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Please find below links to past sermons and other audio clips:

2011 Sermons

Messages will not be recorded.

 

2010 Messages

(Easter, April 4, 2010)  "The Empty Tomb" (John 20:1-18)  PDF Outline

 

(June 14)  "Relationship Covenant"  (Philippians 1:6 & others)  PDF Outline

 

(June 27)  "Covenant Sunday - Highlights from the ECC Annual Meeting" (Philippians 2)  PDF Outline

 

 

 

"(RE-) DISCOVERING JESUS" SERIES

(January 10)  "My Eyes Have Seen"  (Part 1, Luke 2:21-35)  A "1st Person message" PDF Outline

 

(January 17)  "The Image of Christ"  (Part 2, Mark 1:1-11)   PDF Outline

 

(January 24)  "The Authority of Jesus"  (Part 3, Mark 1:12-45PDF Outline

 

(January 31)  "The Profile of Jesus"  (Part 4, Matthew 11:1-6)  PDF Outline

 

 (February 14)  "The Most Powerful Words"  (part 5: Mark 2:1-12)  PDF Outline

 

 (February 21)  "I Am the Bread of Life"   (part 6: John 6:25-40)   PDF Outline

 

(February 28)  "I Am the Light of the World" (part 7: John 8:12-20)  PDF Outline

 

(March 7) "I Am the Gate & Good Shepherd"  (part 8: John 10:1-21)  PDF Outline

 

(March 14)  "I Am the Resurrection & the Life" (part 9: John 11:17-44)   PDF Outline

 

(April 11)  "I Am the Way, the Truth & the Life"  (part 10: John 14:1-6)  PDF Outline

 

(April 25)  "I Am the Vine"  (part 11: John 15:1-17)  PDF Outline

 

 (May 2) "Close Encounter with Jesus: Nicodemus" (part 12: John 3:1-17)  PDF Outline

 

(May 9) "Close Encounter with Jesus: The Samaritan Woman"  (part 13: John 4:1-30)  PDF Outline

 

(May 16) "Close Encounter with Jesus: The Invalid at Bethesda"  (part 14: John 5:1-15)  PDF Outline

 

(June 6)  "Close Encounter with Jesus: The Royal Official" (part 15: John 4:43-54)  No PDF Outline

 

(July 4 - part 16 not recorded)

 

(July 11)  "Close Encounters with Jesus: The Disciples"  (part 17: John 6:16-24)  No PDF Outline

 

(Due to computer / recording problems, parts 18-20 not recorded)

 

 (August 15)  "The Parables of Jesus: The Wheat & the Tares"  (part 21: Matthew 13:24-20, 36-43)  PDF Outline

 

(August 22)  The Parables of Jesus: the Hidden Treasure & Fine Pearl  (part 22: Matthew 13:44-46)  PDF Outline

(August 29)  The Parables of Jesus: the Lost Sheep & Coin  (part 23: Luke 15:1-10)  PDF Outline

(September 5)  The Parables of Jesus: the Compassionate Father  (part 24: Luke 15:11-32)  No PDF Outline

(September 19)  The Parables of Jesus: the Two Builders  (part 25: Matthew 7:24-27)  PDF Outline

(September 26)  The Parables of Jesus: The Workers in the Vineyard   (part 26: Matthew 20:1-16)  PDF Outline

(October 3)  The Parables of Jesus: The Unjust Steward (part 27: Luke 16:1-13)  PDF Outline

(October 10)  The Parables of Jesus: The Ten Virgins (part 28: Mathew 25:1-13)  PDF Outline

(October 17)  The Parables of Jesus: The Wedding Banquet & the Feast (part 29: Matthew 22:1-14)  PDF Outline

(November 14)  The Parables of Jesus: The Pharisee & the Tax Collector  (part 30: Luke 18:9-14)  PDF Outline

(November 21)  A Heart of Thanks  (part 31: Luke 17:11-19)  PDF Outline

(November 28, 1st Sunday of Advent)  When the Messiah Comes  (Isaiah 9:2-7)  PDF Outline

(December 5, 2nd Sunday of Advent)  Gifts of Grace & Truth  (John 1:10-18)  PDF Outline

