2014-15 Sermons

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November 9 "Why Serve?"  Special: Veterans' Day Celebration
Do you have what it takes to finish well? What characteristic and skills do we need to develop to live a life we can be proud of and that God will approve?
Scripture: Amos 5:11-55; Galatians 5:13-26  
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November 16 "Son-Followers"  Special: Celebration Sunday
Jesus was always asking people to follow him.  If we take Jesus seriously and follow; where exactly will he lead us?
Scripture: Ephesians 5:8-14
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November 23 "True Gratitude" Special: Thanksgiving
Everyone “knows” they should be grateful for what one has. Gratitude is what is expected from ‘good people,’ but is gratitude the best kept secret for happiness?  Come and find out!
Scripture: Psalm 100
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November 30 "Just Wait" Special: 1st Sunday of Advent
Americans have twisted Jesus’ command from “keep awake” to “keep busy,” to fit within a frenzied, consumeristic society that insists on instant gratification. This Advent season let us “just wait” with joyful expectation for what Christ has done and will do in the world. 
Message by: Elyse Milligan, CSA Family Ministries
Scripture: Mark 13:36

December 7 "How to Recognize God's Presence" Special: 2nd Sunday of Advent
Do you think that being able to see God would make it easier to believe and to follow?  Come and find out how to know that God is present in your life. 
Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9
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December 14 " How to Have a Relationship with God" Special: 3rd Sunday of Advent
Are your BFF and BMF slots filled?  Come and find out about the ultimate friendship with the Friend that will never abandon, betray, or forget you.
Scripture: Acts 2:14; 22-32
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December 21 "Living Life God's Way" Special: 4th Sunday of Advent
 Are you the one that people call when they want a job done well and on time!  Good for you! Do you set and meet your goals on a regular basis? Fantastic!  Looking for a new challenge?
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:8-22

December 28 "Your 2015 Guidebook" 

"...and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
Message by: Larry Williams, CSA Lay Leader
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:15 (NKJV) 

2015 Sermons

2015 Sermon Series

Christianity is all about relationships. When asked, Jesus summed up all the law and the prophets by saying, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important, Love your neighbor as yourself.’’

Please join us for worship at 10:00 a.m. beginning Sunday January 42015 as Rev. Susan Brown explores God’s design for our relationships. 

January 4th
Accept One Another
Romans 15:5-7
Homepage carousel image by Roger H. Goun via flickr; used and adapted under CC BY 2.0

January 11th
Forgive One Another
Luke 17:2-4

January 18th
Have Fellowship with One Another
1 John 1:7; Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Homepage carousel image adapted from "Happy Friendship Day" by Henk Kosters 2012 via flickr; under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

January 25
Live in Harmony with One Another
Romans 15:5-6

February 1

Admonish One Another
Psalms 150:1-6; Colossians 3:16-17

February 8
Be Humble Toward One Another
Ephesians 4:2; Deuteronomy 8:10-14, 17:1

February 15th
Encourage One Another
1Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 3:13

February 22nd
Love One Another
John 13:34-35


Lent 2015

What are You Giving Up For Lent?

Sunday, March 1
Lent 2

Giving Up Control
Genesis 2:15-17; Matthew 4:1-11

Sunday, March 8
Lent 3

Giving Up Superiority
John 4:5-20

Sunday, March 15
Lent 4

Giving Up Enemies
Luke 6:27-36

Sunday, March 22
Lent 5

It's All in the Timing
Ecclesiastes 3:1-4; Matthew 9:35-38
It seems all we do is hurry up and wait which can be so frustrating! Humans have a 9 month gestation period, there has to be a frost for apples to go to seed, it takes an hour for dough to rise. Sometimes waiting seems like wasted time, but waiting for God's timing is always worth it. 

Sunday, March 29
Passion/Palm Sunday

Giving Up Popularity

Matthew 21:1-11
When Jesus was actively spreading the Good News, his popularity with the people grew. He loved, he blessed, he healed, he taught, he comforted. Why did he make a decision to give all of that up?  Why should we?


