Sermons online

Miss a service or like to re-hear a sermon that you found especially helpful or inspirational? We have recorded previous sermons in the popular MP3 format. You can either download  sermon for listening later on your computer or MP3 player, or listen to it live off our website.

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  • "Giving Up...Despair" By Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Life is hard and grief is real and hearts are heavy.  Jesus weeps with us.  Yet there is hope!  Jesus is resurrection and life!  Thanks be to God.

  • "Giving Up...Enemies" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Enemies…  We don’t have to like what they do, but we do have to love them.  Why?  Who?  What?  Where?  When?  How?

  • "Giving Up...Expectations" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    A Pharisee named Nicodemus thought that he had his life planned out and knew what to expect. Then he met Jesus and the unexpected happened. Life has many unexpected twists and turns and we need to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit and expect that our faith in Jesus will lead us to salvation. 

  • FEBRUARY 25, 2018

    Celebration Ringers and Jubilation! musical #GRACEWINS

  • "Giving Up...Control" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We want to run our lives.  And sometimes we do a pretty good job of it.  Yet no matter how hard we try, we just will never be smart enough, savvy enough, good enough.  It's time to give up control.

  • "Transfiguration" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The Greek word for "transfiguration" is metamorphosis. The account of Jesus being inwardly changed, revealing his glory is amazing, mysterious, and filled with hope.

  • "The Relay of Faith" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    St. Luke's "sermon on the plain" gives us the Golden Rule. How are we called to be the people of God, saints, in the relay of faith?

  • "Put Your Hand into the Hand of God" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    At some time in our lives, we, or those we love, are affected by cancer or another difficult diagnosis. How do we react? How do personal resiliency, the support of family and friends and the presence of God come into play?

  • "Get Lost!" by Rev. Julia Doellman-Brown

  • "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The Dillon Panthers (Friday Night Lights) and the healed blind man in the gospel of John, chapter 9, have similar personal faith-mission statements; what's yours?

  • "The Blessing of Wilderness" by Anna Petrie

  • "Farmers, Football, and Friends" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    The Parable of the Four Soils in the Gospel of Matthew tells us of a farmer who sows seed on good soil and poor soil alike. Although most of us are not farmers, we can rethink this analogy on how we watch football and how our friends impact our lives. Listen to see how an analogy can show you that God's profligate love is given to all.

  • Christmas Eve scripture and meditations

  • DECEMBER 24, 2017 - 4th Advent

    "What Gift Do You Want for Christmas?" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    We usually make a list of the gifts we would like to receive for Christmas. But the gifts that we truly desire are those that only God can provide. In the carol, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, we are reminded that the best gifts are joyful lives, wisdom, and peace on earth. But the best gift of all is Emmanuel - God with us - the babe of Bethlehem.

  • "The Stewardship of our Financial Lives" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Mary's response to the angel Gabriel of "let it be to me according to your word" is a model for us as how to live.  Not resignedly or meekly, but with trust and joy. What good is it if Mary is full or grace if we too are not full of grace?

  • "The Stewardship of our Lives of Service" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    John the Baptist is a terrific person who models a life of service - being a witness to Jesus and reflecting (not manufacturing) the light into this dark world. During this Advent season and throughout 2018 may we too serve gladly in the name of God: giver, grace-provider, gratitude-inspirer.

  • "The Stewardship of our Spiritual Lives" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The challenge is to live and love more like Jesus during this Advent season—and then carry that into 2018.  Spiritual growth is a responsibility and a blessing.  What will that look like for you?

  • "But this I know" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The future is in God's hands. Though we face difficulties and challenges, and even know that not only is there "a time to be born" but also "a time to die," Christ is sovereign and the time will come when the King of kings will make all things right - when tears will be wiped away, a glad reunion will take place, when there will be rest for the weary and joy for all as we hear the words, "Welcome home."

  • Unity and community are hallmarks of God's desire for humanity. The Sanctuary Choir and Monmouth University Chamber Choir present a major choral work as Scott Brown preaches from Psalm 133 and offers program notes.

  • "Be Prepared" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord".  These are the words of the leader Joshua when he asked the people of Israel to choose the god that they will serve.  Making that choice calls for a daily commitment to God and a requirement to be prepared to serve whenever God calls to us.

  • "Let Go!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    "Let go and let God" may be a familiar phrase, and yet may be easier to say than to do.  Let us know, remember and believe that Christ is there to catch you!

