Audio Sermons/Worship Videos

Below are links to the weekly worship services and sermons.

9-12-21 Video Link 9-12-21 Audio Only  

Worship Service for 9-12-21

This morning we celebrate God’s gift of friendship – with both him and one another. We have also invited some special guests to join us in worship this morning – former pastors who have long been friends of RGPC. We are thankful you are joining us for worship this day – so let us worship God, the greatest friend of all!

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9-5-21 Video Link 9-5-21 Sermon Only  

Worship Service for 9-5-21

Labor Day Worship. God’s hands have given us the ability to use our hands to serve others.

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8-29-21 Video Link 8-29-21 Sermon Only  

Worship Service for 8-29-21

The Lord’s Prayer Sunday

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8-22-21 Video Link 8-22-21 Sermon only  

Worship Service for 8-22-21

The Gospel According to Harry Potter

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8-15-21 Video Service 8-15-21 Sermon Only  

Worship Service for 8-15-21

Welcome to Mission Report Sunday! Today we celebrate our 2021 High School Mission Trip participants and the work they did at Blue Water Camp & Retreat Center in Lexington, Michigan in June. We give God thanks for these students who spend their time serving others!

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8-8-21 Video Service 8-8-21 Audio Only  

Worship Service for 8-8-21

Today’s service brought together the congregations of Hope, Rosedale Gardens, St. Paul’s and St. Timothy Presbyterian Churches for our annual outdoor worship service. The theme for this worship was that of Transitions. It’s such a blessing to be able to worship with other churches! Welcome to worship!


8-1-21 Video Service 8-1-21 Sermon only  

Worship Service for 8-1-21

Today is our VBS Celebration Sunday! This past week we had an amazing time with our Weird Animals VBS where everyone learned that Jesus’ love is one of a kind! Welcome to worship!

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7-25-21 Video Link 7-25-21 Sermon Only  

Worship Service for 7-25-21

We welcome you here to worship today! Today’s service will be looking at the Parable of the Lost Sheep as told by Jesus. It talks about how a shepherd will leave 99 sheep behind to go search for the one that has strayed, and upon finding it, will rejoice and celebrate. We serve an amazing God who will always hunt us down and bring us back into the safety of the fold, and for that we will celebrate! Welcome to worship!

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7-18-21 Video Link 7-18-21 Sermon Only  

Worship Service for 7-18-21

We are getting excited for this year’s Vacation Bible School and the theme of “Weird Animals” which is set to begin in just over a week! So for the next two weeks in worship, we will be taking a look at scriptures dealing with animals and this week is the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den. RGPC began 2021 with a “No Fear New Year” theme and Pastor Kate will once again be revisiting this with her sermon titled “If These Walls Could Talk – A Return to a No Fear New Year.” She will be preaching on what it means to have trust and faith in God when we are trapped in our own metaphorical Lion’s Dens – when we are surrounded by things that cause us to fear and doubt. Thank you for worshiping with us today! Welcome home!

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7-11-21 Video Link 7-11-21 Sermon Only  

Worship Service for 7-11-21

This is our final week in Pastor Kellie’s sermon series, “A Bridge of Hope – Where Faith & Mental Illness Connect.” Today, we will be focusing on how we as Christians seek to support our loved ones who may be suffering with mental illness and how we walk beside those who need us most. Jesus modeled that in every aspect of his ministry and we will seek to do the same. Welcome to worship!

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7-4-21 Video Link 7-4-21 Sermon Only  

Worship Service for 7-4-21

We welcome you to the third Sunday in our series on faith meeting mental illness. This week Pastor Kellie will be preaching on Post Traumatic Stress and the ways in which a faith community can assist those who are suffering from this. We pray this worship service blesses you and that you feel a sense of Jesus’ presence this morning.

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6-27-21 Video Service 6-27-21 Sermon Only  

Worship Service for 6-27-21

We welcome you to the second in our series “A Bridge of Hope: Where Faith & Mental Illness Connect.” This morning Pastor Kellie’s sermon is entitled, “Keeping the Faith Through Anxiety.” May you find the peace of God and the presence of Jesus Christ in your midst this day. We are so glad you are here!

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6-20-21 Video Link 6-20-21 Sermon Only

Worship Service for 6-20-21

The first Sunday of our new sermon series titled: “A Bridge of Hope: Where Faith & Mental Illness Connect.” Besides earning a Master’s of Divinity degree, Pastor Kellie also has credentials with a master’s in clinical psychology. This makes her especially unique to preach on the topic and share her perspective. The Church Universal has been silent too long on mental health issues and RGPC feels it is important for those struggling to know they are not alone. Welcome to worship!

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6-13-21 Video Service 6-13-21 Sermon Only  

Video Worship Service for 6-13-21

This is the final Sunday of our “Standing in the Gap” sermon series and a significant “gap moment” in many people’s lives is graduation. Since this is our traditional Baccalaureate worship service, where we celebrate the graduates within our community, it’s also a perfect opportunity to recognize the ways in which God is working in and through these transitions in our lives, preparing us for what lies ahead.

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6-6-21 Video Service 6-6-21 Sermon only  

Video Worship Service for 6-6-21

We welcome you to worship as we continue on with our “Standing in the Gap” Sermon Series. Pastor Kate takes us through the familiar story of Noah and the Great Flood. Often times this story focuses on Noah’s obedience to God in building the ark then we spend time focusing on God’s promise. But what about the “in between time?” The time between the flood and final recession of the waters? Noah was standing in the gap waiting for what was to come – and that will be the focus of today’s worship. You are welcome here!

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5-30-21 Video Link 5-30-21 Sermon Only

Video Worship Service for 5-30-21

We welcome you to Memorial Weekend Worship Service. Last Sunday, we observed Memorial Day as a church community, yet we will still continue that observance today, along with the celebration of Pentecost. We are so glad you have chosen to join us this morning!

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5-23-21 Video Link 5-23-21 Sermon Only  

Video Worship Service for 5-23-21

This morning is our annual Memorial Day worship service where we worship God and give thanks for all of the military and first responders who have served our country and who have passed on. We are grateful for their service and their sacrifice as a means for our freedoms, particularly our freedom to worship. Thanks be to God!

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5-20-21 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “Undivided” 5-20-21

Division is normal. But in God’s Kingdom, it shouldn’t be. Division is a man-made concept, it is not of God. This Break Away & Worship uses Psalm 133 and 1 Peter 4, coupled with the song “Undivided” by Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard, as the basis for a message to inspire all to be bridge builders – coupled with the charge to go and seek unity and inspire change wherever you may be.

