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  • "Deborah and Jael: Women in Charge" by Pastor Debi 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 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 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 as...as 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 Journey...in 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.

  • "Being Re-formed" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    What does it mean that our congregation has "reformed" in its name? The question is often, "Reformed from what?" But instead we are reformed - reshaped, remolded by God's Word so that we can live and love like Jesus.

  • "What is Truth?" by Debi L. Jensen


    The Second Letter of John is more like a postcard than a letter (or perhaps, it is more like a "tweet"!). John only wrote 245 Greek words but he manages to pack a powerful message into a small space. This sermon speaks of the divinity and the humanity of Jesus and how this truth can change our lives.

  • Homily by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    The Heidelberg Catechism calls the Sabbath a "festive day of rest." How can we be both festive and restive?

  • "New Creation!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    Last week, using the same scriptural passage (2 Corinthians 5:16-21) we looked at being "ambassadors of reconciliation." This week another image from the passage is considered: "new creation!" Resurrection, being born again, life that is abundant and eternal are gifts of God!

  • "Ambassadors" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    As athletes represent their countries at the Olympic games, we are Christ's representatives for the Kingdom of God. In our scripture passage, Paul passes the mantle of Christian ambassadorship to each of us. The mission of unity is delegated to us! What does that involve?...

  • "Seeking the Things Above" by Rev. Jeff Knol


    Sin is a persistent problem. In this sermon we see how Paul acknowledges that fact while he also gives guidance on shedding our old ways and putting on the new life we have in Christ

  • "Growth from God" by Rev. Jeff Knol


    In this sermon we consider what it takes to gain access to God. Through Paul's reminder we remember that Jesus welcomes us into a relationship with God, no matter who we are.

  • "Augmented Reality" by Rev. Jeff Knol


    In this sermon we consider what it means to view the world as an "augmented reality." As Christians we hear the call to allow Christ's victory to color and shade our view of the world.

  • "Because of Hope" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    Hope is more than just optimism. Christian hope anchors us in times of challenge and struggle. The apostle Paul was in prison yet gives us powerful words in the first chapter of Colossians that remind us that the issues of this world are temporary. Hope in and through Christ is what is permanent, pervasive and personal.

  • "Sacrifice" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    The Good News is not just for anonymous crowds assuring people of a vague and nebulous love. That may make us feel nice, but it demands little. Thankfully that's not the world into which Jesus lived and that's not the mission for which he died. Jesus' sacrificial love speaks to us in challenging times, requiring us to sacrifice as well.

  • "Christian Freedom" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    Don't think that just because God can, and will, and does forgive you that it doesn't matter how you behave or what you do. We are free, but not to act in self-interested ways. We are free in Christ to be extravagant in sharing the Fruit of the Spirit.

  • "Belonging" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    The only way to be beloved children in the family of God is through the adoptive, expansive love of God in Christ. It's not law. It's grace. It's not what we do, but what God has done. Paul says that, because of what was accomplished on the cross and through the resurrection of Jesus, there are no distinctions between who is part of the family and who is not. All belong!

  • "Christ's Church Continues" by Rev. Jeff Knol


    In this sermon we will consider what the prerequisites are to membership in the church. Along with Paul, we will affirm that God's only prerequisite is faith in Jesus Christ.

  • "Guiding into Truth" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    In Jesus' farewell discourse (John 16) he promises us the Spirit of truth. The truth doesn't change because Jesus doesn't change. Yet we do - so we need continually to receive the Spirit's leadings and guidance. On this confirmation Sunday, we are reminded that "continuing education" is part of each Christian's curriculum.

  • "Courage!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    Jesus proclaims, "In the world you will have trouble. But have courage! I have over-come the world." (John 16:33). On this Memorial Day Sunday, the closing words of Jesus' farewell discourse remind us that through Jesus Christ we are promised not quiet, but peace. Having courage is foundational to that peace. Praise be to our victorious, living, Prince of Peace!

  • May 22, 2016

    "Youth Sunday"


    Worship was led by our Senior High Youth emphasizing the theme of unity.

  • MAY 15, 2016 - 11:00 a.m.

    "Blessed to be a Blessing" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    The Spirit-infused blessing of God is with all those who seek the Lord. Not just today, not just at Pentecost in Jerusalem, but even back in the days of Moses was the hope, the cry, the promises: "Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!"

  • "Let's Begin" by Debi Jensen


    We celebrate this gift of the Holy Spirit as the beginning of the Christian church but the Spirit has been with us since the beginning of time. Let us begin each day with the power of love, truth, and guidance of the Holy Spirit as it moves us to greater faith in action!

  • "Simon the Magician" by Rev. Jeff Knol


    We consider Simon, a hometown hero, who finds himself believing in Jesus and joining a newly emerged church. What will Simon's place be in the church compared to his fame and renown before believing? How does one become "great" in the Jesus movement?

  • "Be a Barnabas!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    Barnabas is a key figure in Christian history and the book of Acts. Yet he is not as well-known as the apostle Paul. The "son of encouragement" did not seek the spotlight, instead he lived his faith in supportive ways. Have you had such a spiritual mentor? And...have you provided that kind of encouragement to someone else?

  • "The Same...But Different" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    The Philippian jailer, as we've come to know him, was in a professional predicament. Paul and Silas offered not just a practical answer but also a spiritual solution. So too, we are ordinary people who live ordinary lives, yet who are transformed by God to do extraordinary things!

