January 14, 2018

Being Productive — God is Able!

Text: Matthew 3:1-12
Rev. Paul Karlberg

From the unique ministry of John the Baptist, we are exhorted to a life of repentance, belief and fruitfulness. Through the operation of the Holy Spirit producing changed hearts and passion for the Kingdom, may we continue the work of the gospel that the Church has been called to from its inception.

January 7, 2018

The Triune God & His Church

Text: Ephesians 1:1-14
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we enter into a new sermon series on the life of the Church from Ephesians, we note right away that Paul uses the phrase “in Him” or “in Christ” forty times in the six chapters of this letter. It’s safe to conclude that our union with Christ is foundational to our lives as Christians.

December 31, 2017

Remembering the Glorious Deeds of God

Text: Psalm 78
Dr. Peter Green

Faith needs to be continually nurtured in us and in our families in each generatlon. Today the Psalmist calls us to recall God’s great and glorious deeds, and models for us how to remember our rebellion, His judgment and His great mercy toward us, all of which points us to Christ.

December 24, 2017

As It Had Been Told

Text: Luke 2:1-40
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We tend to think of the nativity as a sweet story, forgetting the stark reality of a very stressful birth, a divine riches-to-rags story. Along with all of those who encountered Jesus at the time of His birth, may we also be moved to worship by our encounter with our long-awaited Messiah.

December 17, 2017

Christmas Worship: Good News Galore!

Text: Luke 1:39-45, 57-66
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Our excitement at this time of year reflects back to the great excitement surrounding the very first Christmas. We see the faith and hope that fueled their joy and excitement, and naturally led them into worship. May we also find ourselves being drawn into worship of Christ, our Peace.

December 10, 2017

The Good News of Baby Jesus!

Text: Luke 1:26-38
Pastor Curt Stapleton

Although the Christmas story is very familiar, it’s good to take time each year to recall the amazing details we might otherwise be tempted to gloss over. Today we consider Gabriel’s announcement to the virgin Mary, and her believing, faithful submission.

December 3, 2017

The Good News of Baby John

Text: Luke 1:5-25
Pastor Curt Stapleton

What is the Lord teaching you? If you’re paying attention, He’s probably teaching you something. Even in the difficult providences of life, we can be assured that our prayers are being heard and answered according to His good purposes.

November 26, 2017 – Ordination of Dr. Peter Green

Stewards of Divine Mysteries

Text: 1 Corinthians 4:1
Rev. David Green

Drawing from the example of the troubled church at Corinth, Paul the Apostle, with his incumbent divine authority, appeals instead to his position as a servant of Christ.

November 26, 2017

Christ’s Kingdom

Text: Matthew 26:6-13
Pastor Curt Stapleton

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In a preview of what is to come, Mary anoints Jesus as King with expensive perfume in preparation for His burial.

November 19, 2017

Be Thankful — God is Able!

Text: Daniel 3:8-18
The Rev. Paul Karlberg

Being a Christian doesn’t mean that one is spared from the many challenges and trials that come from living in a fallen world. However, it is possible to live thankful, faithful and fearless lives in the midst of the challenges as we are reminded from today’s text that we serve a good God who is able to meet us in them.