  • "To God Alone be the Glory" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We receive the free gift of life - abundant and eternal.  May we respond with gratitude, doing all that we do to the glory of God.

  • "Through Scripture Alone" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    It’s been said that the great gain of the Reformation Era of history was the putting of the Bible into the hands of the people and enabling them to read and study it for themselves.  The scriptures are a window that brings the view of Jesus as Savior into sharper focus!   

  • "In Christ Alone" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We can’t do anything to make God love us any more; we can’t do anything to make God love us any less.  We are saved by Christ alone!  Alleluia!

  • "Through Faith Alone" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    God forgives our sins by grace alone and we respond to that gift by having faith in the work and teachings of Jesus Christ.  We are called to live by helping our neighbors in our broken and hurting world. We are called to show our faith as we rely on God’s strength and not our own.

  • "By Grace Alone" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    In Ephesians, chapter 2, we are reminded how hell-bent on destruction we naturally are, but... With that word, bad news becomes Good News, salvation news.  "But God who is rich in mercy...made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved!"

  • "The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in..."

             by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The "traveler's Psalm" reminds us that God "keeps" us. Whether going out or coming in; whether morning, noon or night, God's got us. In our world of turmoil, be assured that God goes with you.

  • "Service Entrance" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    A fulfilled and purposeful life occurs through service to God and others. Do you believe that?

  • "God Opens Doors" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Jesus invites us to encounter the door of faith and walk on in – into the Kingdom of hope, light and peace that will not, cannot and shall not fail.

  • "Eve (and Adam)" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Women have been blamed, through Eve, for the original sin of "eating of the forbidden fruit." Is there more to the story?  What about the "second sin" of blaming and making excuses?

  • "Tabitha" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The story of Tabitha is short - recorded in the book of Acts - and focuses on her death and resurrection. Because of Jesus, Tabitha's story will be ours. Death will not have the final word. Hope abides!

  • "Ruth" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Ruth, a woman from Moab, a people hated and distrusted by the Jews, has a book in the Hebrew Scriptures named for her. Incredible! As she lived and believed and trusted that God's mercy transcended ethnicity, nationality and religion, she becomes a model for us all, even in, especially in, 2017.

  • "The Sound of Silence" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    There are contradictions in the Apostle Paul's letters to the churches in Rome and Corinth. On one hand, Paul praises women for being apostles and deacons in their churches and for speaking prophecy to the people. But on the other hand, he tells us that women should be silent in church and that it is shameful for women to teach. How can these two ideas stand together?

  • "Hagar" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Hagar, an Egyptian slave woman, found salvation through the God of the covenant.

    Her story continues to have implications even into the 21st century!

  • "Mary Magdalene" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    There has been much misinformation about Mary Magdalene - listen to hear the story of a generous woman, healed by Jesus, who wept at his cross and tomb, yet could live an alleluia-life as the light vanquished the darkness and resurrection defeated death.

  • "Rahab" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The Bible has 1189 chapters in it. One of them - Joshua 2 - is devoted to the story of a prostitute. If it were up to me, I might have preferred a chapter explaining how evil came into the world or what's the deal with unanswered prayer, or what heaven is really like. But no - God has decided that we need to hear about Rahab...

  • "Deborah and Jael: Women in Charge" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    War, chaos and death are not usual topics for a sermon but the stories of Deborah and Jael from the book of Judges teach us that God's power can be used to work miracles. If we feel our power is limited by others or by our own fears, then it is time to step over the line and break out of the box and work together for God's kingdom on earth.

  • "From Worthless to Blessed" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    Hannah is one of two wives of Elkanah and her story is told in the book of 1 Samuel. In ancient Palestine, she was considered to be "worthless" because she was childless. Hannah prays to God for a son and is blessed with the birth of Samuel. But, she is remembered as a blessed person not just because she has a son but because of the promises she keeps to be faithful to God and the sacrifices she makes to be thankful to God.

  • "The Unwelcome Woman" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    In the Gospel of Luke, we hear about a dinner party to which Jesus is invited. Jesus is not welcomed by his host, Simon the Pharisee, but an unnamed woman who is described as a "sinner" also comes to the party. She knows that she is not invited to the table but she acts as the gracious, welcoming host to Jesus.

  • "Tear Down This Wall" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    It was 30 years ago this month that President Reagan uttered the words, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."  What place do walls have in our world and in our faith?