(Messages for Advent Sundays 3 & 4 will not be recorded)

 

2009 Messages

ADVENT SERIES

(Nov. 29, 1st Sunday) "Shoot of Salvation"  (Is. 11, Jer. 33)  PDF Outline

 

(Dec. 6, 2nd Sunday)  "Making a List, Checking It Twice" (Matthew 1:18-25)  PDF Outline

 

 

 

 

Recent Single Messages

 

 (November 22)  "Being God's Church"   (Ephesians 4 & Philippians 2)

by Rev. Dick Lucco, Great Lakes Conference Superintendent

 

(November 15, 2009)   "Crossing with Courage"   (Joshua 1:6-9)  PDF Outline File

 

(May 23, Confirmation Sunday)  "The Sprouting of a Disciple" (Mt. 13, Phil. 2, & Col. 3)  PDF Outline

 

 

 

Series: "Back to the Basics of Church Life"

 

(Sept 13)  "Called to Be a Community - Part A"  (Ephesians 4:1-16)   PDF Outline File

 

 (Sept 20)  "Called to Be a Community"  Part B  (Ephesians 4:1-16)   PDF Outline File

 

(Sept 27)  "The Culture of the Church  Part A"   (Philippians 1:3-11)   PDF Outline File

 

(October 4)  "The Culture of the Church  Part B"   (Philippians 1:3-11)   PDF Outline File

 

   (October 11)  "The Vital Signs of a Healthy Church"  (I Corinthians 12:10-31)  PDF Outline File

 

(October 18)  "Striving Towards Excellence"  (I Thessalonians 1:1-10)   PDF Outline File

 

(October 25)   "Being a 'One Another' Church"  (Romans 15:1-7 & others)  PDF Outline File

 

 

 

Summer 2009 Messages:

 

(June 7) "The Freedom of Forgiveness" (Psalm 32)  PDF Outline

 

(June 14)  "Pray, Plan & Prosperity"  (Jeremiah 29 & 42)  PDF Outline

 

 (July 5)  "The Richness of Redemption"   (Isaiah 12)  (no PDF Outline)

 

 (July 12) "The Power of God's Presence"  (Exodus 13) PDF Outline

 

(July 26)  "The Covenant Church in 2008"  (Summary of Denomination) PDF Outline

 

   (August 2)  "2 Nights with God"  (Genesis 28 & 32)  (No PDF outline)

 

(August 9)  "Navigating Life's Pathways (Matthew 7:13-14)  PDF Outline

 

(August 16)  "The Lord is My Provider: That's Enough" (Psalm 23)   PDF Outline File

 

 (August 23)  "Riding the Rails of Life"  (Psalm 27)   PDF Outline File

 

"God Cares" series:

(April 26)  "Casting Long and Deep"  (I Peter 5:6-11)   PDF Outline

 

(May 3)  "A Shepherd's Care"  (Luke 15:1-7)  PDF Outline

 

(May 10) "Dissipating the Doubt of Care" (Mark 4, Luke 10)  PDF Outline

 

  (May 17) "Individualized Attention"  (Mark 1:21-28)  PDF Outline

 

 (May 24) "I Cast All My Cares" (a "ventriloquist" sharing, with Zechariah)

 

God Questions" series:

 (January 18)  "Is God Real?"  (Psalm 19, Romans 1 & 2)  PDF Outline

 

(January 25)  "Is The Bible True?  (Proverbs 30:5,6; 2 Tim. 3:16)  PDF Outline

 

(February 1)  "Do All Roads Lead to Heaven? (John 14:6, Acts 4:12)   PDF Outline

(February 15)  "If God is So Good, Then Why Do Bad Things Happen?"    (John 16:33)   PDF Outline

(February 22)  "P.S., God, I Still Have More Questions  (Isaiah 40:6-8)   PDF Outline

(March 1)  "Forum Message, #1  (offered by Pastor John and Lay Leaders: Kevin, Valerie, and Dan)  PDF Outline

 

Other Single messages:

(January 11)  "Food for the Soul  (Isaiah 58, Mark 2, Psalm 63)  PDF Outline

 

(February 8)  "Outreach (Luke 19:1-10)

 

(March 22)  "A Tower of Strength"  (Psalm 18 and 48)  PDF Outline

 

