Dec 16, 2018
Shameful Shepherd – Kevin Jenkins – Luke 2:8-20 & 15:1-7
Series: Advent
So, honest question, why reveal the birth of Christ to foreigners and to dirty, shameful shepherds who were seen as outcasts? Why wouldn't God share this news the phrases and other religious people throughout Israel? Why pick the outcast and the foreigner? Well, why not? Jesus entire ministry was devoted revealing God's love and His grace to the sinner, the outcast, the lost and forgotten. Everyone the religious elite looked down upon, Jesus would lift up, heal and reveal God's love. Because these elite ignored the words of God's prophets, they missed it, and this miracle was shared with shepherds and revealed to foreigners. Why the shepherds? Well, why not the shepherds!
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  • Dec 16, 2018Shameful Shepherd – Kevin Jenkins – Luke 2:8-20 & 15:1-7
    Dec 16, 2018
    Shameful Shepherd – Kevin Jenkins – Luke 2:8-20 & 15:1-7
    Series: Advent
    So, honest question, why reveal the birth of Christ to foreigners and to dirty, shameful shepherds who were seen as outcasts? Why wouldn't God share this news the phrases and other religious people throughout Israel? Why pick the outcast and the foreigner? Well, why not? Jesus entire ministry was devoted revealing God's love and His grace to the sinner, the outcast, the lost and forgotten. Everyone the religious elite looked down upon, Jesus would lift up, heal and reveal God's love. Because these elite ignored the words of God's prophets, they missed it, and this miracle was shared with shepherds and revealed to foreigners. Why the shepherds? Well, why not the shepherds!
  • 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.
  • Dec 17, 2017“Advent: The Son Coming Through the Clouds” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Romans 13:11-14
    Dec 17, 2017
    “Advent: The Son Coming Through the Clouds” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Romans 13:11-14
    Series: Advent
    Just like the sun breaking through the clouds on a cold, dreary winter day, Christ breaks through the bleakest parts of our lives and radiates the warmth of His love. God broke through the darkness and shone the light of a new day, a day of salvation. Christ, born to us in a manger is our light in the darkest of places and the reason we celebrate this Christmas season. Let us live in the newness of this salvation and walk in the light of a new day.
  • Dec 10, 2017“Advent, Astrophysics and Light in Darkness” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 1:1-5
    Dec 10, 2017
    “Advent, Astrophysics and Light in Darkness” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 1:1-5
    Series: Advent
    This Christmas season is one where the impossible defines what is possible, where our infinite God works to do what only God can do. If Advent is the season of preparation for what God is doing, how can we possibly wrap our mind around a God this big? We start by looking to the creation summary in John's Gospel. "In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." John 1:1-3. When we look at what we know about the universe, isn't it amazing that galaxies and solar systems look the same as the stuff that makes us up? The intricacies of creation, how perfect everything is set for existence to be our reality. God is in the infinitesimal and the infinite. He is there in the smallest nuances of our lives and overcomes our biggest obstacles. And as John continues, "He is the light of all man kind, and the darkness has not overcome it" (paraphrased John 1:4-5). Praise God for a season to celebrate He who overcomes our biggest problems, shines in our darkest hours, and knows every nuance of our being.
  • Dec 3, 2017“The Perfect Christmas” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-25
    Dec 3, 2017
    “The Perfect Christmas” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-25
    Series: Advent
    Life vary rarely goes according to plan, and never turns out perfectly. Joseph had to learn this first hand. Setting himself up as a respected carpenter in his community, everything started to fall apart when Mary became pregnant. Joseph had two options; he could either break off his engagement to Mary and leave this unfortunate event behind him, or he could trust God's messenger, take Mary as his wife and raise her child. What God was doing went against all the honorable rules Joseph new in his society. This was far from the perfect plan Joseph had for his life. But this was God's perfect plan, to grace the world and offer all of His people the gift of salvation. This is why we worship this season, to celebrate His grace and rejoice in the imperfections that only God can make perfect.
  • Nov 26, 2017“Construction Zone” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Isaiah 40:3-5
    Nov 26, 2017
    “Construction Zone” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Isaiah 40:3-5
    Series: Advent
    This is the season of good news ~ news to bring great joy to all peoples. What is this news? That Jesus, who came to us a child, embraced our existence, to make himself known. That we now may see His light, know the Truth, and have a way through whatever may come in life where no way exists. For as it is spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "4 Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. 5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together." (Isaiah 40:4-5)
  • Dec 18, 2016Christmas Cantata Celebration
    Dec 18, 2016
    Christmas Cantata Celebration
    Series: Advent
    Join us as we celebrate Christmas with our Choir as they lead us in worship for this years Christmas Cantata.
  • Dec 11, 2016“Are We Prepared?”
    Dec 11, 2016
    “Are We Prepared?”
    Series: Advent
    We hear the words of John the Baptist as he prepared people for Jesus. As we hear these words, are we prepared this Advent Season?
    Luke 3:3-18
  • Dec 4, 2016“The Journey: Joseph of Bethlehem
    Dec 4, 2016
    “The Journey: Joseph of Bethlehem
    Series: Advent
    We continue with the Christmas Story for the second week of Advent and look at the reassurance Joseph received to stay with Mary and accept Jesus as his son.
    Matthew 1:18-24