Sunday, April 5
Easter Sunday

God's Love Story
Isaiah 55
Our God is really, truly, and absolutely in love with us.  Join us and celebrate this love,  Christ is risen! Hallelujah!

Sunday, April 12
F.A.T. Christians
1 Corinthians 1:4-9
…true, staunch, stable, dependable, constant, steadfastness….Being faithful is not optional…in life and in all of our relationships. God shows us the way; the result is life of blessing.

Sunday, April 19
How to be a Salty Christian
Numbers 18:19, Matthew 5:13
Urban dictionary: Salty= a word originating in  Philadelphia generally meaning that you just got played, or are looking stupid…..but Jesus meant something different. Come and learn how to be a “Salty Christian”

Sunday, April 26
How to be Great
Matthew 23:1-12
Jesus started a movement using regular people to do extraordinary things.  Be Extraordinary!


Sunday, May 3
How to be Satisfied
Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14
Satisfaction is about being happy about your life. What can we do to feel satisfied with our lives; not merely happy in the moment?

Sunday, May 10
Mother's Day

Giving Birth
Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 13:16

Today we are celebrating mother, and those who give birth to ideas, and projects, and who live out their visions.



Sunday, May 17 
How Thirsty Are You?
Psalm 63:1-8; Isaiah 55:1-9

The ancient prophets and songwriters of Israel were pierced with longing. Like them, the thirst we long to quench is deep, arising from our parched souls and aching hearts. Come and see! There is relief.

Sunday, May 24 
Nobody Knows
Matthew 24:36-44

Jesus said that he was coming back at time we would not expect.  We should get ready!


May 31 
Waiting on the Holy Spirit
Acts 1:12-14, 2:1-21

A word of caution for highly motivated people—Don’t just make a list of objectives, and take off on your own power, pause and watch what God can do.


June 7
How to Choose Life
Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Believing and relying on God’s Word will shed incredible light on almost any issue

June 14
How to Live Rich
Isaiah 55:1-7

Don’t seek happiness and wealth; seek God.


June 21
In the Name of the Father
John 14:8-9a

The world really needs a strong dose of good fathering. Jesus shows us the way. 

June 28
Living With Mystery
Colossians 2:3-20

To have questions is health; to hold God hostage with those questions is not. 



July 5
How to Live God's Justice
Psalm 72:1-7

 “What goes around comes around.” “They got what they deserved.”  “Justice demands….” If you are trying to live a life in accordance with the Bible, the concept and call to justice are inescapable…but what does justice mean? 

July 12
God Works for the Good
Romans 10:18-28

Why does God allow us to experience trouble or trials? God is more interested in our Character than in our comfort. 


July 19
It's a New Thing
Isaiah 43:18-25; Mark 2

Today, there is a new thing that God wants to do in the heart of every person; and God will do it if we let it happen. 

July 26
It's All About Joy
John 2:1-11

The miracle at the wedding at Cana tells us that Jesus served a God who puts joy into life, and who thinks it worth a miracle to keep the party going as we celebrate together as people.



August 9
United in Purpose
Guest Preacher: Larry Williams, CSA Lay Leader


August 16
No Brag. Just Fact
Matthew 5:12-16

Jesus tells his followers to live Holy Lives so that who they are will give witness to God.  Do others know we are Christians by how we live, or do we look just like everyone else? 


August 23
Resistance is Possible
Matthew 4:1-11

When we are tempted, God will show us a way out so we don’t have to give in.


August 30
Breath of God
John 14:15-26

What would you do if Jesus appeared to you today? How would you act if He linked His arm in yours and told you that from now on, He would be physically present with you in every situation?


September 6

Made to Work
Colossians 3:22-4:6

“A bad day at fishing is better than a good day at work” ---catchy bumper sticker, but don’t believe it. Choose the good day at work; it’s an important part of how God gives you meaning and value. Image by Kuzma via Shutterstock  


September 13
What Adults Can Learn from Children
Luke 19:15-17; Matthew 19:13-15

Life comes naturally to children. They are spontaneous and emotional and vibrant. Most importantly they are teachable; they are veritable learning machines.  Jesus says that citizens of heaven are like them.


