Feb 24, 2019
A Place to Remain – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 1:35-39
Series: Epiphany
What is it that you are looking for as you follow Jesus? What are you looking for when you come to church? This is the question that Jesus asked a couple disciples of John the Baptist who decided to follow Jesus as he passed them one day. Their answer: "where are you staying?" As bible commentators explain, it is very possible that because of the disciples' response, they were seeking a place of belonging, a home, and it is very likely that they were not even aware of this desire. They hear John proclaim “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” and innately decide to follow him. Perhaps many of us follow in the same way, not conscious of why we follow, but we know we must because our souls desire a place to remain, to belong, to call home. And so we seek out Jesus, because in His presence is a place to remain.
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  • Feb 24, 2019A Place to Remain – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 1:35-39
    Feb 24, 2019
    A Place to Remain – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 1:35-39
    Series: Epiphany
    What is it that you are looking for as you follow Jesus? What are you looking for when you come to church? This is the question that Jesus asked a couple disciples of John the Baptist who decided to follow Jesus as he passed them one day. Their answer: "where are you staying?" As bible commentators explain, it is very possible that because of the disciples' response, they were seeking a place of belonging, a home, and it is very likely that they were not even aware of this desire. They hear John proclaim “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” and innately decide to follow him. Perhaps many of us follow in the same way, not conscious of why we follow, but we know we must because our souls desire a place to remain, to belong, to call home. And so we seek out Jesus, because in His presence is a place to remain.
  • Feb 17, 2019Bunch of Liars and Cheats – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ezekiel 1:6-2:10
    Feb 17, 2019
    Bunch of Liars and Cheats – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ezekiel 1:6-2:10
    Series: Epiphany
    This week, Pastor Gary leads us through the story of the birth of Moses and the women who defied a king to do what they knew what right.
  • Feb 10, 2019Lifted, Reassembled and Living Large Pt.3 – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ezekiel 47:1-12
    Feb 10, 2019
    Lifted, Reassembled and Living Large Pt.3 – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ezekiel 47:1-12
    Series: Epiphany
    In part 3 of Rev. Brooks' series, we see in Ezekiel's vision the Holy Spirit moving from the temple as water, flowing first as a mere trickle and growing to a mighty river, a river that nourishes everything in its path. We have seen God's power to lift us from our situations and reassemble us over the last couple weeks, and now we see the tremendous, life giving power of the Spirit. Know that this process of restoration is not new to God and is one that is usually repeated many times in a person's life. God is present and ready to raise you from whatever circumstance you find yourself in, eager to put you back together and give you life. Become aware of His presence and live large in the flowing life of the Holy Spirit.
  • Feb 3, 2019Lifted, Reassembled and Living Large Pt.2 – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ezekiel 37:1-14
    Feb 3, 2019
    Lifted, Reassembled and Living Large Pt.2 – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ezekiel 37:1-14
    Series: Epiphany
    In part 2 of Rev. Brooks' sermon series, we see God revealing His healing power to Ezekiel, telling Ezekiel to prophesy to a valley of bones that God will reassemble them and make flesh come upon them, that breath will enter them and they will come to life. God then explains that these bones are like His people Israel, and He will restore them just as he did the bones. And how do we see God's power to heal and restore? To completion, one piece at a time.
  • Jan 27, 2019“Lifted, Reassembled and Living Large” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ezekiel 1:25-2:2
    Jan 27, 2019
    “Lifted, Reassembled and Living Large” – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ezekiel 1:25-2:2
    Series: Epiphany
    Pastor Allan begins a sermon series on the power of the Holy Spirit as found in the accounts of the Prophet Ezekiel. This week, God's power to lift us from whatever our current circumstances may be.
  • Jan 13, 2019Glory to Glory – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
    Jan 13, 2019
    Glory to Glory – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
    Series: Epiphany
    As we actively seek God out, we are transformed in His presence, with "ever increasing glory" into the people He sees us as. We are restored to the image of our maker as this face time with Him takes us from glory to glory.
  • Jan 6, 2019Almost Normal – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 2:16-18
    Jan 6, 2019
    Almost Normal – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 2:16-18
    Series: Epiphany
    With Christmas over, we now begin the task of taking all of our decorations down and returning everything back to normal. Only problem is, now that Jesus has come, we can't go back to normal. Once Jesus entered the world, that was it, there was no going back, for God's power and act of salvation was here to stay. We may pack up our manger scenes, stick baby Jesus back in a box for another year, but we can't pack away God's power and presence, that stays with us each day.
  • 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.