Archive of Past Services -- 2021
12/27/20 -- Reverend Marion Phillips from Mount Sinai Baptist Church – Sermon: “It Is in The Name.” Scripture readings: Luke 1:31, Acts 4:12 and Philippians 2:10-11.
We joined once again with Reverend Marion Phillips and his home church, Mount Sinai Baptist Church (or Hedges Chapel North). He told us – “You are your name; live up to your name!”. But no one can carry the name Jesus except Jesus Himself. His name is about the purpose of His coming – Jesus means saved, or savior. If we are going to be saved, it will only be through Jesus. It is in the Name – Jesus; we are grateful for the name of Jesus! Amen!
1/3/21 -- Reverend John Yost – Sermon: “So What’s Next?” Scripture reading: Matthew 2: 1-12.
Reverend John Yost led us in worship and communion, and he asked the question “So What’s Next?”. Are these the end times? Will 2021 be a better year than 2020? We only know that we cannot know. We must learn, and hopefully are learning, just how little control we have. We have also learned that our actions can have a global effect; and, that we can thrive with far less. We can each be “essential”, but only if we reach out to be of help, if our focus becomes more spiritual and less material. Of the many lessons we can derive from 2020, the key one is that Jesus is here! God has come to be with us in Christ, even now at work creating a new Heaven and a new earth. Thank you Jesus!
1/10/21 -- Reverend Chuck Manning -- Sermon: “Baptism – A Quality of Life Experience.” Scripture readings: Acts I9: 1-7, and Mark 1:4-11.
Reverend Chuck Manning emphasized the importance of baptism today and throughout Christianity. Baptism is as significant in our lives as it was in Jesus’ life. Through baptism we experience Jesus’ resurrection! It means we are identified with Christ in a saving way. We are loved, remembered as a part of God’s family. Because we are loved, forgiven, we can make a new beginning through His Grace. It is never too late to start over. What a magnificent gift!
1/17/21 -- Reverend Glenn Young – Sermon: "God is With Us." Scripture readings: Matthew 2:1-12 and Romans 8:38-39.
Though we are living in difficult times, Reverend Glenn Young reminds us that God is with us. Nothing can separate us from the love of our Lord. We might ask “What can I do to help in times like these?” Prayer is the answer. Pray for a peaceful transfer of power; pray for successful distribution of the vaccine. God is with us no matter where we are, or what we have done – He wants to inspire us to rise up in love. We are the hands of Jesus – pray, be inspired, work together. Righteousness will prevail.
1/24/21 – Reverend Carl Howard – Sermon: “Ding, You’ve Got Mail!” Scripture readings: Jonah 3:1-4, 10 and Mark 1:14-20.
Reverend Carl Howard’s message was “Ding, you’ve got mail!” Have you checked your spiritual spam folder recently? Perhaps you are being called by God to do things big, or things small, according to your unique gifts. You want to be sure you get the message, as everything He calls us to do is important. Jesus calls us to use our gifts in the calling of the Kingdom, to do His work in the world, sharing God’s Word, giving food, reaching out to the lonely and grieving. To be called is a gift - God is calling you. God is always calling you. Jesus calls out, “Follow me.” Amen!
1/31/21 -- Mary Gunderson King -- Scripture readings: Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18 and John 1:43-51.
Mary Gunderson King reminded us that when we are tired, Jesus is by our side. As God saw Nathaniel, he sees us also. Jesus will call us, walk with us, help us. There is much work to do and God is calling us now! We are to bring light, life and love in the midst of darkness and hopelessness, to the downtrodden, to the lonely, to the sad. “Blessed are you who bear the light!” Amen
2/7/21 – Reverend Nancy Page – Sermon: “Keep Your Eyes on Jesus.” Scripture reading: Matthew 14: 22-33.
Reverend Nancy Page’s had a message about faith. While these are troubled times, and fear is powerful, we can overcome life’s storms only by keeping our eyes on Jesus. In Matthew 14: 22-33 Peter was able to approach Jesus on the water as long as he kept his eyes on Him. Once he looked away in fear of the storm, he quickly started to sink into the turbulent sea. So it is with us today, Keeping our eyes on Jesus is the key to a strong faith, a strong Church. Just as He needed time to pray, to meditate, to mourn, we too need to make time to strengthen our faith by prayerfully keeping our eyes on Jesus. Amen.
2/14/21 -- Reverend Marion Phillips with Mount Sinai Baptist Church – Sermon: “This is Real Love!” Scripture reading: 1 John 4:7-21.
In today’s world we tend to think love is about us, a horizontal love. About what we like, what we want, not about others. God’s Love, the love we need to emulate, is unconditionally a love for others, for all people. We need to tell others we love them no matter what. Reverend Marion Phillips recalled a man who tearfully exclaimed “No man ever told me they love me”. We all need to be needed, to be loved. We must strive for a vertical love, one that comes down to us from God. A love of forgiveness, of overcoming. Is that not what God gives us through sending His only son, Jesus, to die so that we might be forgiven? That is Real Love!