5-16-21 Video Link 5-16-21 Sermon Only  

Video Worship Service for 5-16-21

This is our last Sunday in our Resurrection Rebels series and we are excited to welcome Christina Walrad to the pulpit! Christina is an RGPC member currently enrolled in Seminary. She will be preaching on the story of Mary and Martha and the necessity of sitting at Jesus’ feet. Welcome to worship!

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5-9-21 Video Service 5-9-21 Sermon Only  

Video Worship Service for 5-9-21

So much to celebrate today in worship! We have the joy of celebrating the sacrament of baptism, our Mothers and the Commissioning of our Adult Work Weekend Crew. Additionally, we continue on with our Resurrection Rebel Series and this week, Pastor Kellie will be highlighting Lydia, Priscilla and Phoebe.

Break Away & Worship: “Be the ‘i’ in Kind” 5-6-21

Jesus Christ was the ultimate movement creator. He was radical in his teachings on love, grace and forgiveness. Inspired by these teachings, Saint Paul went on to write about the various fruits of the spirit with kindness being one of them. In this worship experience, Pastor Kellie Whitlock reflects on the meaning of what it truly means to be kind, especially in this world where sometimes it feels like kindness is in short supply. Pastor Kellie also takes some time to celebrate the “Be the ‘i’ in Kind” movement being supporting by various city leaders and businesses in the City of Livonia, Michigan – coupled with an initiative to raise funds to bless all teachers and staff of the Livonia Public Schools and Clarenceville School Districts in December of 2021. So come, spend a few moments with us as we worship Jesus Christ, the ultimate movement-maker and the perfect example of kindness.


Video Worship Service for 5-2-21

We are continuing on with our sermon series on Resurrection Rebels and today we’ll be checking out the rebelliousness of a couple of guys named Peter & John, two of Jesus’ closest friends. After witnessing the resurrection, they couldn’t help but become bold and courageous and rebel against the religious authorities of their time.

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Video Worship Service for 4-25-21

Pastor Kellie kicked off our Resurrection Rebel series!
Mary Magdalene is our first “rebel” and what a story she has! She was the first to find out from Jesus himself that He had risen from the dead. He told Mary to go and tell and she did. She spread that news that He had risen, and throughout her life she spread His message through her discipleship. Her story remains today a bold example of what is means to follow your heart.
Mary Magdalene was a definitely a leader among women, the bible says:
-She was healed by Jesus from seven demons. Mark 16:9
-She traveled on the road with Jesus’s disciples. Mark 15:40-41
-She stood at the foot of the cross. John 19:25
-She was the first to see and talk with Jesus after the resurrection. Matthew 28:9
-She supported Jesus financially. Luke 8:3
-She proclaimed Him as the Christ. John 20:14
Pastor Kellie invites you to be like Mary and to open yourself up and to pour out all of the “stuff” that is holding you back. Pour that “stuff” out and allow Him to fill you up with His faith and love, with hope and with joy that will send you running out into your world, like Mary did, to tell those you encounter every day that you are a child of God.
Our purpose is to love and serve Him by loving and serving others! Jesus called Mary to go and to tell and He calls us to go and tell and to live and enjoy being in His company for truly He loves you and He is always with you and for that you can always depend on!


4-22-21 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “Let’s Raise a Hallelujah!” 4-22-21

Pastor Kate gives a quick Hebrew lesson on the word “Hallelujah.” A word so familiar to many, a word with so much great meaning, a word that can help us give thanks, and a word that can get us through our dark moments. Take a moment to Break Away & Worship and raise a Hallelujah!


4-18-21 Video Link 4-18-21 Sermon Only  

Video Worship Service for 4-18-21

The third Sunday of Easter where we ask the question, “Hey Jesus! Easter’s Over – Now What?”

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4-11-21 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 4-11-21

Holy Humor Sunday! This worship service has its origins from long ago and has traditionally be celebrated the first Sunday after Easter as the church recognized that God had the last laugh when he raised Jesus from the dead. Join the staff of Rosedale Gardens in worshiping the God of laughter!

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4-4-21 Video Link 4-4-21 Sermon only  

Video Worship Service for 4-4-21

He is risen! He is risen, indeed!

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3-28-21 Video Link 3-28-21 Sermon only  

Please note: there were technical difficulties during the live stream

Video Worship Service for 3-28-21

Join us this morning for Palm/ Passion Sunday as we welcome Jesus into the gates of Jerusalem as our Redeemer & King and as we begin our observance of Holy Week.

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Break Away & Worship: “Music From the Heart” 3-25-21

Rosedale Gardens’ organist and pianist, Sandy Main-Niemisto, shares her personal story of struggle through these days of COVID – and how her reliance on Jesus has gotten her through every single one. Join us as we worship God and enjoy these words and music from Sandy’s heart.



Video Worship Service for 3-21-21

Journeying with Jesus Through Lent and celebration of New Members

Video Worship Service for 3-14-21

Journeying With Jesus Through Lent – Calming the Storm

Video Worship Service for 3-7-21

We are continuing our Journeys With Jesus through Lent! Today’s lesson takes a look at the impossibility of the resurrection of Lazarus, all made possible my Jesus!

Break Away & Worship: “When Jesus Steps into the Mess” 3-4-21

Life is messy. No one has to tell you that. Sometimes we create our own messes by making poor choices or decisions, while other times messes just seem to find us. But regardless, whatever mess you may find yourself in, Jesus steps into the mess with you and will lead you out. In the Bible we read a moment from John’s eyewitness account of Jesus’ life where a woman was caught in adultery, thus finding herself in quite a mess. And even though she made a poor decision, Jesus still steps into her mess and rescues her from those who wish to condemn her. What messes in life are you currently in? Whatever it may be, rest assured knowing that Jesus will step right into the midst of your mess and lead you through.



Video Worship Service for 2-28-21

We continue to Journey with Jesus through this Lenten season, looking at those moments in his life where the impossible became possible! This week take a look at the story of the Feeding of the 5,000 on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Video Worship Service for 2-21-21

Join us as we journey with Jesus through Lent. Today we will be spending time with him in the wilderness as he prepares himself, spiritually, for the next 3 years of His ministry.

Ash Wednesday Video Worship Service for 2-17-21



2-14-21 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 2-14-21

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2-7-21 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 2-7-21

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2-4-21 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “Worried? Jesus Has Got This” 2-4-21

There are concerns we need to give to God everyday of our lives. When we focus our energy on the things of God, instead of our worry, it is then that we are able to take a deep breath and have confidence in God’s providential care. We need to talk to God when we’re worried and we need to keep talking because we don’t want our worries to define who we are. Refuse to let your worries define you. Jesus is bigger than any worry.


