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.
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  • 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 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 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.
  • Sep 30, 2018A Whole Lot in There – Rev. Allan Brooks – Mark 9:14-29
    Sep 30, 2018
    A Whole Lot in There – Rev. Allan Brooks – Mark 9:14-29
    Series: Pentecost
    The scripture lesson this week contains a lot of insight for our faith, from challenging our belief to our need for prayer. Let us simply devote ourselves to prayer, so we may be connected to the Father in all we do. And may we submit to Christ in the acknowledgement of both our beliefs and unbeliefs, and be like the father in this scripture, asking for help in overcoming our unbelief.
  • Sep 9, 2018Storehouses of Snow – Rev. Allan Brooks – Job 38
    Sep 9, 2018
    Storehouses of Snow – Rev. Allan Brooks – Job 38
    Series: Pentecost
    This week we look at the book of Job, specifically God's response to Job's self justification in the midst of his afflictions. Hear these words and be reminded of who God is.
  • Sep 2, 2018“Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Its Off to Yoke We Go” – Re. Allan Brooks – Matthew 11:28-30
    Sep 2, 2018
    “Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Its Off to Yoke We Go” – Re. Allan Brooks – Matthew 11:28-30
    Series: Pentecost
    Chances are high that this is not the quote you remember. In a world that has us chasing bigger and better things, putting in extra time where we work or leaves us struggling to get by, Jesus invites us to try something different. We are invited to take on His yoke, a tool used for carrying a heavy load, for He says: "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burdens is light." This is not just an invitation to an easier way to work but a different way of life. Come find rest in Jesus and learn from His ways.
  • 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.
  • 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.