September 20
Luke 18:18-32
Is there something that you possess or that possesses you that is getting in the way of true happiness?


Blessed: Fall 2015 Sermon Series on The Beatitudes

September 27
Be A Disciple
Matthew 5:1-11 (NRSV)

First in a series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.  At the end of his preaching on that day, Jesus contrasted those who heard his words and put them into practice to those who just soaked up a sermon without any life change.  Be the real deal!

October 2015

October 4
Be a Child of God
Matthew 5:9 (NRSV), Romans 12:14-21 (NLT)

Jesus said that peacemakers will be called children of God. Peacemaking is different from peacekeeping. Are you apeacemaker or a peacekeeper?

October 11
Inherit The Earth
Matthew 5:5 (NRSV), Matthew 11:29-30 (NIV)

Jesus said that the meek will inherit the earth. If you look up meekness in a thesaurus, the words that pop up are: docile, mild, tame, soft, passive, and spineless. No wonder we don’t like to claim this blessing!

October 18
See God
Matthew 5:8, Psalm 139:23-24 (NRSV)

Jesus said the pure in heart will see God. Are you a fully sold-out, committed, Jesus follower? 

October 25
Be Comforted
Matthew 5:4 [NRSV]2 Corinthians 1:3-4 [NLT]

Life contains a lot of loss. We have a loving God who never abandons us in our grief. God does not resist our pain, our questions, or even our anger.


November 2015


November 1
Be Filled
Matthew 5:6 [NRSV]Proverbs 21:21 [NLT]

Looking for meaning? Searching for fulfillment? Jesus said that our relationship with God is based on a driving hunger and thirst. Is your heart calling out to God?

November 8
Receive Mercy
Matthew 5:7 [NRSV]; Micah 6:8 [NLT]

We only need it, because we don’t deserve it.  Mercy, the totally unearned, undeserved gift that we receive when we give it away.


November 15
Claim The Kingdom, Part 1
Matthew 5:3 [NRSV]; Matthew 7:21 [NLT]

Jesus said that the “poor in spirit: would gain the Kingdom of God. You can’t get in with personal wealth. False humility, doesn’t open the door. Feeling inferior, is not the way. But th Kingdom can be yours. 

November 22
Claim The Kingdom, Part 2
Matthew 5:10-11 [NRSV]; 2 Thessalonians  1:3-6 [NLT]

Jesus said that if we are persecuted for His sake, we will gain the Kingdom of God. Is this some fanatical invitation to a martyred life, or is this a proclamation of reality for Christ followers?

November 29, 2015 (Advent 1) 
Help is on the Way
Isaiah 11:1-10, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
 The Bible repeatedly tells us that God is our Helper. Learn how God sent His Son to be our help!

December 2015

December 6, 2015 (Advent 2)
Thunder in the Desert
Matthew 3:1-11 [NLT]

We have tamed the Christmas story.  Christmas is not really the story of a baby. It is the story of the Lion and the Lamb of Judah, the Son of God, the savior of the world.  It is a story about the beginning of God’s transformation of the World. The actions of God in history are often sudden, unexpected, and at times feel intrusive.  How are we to prepare for such events of power?  


December 13, 2015 (Advent 3)
Amahl and the Night Visitors

A special presentation by the Bel Cantanti Opera and CSA Church.


December 20, 2015 (Advent 4)
Mary the Prophet
Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 1:46-55

Do you ever wonder if you are too small, too ordinary, too insignificant to be useful to God? Undeniably God’s definition of our value is vastly different than our self-perception.  We really have no excuse; if we are willing, God will call and use us despite our weaknesses, failings, and status in the world.

December 27, 2015 
The Perfect Gift
Isaiah 7:14; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:10-17

The perfect gift is one (1) that is given with the proper motive; it is (2) costly; it (3) serves a purpose and it is (4) durable. Learn why we gather to worship the Christ child – the perfect gift!
Guest Preacher: Dr. Trevor Liburd, CSA Director of Children and Youth Ministries