 & 3, John 1 & 6, Isaiah 55
    Series: Pentecost
    We are all motivated by our desires in life. While these desires and the methods we use to obtain them are different for everyone, there is one that is common among all of us: that is a desire to live. Where we see security in life, relief from immediate danger or life that goes beyond our physical existence, maintaining our lives is a great motivator. God desires us to have life as well. In the beginning he placed a tree of life in the garden for Adam and Eve. When humanity fell to sin and was cut off from the tree of life, Jesus came as the new source of life for all of us, not exclusive for one group of people but all the world. As we pursue our desire to live, let us turn to Jesus who is the true source of life and help guide others to the life we have found in Him.
  • Jul 29, 2018Where We Are Going – Rev. Allan Brooks – Psalm 137:1-6
    Jul 29, 2018
    Where We Are Going – Rev. Allan Brooks – Psalm 137:1-6
    Series: Pentecost
    Last week we reflected on where we have been as a church, reviewing the surveys that we took last year as we began the visioning process for the future of our church. This week we look at Psalm 137, where the people of Israel are in exile and have lost all of their joy, with no desire left to sing the praises of God. In their laments they began to recount the stories of their people and slowly grew past their sorrow. Their exile eventually ended and they would sing the songs of the Lord once again. We do not experience exile as the Israelites in scripture did, yet we can get a sense of how they felt as the world dramatical changes around us. As we pray for our church and look to our future, may we not feel overwhelmed or discouraged by how the world changes around us, but let us continues to step out in faith to support and serve our community. May we be God’s people for the world, in the world today. Amen.
  • Jul 22, 2018Where We Have Been – Rev. Allan Brooks – Genesis 15:1-5
    Jul 22, 2018
    Where We Have Been – Rev. Allan Brooks – Genesis 15:1-5
    Series: Pentecost
    Last year we completed a survey with how connect with our church and our hopes for the future. Today, we discuss where we have been as a church and review the results of this survey as preparation for setting our vision, dreams and prayers for the future.
  • Jul 15, 2018This is Holy Ground – Rev. Gary Hilton – Genesis 49:29-33
    Jul 15, 2018
    This is Holy Ground – Rev. Gary Hilton – Genesis 49:29-33
    Series: Pentecost
    The Old Testament, as it follows Israel's lineage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, recounts an inheritance as an important function of society. One of the most important things you can inherit is land; the land of your father, the land of your ancestors. God's inheritance for His people was the promised land, a place they can call home and be an example to the world. Yet, as the people fell to their own immoralities, God removed from them their inheritance and gave it to others for a time. We too have an inheritance from God. Blessed with the Gospel and adopted into the household of God, we inherit a place with Him, in His family. We are given the church, the commission to live, serve and love as Jesus did. We are blessed to be a part of God's life giving work throughout the world. And yet, unfaithfulness breeds a loss of that inheritance, for if we neglect the charge God gives us and are unfaithful to Him, He will choose another. Let us focus in on God's will, that our inheritance not be wasted and live in Christ's example.
  • Jul 8, 2018Icon of Friendship – Rev. Allan Brooks – Hebrews 4:14-16
    Jul 8, 2018
    Icon of Friendship – Rev. Allan Brooks – Hebrews 4:14-16
    Series: Pentecost
    Throughout church history, icons would be used to aid worshipers during worship gatherings and in prayer. This particular icon, known as the icon of friendship throughout tradition, depicts Jesus with his arm around an abbot. While we are given the description of who this other man is, tradition allows for anyone to fill the place of this other man as a reminder that Jesus is with us always, that we most definitely have a friend in Jesus.
  • Jul 1, 2018All Fields Need Work – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 13:1-9 & 18-23
    Jul 1, 2018
    All Fields Need Work – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 13:1-9 & 18-23
    Series: Pentecost
    We all have areas in our lives that distract us from God, but praise be to God that His grace falls on each of those areas. May we learn to be more aware of God's grace in action in every area in our lives.
  • Jun 24, 2018Fire & Rain – Rev. Allan Brooks – Isaiah 43:1-3
    Jun 24, 2018
    Fire & Rain – Rev. Allan Brooks – Isaiah 43:1-3
    Series: Pentecost
    As we reflect and celebrate another successful year of Vacation Bible School, Pastor Allan recalls his childhood, when he was the age of some of the kids we served this past week. "Fire and rain" he says, one of his favorite songs, a great representation for all that happens in life. Isaiah 43, our theme verse for VBS, proclaims God's great promise; "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." God first tells us that we belong to him, He claims us, then promises to be with us in all circumstances. How awesome it is to know that God is with us at all times and claims us as His own. We have our God with us, through fire and rain. Amen.
     
  • Jun 17, 2018“Unforced Rhythms of Grace” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 11:16-19; 25-30
    Jun 17, 2018
    “Unforced Rhythms of Grace” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 11:16-19; 25-30
    Series: Pentecost
    Sometimes we allow ourselves to be distracted and led by the worries and troubles of this world and very quickly loose sight of God's work. Even within the church, we can become more concerned with dogma and how the church operates than living the grace that God bestows. Christ is calling us to follow him in the "unforced rhythms of grace;" living in tune with God's will, recognizing God at work each day, and serving others in simple ministry. It is about living and working in worship at Jesus' feet. All the worries and troubles that we face will be worked out, our task is to work and live in the grace that flows from Jesus' side. Let us be concerned with serving as Jesus served and not the "who, what, where, and why" of serving. Let us live, move and work in the unforced rhythms of grace.
  • Jun 10, 2018“Deep Sigh” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Romans 8:22-27
    Jun 10, 2018
    “Deep Sigh” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Romans 8:22-27
    Series: Pentecost
    Paul writes in his letter to the Romans about an eager expectation expressed by all of creation, even ourselves, for redemption from the bondage and cycle of decay; a return to the glory and presence of God. Paul identifies this expectation as being expressed in groaning. We all eagerly move toward reunion with God, and sometimes this movement brings dramatic change as we try to become aligned with the will of God. This is not a movement that we can initiate under our own power, but that is directed by the Holy Spirit, who as Paul writes; "intercedes for us through wordless groans." Sometimes, the most that we express in the midst of this movement back towards God is a deep sigh.