1-31-21 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 1-31-21

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Here is a link to the song Pastor Kellie referred to in her sermon:


1-24-21 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 1-24-21

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1-17-21 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 1-17-21

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1-14-21 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “Finding Meaning in God’s Word” 1-14-21

Last week, our faith community celebrated our tradition of “Star Sunday” where everyone receives a “Star Word” – literally a paper star with a word written on it – and this will be their word for the year. We encourage everyone to pray over this word and ask God to show how he reveals himself to them throughout the year through this word. Pastors Kellie and Kate reflection on their Star Words from 2020 and talk about their word for 2021. If you wish to have a word for this year, follow this link that we provided for people to virtually receive their words this year.×8-6xa What will your Star Word say?


1-10-21 Video link

Video Worship Service for 1-10-21

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1-3-21 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 1-3-21

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12-30-20 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “How to Find Hope in Adversity” 12-30-20

It’s been a trying year – and certainly more trying for some than for others. This week’s Break Away & Worship message comes from a gentleman who fought a difficult cancer diagnosis this past year – and he shares with us his message of hope in spite of this adversity. Leaning on your faith in Jesus – the sure source of our hope – is an excellent way to start this new year.


12-27-20 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 12-27-20

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12-24-20 10 pm Video Link

Video Worship Service for 12-24-20 Christmas Eve 10 p.m.

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12-24-20 5 pm Video Link

Video Worship Service for 12-24-20 Christmas Eve 5 p.m. 

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12-20-20 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 12-20-20

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12-17-20 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “How to Hang On to Hope & Trust at the Close of 2020” 12-17-20

There is no doubt we are all bone-tired weary – and every day it feels harder and harder to hang on to hope and trust as the year draws to a close. But make no mistake about it, no one knows our weariness better than Jesus Christ – and it is God “who bends down to us and hears our cry” (Psalm 40:2). There is joy in knowing we do not have to face these days alone. Trust that God goes before us – and Jesus goes with us – every step of each day. And that is hope worth hanging on to!


12-13-20 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 12-13-20

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12-6-20 C&J Video Link

Video Worship Service for 12-6-20 Comfort & Joy

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12-6-20 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 12-6-20

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12-3-20 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “Hope After This” 12-3-20

What are you hoping for today? The end of the pandemic? World peace? A new job? A cure for cancer? We all have things that we hope for – and some of our hopes will be realized, but some not. So as we wait in anticipation and expectation for our hopes to come to pass, rest assured you can place your hopes in Jesus Christ, God incarnate, now. Because after this, what ever your “this” may be, God is still the one in whom all of our hopes are realized.


11-29-20 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 11-29-20

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11-24-20 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “Thankful For What?” 11-24-20

It’s Thanksgiving Week 2020 – what are you thankful for?  Is there something inside of you that simply wants to say “thankful for what?”  That is understandable.  This week’s Break Away & Worship spends some time looking at Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus and how he writes encouraging words to help them remain strong in the faith.  And it’s through these encouraging words that we can be reminded that God is bigger than any struggle we may be facing, and once we recognize that, we can begin to be reminded of all those things for which we can be thankful.
11-22-20 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 11-22-20

Thanksgiving and Christ the King

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11-19-20 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “Brokenness” 11-19-20

It’s no secret that we all are becoming more and more weary with each passing day in the midst of this pandemic.  And the cracks in our lives are starting to show more and more – our brokenness is becoming more and more apparent.  Others might not see your cracks, or where you are feeling broken inside, but Jesus does – and he invites you to cast your cares and worries in his direction – to place your brokenness at his feet and let him heal you from the inside out.  


Video Service 11-15-20

Video Worship Service for 11-15-20

A Call to Communion

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Break Away & Worship: “Kindness” 11-11-20

In this week’s Break Away & Worship we take a moment to reflect on how we all have been called to be peacemakers and kind to one another. Like the Christian recording artist Josh Wilson sings, “Why does kindness seem revolutionary? When did we let hate get so ordinary?” So let’s get revolutionary and continue to be kind to one another, especially when we realize we will never look into the eyes of someone God does not love. May we each reflect on the many ways in which we can bring about Christ’s peace into this hurting world.


11-8-20 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 11-8-20


Since 2014, RGPC has been a Military and First Responder Caring Congregation. In other words, as a congregation devoted to Jesus Christ and his model of servant leadership, we, too, wish to “Serve Those Who Serve.” The main thrust of this ministry is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support for military veterans and active duty, first responders and their families. In this worship service, we give thanks to God for this ministry and for all those who have served and continue to serve.

Hymns during service:

Printable version of “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies”

Printable version of “My Country Tis of Thee”


11-1-20 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 11-1-20


All Saints Sunday gives us the opportunity to worship God and give thanks to him for the lives of all those who have come before us, but now rest from their labors. We are truly grateful for the impact on God’s kingdom that these souls have and now rejoice that we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses. Thanks be to God!

Hymns during service:

Printable version of “For All the Saints”

Printable version of “Blessed Assurance Jesus Is Mine”


10-29-20 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “Election Reflection” 10-29-20

As American citizens, we have the blessing to participate in our country’s electoral process. But it is not easy. And the responsibility is enormous. Especially in years like this one when the stakes are high. We have to do our best to vote for the issues at hand and not for the person. Scripture reminds us that we are all unrighteous sinners and we have been charged with the task to vote for an unrighteous sinner. As Christians, then, it is our responsibility to prayerfully seek God and his will for our vote – and then, be kind and respectful and peacemakers when all is said and done, regardless of the results.


10-25-20 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 10-25-20

Reformation Sunday: Because We’ve Always Done It That Way

Did you know there is a theory called the “Emergent Church” that theorizes the church resets itself every 500 years? In 2017, we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – and now, here we are in 2020, just over 500 years later and the church is clearly in the midst of deep change. Even though the look and feel of worship as we know it has drastically changed, one thing has not, the goodness and sovereignty of God and the love and grace of Jesus Christ!

Hymns during service:

Printable version of “Come Great God of All the Ages”

Printable version of “God of the Ages Whose Almighty Hand”


10-21-20 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “The Vineyard” 10-21-20

Did you know that vines that produce the best grapes are vines that have to struggle while they grow?  Any good vinter will tell you that they purposely grow their vineyards in places that are less than ideal in order to produce the best tasting fruit.  Similarly, we struggle in our own lives, as well, yet through our trials and difficulties, God will produce some amazing fruit on the other side.  In this Break Away & Worship, we invite you to give God thanks for the struggles and trials in your life, even when it is difficult to do so, because you know he will do amazing things through your pain.


