From Palms And Sweet Praise To The Bitter Drink Of Judgment

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Lent 2014 slider.012 300x140 From Palms And Sweet Praise To The Bitter Drink Of JudgmentThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s April 13 message, “From Palms And Sweet Praise To The Bitter Drink Of Judgment” is now available.

This sermon is part twelve of our Lenten series and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

4/13 SUMMARY: Today, for our last look at the full extent of Jesus’ love (John 13:1), we look at the bookend events–the sweet praise of Palm Sunday’s welcome of Jesus and the bitter drink they offered Him on the cross.  We are awed to consider that Jesus took the full bitterness of our sin and death into Himself!

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Luke 19:28-44

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “From Palms And Sweet Praise To The Bitter Drink Of Judgment” and to answer the following questions:   Can you think of a time when you just missed what God was doing or saying?  What finally opened your eyes to see?

Pastor Bauer said there is a big difference between laying down a palm branch and laying down your coat (for the savior, his donkey, the crowds, etc.). How will you lay down your agenda or plans this week?  What “costly” act will you do to honor Jesus this week?

Read Romans 6:35

Questions to probe deeper: How have you experienced sin taking over your life?  What happens when you let Jesus’ power fight that power of sin in you?

 

Look at Philippians 2:9-11

In what aspect of your life is it a challenge for you to “bend the knee” (submit to God’s loving authority)?  What will you do differently this week?

SHARING Question

Share with the Fishers family: “Since Jesus has drained the bitter cup of judgment for us, how will you make life sweet or refreshing for someone else–to honor and thank Jesus?”   Share your ideas here anonymously (in the third item from the top) and we’ll share them in an upcoming message and/or our Facebook page.   

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

The Cross

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Lent 2014 slider.012 300x140 The CrossThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s April 6 message, “The Cross” is now available.

This sermon is part ten of our Lenten series and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

4/6 SUMMARY: What is this thing Jesus calls all disciples to carry–and carries Himself?  Why are we to expect suffering and yet see what is beyond it (Rom. 8:18; Hebrews 12:2-3).  Today we are focused on The Cross.

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at John 19:18-22

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “The Cross” and to answer the following questions:   Can you think of a time when you just missed what God was doing or saying?  What finally opened your eyes to see?

Questions to probe deeper: As Pilate and the Jewish leaders discussed, Jesus died claiming to be the King of the Jews and of the whole world.  How do you struggle to come to Jesus as Your King?  What relationship or part of your life is hardest to release to His rule?  How have you lived like you were the owner and King of your life?

Read 2 Corinthians 5:10 (preferably in the Amplified Bible paraphrase)

Questions to probe deeper: If judgment was going to happen today, what current actions or patterns would you worried about?  Jesus will judge even our motives and where we have directed our attentions away from Him and the ways of His Kingdom–do you think you will do well in such a judgment?  Now read 1 Corinthians 11:31 NLT (“But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way.”).  Have you ever accepted Jesus’ love-filled invitation to judge yourself, repent of a sin?  What’s your reaction to God’s promise that the sins we judge ourselves for and repent of, we will not have to face in judgment by God?  Does this make confessing more understandable to you?    After today’s message (or your own study of the Cross) what is a new appreciation you have for the cross as “the power of God” that saves and works in you?

He called the crowd to him with his disciples. “If any of you want to come the way I am going,” he said, “you must say no to your own selves, pick up your cross, and follow me.”
Mark 8:34 (The Kingdom New Testament)

Look at Mark 8:34 Galatians 2:20 

To probe deeper: What’s one thing in your life where you want to say “No!” to your own self and follow Jesus more closely?  In his message Jerry stated:

“If we reject carrying the cross ourselves then we reject Jesus.  We cannot carry on with our own agenda and carry our cross.  Just as Jesus laid down His life so we could receive life, it is only by laying down our own life that we can receive His.”

What’s an area of your life you are ready to “lay down” so you can receive God’s life and power?  What sin do you want to crucify and be done with on your life (example: worrying, angry words, behavior of superiority over others, etc.)

Look at 2 Corinthians 5:16

Write down or share with someone: “One person that I am going to “see” differently and treat different (because I realize anew they are precious enough to Jesus that He died for them, too) is ____________________.  The way I will treat them or speak to him/her/them differently is _______________________________.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:18

What’s one thing you will pray for God’s power and wisdom to help you change this week?

SHARING Question

Share with the Fishers family: “What sinful pattern will you leave dead at the cross?  What agenda will you lay down as your pick up your cross to follow Jesus?”   Share your ideas here anonymously (in the third item from the top) and we’ll share them in an upcoming message and/or our Facebook page.   