  • "A Piece of your Heart" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Reading a whole book! - Lessons from the book of Philemon, and how he, Onesimus and the Apostle Paul together live out the very real task of forgiveness and reconcilation.

  • "Living a Wise Life" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Wisdom is not just a matter of what you know with your mind - but also what you know with your heart and how you live in practical, kind, humble, just and God-honoring ways.

  • "Joining the Church" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We are called to devote ourselves to the apostles' teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and prayer (Acts 2:42).  By the Holy Spirit's power and blessing, we seek to offer care, consolation, support and blessing for the journey of life.

  • "The Younger Prodigal" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The younger prodigal is welcomed home - unconditionally.  What wonderful, amazing grace!  May we, having received God's saving love, extend mercy to others.

  • "The Elder Prodigal" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We examine the story of the prodigal son, looking to the place, personality, performance and perspective of the elder brother. What does this parable have to say to duty-oriented, law-abiding, sometimes self-righteous people?

  • "Celebrate" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The lost is found! Celebrate Good News, come on! God, our heavenly Parent, is scanning the horizon to welcome all prodigal sons and daughters home.

  • "Community Unity" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Few of us, on a daily basis personally confront issues like murder, or political corruption, or nuclear responsibility. We do, however, continually face such ethical questions as, "Shall I keep my word?" or "Can I honor my commitments?" or "Who is my neighbor?"

  • APRIL 30, 2017

    Guest Minister

  • Youth Sunday

    Four of our senior high youth read scripture and gave sermons on passages from the gospel of Mark, chapter 1.

  • "!!!s and ???s" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Alleluia! Christ is risen! This Easter Sunday is punctuated by exclamation points. Yet it's a day that also raises questions... and that's okay! Thanks be to God who abides, sustains, understands and brings life that is both abundant and eternal!

  • "He Humbled Himself" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The more we humble ourselves the more we climb into the presence of God. Arrogance, hatred and the lust for power isn't the way of God - not on the first Palm Sunday, not now, not ever.

  • "Jesus Silences the Storm" by Debi L. Jensen

    Jesus taught his disciples how to have faith in the power of God when caught in a powerful storm. We all can have faith in the calm and peace that Jesus brings to us, and our faith in Jesus can lead us to do powerful things.

  • "Salt and Light" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    These are turbulent times - and Jesus reminds us that it's our privilege and responsibility to make a diffference, to be the instigating agent to affect society for good and for God.

  • MARCH 19, 2017

    An intergenerational musical - "Table for Five...Thousand!" -was presented illustrating the miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand.

  • "He cannot be... Can he?" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    When Jesus first speaks to the woman at the well, she assumes he does not know who she is, but Jesus knows her very well... and loves her just the same. Rejoice in the inclusive love that God has for you... and for the world!

  • "Satan, Wild Beasts and Angels" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    In dusty, desert times, when we are in a spiritual or emotional wilderness, we are not alone. Abiding angels are present for us, as they were for Jesus.

  • "It's All for the Best" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    An eye-for-an-eye ethic is being promoted by some. Revenge and retaliation are deemed as acceptable. Jesus says, "but I say unto you..." and recalibrates life and commends a better way of living.

  • "On an Ordinary Sunday" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The song "Sunday" from "Sunday in the Park with George" is connected to a painting by Georges Seurat that shows a variety of people relaxing on an ordinary Sunday. What are the hopes and dreams - and beliefs - of those who go to a park on Sundays rather than to church. Should we care?

  • "Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky a Fiddler on the Roof." by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The connections of family. The tradition of a Sabbath meal. The hopes and dreams we have for the next generation. The prayers that we have for our children and grandchildren.

  • "A Soul Bought for God" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Using scripture and the story of "Les Miserables" we see that there is a time to draw hard-and-fast lines, but also that there are times to blur the lines. Life is messy; grace is amazing. God desires mercy, not sacrifice.

  • "On the faith" by Debi L. Jensen

    "Having snowy days" can be a metaphor for days that bring difficulties and sorrows into our lives. We all have snowy days when our journey seems too difficult and our path is not clear, but when we trust in the promises of God, we will emerge into the warmth and safety of God's love.

  • "On the Journey...finishing well!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Using the final words we have from the apostle Paul, we consider what it means to not just endure, but to run the race of life and finish well.