10-18-20 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 10-18-20

Celebration Sunday, The Building Fund

Join us in this worship service as we celebrate the blessing of our church building – God’s House – and how it serves as a place of joy and comfort, as well as operating as a Mission Station – a physical structure used to build up the Body of Christ by making disciples so that we may “Go, therefore….” This is also our final week of our Stewardship Campaign, and fittingly so, this week is dedicated to the RGPC Building Fund. We give thanks to God, this day and all days, for his provision!

Hymns during service:

Printable version of “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”

Printable version of “We Give Thee but Thine Own”


10-15-20 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “The Joy of Giving” 10-15-20

Did you know that giving was an act of worship? Spend some time in this Break Away & Worship to reflect on the ways in which you can trust God, not only with your life, but with your financial giving, as well. Prayerfully consider how your financial donations will bless “the least of these,” and in so doing, watch how God will bless you, as well. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” ~ Malachi 3:10

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10-11-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 10-11-20

RGPC Mission Station at Work: Caring for Our Community With the Hands and Feet of Christ

We welcome you to this week’s worship service and invite you into this space to have an encounter with Christ. The message from this service will examine a passage from the Gospel according to Matthew where Jesus tells his disciples that anytime they did something for “the least of these” they were also doing something for him. Jesus challenges each and everyone one of us to encounter him by taking care of those in our midst who need it most – those who need to be fed, clothed, comforted and set free.

Printable version of :Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”

“Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me 

Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be

With God as our father, brothers all are we

Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony

Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now

With every step I take let this be my solemn vow

To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally

Let there be peace and let it begin with me.


10-7-20 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “Come Away With Me” 10-7-20

In this week’s Break Away & Worship we take you from the shores of Lake Michigan to the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus has invited you into his boat to come away for a while. In the Gospel according to Mark, Chapter 6, Jesus and his disciples have been kept very busy – so busy, in fact, that they didn’t even have time to eat. So Jesus said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” Jesus is inviting you to do the same thing – to set aside all those things are still clamoring after your attention and rest at his feet. Once rested, you will be ready to take on the next task that comes your way.


10-4-20 Video Link Part 110-4-20 Video Link Part 2

Video Worship Service for 10-4-20 (Part 1 and Part 2)

RGPC Cares: Encountering Christ

For A Better Tomorrow

(Part 1 – Due to technical difficulties, the entire worship service cannot be posted at this time. Part 2 of worship will be posted later tonight.)

Join us as we celebrate World Communion Sunday with our brothers and sisters in Christ from all over the world. This Sunday, especially we are reminded that everyone is welcome at Christ’s table, and no one will be turned away from his love and grace! So we will gather together and give thanks!

Hymns during service:

Printable version of “One Bread One Body”

Printable version of “I Come with Joy”


9-30-20 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “The Path You’re On” 9-30-20

As cliché as it may be, life is indeed a journey and we all have our own path to take. And though we do not know where the road of life may lead from one day to the next, we can be assured that Jesus is traveling right along with us. For this worship moment, Pastor Kate takes us backpacking through Isle Royale National Park and discusses the story of the disciples on the Road to Emmaus after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Come break away and worship with us!


9-27-20 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 9-27-20

Discipleship/Ordination & Installation of Officers

Today’s worship service recognizes two wonderful events in the life of the church! First of all, we are celebrating the ordination and installation of our elders and deacons – members of our church who have boldly said “yes” to being leaders of this congregation in such unprecedented times. It is also the kick-off to our 2021 Stewardship Campaign entitled “RGPC Cares: Encountering Christ for a Better Tomorrow.” You are being invited to continue in your discipleship of Christ by recognizing that you are God’s workmanship and have been created for good works by partnering with him in his ministry and mission to the world. 

Hymns during service:

Printable version of “We Are One in the Spirit”

Printable version of “We Lift Our Voices”


9-23-20 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “The Lighthouse” 9-23-20

There are many analogies used to describe Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Word made flesh. Jesus is the incarnate God. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega. Jesus is the Way. Jesus is our Safe Harbor.

Jesus is everything we need for all moments and circumstances of life – for the joys and trials. And of course, in the midst of the trials and tribulations, when the seas of life get rough, the night grows dark, and the shores are rocky, Jesus is the light that shines out of the darkness to lead us safely to shore. Quite simply, Jesus is a Lighthouse.

Come away with us to the water’s edge – break away from life for a few moments and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Lighthouse of our lives.


9-20-20 Video Link

Video Worship Service for 9-20-20

Today’s worship service is taking us “Back to Square One: Because There is Nowhere Else to Go”. It is also our “Mission Report Sunday” where some of high school students will share about their experiences on this summer’s Mission Retreat. Due to the pandemic, this trip was reworked 5 different times, forcing us to always go “back to square one” with our planning. And each time we did, Jesus met us right where we are at and we are so grateful for the trip he guided us to. May this worship service remind you that oftentimes when we have nowhere else to go, Jesus is the greatest destination.


9-16-20 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “Hardwired for Hope” 9-16-20

Hope is a familiar feeling and we all have a sense of it. We hope this pandemic will soon be over. We hope our kids have promising futures. We hope for a job offer. We hope for a relationship. When you’re in the midst of adversity, you hope for a quick end or conclusion. Hope is a familiar feeling to us all. However, nothing is sure in this life, and we can hope all we want for specific things and certain outcomes but it still may not be enough. Yet God invites us into a relationship that is sure and true – a relationship in which we can place our hope and our trust. This Break Away & Worship time gives space to consider where it is we place our hope, and invites you to place your hope in Jesus Christ.

9-13-20 Video link

Video Worship Service for 9-13-20

Back to Square One: Grow Where You’re Planted

Hymn during service:

Printable version of “Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”

9-9-20 Video Link

Break Away & Worship: “Worship Where You Are” 9-9-20


9-6-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 9-6-20

Back to Square One: When We Encounter a Damascus Road

Hymns during service:

Printable version of “Arise, Your Light Is Come!”

Printable version of “Give Thanks, O Christian People”


8-30-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 8-30-20

Stephen Ministry Commissioning

Hymns during service:

Printable version of “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”

Printable version of “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”


Video Link 8-26-20

Break Away & Worship: “You Are The Way Jesus” 8-26-20

Following in the footsteps of Jesus gives our lives meaning & purpose as we become more like him every day. Like tracks that keep the train steady, Jesus guides us out of our doubts & fears into his hope-filled horizon. May we each proclaim “Jesus is MY Way, MY Truth & MY Life.”