  • "Leadings from God" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    The Holy Spirit prompted Paul to go to Philippi rather than to Asia. The Holy Spirit prompted Lydia to listen, believe and be baptized even though she didn't fit the expected culture-profile of what was expected of the first convert to Christianity on European soil. The Holy Spirit continues to nudge, guide, comfort, direct and lead us. What do we do with these "leadings from God?"

  • Homily by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    A homily to accompany the choir's worshipful selections from Mendelssohn's "Elijah." Just as Elijah knew to cast his burden upon the Lord, we are reminded that God sustains us even in, especially in, times of watching, weeping and waiting.

  • "Living in the Light of the Resurrection: Peace" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    Elijah heard a word from God not in the wind, earthquake or fire; God's word came whispered to him in the silence that followed. So too, after the violence and evil of the crucifixion, Jesus' first words after the resurrection were, "Peace be with you." As we face trials, turmoil and ter-ror, we are encouraged to take a "time out" and pursue, practice and pass on the peace of God.

  • "Witnesses of the Resurrection" by Rev. Jeff Knol


    The details of Jesus' death and resurrection were shared with his followers on Easter morning but, according to Luke, they did not believe the story. In this sermon we consider the grace God gives, not only in the details of the Easter story, but in the power we need to accept and believe the good news.

  • "Honor!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    We live in a "have it your way" world; we love customization and personalization. The problem come when we want a tailor-made faith as well. On this Palm Sunday we consider what it means to serve, to be humble and to say to God rather than ourselves: "have it your way."

  • "Like A Rock" by Debi L. Jensen


    Peter was the "rock" on which Jesus would build his church but Peter did not always measure up to that description. He was impulsive and rash in his speech and actions but, even worse, his own fears led him to deny Jesus three times. As we all struggle in our journey with Christ, we can look to the everlasting friendship and forgiveness

    offered to Peter by Jesus when Jesus asked him, "Do you love me?"

  • "Missed Moments" by Rev. Jeff Knol


    Genesis 18:1-10a; Luke 10:38-42.  In this sermon we explore how Sarah and Martha nearly miss their moments to be with God. We consider how our own cultural assumptions and personal misunderstands might cause us to miss our moments with God. Finally we remember how God leads us to experience communion despite the obstacles.

  • FEBRUARY 28, 2016

    "Amazing Grace, Amazing Love"


    Worship was led by our Celebration Ringers high school handbell choir and Jubilation! vocal choir.  

  • "Duh-ciples" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    Servanthood is a challenging lesson to learn and to live out. James and John, two of Jesus' disciples wanted to be "the best of the rest" as they asked for top spots in the coming Kingdom. Jesus pointedly told them (again) and tells us that to be first we must be slaves of all.

  • "Love and Loss" by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    Love lasts. Love wins. Yet the journey of life is fraught with challenges. Mary, the mother of Jesus, knew all too well the pain of loss that accompanies deep love. How do we deal with the questions of "Why me?" "What now?" and "Where is God?"

  • "Elijah, the Faithful Prophet", by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    Idol worship was a problem in the days of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. Elijah shares a powerful corrective message (it's recorded in 1 Kings chapter 18). We too have to confront the idols in our 21st century lives and decide to whom will we give allegiance and honor.

  • "Witnessing Glory", by Rev. Jeff Knol


    John 2:1-11: We consider the story of Jesus turning water into wine while attending a wedding at Cana. Jesus uses the water jars that were previously used for purification. In this sermon we explore how we relate to the idea of purification due to our salvation in Jesus Christ.

  • "Jesus' Mission and Our Mission", by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    Luke 4:14-22, 28-30, 43-44: "Loving all others" sounds simple but putting it in practice may get us into hot water as it did Jesus. Yet such radical love is inclusive, self-giving and sacrificial...and will change the world!


  • "Remember Who You Are", by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    Luke 4:1-5: Remembering who he is, namely a beloved child of God empowered by the Holy Spirit, Jesus remains faithful despite temptations. Being found faithful, we lift up the image of Jesus "shedding grace" wherever he went. This is an example for us to go and do likewise.

  • "The Heritage of Christ", by Rev. Jeffrey D. Knol


    Luke 3:21-38: We look into Jesus' genealogy as it is recorded in Luke's gospel. Why does Luke include the seventy-seven names of Jesus' ancestors going all the way back to "Adam, son of god" and how does God speak to us through this passage?

  • "When You Lose Jesus", by Rev. Scott D. Brown


    Luke 2:41-52: The scripture focuses on Jesus, age 12, leaving his family in order to talk with the religious authorities in the temple. He says, "I must be in my father's house; I must be about my father's business." Point to ponder: what is your business, your purpose?

  • "Living Christmas", by Rev. Scott D. Brown

  • "Christmas Eve Meditations"

          by Rev. Scott D. Brown and Rev. Jeffrey D. Knol

  • "The Hopes and Fears of All the Years",

          by Rev. Scott D. Brown

  • "Be Loving", by Rev. Jeffrey D. Knol

  • "The Joy of Every Longing Heart", by Scott D. Brown

  • "Be Hopeful!", by Rev. Scott D. Brown

  • "A Whole New World", by Rev. Scott D. Brown

  • "Blessed to Be Giving", by Rev. Jeffrey D. Knol

  • "Growth" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

  • "Grace!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

  • "Be Understanding" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

  • "Be Bold!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

  • "Be Calm", by Rev. Scott D. Brown

  • "Be Gracious" by Rev. Jeffrey D. Knol

  • "Be Devoted", by Rev. Scott D. Brown

  • "Be Humble", by Rev. Scott D. Brown

  • "A Minister of God's Word" by Rev. Jeffrey D. Knol

  • "Where is God?" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

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