(March 29)   "A Jericho Experience"  (Mark 10:46-52)  PDF Outline

 

(Palm Sunday, April 5)  "Christ's Triumphal Entry: The 'Sequel'"  (Zechariah 14)  PDF Outline

 

  (Easter Sunday, April 12)  "What If Easter Has Never Happened?" (I Cor. 15:12-20) PDF Outline

 

 

2008 Messages

Advent Series:

 

(November 30)  "Oh, You'd Better Watch Out"   (Luke 1:5-25)   PDF Outline

 

 (December 7)  "An Encounter with Gabriel"  (Luke 1:8-20, 26-37)  PDF Outline

 

(December 14)  "A Song of Salvation  (Luke 1:67-79)  PDF Outline

 

(December 21)  "Coming Home to the Light"    (Jeremiah 31:7-14, John 1:1-9)   PDF Outline

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Message:

(November 23)  "A Thanksgiving Checklist"    (I Thessalonians 5:18)   PDF Outline

 

 Fall Series:  "Growing in Grace" (September/October)

(September 14)  "The Wonder of Grace"   (II Peter 3:18)  PDF outline

(September 21)  "Living in the Sphere of Grace"   (Hebrews 12:14-15)  PDF outline

(September 28)   "The 'U' & 'I'' of Unity"   (Psalm 133:1-3)  PDF outline

 (October 5)  "Defined by Grace"   (Colossians 3:12-14)   PDF outline

 

(October 12)  "Sometimes Grace Doesn't Seem Fair"  (by Herb Kolbe)

 

(October 19) "The Graciousness of Forgiveness"  (Matthew 18:21-35, Col. 3:14)  PDF Outline

 

(October 26)  "The Force of Forgiven Forgivers"  (Matthew 6:12)  PDF Outline

 

(November 2)  "Taking the Initiative"  (Matthew 6:12)  PDF Outline

 

Summer: Joshua Series

(June 8) "Facing the Future(Joshua 1:1-18)  (PDF outline)

(June 22) "It's River-Crossing Time!(from Joshua 3:1-17)  (PDF outline)

 

(July 20) "An Altar of Remembrance(from Joshua 4:1-24)  (PDF outline)

 

(July 27)  "Victory Over Our Circumstances(from Joshua 6:1-26)  (PDF outline)

 

(August 3)  "Sin Solutions(from Joshua 7:1-27)   (PDF outline)

 

 (Aug 10)  "A New Day"   (from Joshua 8:1-29)    (PDF outline)

 

(Aug 17) "A New Day"   (from Joshua 8:30-35)  (PDF outline)

 

(Aug 24)  "Oops (from Joshua 9:1-27)  (PDF outline)

 

 

 

"I've Got the Joy" Series (April/May, 2008)

(April 13, Part 1)  "Joyful Faith"  (PDF outline)

 

(April 20: Part 2)  "Count It All Joy"   (PDF outline)

 

(April 27, Part 3)  "Tears"  (PDF outline)

 

(May 11, Part 4)  Ground Zero Joy"   (PDF outline)

 

(May 25)  "Rejoice in the Lord Always"  (PDF outline)

 

 

Series: "Affirming our Call & Commitment" (Jan/Feb, 2008)

"Celebrating our Call to Faith" (part 1)   (Accompanying PDF Power Point)

"Living in the Truth" (part 2)  (accompanying Power Point in PDF)

"Living in the Presence" (part 3) (accompanying Power Point in PDF)

"Exhorted to Excellence"  (part 4)  (accompanying Power Point in PDF)

"United We Stand"    (part 5)  (accompanying Power Point in PDF)

"Optimistic Opportunities (part 6)  (accompanying Power Point in PDF)

 

Single Messages:

(March 23)     "Easter Hope"     (PDF Outline)

(Listen to the Closing Easter Anthem) - "Hallelujah Chorus"

(March 30)   "Breakfast on the Beach"   (PDF outline)

(April 6)   "The Mathematics of our Faith"    (PDF outline)

(Sept 7)  "God's Delight in Us"  (Zephaniah 3:17)  (PDF outline)

 

 

 

2007 Messages

The Life of Christ

(audio) Luke 1:67-79  (PDF)  "The Life of Christ"