Video Worship Service for 8-23-20

Baccalaureate Sunday

Hymns during worship:


Printable version of “Joy to the World”


Printable version of I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry


8-21-20 Video

Break Away & Worship: “Don’t Give UP”

Week of August 17, 2020

Life is a race, full of trials and difficulties – but don’t give up. Keep on running – and fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith and the one on whom we can draw strength. And remember those who are a part of your great cloud of witnesses – those who sit in the stands of your life – those who cheer you on and those who run the race of life with you.


8-16-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 8-16-20

A Service Of Healing & Wholeness

A special service of worship from the four congregations of:
Garden City Presbyterian Church
Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church
St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
St. Timothy Presbyterian Church

Printable bulletin


8-12-20 Video link

Break Away & Worship: “Grace” ~ 8-12-20

We welcome you to take a moment of pause in your day to sit at the feet of Christ to feel his graceful presence. Grace is a gift bestowed upon us all by God so we invite you to this time of worship to reflect on this truth.


8-9-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 8-9-20

The Theology of Trees


8-2-2020 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 8-2-20

Welcome to the Ministry of Jesus Christ!

hymns during service:

Printable version of “We Are One in the Spirit”

Printable version of “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”

Printable version of “The Family of God”


7-26-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 7-26-20


7-19-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 7-19-20

Hymn during service:

Printable version of “Praise Ye The Lord, All Mighty”


7-12-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 7-12-20

Hymn during service:

Printable version of “When Peace Like A River”


7-5-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 7-5-20


6-28-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 6-28-20

This is a service is brought to us by the synod of the Presbyterian Church USA. This was done so pastors and worship leaders could take a break and worship without planning and leading a service.

Pastors Kellie and Kate are excited to see the 22 worship leaders participating in this special service.
6-21-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 6-21-20 Father’s Day

Hymn during service:

Printable version of “This Is My Father’s World”


6-14-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 6-14-20


6-7-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 6-7-20

Hymn during service:

Printable version of “In Christ There Is No East or West


5-31-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 5-31-20

Hymns during service:

Printable version of “On Pentecost They Gathered”

Printable version of “Go to the World”


5-24-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 5-24-20

Hymns during service:

Printable version of “O God of Every Nation”

Printable version of “For All the Saints”


5-17-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 5-17-20

Campfire Worship


5-10-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 5-10-20

Click here for printable version of “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”

Click here for printable version of “Mine Eyes Hve Seen the Glory”


5-3-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 5-3-20

Click here for printable version of “Come, Christians. Join to Sing”

Click here for printable version of “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”


4-26-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 4-26-20

Hymns during service:

Click here for printable version of This Is My Father’s World

Click here for printable version of All Creatures of Our God and King


4-19-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 4-19-20

Hymns during service:





















Click here for printable version of Joyful, Joyful

Click here for printable version of Be Not Afraid


Click here for printable version of Christ Is Alive


4-12-20 Video Service

Video Worship Service for 4-12-20 ~ Easter Sunday

Hymns during service:

Click here for printable version of Christ Is Risen! Shout Hosanna! Click here for printable version of Jesus Christ Is Risen Today   Video Service 4-5-20

Video Worship Service for 4-5-20 ~ Palm Sunday

Click here for printable version of Hosanna, Loud Hosanna  


Video Service 3-29-20

Video Worship Service for 3-29-20

Hymn during service: Click here for printable version of Blessed Assurance   Video Service 3-22-20

Video Worship Service for 3-22-20

Hymn used during service: Click here for printable version of Great Is Thy Faithfulness   Video Sermon 3-15-20

Pastors Kellie Whitlock and Kate Mackie

A TIME OF WORSHIP (video) The Lord be with you! In light of the current situation with COVID-19, Pastors Kellie Whitlock and Kate Mackie wanted to share a time of worship with you when we cannot be together in the sanctuary. May the peace of Christ be with you!   3-8-20 Sermon

Pastor Greg Bryant – “Help Beyond the Hills and High Places”

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—     where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,     the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—     he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel     will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—     the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day,     nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—     he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going     both now and forevermore.

The Reverend Gregory E. Bryant was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After a conversion experience during his teens, he understood and received a call to the preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is a graduate of Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science in History. He is also a Master of Divinity graduate of Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. Reverend Bryant has done additional graduate work in the field of Education at Oakland City University in Oakland City Indiana; and doctoral work at Christian Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is currently a member of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit. Reverend Bryant is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. Rev. Bryant has served as the Senior Minister of several congregations in Indianapolis and has just completed an eight-year tenure as Senior Minister at United Christian Church of Detroit (Disciples of Christ). He is currently a high school history and social studies teacher at American International Academy located in Inkster, Michigan. Rev. Bryant is the author of two books – The American Church in Black and White: Navigating Minefields to Become God’s Intercultural Community; and Like Roses Rising from Concrete: 52 Reflections on Christ, the Black Church, and Urban Culture, both are published by Authorhouse Books. He is a member of the National Urban League of Detroit and has been involved in various community and ecclesial organizations in Texas, Indianapolis and Detroit. Rev. Bryant enjoys reading, sports, art, and jazz. He is married to Crystal Alecia Bryant, a reading specialist and elementary school teacher with the Detroit Public Schools; they are the blessed parents of two sons, Gregory and Isaiah; one daughter, Christiana; and a grandson, Khristian.

3-1-20 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “Made to Glow in the Dark”

John 8:12

“Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”  

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Pastor Kate Mackie – “How Far Would You Go?”

Matthew 17:5

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”   2-16-20 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “Clouds, Tablets and Texts”

Exodus 31:18

“When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.”

2-9-20 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “The RGPC Investment: Faith, Family, Friends, Future!”

Proverbs 13:22

“Leave an inheritance for your children’s children.”   2-2-20 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “Upon Further Review”

1-26-20 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Joy Is Not A New Year’s Resolution, It’s A Habit”

Romans 15:13

“May the God of hope fill me with all joy and peace as I trust in him, so that I may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  

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Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Don’t Let a Little Uncertainty Talk You Out of Dreaming”

Joel 2:28

“I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophecy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”   1-12-20 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “Rattling Sabres and Overturned Tables”

Matthew 24:3-14 New International Version (NIV)

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.   1-5-20 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Jesus Loves You into Being … JOY-FILLED”

Philemon 1:7 N.T. pg 216

“Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brothers and sisters, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”   12-29-19 Sermon

Dr. Robert Seymour – “New Beginnings”

John 8:1-11 New International Version (NIV)

 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”   12-24-19 10 pm Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – Christmas Eve 10 p.m. Service

“Open THE Gift”

2 Corinthians 9:15

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gifts.”   12-24-19 5 pm Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – Christmas Eve 5 p.m. Meditation

2 Corinthians 9:15

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gifts.” Video before meditation:

12-22-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “It’s A Wonderful Life! – Broken Banisters and All!”

