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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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  • "Living Under House Arrest" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Philippians 1:12-30 lifts up Paul's circumstances and how he learns to live in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. How can we apply that to living in the time of Covid-19?

  • "Living at Two Addresses" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We begin a sermon series on the book of Philippians.  The Apostle Paul writes from jail - yet despite circumstance speaks of the joy of being "in Christ."  We too can find resiliency through faith.

  • "Worried?" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The 11th commandment?  Jesus says, "Do not worry."  Is that even possible?  How to hand off our worries to God...

  • "Reassurances from Revelation 1" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    "The Story" concludes with lessons from the final book of the Bible.  John provides a glimpse into the culmination of blessing and salvation as Jesus is the beginning and end, the Alpha and Omega!

  • "Wisdom and Mentorship" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The apostle Paul is near the close of his life - and he wants to finish well.  Using the metaphor of a race, he (and the sermon) speaks of ways to ensure we cross the finish line with joy.

  • "Pass It On" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    "The church exists by mission as fire exists by burning," said Emil Brunner, noted theologian.  Paul's missionary journeys highlight how we, as the church, are to be about "outreach" not "inreach."

  • "Draw the Circle Wide" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The Acts of the Apostles talk about how God's grace extends from Jerusalem to the entire world. To make that expansive outreach, the faith is shared not just with Jews but also with Gentiles. The sermon, focusing on Acts 10, speaks of how God draws the circle of inclusion wide.

  • "The Resurrection" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Easter is the foundation of our faith. As we continue "the Story," the chronological, comprehensive journey through the Bible, we arrive at the Good News of resurrection! The sermon looks to the events immediately following, specifically the risen Savior's encounter with Simon Peter. How does the gift of eternal life and full forgiveness inform your faith?

  • "The Hour of Darkness" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    As we continue through "the Story" we arrive at the time in Jesus' life commonly known as "Holy Week." The days leading up to the cross coincide with Passover. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world - and provides the path to salvation. Receive this Good News and live!

  • "Jesus, the Son of God" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    Martha provided Jesus and his disciples with the hospitality of home and hearth.  Mary gave the hospitality of attention and care.  Both are important in showing Christian love and devotion.  We are all both "Martha and Mary" when we show our love of God and love for others.

  • "Truth of Our Country and God" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    The Declaration of Independence declared our nation to be greater than tyranny allowed us to be.  The Bible teaches us how to be a nation for greatness for all if we follow the commandments of God and become the hands and feet of Christ on earth.

  • "No Ordinary Man" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    As the congregation continues with "The Story" we come to a chapter which contains much of Jesus' teaching.  Today's message focuses on a major section - the sermon on the mount, and in particular, the Beatitudes.  #Blessed

  • "Jesus' Ministry Begins" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We invite you into God's story - the greatest story ever told!  Jesus calls his first disciples; Jesus calls us.  How (and why) should we respond?

  • "The Birth of the King" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We begin the New Testament overview of "The Story" this morning.  With the Good News of the incarnation, we celebrate a Christmas in June!

  • "Tell Me a Story" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    Each of us has a story of our life and it begins with our name. When Moses asks for God's name, God says "I am the God of your ancestors and I will be the God of your children." The name of Jesus comes with the promise that his kingdom will last forever. Let us tell our children the story of the glory of God and God's son, our Lord and Savior.

  • "The Day of Pentecost" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The Day of Pentecost is a day of power and promise.  As we seek to grow in the blessings, we are reminded that life is too short to live without God, life is too fragile not to lean on Jesus, life is too hard not to be refueled by the Holy Spirit.

  • "Nehemiah" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We conclude the Old Testament portion of "The Story" with readings from Nehemiah.  Nehemiah goes to Jerusalem from Persia to rebuild the holy city's walls.  His lessons of rebuilding though are not only applicable to walls - but rebuilding the very community of God!

  • May 17, 2020

    Youth Sunday

    The Senior High Youth led online worship with scripture, homilies, a slide show from past mission trips, music and more, sharing how their faith has grown and guided them during this pandemic,

  • "Esther" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Esther is a woman of valor – a role model of stepping up in the midst of a challenging time to help advance the Realm of God.  What can we learn and apply from her story in our own challenging times?

  • "Why??????" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The questions of suffering are many. The answers are often not given.  We find connection, and direction, and hope in the story of Job from the Old Testament.

  • "Pandemic Lessons from Daniel" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Back to “the Story” we pick up the Old Testament after the fall of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah.  God’s people are exiled in Babylon.  In our time of displacement and emotional exile, we can find hope in the ancient stories found in the ever-relevant Word of God.

  • "Questions are Welcomed" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    A week after Easter, the disciples were sequestered – but Jesus isn’t held back from appearing to the questioning disciples.  So we too bring our questions even as we abide in faith!