  • "Overcoming Evil" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "Traveling Faithfully" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Do we outgrow believing in an epiphany story about mystical kings who were guided by a mysterious star in order to greet a miraculous child? Does scientific inquiry hold more weight than faith? Do the variety of religions devalue or discount the uniqueness of Christ?

  • "Start Small, Start Now" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    God specializes in second changes and new beginnings. Jesus Christ has the power to do that!

  • "Do not be afraid; for...see!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    God is not dead, nor doth he sleep, the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, and good will -- to you and, indeed, to the whole world!

  • "Christmas Eve Meditations"

    by Rev. Scott D. Brown and Debi L. Jensen

  • "Taste the Love" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Perhaps it was that there was "no room for him in the inn," Jesus had a passionate focus on radical hospitality and extravagant welcome for all people. Following his example, we are called to respond to the stranger in our midst...those lost and alone, those on the margins of society, immigrants and refugees.

  • "In Him All Things Hold Together" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We are linked together by the Lordship of Christ, the one who holds all things together, holds all people together. Thus we are linked, supported, loved, touched. We are cradled in the hands of God. In response, we are to be witnesses to God's presence by being the hands of Jesus today - sharing and giving.

  • DECEMBER 4, 2016

    Selections from G.F. Handel's Messiah were sung by our Senior Choir.  

  • "Hope Smells" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The incense that Zechariah burned in the temple carried the prayers of the people to heaven. People's hopes and fears ascended with the smoke and smell. What does hope smell like today? What prayers do we bring when, in the politics of our time, anger has been legitimized and hate is somewhat seemingly sanctioned? Come, Lord Jesus, quickly come!

  • NOVEMBER 20, 2016

    Guest Minister

  • "Bring Your Best" by Debi L. Jensen

    The prophet Malachi spoke to the Hebrew people who had rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem. Externally, everything looked fine but the people had grown complacent and, in their worship, they were just "going through the motions." They were not bringing their best worship, love, or offerings to God. Know that God loves you and desires your honest and abiding faith and wants you to bring your best!

  • "The Greedy and the Needy" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We pledge to be a nation "under God." The prophet Amos is pointed in rebuking a society that panders to the powerful, plays to peoples' basest fears and allows the widening gap between rich and poor. Instead of pursuing a political ideology to solve our problems, we need to pursue the Lord.

  • "The Difference of Indifference" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Throughout Zephaniah there is a pattern of rebellion, restoration and rejoicing. If this book were the story of your life, in which of those three stages do you find yourself today in relation to God? Time is limited - so let us not be complacent...

  • "Do It Now!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Our schedules can be filled with activities, appointments and accomplishments. The prophet Haggai spoke to the busy people of biblical times as well as to us today in reminding us that, in the midst of all that we do, to keep the ways of God as a priority.

  • "A Great Love Story" by Debi L. Jensen

    We sometimes learn best by having a personal example to follow. In the Book of Hosea, God uses the marriage of Hosea and Gomer to teach us that through adversity, betrayal, and even despair, God's love will be ever faithful and steadfast.

  • "God and Evil" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    One word summarizes the first chapter of the minor prophet Habakkuk: "WHY?" It is perhaps the deepest-felt and most challenging question for people of faith - "Why do bad things happen if God is all-loving and all-powerful?" How are we called to live given the reality of evil?

  • "People Matter to God" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    God sent Jonah to Ninevah to preach repentance and salvation. Jonah was obedient but not enthusiastic. He had no love lost for the Ninevites, whom he had judged to be irreparably evil.  Yet his conversion sermon, only one sentence, was extraordinarily successful. Jonah wasn't happy that God had mercy. So, what do we do when God loves people that we don't?

  • "What does God require of us?" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    When you walk with someone you love, you don't walk ahead or behind - you walk side by side. In the words of Bruce Springsteen, "If I should fall behind, wait for me." Which is also what God wants for us. Our natural inclination is to walk with pride, but that separates us from one another and from God. We are to walk humbly...

  • "Celebrate the Journey" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Our destination is God's heavenly promised land, but we're not there yet. How do you keep on keeping on? How do you keep faithful on a journey where, in this life at least, you never fully arrive?

  • "Faith is a Journey, not a Destination" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Being a church-tourist has its allure and its place. But the Bible encourages us to be more than just sightseers, more than spectators, but to be travelers, to be active participants in the culture of the Kingdom of God.

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