2 Corinthians 4:7-12 New International Version (NIV) Video before the sermon (start watching at 3:10): 12-22-19 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “It’s A Wonderful Life! – Broken Banisters Redeemed”

Isaiah 43:2 New International Version (NIV)

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire,  you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Video before the sermon:

12-15-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “It’s A Wonderful Life! – God Intervenes When We Pray”

Isaiah 41:10

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”   12-8-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “It’s A Wonderful Life! – Valuing Others Involves Sacrifice”

Matthew 10:38-39

“And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Video clip in the sermon:   12-1-19 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “It’s A Wonderful Life! – ‘I’m Gonna See the World!'”

Jeremiah 29:11-13 New International Version (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
11-24-19 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “Living Up to Your Name”

Romans 8:12-17 New International Version (NIV)

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[a] And by him we cry, “Abba,[b] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Footnotes: (a) Romans 8:15 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture; also in verse 23. (b) Romans 8:15 Aramaic for father  
11-17-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Cold Leftovers & Warm Thanks”

2 Corinthians 9:8

“And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every way.”
11-10-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Together on the Way”

Ephesians 6:23

“Peace be to the whole community, and love with the faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”   11-3-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Thank You God …”

1 Thessalonians 5:1

“Give thanks in all circumstance; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you …” Video shown before the sermon:

10-27-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Called to Confront the Status Quo”

Acts 17:6

“. . . they began dragging Jason and some brethren before the city authorities, shouting, ‘These men who have upset the world have come here also.’”

10-20-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Scatter Seeds of Joy: Plant!”

Luke 19:5-6

“When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay in your house today.’ So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.”   10-13-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Scatter Seeds of Joy: Connect!”

Luke 7:44

“Turning toward the woman Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman?'”   10-6-19 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “Scatter Seeds of Joy: Worship!”

Genesis 47:31b

“And Jacob worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.”   9-29-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Scatter Seeds of Joy: Serve!”

Psalm 96:12

“Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”   9-22-19 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “Don’t Let Them Shut You Up – Insist on Your Vision”

Luke 18:35-43 New International Version (NIV)

A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight 35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. 42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.   9-15-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Why Do We Worry About What Others Think About Us?”

Luke 6:27-28 (The Message)

“There’s trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others … Your task is to be true, not popular.”   9-8-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Stand Strong Together”

1 Thessalonians 5:11

“So encourage each other and build each other up.”   9-1-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Forrest Gump: ‘When the body is most in motion, the mind can be most at rest.'”

2 Thessalonians 3:13

“Brothers & Sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.”   8-25-19 Sermon

SERMON IN STORY  “Could I Have Said No? Voice of Mother Mary” Written by Bill Dunphy, in his book, Voices From the Word read by Pastor Kellie Whitlock

 Luke 1:38

“Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord.’”  

8-11-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Lost But Found”

Luke 15: 6-7 New International Version (NIV)

and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

8-4-19 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie  – VBS 2019 Reflection

SCRIPTURE READINGS Day One: Psalm 18:1   “I love you, Lord; you are my strength.” Day Two: 1 Thessalonians 5:11   “So encourage each other and build each other up.” Day Three: Philippians 4:6   “Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything!” Day Four: Psalm 119:105   “Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”   7-28-19 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie and Youth Mission Team – Reflections and Meditation

1 Samuel 25:6

“Thus you shall salute him, ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.’”   7-21-19 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie –  “The ‘B’ Team”

Philippians 1:3-11 New International Version (NIV)

Thanksgiving and Prayer I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.   7-14-19 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie –  “Kingdom Weeds”

Matthew 13:31-35 New International Version (NIV)

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast 31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” 33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.” 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:

“I will open my mouth in parables,     I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”[b]

Footnotes: (a) Matthew 13:33 Or about 27 kilograms; (b) Matthew 13:35 Psalm 78:2  
7-7-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock –  “Talkin’ ‘Bout Re-Generation!”

Romans 12:11

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”   6-30-19 Sermon

Christina Walrad –  “Amazing Grace”

Ephesians 2:4-10 New International Version (NIV)

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

6-23-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock –  “Hate Won’t Win”

Matthew 5:14-16 New International Version (NIV)

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.   6-16-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock –  “The Jericho Road”

Luke 10:25-37 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Good Samaritan 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Footnotes: (a) Luke 10:27 Deut. 6:5; (b) Luke 10:27 Lev. 19:18; (c) Luke 10:35 A denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer (see Matt. 20:2).  
6-9-19 Sermon

Pastors Kellie Whitlock & Kate Mackie – Meditation

Acts 2:42 New International Version (NIV)

The Fellowship of the Believers 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.   6-2-19 Sermon

Rev. Dr. Andrew Pomerville, guest, chaplain and director of spiritual life for Alma College – “One Person’s Faith”

Acts 16:16-34 New International Version (NIV)

Paul and Silas in Prison 16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her. 19 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.” 22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.   5-26-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Remember!”

Matthew 14:25-32 New International Version (NIV)

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.   5-19-19 Sermon

Dr. Robert Seymour – “Easier Said Than Done”

Luke 6:27-36 New International Version (NIV)

Love for Enemies 27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.   5-12-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Much Love”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.   5-5-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Living Between ‘Thank You Jesus’ & ‘Lord Have Mercy!'”

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.     He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,     he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths     for his name’s sake. Even though I walk     through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil,     for you are with me; your rod and your staff,     they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me     all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord     forever.

Footnotes: (a) Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of the shadow of death
4-28-19 Sermon

Rev. Rick Peters, Pastor Emeritus – “Humor is Our Proof That God Exists!”

John 21:1-14 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish

21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.[a] It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus[b]), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.[c] When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.”11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Footnotes: (a) John 21:1 Greek Tiberias; (b) John 21:2 Thomas (Aramaic) and Didymus (Greek) both mean twin; (c) John 21:8 Or about 90 meters
4-21-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Did Jesus Really Rise From the Dead & What Does It Mean For Me?”

