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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.