2/21/21 -- Reverend Nancy Page – Sermon: “Live in Faithfulness.” Scripture readings: Ruth 1:14-18, and Ruth 4:13-17.
Reverend Nancy Page, ably assisted by Sheila Hampton, pointed to Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi and unwavering faith in God as examples of how to “Live in Faithfulness”. Ruth stood by Naomi through desperate times, accepted Naomi’s God as her own, and vowed, “Where you go, I will go”. Ruth shows us that doing the right thing often requires extreme sacrifice. Their story is a preview of Jesus’ gift of life. Though our ultimate reward is everlasting life with Christ, God often blesses His servants in this life, as He did by providing for Ruth and Naomi’s safety and security. Reverend Nancy reminded us that a little bit of faith goes a long way – persist in doing what is right, just, and full of compassion. Praise be to God!
2/28/21 -- Reverend Glenn Young – Sermon: “We Live in Uncertain Times.” Scripture readings: Luke 22:54-62, and John 1:5-10.
Reverend Glenn Young encouraged us, even in the face of these troubling times, to live in The Light, to pray, and to share our faith to inspire others. Just as Jesus, following His Resurrection sent out the disciples into the world with His Message, so must we also share the word to give inspiration and hope to all who will believe. Reverend Young called on us to pray for our leaders, and especially our president, that all might receive the vaccine, to pray too for health care workers and for those who have lost loved ones. As the disciples had to forge ahead when Jesus was crucified, so must we during these times, continue to share the hope for Eternal Life with those who are suffering. Amen!
3/7/21 -- Reverend Chuck Manning – Sermon: “Things that Make Jesus Angry.” Scripture readings: 1 Corinthian 1: 18-25, and John 2:13-22.
Reverend Chuck Manning emphasized that anger, when manifested as an expression against wrong things, is not a sin, as Jesus demonstrated. He was seen as kind, gentle and loving, still he drove the merchants and money changers out of the temple. When the leaders of that time exploited religion for their own purposes, that made Jesus angry. They put form over substance, loading people with needless laws (form) rather than being concerned with real need (substance). Jesus didn’t die for the law, He died for the people – all people. We matter not because there is anything remarkable about us, but because there is something remarkable about God! God is Love!
3/14/21 -- Mary Gunderson King -- Scripture readings: Psalm 119:1-16, and Luke 10:25-28.
Mary Gunderson King spoke on the incredible Love God has for us, all of us, and our duty to love our fellow man as God loves each of us.
3/21/21 -- Reverend John Yost – Sermon: "So What's the Question?" Scripture readings: Psalm 105 and John 12:20-33.
Reverend John Yost asked us, “So What is the Question?”. If we could ask Jesus one question, what would it be? What would His answer be? Do we want to see Jesus for what he can do for us? Or, to learn how we can serve Him? When the Greeks asked to see Jesus in John 12:20-33, His seeming reply was, “if you want to see me from now on, you will need to see me on the cross.” Jesus has all the answers we need, not always the answers we want. Our only hope is in Him! He is The Way, The Truth, The Life – The Answer to any and all questions. Jesus is THE ANSWER!
3/28/21 – Palm Sunday -- Reverend Carl Howard – Sermon: “Hosannah! Save Us, We Beseech You!” Scripture readings: Psalm 118:1-2 and 19-20 and John 12: 12-16.
Reverend Carl Howard and his wife Beverly (aka Miriam) led us on an imagined tour through some of Christ’s Holy Week passage -- through part of Jesus’ journey leading up to His death on the cross, focusing on the events of Palm Sunday. His seemingly joyous ride into Jerusalem was the beginning of His mission of mercy, by way of the cross. The shouts of “Hosannah!” were actually cries for an earthly king to free the people from Roman oppression. They did not understand that this King would free them from all earthly oppression – by paying the price for their sins - for all our sins. So Palm Sunday was not really a day of joy, of celebration, rather a death march to spare mankind. “Let them take up their cross and follow me”. We are to lay down our tiny aspirations and follow Jesus – share the faith. Amen!
4/4/21—Easter Sunday-- Reverend Marion Phillips – Sermon: “He is Alive!”
On Easter Sunday we joined Reverend Marion Phillips and his home congregation, Mount Sinai Baptist Church, in celebration of our Risen Lord. He spoke of the paradox of Calvary. God delivers us in strange ways, Hell before Heaven, the wilderness before paradise - paradoxes. The Lord does His best work in the desert – He meets us in our personal deserts. It was said, “He saves us, Himself He cannot save!”. It is better to say, “Himself He would not save” because He was busy saving you and me! They lifted Him up to humiliate Him and instead He turned the cross into a symbol of Love. He raised the Temple in 3 days, just as He said He would, thus we have the promise of being reunited with Jesus. Alleluia!
4/11/21 -- Reverend Glenn Young – Sermon: “Can We Believe Without Seeing?” Scripture reading: John 20:19-31.