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

The Soldiers

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Lent 2014 slider.012 300x140 The SoldiersThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s March 30 message, “The Soldiers” is now available.

This sermon is part eight of our Lenten series and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

3/30 SUMMARY: The soldiers were so close yet so far away from Jesus.  Whatever excuse they might have made (“just doing my job” for example), all the soldiers except one missed God.  Don’t we sometimes, too?

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Matthew 27:27-31

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “The Soldiers” and to answer the following questions:   Can you think of a time when you just missed what God was doing or saying?  What finally opened your eyes to see?

Questions to probe deeper: Jesus prayed for the very soldiers who were putting Him to death.  Who will you begin to pray for that seems close to God but still far away?

Read Luke 23:8-11

Questions to probe deeper: Have you fallen into the trap of wanting God to “perform” for you?  Share a time when you were asking God for gifts, but you weren’t really seeking the Giver’s heart.  What do you do to maintain a close relationship with the Lord?

Look at Luke 10:25-29 

To probe deeper: Can you think of a time when you got wrapped up in an issue or incident in the church and it became more important to you than loving God and loving others?  Have you ever used an issue (abortion, gay marriage, denominational differences) as a boundary to exclude people so you don’t have to love and respect them?  What do you think was at the core of you excluding or disregarding others?  What is SUPPOSED to be at the core of our faith & life?

Look at Luke 10:38-42

Share a time when you’ve gotten busy and forgotten God.  Have you ever asked God “Don’t you care…?” about something or someone?  Explain in your own words how Jesus answer to Martha is Him asking us to keep the main thing the main thing.  Make a commitment today to spend time listening to Jesus by reading the Bible and praying!

SHARING Question

Share with the Fishers family: “Jesus prayed for the very soldiers who were putting Him to death.  Who will you begin to pray for that seems close to God but still far away?  Share the name of a person (or your relationship with them since all submissions are anonymous)?”   Share your ideas here anonymously (in the third item from the top) and we’ll share them in an upcoming message and/or our Facebook page.  

 

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

The Robe

Lent 2014 slider.012 The RobeThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s March 26 message, “The Robe” is now available.

This sermon is part seven of our series “The Full Extent Of His Love” and was offered during the Wednesday Lenten worship at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

3/26 SUMMARY: Our next freeze-frame  moment of Jesus’ last twenty-four hours looks at the robe.  Jesus is mocked as a king, but the wonder of God’s love is that is exactly who He is.  We are awed to consider that our King would love us so much as to be stripped and mocked that we might be covered with His righteousness and made children of the one true King! 

 

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

Scourged

Lent 2014 slider.012 300x140 ScourgedThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s March 23 message, “Scourged” is now available.

This sermon is part six of our Lenten series and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

3/23 SUMMARY: Our next freeze-frame  moment of Jesus’ last twenty-four hours is Jesus’ scourging before the cross.  What amazing love that by His stripes we should be healed and forgiven!  And now we can be compelled by love for others instead of selfishness! 

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at John 18:28-19:1

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Scourged” and to answer the following questions:   What’s a takeaway for you from today’s focus on Jesus’ scourging?  Had you thought of this as an act of love before?

Questions to probe deeper: How does Jesus’ foreknowledge of His scourging change your awareness of His love for you?  Who do you think is more responsible for Jesus’ scourging: Pilate, the Jewish leaders or you?

Read John 18:37

Questions to probe deeper: If you too would witness to the truth, would you say you are a sinner?  How have you taken sin lightly–its effect on you, on others, or something else?  If you can share a time when you’ve “switched off” your faith, hope, or love, or your witness has disappeared as mysteriously as MH Flight 370.

Look at Isaiah 53:5 

To probe deeper: What does it mean to you that Jesus has had to suffer for your sins, or that Jesus chosse in love to suffer to bring you healing and forgiveness?

Look at Hebrews 10:26

React to this scripture.  Have you ever treated sin and its power lightly?  Paraphrase this verse in your own words.  Share how you will consider sin differently after wrestling with this and with Hebrews 6:4-12.

Look at 2 Corinthians 5:14-16

If you let love compel you this week what do you think or hope will be different?  What would you do or not do?  Part of “living no longer for ourselves but for Him who died for us” is seeking guidance and accept warnings from Jesus.  Are you ready for this?  How will you seek it this week?  The other part is doing things for others and not just ourselves.  Share the name of one person you want to do good toward this week?  Also share a name of someone you could invite to Easter at Fishers and have your group pray for them?  Who is someone you used to “look down on” but now you want to look at them differently?

