Dec 9, 2018
Joseph’s Angel – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-25
Series: Advent
After Joseph discovered Mary was pregnant and had decided to divorce her quietly so as to not disgrace her publicly, an angel of the Lord appeared to him with a message. He said to not be afraid to take Mary as his wife, for what she says is true. He tells Joseph that the baby will be named Jesus and that He will save His people from their sins. This is exactly what angels do, they bring messages of peace and hope, and instructions from God. Joseph was visited by an angel a few more times as Jesus was growing up. Angel visitations are not just a part of stories from the Bible, people continue to experience God's heavenly servants each day. Thanks be to God for His angels, who come on His behalf to bring peace and hope, instruction and healing. Amen
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  • Dec 9, 2018Joseph’s Angel – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-25
    Dec 9, 2018
    Joseph’s Angel – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-25
    Series: Advent
    After Joseph discovered Mary was pregnant and had decided to divorce her quietly so as to not disgrace her publicly, an angel of the Lord appeared to him with a message. He said to not be afraid to take Mary as his wife, for what she says is true. He tells Joseph that the baby will be named Jesus and that He will save His people from their sins. This is exactly what angels do, they bring messages of peace and hope, and instructions from God. Joseph was visited by an angel a few more times as Jesus was growing up. Angel visitations are not just a part of stories from the Bible, people continue to experience God's heavenly servants each day. Thanks be to God for His angels, who come on His behalf to bring peace and hope, instruction and healing. Amen
  • Dec 2, 2018Just a Twinkle – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 1:1-5, 9
    Dec 2, 2018
    Just a Twinkle – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 1:1-5, 9
    Series: Advent
    It wasn't something magnificent, there was no great pronouncement. Towns people didn't gather to see what was goin on, and no overwhelming radiance of glory...only, there was. This birth was the most magnificent event in all of history, and angels declared God's praise at Jesus birth, proclaiming the good news to shepherds. Foreigners came from the east to see the miracle of grace that they heard God was about to perform, with God's glory shining in a star to guide their way. And there in the manger, a twinkle from the star, a twinkle of God's glory in Jesus's eye. The birth that would change the world forever, the birth that could have been made known to all the world in that very instant, revealed to unclean shepherds and foreigners. God was moving in ways no one expected. His glory and grace revealed in just a twinkle.
  • Nov 25, 2018Merciful Joseph – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-19
    Nov 25, 2018
    Merciful Joseph – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-19
    Series: Pentecost
    Continuing in Pastor Gary's Advent series focusing on Joseph, we are given another trait that we regularly see in Jesus; mercy. Upon finding out that Mary was pregnant, Joseph's initial reaction was that she had betrayed him. Not yet knowing that this pregnancy was from God, Joseph had to decide how he would deal with this situation. As we see in scripture, he decides to divorce her quietly so she is not disgraced. But this means so much more for Joseph. This act of mercy means he has certain obligations he must meet, as well as a change in his public image. The gospels credit Joseph as righteous for this decision, a decision of a man that knows how to show mercy.
  • Nov 18, 2018Mentor Joseph – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 13:54-56
    Nov 18, 2018
    Mentor Joseph – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 13:54-56
    Series: Pentecost
    Joseph of Nazareth, the carpenter, the man chosen to be Jesus earthly father is only mentioned in the birth narrative in the gospels. We only hear of him during advent and at that all we know is his profession and that he was faithful to God's instruction to support Mary and to raise Jesus. Joseph seems to be the forgotten man in scripture and yet may be one of the most influential people present in the birth narrative of Jesus. This is the man that would raise Jesus as his son and teach him his trade, and it seems reasonable that some of Jesus character, like His patience, would be seen in Joseph. Pastor Gary is beginning a series of sermons for Advent that correspond with his upcoming bible study, viewing the birth narrative through the eyes of Joseph. This week, Joseph as mentor.
  • Nov 11, 2018Kingdom Come – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 26:10-11
    Nov 11, 2018
    Kingdom Come – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 26:10-11
    Series: Pentecost
    How do we see God's Kingdom active in this world? It is through the work of the church that we see God's Kingdom alive and moving into the world through His people. When we prepare and offer food or clothes to those in need, when we step out to help in disaster relief, when we circle people in prayer and show favor and support for those around us in need. How do we see God's Kingdom? It is made visible when we follow Christ is our service. We understand that God's Kingdom is still on the way, but we see parts of it break through when we serve and give of ourselves to the church the work of God. And serve we will, not waiting until Christ returns to do the work He gives us, but we will serve for God's glory until Kingdom Come.
  • Nov 4, 2018Love & Joy – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 15:9-12
    Nov 4, 2018
    Love & Joy – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 15:9-12
    Series: Pentecost
    Love one another. A simple enough command, yet we all know how difficult this action can be; especially when Jesus follows up with "Love each other as I have loved you." To love as Jesus loved us is to love sacrificially, and is even harder for the vast majority of us. And yet, we get a glimpse of this love expressed in random acts of kindness, heroism or in people freely helping others. In keeping this kind of love, Jesus promises his joy that our joy may be made complete. This love and joy is in our service, it is in how we operate as a church body, it is in our ministry. Let us never cease our service, continually sharing the love and joy of Christ, a love that can change the world.
  • Oct 28, 2018No Fear – Rev. Allan Brooks – Acts 18:9-11
    Oct 28, 2018
    No Fear – Rev. Allan Brooks – Acts 18:9-11
    Series: Pentecost
    Fear is a powerful thing. Useful for keeping us safe when faced with potentially dangerous situations, fear can quickly grow out of hand and keep us from doing anything productive or beneficial. We cannot allow fear to cripple us when doing the work of the church. God is with us, leading His church in its work, we have nothing to fear. Join in God's work, giving of your time, prayers and resources. Where God is, there is no fear.
  • Oct 21, 2018On the Cliff – Rev. Gary Hilton – 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:13
    Oct 21, 2018
    On the Cliff – Rev. Gary Hilton – 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:13
    Series: Pentecost
    We are ambassadors for God, His representatives in this world. No matter our lot in life, this is our responsibility, our purpose; to reveal Christ in everything that we do, no matter the circumstance. Hear the words from the Apostle Paul this week. Know God, don't squander His blessings and His grace, instead, share the grace you have received freely and be free to join God in His outpouring of blessings to others. Brothers and sisters, do not be content with the grace that you have found in Christ, but be only content in service to God's Kingdom in revealing this great grace to others.
  • Oct 14, 2018Even More in There – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 17:14-20
    Oct 14, 2018
    Even More in There – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 17:14-20
    Series: Pentecost
    "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” This week we look at the same story of Jesus healing a child with a demon that throws him into seizers. The boy's father asks Jesus' disciples if they can heal his son, and when they can't they ask Jesus why. This was His answer. Faith the size of a mustard seed, perhaps this is the example Jesus gives because this kind of faith can only grow. We do not need a faith that has everything figured out to move the mountains in our lives, just a faith that trusts that God hears our prayers and will answer them. Faith as small as a mustard seed, a faith that trusts, a faith that can only grow, that is all it takes to move mountains.
  • Oct 7, 2018What do You See? – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 6:35, 41-51
    Oct 7, 2018
    What do You See? – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 6:35, 41-51
    Series: Pentecost
    What do you see when you see or think of Jesus? Do you see someone you need, or is He someone you could rather live without? Jesus calls himself the bread of life, and the people he was speaking to understood exactly what he meant, and Jesus was exactly that. He is the sustainer of all life. He is the sustainer of our souls. The question is, are you actively seeking out Jesus and the life that He gives, or do you see Him as just another product that you consume and feel that you can live without Him?