John 20:1-18 New International Version (NIV)

The Empty Tomb

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying. Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene 11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). 17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.   4-14-19 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “Palm Sunday: So What?”

Luke 19:28-40

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King 28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. 37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[a]

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Footnotes: (a) Luke 19:38 Psalm 118:26  
4-7-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Why Did Jesus Have to Die? What Is the Meaning of the Cross?”

1 Peter 2:24b: “By his wounds I have been healed.”  

Dr. Robert Seymour – “How Is Jesus The Good News?”

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 New International Version (NIV)

The Resurrection of Christ

15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried,that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

Footnotes: (a) 1 Corinthians 15:3 Or you at the first
3-24-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Who Is Jesus? Why Did He Come Into the World?”

Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,  because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor …”   3-17-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “What Does It Mean To Be A Member of The Church?”

Luke 4:18a – “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor …”   3-10-19 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “Why Go to Church?”

Hebrews 10:19-25 New International Version (NIV)

A Call to Persevere in Faith 19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. This picture is of Pastor Kate’s cousin’s call log from her phone – clearly showing a call from ‘Christ.’ This was part of an illustration from Pastor Kate’s sermon.                 3-3-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Grit, Guts & Good News Determination”

Luke 9:33

“It is good for us to be here.”   2-24-19 Sermon

Pastors Kellie Whitlock & Kate Mackie – “Go Fish!”

Luke 5:1-11 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Footnotes: (a) Luke 5:1 That is, the Sea of Galilee  
2-17-19 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “Because Math”

Matthew 18:21-35 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[a] 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[b] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[c] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. 29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ 30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Footnotes: (a) Matthew 18:22 Or seventy times seven; (b) Matthew 18:24 Greek ten thousand talents; a talent was worth about 20 years of a day laborer’s wages; (c) Matthew 18:28 Greek a hundred denarii; a denarius was the usual daily wage of a day laborer (see 20:2).
2-10-19 Sermon

Pastor Charon Barconey, guest – “Love Extravagantly”

1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Footnotes: (a) 1 Corinthians 13:1 Or languages; (b)1 Corinthians 13:3 Some manuscripts body to the flames
2-3-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Learning to Love Me”

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you God because I am fearfully and wonderfully made!”   1-27-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Church, Chili & Change”

Romans 12:11

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”   1-20-19 Sermon

Christina Walrad, guest – “The Idol of Anxiety”

Judges 6:25-32 New International Version (NIV)

25 That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old.[a] Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole[b] beside it. 26 Then build a proper kind of[c] altar to the Lord your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second[d] bull as a burnt offering.” 27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the townspeople, he did it at night rather than in the daytime. 28 In the morning when the people of the town got up, there was Baal’s altar, demolished, with the Asherah pole beside it cut down and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar! 29 They asked each other, “Who did this?” When they carefully investigated, they were told, “Gideon son of Joashdid it.” 30 The people of the town demanded of Joash, “Bring out your son. He must die, because he has broken down Baal’s altar and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.” 31 But Joash replied to the hostile crowd around him, “Are you going to plead Baal’s cause? Are you trying to save him? Whoever fights for him shall be put to death by morning! If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself when someone breaks down his altar.” 32 So because Gideon broke down Baal’s altar, they gave him the name Jerub-Baal[e] that day, saying, “Let Baal contend with him.”

Footnotes: (a) Judges 6:25 Or Take a full-grown, mature bull from your father’s herd; (b) Judges 6:25 That is, a wooden symbol of the goddess Asherah; also in verses 26, 28 and 30; (c) Judges 6:26 Or build with layers of stone an; (d) Judges 6:26 Or full-grown; also in verse 28 (e) Judges 6:32 Jerub-Baal probably means let Baal contend.  
1-13-19 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “With You I Am Well Pleased”

Titus 3:1-8 New International Version (NIV)

Saved in Order to Do Good

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.   1-6-19 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Humble & Kind”

Micah 6:8 New International Version (NIV)

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Video referenced in sermon – Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind”   12-30-18 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie and James Kinville – Sermon in Drama ~ “Terrified by an Angel”

Luke 2:8-20 New International Version (NIV)

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,     and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.   12-24-18 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – Christmas Eve Meditation, 5 p.m.

John 20:29 ~ “Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.”

Video 1: Video 2:   12-23-18 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “It’s Christmas and What-not”

Luke 2:8-18 New International Version (NIV)

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,     and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.   12-16-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Don’t Let What You’re Afraid of Steal Your Joy”

Isaiah 41:10 New International Version (NIV)

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”   12-9-18 Sermon

Rev. Dr. Keith Provost – “Where is your heart?”

Matthew 6:19-24 New International Version (NIV)

Treasures in Heaven 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[b] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Footnotes: (a) Matthew 6:22 The Greek for healthy here implies generous. (b) Matthew 6:23 The Greek for unhealthy here implies stingy.  
12-2-18 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “The Legend of the Candy Cane” ~ Hanging of the Greens Pastoral Meditation

Look at the Candy Cane What do you see? Stripe that are red Like the blood shed for me

White is for my Savior Who is sinless and pure. “J’ is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure! Turn it around And a staff you will see Jesus my shepherd Was born for me!
11-25-18 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “What are you waiting for?”

Revelations 19:16

“He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.”   11-18-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Little Sticky Note, BIG Thanks”

1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”   11-11-18 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “Because of Him – Because of You”

Pastor Kate Mackie is the daughter of James Mackie, U.S. Army, Korea

Romans 5:1-11 New International Version (NIV)

Peace and Hope

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b]boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Footnotes: (a) Romans 5:1 Many manuscripts let us; (b) Romans 5:2 Or let us; (c) Romans 5:3 Or let us
11-4-18 Sermon

Katy Davis, guest – “Policy & Change” and Reflection by Pastor Kate Mackie

James 2:14-19 New International Version (NIV)

Faith and Deeds 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.   10-28-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Jesus’ R.O.I. From the Ground Up”

1 John 4:7

“Beloved, let us love one another.”   10-21-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Hey Church? What Are YOU Doing Here?”

1 Corinthians 3:13

“And now these things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”   10-14-18 Sermon

Dr. Robert Seymour – “Tithe From Your Pocket and Your Heart”

John 15:13

“Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for a friend.”

Romans 12:6-13 New International Version (NIV)

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith;if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Love in Action Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Footnotes: (a) Romans 12:6 Or the (b) Romans 12:8 Or to provide for others  
10-7-18 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “Face It – God Is Crazy About You!”