Reverend Glenn Young reminded us about Thomas who was not present when Jesus first appeared before the other disciples after His resurrection. Thomas would not believe them when later told of Jesus’ presence among them. Only after Christ returned a second time while Thomas was there, and upon seeing the wounds in His hands and side, did Thomas believe. Yet centuries later we believe, even without seeing, because we have a strong faith. A faith first breathed upon the disciples by Jesus Himself. The basis of Christianity is faith, and we enjoy a special blessing as those who have not seen, yet believe. Thanks be to God!
4/18/21 -- Reverend Nancy Page – Sermon: “Consider It Paid.” Scripture reading: Luke 24:36-48.
Reverend Nancy Page spoke to us on the marvel that our God loves us so very much that He gave his only Son to pay the price for our sins. Because Jesus humbled Himself to save us through His torture, suffering, death and resurrection, we can “Consider it Paid!” The punishment for sin is eternal death, and Jesus paid that price for us. It is almost too wonderful to believe, but we do believe in a greater world with Him beyond this life! Praise God!
4/25/21, part 1 -- Reverend John R. Yost – Sermon: “Words of My Mouth.” Scripture readings: Psalm 19:14, Matthew 12:33-37.
Reverend John R. Yost’s two-part message for consecutive Sundays focused upon Psalm 19 verse 14: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” The premise is that the content of our hearts is reflected in our words and conduct. Jesus stated in Matthew 12:33-37 that our hearts are revealed by our words, and that we will be judged by our words as well as by our conduct. Before speaking, we were urged to T.H.I.N.K. – is what I wish to say TRUTHFUL, or just opinion or feeling? Is it HELPFUL? Will my words be INSPIRATIONAL? Is what I’m about to say NECESSARY? Are my words intended for KINDNESS? T.H.I.N.K.
5/2/21, part 2 -- Reverend John R. Yost – Sermon: “Meditation of My Heart.” Scripture reading: Psalm 19:14.
In part 2 Reverend Yost explored the “Meditation of my Heart” part of the scripture. What is in our hearts is reflected in our words and in our conduct. Our words are like mirrors of our heart. We are a result of what we think, say, and do. Jesus stated in Matthew 12:33-37 that our hearts are revealed by our words, and that we will be judged by our words as well as by our conduct. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew an upright spirit within me”. Amen!
5/9/21 -- Mother’s Day -- Reverend Carl Howard – Sermon: “They’ll Know Us by Our Love.” Scripture readings: John 5:1-6 and John 15:9-17.
Reverend Carl Howard gave us a timely reminder to “Love God, love people – no exceptions!” Jesus gave us a new commandment, to “Love each other as I have loved you”. Easter week signified a new birth; thus, we are to become Eastering people in our daily lives, taking Jesus out to the world. Love of God, love of neighbors. As the hymn goes, “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, they will know we are Christians by our love”. Amen!
5/16/21 -- Reverend Glenn Young – Sermon: “Walking in the Light.” Scripture reading: 1 John 1:5.
Reverend Glenn Young brought us God’s Word by reminding us that Jesus’ disciples were taught to continue His work, with the Holy Spirit to guide and direct them. Because He died on the cross, our sins are forgiven, and so His work must continue. We must take that next step and we must do our work to stave off the decline of the Church. God, through the Holy Spirit, gives us the strength to go on, to do what needs to be done. And remember, God is Love, at all times, in all circumstances. May God bless everyone!
5/23/21 -- Mary Gunderson King -- Reflection: “I Will Pour Out My Spirit.” Scripture readings: Psalm 104:24-34, and Acts 2:1-4, 14-18.
Mary Gunderson King Mary told us that God longs for each of us to be part of something greater. The Spirit is evidenced in all things magnificent and in all things small and may also be seen through each of us. We should be ready to take the chance to bless others with our time and energy, to be generous in every part of our lives, and thus demonstrate the Holy Spirit to all. Let's all shine the light of God’s Love!
5/30/21 -- Memorial Day Service -- Reverend Nancy Page -- Sermon: "The Soldier’s Table." Scripture readings: Deuteronomy 15: 4-5; Psalm 9: 7-10; Psalm 33: 12; Romans 15: 5-6; and John 15: 9-13
Reverend Nancy Page led a touching commemoration of Memorial Day, aided by Dave and Vicki Cooper and Sheila Hampton. Carol Kiser thanked Kat Cooper for her amazing efforts throughout the pandemic to make it possible for us to continue to worship our Lord. Carol also had gifts for Maria and Steve Rudolph, who will be moving away soon, for their years of service and leadership of Hedges Chapel, and she presented a gift to Lee Conlon for his leadership during the pandemic. Lee Conlon reiterated Carol's praises of the Cooper family and the Rudolphs, and presented Maria and Steve with a plaque. Thanks to all who made our first service back in the Chapel a memorable success. Praise be to God!
6/6/21 -- Reverend Chuck Manning -- Sermon: “Excuses, Excuses.” Scripture readings: Genesis 3:8-15;
2 Corinthians 4:5-12
6/13/21 -- Reverend Glenn Young --