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.
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  • 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 23, 2018“A Baby Cries Out” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Romans 5:8
    Sep 23, 2018
    “A Baby Cries Out” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Romans 5:8
    Series: Pentecost
    With parenthood comes sacrifices, becoming less so that our kids can become more, so that they can achieve their dreams. Whether it is providing help at the drop of a hat or comfort in the midst of distress, these sacrifices are made out of love. Romans 5:8, which essentially is the totality of the gospel summarized in one verse, is the sacrifice God made because of His love for His children. "But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." Like a baby crying out, let us reach out and take hold of our God who gave up everything to redeem us to himself.
  • Sep 16, 2018Little Girl with Glasses – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 18-1-8
    Sep 16, 2018
    Little Girl with Glasses – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 18-1-8
    Series: Pentecost
    We are bombarded with news of death, destruction, violence and tragedy of all kinds every day, and it is easy to become blinded by all of this darkness. It is easy to think that evil is winning. What we rarely get to see, however, is the love that people show for each other every day. We get small glimpses of it on the news when someone or a group of people decide it is necessary to show love towards others. While we don't always get to see these good deeds, we know they happen, and when we are informed of people doing good we get to see glimpses of God's Kingdom breaking into our reality. Our faith and hope is renewed when we see the love of God in action. It is in the midst of the darkness that seems to consume this world that our love for one another, the love that God instilled in us, shines brightest. This is when our faith and hope have the potential to be strongest, and where we get to be the light shining on a hill for the world to see. Is evil winning? Never. But we must face it if we are to be the people God calls us to be.
  • 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 26, 2018Eyes to See the Father’s Work – Dr. Rev. Mark Ongley – John 5:1-20
    Aug 26, 2018
    Eyes to See the Father’s Work – Dr. Rev. Mark Ongley – John 5:1-20
    Series: Pentecost
    Where do you see God at work? This sounds like a simple enough question, but how many of us can readily give an answer. Sometimes we become so consumed with tradition or what we consider to be proper, that we completely miss what God is doing. In this weeks scripture lesson, the pharisees are so taken back by a man carrying a mat on the sabbath, that they completely miss the wonder of his healing at Jesus hands. Instead, they ridicule this man and persecute Jesus for healing someone on the sabbath. There can be a little pharisee in all of us, but God, allow us be more like Jesus. Give us eyes to see the father's work, and joyfully join you in it. Amen.
  • Aug 19, 2018How Much is Enough – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 12:1-8
    Aug 19, 2018
    How Much is Enough – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 12:1-8
    Series: Pentecost
    A simple question: how much is enough? How much gratitude, thanks, adoration is enough? What level of extravagance is too much to honor our God. Look at the price that Jesus paid to restore our relationship with God, the price that was paid for our salvation, for us to receive the fullness of life that God gives us. This week we look at how Mary, the sister of Lazarus, responds to everything Jesus has done in her life. The question is asked again; how much is enough? Let our praise and adoration for God fill the heavens and may our lives be an anthem to Gods grace. Amen
  • 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.