John 3:16 New International Version (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.   9-30-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “What does the love of God look like?”

1 John 4:7

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God.”   9-23-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Jesus Said, ‘Don’t Be Afraid, Just Believe …'”

Mark 5:35-43 New International Version (NIV)

35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” 36 Overhearing[a] what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly.39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this,and told them to give her something to eat.

Footnotes: (a) Mark 5:36 Or Ignoring
9-9-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “It’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Matthew 22:36-39 New International Version (NIV)

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

Footnotes: a) Matthew 22:37 Deut. 6:5; b) Matthew 22:39 Lev. 19:18  
9-2-18 Sermon

Dr. Robert Seymour – “Made in His Image”

Galatians 3:12-14 New International Version (NIV)

12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”[a] 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”[b] 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Footnotes: (a) Galatians 3:12 Lev. 18:5; (b) Galatians 3:13 Deut. 21:23  
8-26-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Inspired”

Colossians 3:12-17 New International Version (NIV)

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.   8-12-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Finding Father Benjamin … in Us”

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

8-5-18 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – Meditation on VBS

Psalm 27:10 “The Lord will hold me close.” Psalm 34:19 “The Lord comes to the rescue each time.” Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.” Ephesians 1:19-20 “This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead.”   7-29-18 Sermon

Mary Benton and Alex Roffi – “Senior Reflections” (Youth Mission Trip)

Romans 10:8-13 New International Version (NIV)

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[a] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[b] 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of alland richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[c]

Footnotes: (a) Romans 10:8 Deut. 30:14; (b) Romans 10:11 Isaiah 28:16 (see Septuagint); (c) Romans 10:13 Joel 2:32  
7-22-18 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “The Theology of Mountain Biking”

Matthew 14:22-33 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Walks on the Water 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”   7-15-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Spirit Travel: Let the Adventure Begin!”

John 15: 26-27, 16:4-15

The Work of the Holy Spirit 26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

John 16:4-15 New International Version (NIV)

I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will rememberthat I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you, but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Rather, you are filled with griefbecause I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”   7-8-18 Sermon (Please note: due to technical difficulties, the beginning of the sermon is not available)

Christina Walrad, guest – “How to Be A Grown Up Child”

Hebrews 5:11-14 New International Version (NIV)

Warning Against Falling Away 11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.   7-1-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “I’m Ready Now!”

John 10:1-10 New International Version (NIV)

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

10 “Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Footnotes: (a) John 10:9 Or kept safe
6-24-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Let My Love Open the Door”

Luke 13:22-30 New International Version (NIV)

The Narrow Door 22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, 24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door,because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ 26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’ 28 “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. 29 People will come from east and westand north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”   6-17-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “The How-To Dad”

Proverbs 3:1-12 New International Version (NIV)

Wisdom Bestows Well-Being

My son, do not forget my teaching,     but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years     and bring you peace and prosperity.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;     bind them around your neck,     write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name     in the sight of God and man.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart     and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,     and he will make your paths straight.[a]

Do not be wise in your own eyes;     fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body     and nourishment to your bones.

Honor the Lord with your wealth,     with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,     and your vats will brim over with new wine.

11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,     and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,     as a father the son he delights in.[b]

Footnotes: (a) Proverbs 3:6 Or will direct your paths; (b) Proverbs 3:12 Hebrew; Septuagint loves, / and he chastens everyone he accepts as his child
6-10-18 Sermon

Dr. Robert Seymour – “Welcome Home”

Luke 15:8-10 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Lost Coin “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Luke 15:11-32 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Lost Son 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinnedagainst heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. 25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ 28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your propertywith prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ 31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”   6-3-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Love Generously. Serve Faithfully. Go in Peace.”

Ephesians 4:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

5-27-18 Sermon

Stacy Peterson – “Lest We Forget”

John 15:12-17 New International Version (NIV)

12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.   5-20-18 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “From Cowards to Courageous”

Acts 2:1-12 New International Version (NIV)

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

Footnotes: (a) Acts 2:4 Or languages; also in verse 11; (b) Acts 2:9 That is, the Roman province by that name
5-13-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Boldly Going Where No One Has Gone Before …”

Acts 4:1-12 New International Version (NIV)

Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadduceescame up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people.They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.

The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas,John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’[a]

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Footnotes: (a) Acts 4:11Psalm 118:22
5-6-18 Special Sermon

Pastor Brian Mackie – “One of Those People”

From Dr. Kate Mackie’s Commissioning Service

Romans 8:28-39 New International Version (NIV)

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. More Than Conquerors 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns?No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[b]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[c] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Footnotes: (a) Romans 8:28 Or that all things work together for good to those who love God, who; or that in all things God works together with those who love him to bring about what is good—with those who. (b) Romans 8:36 Psalm 44:22. (c) Romans 8:38 Or nor heavenly rulers
4-29-18 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “A Friendship for the Ages”

John 15:1-17 New International Version (NIV)

The Vine and the Branches

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

Footnotes: a. John 15:2 The Greek for he prunes also means he cleans.  
4-22-18 Sermon

Dr. Robert Seymour – “Bible – Do You Know the Book?”

John 20:19-31 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Appears to His Disciples 19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Jesus Appears to Thomas 24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed;blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” The Purpose of John’s Gospel 30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe[b] that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

Footnotes: (a) John 20:24 Thomas (Aramaic) and Didymus (Greek) both mean twin. (b) John 20:31 Or may continue to believe  
4-15-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Guard Duty”

Matthew 27:57-28:15 New International Version (NIV)

The Burial of Jesus 57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a sealon the stone and posting the guard.

Jesus Has Risen

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

The Guards’ Report

11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.  

4-8-18 Sermon

Dr. Robert Seymour – “On the Seventh Day God Laughed”

John 2:1-10 New International Version (NIV) –  Jesus Changes Water Into Wine

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b] Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

Footnotes: (a) John 2:4 The Greek for Woman does not denote any disrespect. (b) John 2:6 Or from about 75 to about 115 liters  
4-1-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Pick Up Your Towel and Follow Me”

Matthew 22:36-39 New International Version (NIV)

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]   3-25-18 Sermon

Pastor Kate Mackie – “Preparing to Launch in T-Minus …”

John 16:17-33    New International Version (NIV)

17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.” 19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’?20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you againand you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that dayyou will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. 25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” 31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   3-18-18 Sermon

Pastor Kellie Whitlock – “Action … The Only Remedy for Indifference”

John 10:11-18     New International Version (NIV)

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”