 

Glory in the Highest: The Promise

Part 1 - December 2

Part 2 - December 9

Part 3 - December 16 - Accompanying File

Part 4 from December 23rd 

 

Prayer Questions, 101

Part 1 - Approaching God’s Throne - Accompanying File

Part 2 - Knock Knock - Accompanying File

Part 3 - Persisting in Prayer - Accompanying File

Part 4 - Calling and Claiming - Accompanying File

Part 5 - Our Aveinu (Our Father in Hebrew)- Accompanying File

Part 6 - Powerful and Effective Prayer - Accompanying File

Part 7 - The Secret Weapon - Accompanying File

Part 8 - Don't Worry - Be Prayerful - Accompanying File

 

Discovering & Deploying My Potential Series

Part 1 - Finding Our Identity - April 30

Part 2 - Taking the Challenge - May 6

Part 3 - Leaving Fearlessly - May 13

Part 4 - Fireproofing Your Faith - May 20

Part 5 - Cultivating Consistency - May 29

 

Other 2007 Messages

4 Postures of Prayer - January 7

“Operation Dry Wall” - January 28

“Super Sized Grace” - February 4

“Searching for a Savior” - March 25

"A Parade Fit for a King" - April 1

“Living in the Power of the Resurrection” - April 8

"Until I Come Again" - April 15

“The Faith Walk of Enoch” - April 22 - Pastor Tim Smith

Vision and Mission Series

“Called and Classified” - January 14

“Diversified & Dedicated” - January 21

"Gathered and Growing" - February 11

"Effective and Efficient" - February 18

"Living and Loyal" - February 25


2006 Messages

 

Discovering the Walk

The Reputation of Love - November 26

Seeing Ourselves with God’s Eyes - November 19

Truth and Consequences - October 29

A Call from the Command Post - October 8

Lace Up - September 17th

Our Claim to Fame - September 24

“The Perfection of Love” - March 4

The Reality of Assurance - March 11

The Way in a Manger

Advent Song by Pastor John

Part 1 - December 3

Part2 - December 10

Part 3 - December 17

Part 4 - December 24


Older messages

Calling the Thirsty - October 1

Going Farther - January 22 by Dr. Larry Sherman (Associate Superintendent of the Great Lakes Conference)

Biloxi Mission Trip - February 19

Light and Hope - by Pastor Tim Smith - February 5

A View from the mountain top - April 9

A Dawn of New Hope - April 16

The Metaphor for Life - May 7

Listening for Trumpets - June 11

The Midianite Miracle - July 16

WWF (Wrestling with the Father) - July 30

Facing Down Fear - Aug 20

Victorious Prayer - Aug 27

In the Eye of the Storm - Sep 3

 


Other Sermons and Messages

Extreme Makeover Series

Features of Faith (Faith & Practice) - Sept 11 - Col 1:1-14

Awakened to Worship (Worship & Reverence) - Sept 18 - Col 1:15-23

Advancing Ambitions (Obedience & Maturity) - Sept 25 - Col 1:24-2:5

Pilgrim's Progress (Identity & Intention) - Oct 2 - Col 2:6-23

Fixing our Glance (Holiness & Integrity) - Oct 9 - Col 3:1-11

Certificates of Authenticity (Character & Compassion) - Oct 16 - Col 3:12-17

Households of Honor (Honor & Service) - Oct 23 - Col 3:18-4:1

Finishing Touches (Opportunity & Determination) - Oct 30 - Col 4:2-18

Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others

Listen to the The Jesus Creed in Hebrew

Mark 12:29-31, from Dt. 6:4-5 & Lev. 19:18

English

"Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Introduction - January 8

Get Ready, Set...Love - January 15

Learning to Love - January 29

Learning to Love - February 12

Sacred Love - February 26

Awaking Love - March 5

The Practice of Love - March 26

Fortitude of Forgiveness - April 2

The Marvels of Ministry - April 30

The Limitlessness of Love - May 14


Oct 30 - Kids Korner Alphabet

November 13 - One Year Bible Study Sunday

November 20 - Thoughtful Thanks

December 4 - The Untangled Light

December 11 - The Truth of Christmas

 


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