I Believe - This is Most Certainly True

Pastor Wayne Braun, delivered his message on Sunday, June 16, 2019, entitled I Believe from the sermon series This is Most Certainly True.

As we start our catechetical sermon series on the Apostles' Creed, we start with the most personal words of the creed – "I believe." In our readings today we encounter two stories of faith. One is the story of Abraham who believed God’s promise of a son coming from his own body and the other the story of a father with a demon-possessed son. Both put on display faith as believing and trusting in God over and against all evidence to the contrary. Hebrews 11:1 – “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.”

Amy Benitez
Pentecost - The Promise of God

Pastor Allen Bauer, delivered his message on Pentecost Sunday, June 9, 2019, entitled The Promise of God. 

God created us Holy but sin separates us from one another and from God. God promised a new day filled with His spirit. God accomplished that through Jesus death and resurrection and fulfilled it in Pentecost. We now should live Pentecost lives by allowing the Spirit to melt us, mold us, and move us.

Amy Benitez
Rhythms of Spiritual Living - The Rhythms of Witness

Pastor Allen Bauer, delivered his message on Sunday, June 2, 2019, entitled The Rhythms of Witness from the Sermon Series Rhythms of the Spiritual Life.

The disciples who were returning to Emmaus and when their eyes were open they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples they had seen Jesus.  Like the Emmaus disciples God commands us to witness because we love all people and it helps our society.  When we witness about Jesus we bring glory to God. 

Amy Benitez
Rhythms of Spiritual Living - The Rhythms of Worship

Pastor Wayne Braun, delivered his message on Sunday, May 26th, 2019, entitled The Rhythms of Worship from the Sermon Series Rhythms of the Spiritual Life.

Regular worship has come to mean something different in our culture – monthly, not weekly.  But is this a worship problem or a symptom of a deeper problem in people’s relationship with God in Christ.  The truth is when Jesus Christ has your heart… when He is first in your heart… then wild horses can’t keep you away from God’s house!

Amy Benitez
Rhythms of Spiritual Living - The Rhythm of the Breaking of the Bread

Director of Christian Education, Richard Crouch, delivered his message on Sunday, May 19th, 2019, entitled The Rhythm of the Breaking of the Bread from the Sermon Series Rhythms of Spiritual Living.

It is during the breaking of Bread at the meal that the disciples finally recognize Jesus. So it is that in the breaking of Bread--the Lord’s Supper--that Jesus comes to meet us, to make Himself known, and to assure us that all His promises are true.  Regular participation at the Lord’s table is an important part of the rhythm of resurrection living.

Amy Benitez
Rhythms of Spiritual Living - The Rhythm of Jesus Presence

Pastor Wayne Braun delivered his message on Sunday, May 12th, 2019, entitled The Rhythm of Jesus Presence from the Sermon Series Rhythms of Spiritual Living.

As they get ready to pause for the evening, the two disciples ask Jesus, “Stay with us Lord for it is toward evening and the day is far spent.”  This prayer… this desire for the presence of Jesus should be the rhythm of every moment of our lives as believers.

Amy Benitez
Rhythms of Spiritual Living - The Rhythm of Fellowship

Pastor Wayne Braun delivered his message on Sunday, April 28th, 2019, entitled The Rhythm of Fellowship from the Sermon Series Rhythms of Spiritual Living.

Fellowship in the Bible is so much more than just a couple of people getting together for fun and games.  Fellowship, as we see in the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, is the relationship that is formed by a deep bond faith in Jesus Christ.

Amy Benitez
Easter Sunday - What Ifs and Indeeds

Pastor Wayne Braun delivered his message on Easter Sunday - April 21, 2019, entitled, "Easter What Ifs and Indeeds" ~ 1 Corinthians 15:19-26

The resurrection of Jesus is the event upon which the Christian Faith stands or falls.  If Jesus didn’t rise, than it is foolish to be a Christian – then eat, drink and merry.  But the great truth – the great Indeed of Easter is that Christ is Indeed raised from the dead.

Amy Benitez
Good Friday

The Good Friday Service was delivered by Pastor Wayne Braun on Friday, April 19, 2019.

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Maundy Thursday

The Maundy Thursday Service - delivered by Pastor Allen Bauer, Thursday, April 18th, 2019

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The Prodigal - The Invitation

Pastor Wayne Braun delivered his message on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 from the Sermon Series "The Prodigal" and is titled "The Invitation". 


The older brother is the real reason Jesus told this story which is pointed at the religious leaders from Luke 15:1-2 who self-righteously criticize Jesus for “welcoming sinners and eating with them.”  They are much like the Pharisees in today’s Palm Sunday Gospel, who rebuke Jesus for letting his disciples celebrate.  (Luke 19:39-40)  The hardest truth for we who have been Christians all our lives is to recognize ourselves in the older brother.  Yet as the Father points out to the Older brother – he has been gracious and generous with him too… there is here only reason for rejoicing!

Amy Benitez
The Prodigal - The Party

Pastor Wayne Braun delivered his message on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from the Sermon Series "The Prodigal" and is titled "The Party". ~ Luke 15:20-24


Robert Frost once wrote, “Home is the place where when you go there, they have to let you in.”  In this story, however, that line has to be changed.  Here home is the place where when you go there, they will overwhelm you with grace. His grace exceeds our expectations and makes of life, one great celebration.

Amy Benitez
The Prodigal - The Truth

Pastor Wayne Braun delivered his message on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from the Sermon Series "The Prodigal" and is titled "The Truth". 


I love the last thing Martin Luther ever wrote. They found it in his coat pocket after He died.  “This is the truth.  We are all beggars.”  That is the truth about himself that the prodigal son admits to himself at last and that we must admit.  That’s the place at which God reveals the even greater truth--He is full of mercy and grace.  We have nothing and God gives us everything.

Amy Benitez
The Prodigal - The Longing

Pastor Wayne Braun delivered his message on Sunday, March 24, 2019, from the Sermon Series "The Prodigal", titled "The Longing". 

All sorts of things in life can awaken in us our natural longing for God--In particular, hitting that point of total desperation as this young man did.  The good news of this parable is that even at that point of desperation God, is there with us and He wants us home.

Amy Benitez
The Prodigal - The Bottom

Richard Crouch, Director of Christian Education, delivered his message on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from the Sermon Series "The Prodigal" is titled "The Bottom"

The bottom of our living is a place of hopelessness and that is where the prodigal son finds himself in Sunday's reading from Luke.  Yet ours is a God who loves broken people and so He meets us at the bottoms of life as a gracious and faithful God.

Amy Benitez
The Prodigal - The Breach

Pastor Wayne Braun's message on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from the Sermon Series "The Prodigal" is titled "The Breach" ~Luke 15:11-13

"And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.' ~Luke 15:12

First, why did the young man want to take his inheritance and leave?  Second, why did the dad let him go?  There is no real love without freedom.  Here is a father who loves his son enough to say, "Go" and "I will wait, and wait, and wait..."

Jesus had that freedom.  He didn't use it.  

A part of God's love is this amazing grace that says, "Go.  Fail.  Yield to temptation.  But I'll be here.  I'll wait.  I'll forgive."

Amy Benitez
Fishers of Men??? God's Own House

Pastor Wayne Braun's message on Sunday, March 3, 2019 from the Sermon Series "Fishers of Men???" is titled "God's Own House"

As those who share in God’s calling, we are to live as God’s holy house in this world--faithful to Him in our witness and service, confident that He watches over us, His house, faithfully.

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