  • "Victory Against All Odds" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Though the dangers of this world are ever-evident, the joy of Easter and the promise of resurrection is what has the last word!  God always has one more move!

  • "Hosanna! Save Us!" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    Palm Sunday brings Jesus into Jerusalem humble riding on a donkey.  "Hosanna" cry the people wanting to be saved from the oppression of Rome.  Jesus will save them and will save us as well but not with earthly power.  Instead, he will save through the power of love.

  • "Walking with Jesus Despite Challenging Times" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Joshua was called to live and lead in the tumultuous times after the death of Moses.  So much was uncertain.  Yet the command comes to “be strong and courageous” and “be not frightened or dismayed.”  How can we live that out in our times?  Listen for ways in which we can walk with God.

  • "Deep Questions" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    In these times of unprecedented challenge, we yet worship God. Looking to the "suffering servant" passage of Isaiah 53, we know that we have one who is "a man of sorrows" and "acquainted with grief."  Despite suffering, because of God's love we are redeemed!  Love wins!  Love never ends!

  • "Overturning Business as Usual" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    With the pandemic changing our lives and our world in unprecedented ways, we look to God, our Rock and our Salvation.  What do we do when we can no longer do "business as


  • "Take Up" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    What does it mean to "take up a cross?"  Jesus was very clear that following him might not be a smooth ride.  How are we to take up the causes of Jesus in our day?

  • "Water and Wilderness" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Instead of giving up something for Lent, we look at the events of Jesus coming up from the waters of his baptism and being driven into the wilderness.  This story gives hope and help for us today.

  • "What Really Matters?" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Rather than "giving up" in Lent this season, the scriptures ask us to consider what Jesus is "up to."  Today we consider alternatives to storing up treasures on earth.

  • "No One Listens to a Prophet" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    The prophets speak but the people do not listen. Even though the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel warn of the destruction of their countries, temples, and families, no one will listen to the prophets. When our lives become hard and dry, let us not turn away from God but listen for the words of hope for a new beginning.

  • "Our Place in the Story" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    As the Northern Kingdom was destroyed by Assyria and the Southern Kingdom then under threat from Babylon, the prophet Isaiah speaks.  Remember who you are!  Remember whose you are!

  • "Under God" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Although the northern kingdom of Israel was enjoying outward affluence, the widening gap between rich and poor exposed the poverty of their souls.  The prophet Amos carries God's message of love for all people and how we are to let our hearts be broken on behalf of those in need.

  • "Discernment" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    King Rehoboam (1 Kings 12) should have and could have taken the advice of wise leaders. Yet he thought he knew better. When facing decisions, where do we go for counsel? Who ought we seek as a good guide? How do we discern the direction of God?

  • "Solomon" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    King Solomon was blessed with the God-given gift of wisdom.  Some of his legacy is found in the book of Proverbs.  How does this book of pithy sayings guide us today?

  • "Feet of Clay" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    David is the most remembered and revered king of Israel. But we learn that he is a human and prone to sin as we all are. His sin of adultery with Bathsheba affects his life and the lives of those around him. When his friend Nathan confronts him, David asks God for forgiveness and then lives his life under God's protecting grace.

  • "David" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We resume our walk through the Old Testament, picking up "The Story" with the early years of David. What lessons about power and humility are gleaned from the interactions between King Saul and the one who would become the next King of Israel?

  • "What Next?" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The shepherds and wise men were transformed by an encounter with Jesus.  What about us?  What's next?  What ought to frame our new year?

  • "Christmas Eve Meditations - The Places of Christmas"

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

  • "...and wonders of His love" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The conclusion of an Advent sermon series on the text of "Joy to the World" - which was written by Isaac Watts 300 years ago.  Although not explicitly mentioning Jesus, angels, shepherds, animals, Mary, Joseph, or kings - the wonders of God's love are evident as we remember that "In the beginning was the Word!"

  • "His Blessings Flow" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The Bible contains many stories, but it is one continuous story of our relationship to God - how we were alienated from God, and God's plan of redemption and salvation.  God's grace, revealed in Jesus, covers all our sin, or as the third stanza of "Joy to the World" puts it, God's blessings flow far as the curse is found.

  • "Repeat the Sounding Joy" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The second stanza of Joy to the World - written 300 years ago, resounds with "repeat the sounding joy."  What is joy?  Why and how can we repeat it in our world today?

  • "Prepare Him Room" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The story in Bethlehem at the birth of Jesus included "no room."  In our day we need to provide a different response.  How can we prepare a place for Jesus even as he prepares a place for us?  Let us "prepare Him room..."

  • Scripture Reading and Sermon - Saul by Rev. Scott Brown

    We continue our chronological walk through the Old Testament as we listen to the story of Saul, Israel's first King, and learn lessons of trust and obedience.