SHARING Question

Share with the Fishers family: “How will you look at people differently after today’s reminder of Jesus loving us ALL enough to endure the scourging?  How will you live for others?  Who might you invite to Easter worship?”"   Share your ideas here anonymously (in the third item from the top) and we’ll share them in an upcoming message and/or our Facebook page.  

 

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

Barabbas (There Were Two Jesuses)

Lent 2014 slider.012 Barabbas (There Were Two Jesuses)The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s March 19 message, “Barabbas” is now available.

This sermon is part five of our series “The Full Extent Of His Love” and was offered during the Sunday morning worship at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

3/19 SUMMARY: Our next freeze-frame  moment of Jesus’ last twenty-four hours is His moment before Pilate with the other Jesus.  Huh?  Yes, there were two Jesuses–one the true Son of the Father and the other a murderer–like us.  Oh, the wonder and full extent of God’s love, what love indeed! 

  

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

Trials

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Lent 2014 slider.012 TrialsThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s March 16 message, “Trials” is now available.

This sermon is part four of our series “The Full Extent Of His Love” and was offered during the Sunday morning worship at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

3/16 SUMMARY: Our next snapshot of Jesus’ passion is His trials.  We all face them, but how do we come through the tests and trials of life and faith? Jesus’ example of integrity & faith guides & empowers us! 

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at the Scriptures: Mark 14:61-64; Luke 22:66; Luke 22:70; John 1:1; John 8:58; John 10:30; John 18:8; John 20:20; Matthew 16:16

[Note: you might find a look at today's live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from "Trials" and to answer the following questions:]

Questions to probe deeper: How do each of the above scriptures show us Jesus was God? Someone said that Jesus was either who He said He was or a lunatic because only a lunatic would claim to be God.  What would you say to that person?

Look at  Philippians 2:10; 3:10-11

Question to probe deeper: How can we know and put into practice in our daily lives the “power of the resurrection”?

Look at John 5:24

Question to probe deeper: If Jesus is on trial today in the world how can we be good witnesses for Him?  What does it mean: all Christians all witnesses for Christ, some bad and some good?

Look at Matthew 27:24-26

Question to probe deeper: Was Pontius Pilate really neutral on the trial of Jesus? By declaring Jesus innocent how did he take a stand?  How did Pontius Pilate try to “pass the buck” three times?

Look at Matthew 10:32-33 and Acts 7:56

Question to probe deeper: How dis Stephen take a stand for Christ? Write down some ways this week you can take a stand and be a bold witness for Christ.

Did you realize all the trials that Jesus faced in the last hours of His life?  How does that show you the full extent of Jesus love for you?

SHARING Question

Share with the Fishers family: “How have the trials that you gone through in your life effected how you view the trials of Jesus“   Share your ideas here anonymously (in the third item from the top) and we’ll share them in an upcoming message and/or our Facebook page.  

 

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

A Sweaty Garden Prayer

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Lent 2014 slider.012 A Sweaty Garden PrayerThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s March 9 message, “A Sweaty Garden Prayer” is now available.

This sermon is part two of our series “The Full Extent Of His Love” and was offered during the Sunday morning worship at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

3/9 SUMMARY: Jesus begins His death and passion in the garden.  Here the disciples deal with their sorrow by sleeping and running away.  Jesus understood all He had to go through but what does that mean for us?  Are we going to be like the disciples or like Jesus?  When we’re facing problems do we sleep away, run away or do we pray?  Learn from Jesus’ prayer how we can trust in God. 

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Matthew 26:1-2 and John 10:17-18

[Note: you might find a look at today's live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from "A Sweaty Garden Prayer" and to answer the following questions:]   Today Pastor Allen Bauer asked “Think about how far Jesus was willing to go for you by drinking God’s “cup” of wrath. How can you die to your selfish ways and live for God in your home, community and church? How can you trust Jesus and follow His sacrificial life?”

Questions to probe deeper: If you could chose when and how you die, what would your choices be?  Can you imagine anyone choosing a short life with a pain-filled death?  Why do you think Jesus chose to die in this painful way?

Read Matthew26:37-38

Questions to probe deeper: When you are experiencing stress or pain is prayer normally part of how you react to it?  Would prayer normally be your first response or last resort?

Look at Luke 22:42a 

To probe deeper: In a stressful or painful situation could you pray the same prayer as Jesus?  When you pray what is more frequent, you asking God to do your will or asking Him for strength and insight to do His?  What do you think might be a healthy percentage of balancing these two prayer focuses?  Consider changing the posture of your hands for the different types of prayers.  You could pray with your hands folded when asking God to do your will, and then open your hands, palms up, when saying to God “I am ready to do your will” (see Psalm 40:7).

Look at Matthew 26:40-56

God is asking us to join him in his work. Do we? Have you ever prayed for one hour or more?  Ever done so for someone else? In what way might we be “sleeping”?  Have you ever acted boldly but later realized the action you took wasn’t what God was asking of you?  What was the consequence for you? For others?  Have you ever “run away” from God’s call?  How did you feel after “deserting” Jesus?  How do you think He felt?

Look at Hebrews 12:1-3

Jesus suffered and died for the weak, the confused, the sleepers, the slashers, the deserters and all of us sinners.  Because He did the way is marked out for our “race.”  How will you endure opposition?  What will be your strategy when you grow weary?  Will you pray before or after you lose heart?  How can the joy of Jesus–what He endured joyfully for you–help you have strength in your challenging circumstances?

SHARING Question

Share with the Fishers family: “Think about how far Jesus was willing to go for you by drinking God’s “cup” of wrath. How can you die to your selfish ways and live for God in your home, community and church? How can you trust Jesus and follow His sacrificial life?”   Share your ideas here anonymously (in the third item from the top) and we’ll share them in an upcoming message and/or our Facebook page.  

 

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

The Full Extent Of His Love

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Lent 2014 slider.012 300x140 The Full Extent Of His LoveThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s March 5 message, “The Full Extent Of His Love” is now available.

This sermon is part one of our Lenten series and was offered during the Ash Wednesday worship at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

3/5 SUMMARY: God has always chosen love as His response; learn how we can do no less! 

Unconditional Obedience

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The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s March 2 message, “Unconditional Obedience” is now available.

This sermon is part four of our series “UNCONDITIONAL” and was offered during the Sunday morning worship at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

3/2 SUMMARY: We end our “Unconditional” series with the one ultimatum that is “the elephant in the room” for Christians.  Pastor Jerry explores why we hear “obey” as such a negative; picturing God as a scowling drill sergeant.  But through Jesus’ death and resurrection obedience is transformed to a love-response!  Jesus enables us to see and DO obedience in a freeing, joyful way! 

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at John 15:14-17

[Note: you might find a look at today's live outline or the worship folder can be helpful hear to review the teaching points from "Unconditional Love" and answer the following questions:]   Today Pastor Jerry McNamara asked “What’s the best expression of unconditional love you have ever received from another person?”

Questions to probe deeper: On a scale of 1 (just acquaintances) to 5 (closest friends) how would you rate yourself as a friend of Jesus?  On a scale of 1-5 how would you rate your obedience to Jesus’ Words and commands?  Are you comfortable with your own rating?  If there is a gap between the first rating and the second, how do you reconcile that in your mind.  Remember: we can’t use the excuse “I’m only human!”  Jesus was human!  The gap is a mark of our sin not our human-ness.

Read Matthew 28:18-20

Questions to probe deeper: If you had to explain to someone who was not familiar with Christianity why Jesus wants us to “obey everything I  have commanded you” could you give two reasons? Write them down or share them with your group (or spouse, or friend, etc.).  What benefit would come to you as a result of obeying everything Jesus commanded you?  What benefits might come through you and a local church to the rest of the world?

Look at John 14:23-27 

To probe deeper: What does our obedience to Jesus indicate about our relationship with Jesus?  The Lord said “Anyone who does not love me will not obey,” So if we don’t love Jesus, who or what are we loving when we disobey Jesus?  If we aren’t obeying (and therefore not loving Jesus) do you think we can expect to experience His peace?  Will we experience overcoming?

Look at John 15:7

What word of Jesus (Scripture promise) would be helpful for you to memorize so it remain in you and helps you remain in Christ?  What promise triggers you to ask God for help, guidance, relief, or some other blessing?

Look at Romans 5:19

What happened to the many because of the first man’s disobedience?  How have you experienced someone else’s disobedience–did fit help you or harm you?  Write or share a time when your disobedience/sin had a harmful effect on someone else.  This passage indicates that Jesus’ acts of obedience infect and effect all of us in a positive way.  Write or share a time when one act of your obedience had a positive effect on someone. Share or write about a time when one act of obedience my you made the next act easier (similar to how starting a diet or exercise program is hard at first, but each time it gets a little easier as you build some “change momentum.”

SHARING Question

Share with the Fishers family: “What’s your best advice to someone on how to depend on God in all the little ‘real-life’ moments?”   Share your ideas here anonymously (in the third item from the top) and we’ll share them in an upcoming message and/or our Facebook page.  

 Unconditional ObedienceSHARE WITH ALL OF US!  If you can, take a picture of something that represents a new area or new way where you are going to obey God (say your math textbook or checkbook); then upload that picture to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #maywerisk

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

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