  • Scripture Reading and Sermon - Ruth by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The four-chapter book of Ruth, set in the time of the Judges, is a tender story of hope amidst hopelessness and how God uses the unlikely people of the world in order to redeem the world!

  • "Power to the People" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    The cycle of sin, repentance, and redemption is the theme for the stories in the Book of Judges. Twelve judges are lifted up by God to help the people of Israel but twelve times they fail to worship and trust the One True God. This sermon shows how power and wisdom come from God alone and how God continues to love us all.

  • Scripture Reading and Sermon from Joshua 1-6: 24 (chapter 7 of The Story) by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The book of Joshua tells of many battles in conquest of the Promised Land. This sermon focuses on the battle of Jericho and specifically the story of Rahab. As God uses her, so does God have ways to use each one of us to bring strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.

  • "The Stewardship of Pain" by Rev. Jeffrey Munroe

    A sermon based on Matthew 25:14-30 by the Reverend Jeffrey Munroe, Executive Vice President at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigian.

  • "Faithful Then, Faithful Now!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Life is full of choices.  Caleb, from the book of Numbers, provides an example of the choice to trust God.  The other scouts of the Promised Land react out of fear and the consequence is years of wandering.  How will you choose to approach life?

  • "Moses and the Chamber of Secrets" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Do you find it hard to wait?  You are not alone - Moses waited, too.  God, in the second half of Exodus, over and over, works as we wait.  God instructs to build a tabernacle, so that God could dwell with the people as a visible reminder that God is with us... always. 

  • "Moses, the Early Years" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Moses is a pivotal figure in the Bible.  Cradled, Chosen, Called and Commissioned by God - though he didn't think he was the best choice - God was with him.  God is with us too, we are just to "be still and know that God is God" and God then works through us and for us, even to life eternal!

  • "Isaac, Jacob and Joseph" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    In the final half of the book of Genesis we find complicated family dynamics and significant sibling rivalry.  Reconciliation is never assured - but God is always at work, promoting peace, seeking restitution, bringing forth salvation.  As you look back over your life, how do you see God at work, even in the times of challenge?

  • "Where is Isaac?" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    Abraham and his wife Sarah are chosen by God to build the Hebrew nation. Even though they are old, God blesses them with a son, Isaac - the "laughter" of their lives.  But there is a difficult story in their lives when Abraham hears God ask him to sacrifice the life of their son. Why would God ask for such a thing? And when the sacrifice is stopped by an angel of the Lord, what happens to Isaac and where is he?

  • "The Beginning of the Story" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    God is Creator! We begin a systematic progression of looking at scripture passages in the Old Testament. In creating, God invites us to share in the joy of blessing all the earth and all creatures of our God and King. Here's how to spend a great day with God...

  • "God's Story and Our Story" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    On this, the church's rally day, we look back to how God has been at work in history, what God is calling our congregation to do in the future - and ever and always to abound in gratitude.

  • "The Kingdom, Power and Glory" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We conclude the sermon series on the Lord's Prayer by looking at God's kingdom, God's power, and God's glory!  God is in charge, available, and to be praised.  To God be the glory!

  • "God is our Strength and Song" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    On this hymn sing Sunday, a brief reflection on the importance of worshiping together, praying together, singing together.  Isaiah 12 is an ancient hymn giving thanks for God's sovereignty.  The congregation has just sung "In Christ Alone," a hymn from 2001 that also praises God who is our strength and song.

  • "Lead Us Not, but Deliver Us!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Temptation!  It's something every person deals with.  The question is not whether we will be tempted but rather how do we respond?  The sixth petition of the Lord's Prayer asks, "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."

  • "Debts/Trespasses/Sins" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    In the Lord's Prayer, we ask: "forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors." The small word "as" has huge implications. Seeking forgiveness from God and granting forgiveness to others are inextricably linked. Yet God's grace is such that forgiveness abides and abounds!

  • "Vanity, All is Vanity" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    The Book of Ecclesiastes teaches us that our lives have no meaning without the blessings of God. To enjoy the earthly pleasures of life, we must remember that we cannot find meaning in the things of life unless we give glory to God as the Great Giver of all that we have.

  • "Limiting the Unlimited God" by Ben Zaccaria

  • "Daily Bread" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Give us this day our daily bread.  Note the plural pronouns!  We're in this together.  As we pray for the myriad of daily needs, we seek to support one another in specific ways, always abiding in the amazing grace of our providing God.

  • "It's Kingdom Time" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    What would the world look like if the prayer "thy kingdom come - on earth as it is in heaven" would come to pass?  For the Kingdom of God is at hand!  Let us live and love like Jesus.

  • "Time for a Tune-Up" by Jim McQuerrey

  • "Hallowed be thy Name" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The seeming ease with which people use the name of God or Jesus to cavalierly express their frustration or the number of times people mindlessly say “oh my God” makes me think or hope anyway, that they just must not know what they are doing.  But it’s a problem…

  • "Our Father" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Beginning a sermon series on the Lord's Prayer - a prayer that's learned by children and yet takes a life-time to live out, this sermon looks at what it means to address God as Father and the implication of the word "our."

  • "Trinity - Three in One" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    Trinity Sunday is the time to remember and honor our God Three-in-One.  God above me, God beside me, and God within me is the trinitarian God of our faith.

  • "Holy Wind" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Pentecost! Blow, Holy Spirit, blow! Be inspired to love more outrageously, to give more sacrificially, to care more unguardedly, to speak the name of Jesus more forthrightly, to welcome more inclusively, to serve more intentionally!

  • "The Journey" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    "What does it mean to "work out" our salvation as the Apostle Paul instructs in his letter to the Philippians?  Faith-development is never finished - but rather a life-time journey. We're called to "get better" - to love more generously, to serve more selflessly, to worship more praise-worthily, to give more sacrificially.

  • "Finishing Well" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Commencement addresses typically dispense advice on how to begin, to commence, well.  As Christians, how are we called not to just start, but finish well?  The text of the last words of King David provide a good format of how to live a full, fruitful and faithful life.

  • MAY 19, 2018

    Youth Sunday

    Our Senior High youth led worship with scripture, skits, homilies, music and the Gospel for Children illustrating how we should stay connected to God, our church and our community.

  • "Waiting" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Waiting is a challenging thing to do.  As Americans we live in a fast-paced, hurry-up-and-go society.  How then can we faithfully "wait upon the Lord?'  The text from Isaiah 40, with its imagery of mounting up with wings of eagles, of running and not becoming weary, or walking and not becoming faint, is our guide.

  • "The Walk to Emmaus" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    Two believers walked home to Emmaus saddened by the death of Christ.  They were so immersed in their grief that they failed to recognize Jesus walking beside them.  Are you looking for Jesus in your life?  He is there beside you always.

  • "Dear God..." by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The story of doubting Thomas is often our story.  As we pray, we waiver between certainty and uncertainty and, in prayer, lift up all our cares to our risen Savior who has promised us "peace!"
  • "He Is Risen" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Christ is risen!  Alleluia!  And Jesus goes before his disciples to Galilee.  Scripture says "there he will meet them."  So too for us, through dangers, toils and snares, God leads us to our Galilee; God leads us home.

  • "It is Finished" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    The last words of Jesus on Good Friday, “It is finished” bring us sorrow.  But there is a way to hear these words in a mighty and triumphant way!

  • PALM Sunday, APRIL 14, 2019

    "Save Us, Now!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    In order to better grasp the meaning and message of Palm Sunday, we need to understand the background song and symbolism.  As we begin Holy Week, we praise Jesus the Messiah, the King of Peace.

  • "Surely, not I..." by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Judas betrays Jesus and Peter denies Jesus.  Their stories end differently as Peter accepts the gift of forgiveness and grace.  Will you?

  • A short homily by Rev. Scott D. Brown accompanying the worshipful presentation of "Requiem" of Gabriel Faure, by the Monmouth University Chamber Choir and our congregation's Sanctuary Choir.  Over fifty voices lifting up prayers for eternal rest for those who have died.  We give thanks that we are called, chosen and cherished by our Heavenly Father who promises the gift of Paradise.

  • "Not My Will" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Gardens in the Bible are places of prayer, temptation and perseverance.  We seek to follow faithfully by praying along with Jesus, "not my will, but thine be done."

  • MARCH 17, 2019

    "The Old Testament Fast Forward" intergenerational musical was presented complete with songs and stories about characters from the books of the Old Testament. 

  • "What is Truth" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Life is filled with challenges.  Being bold enough to be a truth-teller is a challenge, yet what we, as God's people, are called to do.

  • "Take Courage" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Jesus' last words to his gathered disciples before his arrest and crucifixion were "take courage; I have overcome the world."  Despite the fragility of life and the pain and problems of the world, despite the questions of "why," God is the God of victory and resurrection.  Hang on.  Hold on.  Take courage.

  • "Love, fully." by Rev. Julia Doellman-Brown

    Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength - with all that makes you uniquely and wonderfully you - and share in this love with others!

  • "Celebrate!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    God loves his children!  God loves all people!  God loves you!  In Luke 15, we hear, three times, how God calls for us to rejoice when what is lost is found and how we are to celebrate when God's children come home.

  • "Do Likewise!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Compassion, sympathy, help, showing up, caring, coming close... all words associated with the Good Samaritan.  How are we to go and do likewise?  With whom can we identify in the story (Luke 10:25-37)?

  • "Ask, Seek, Knock" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    What does it mean that "everyone who asks, receives?"  How do we put the imperatives of Jesus that we are to "ask, seek, and knock" into context?

  • "Come, Take, Learn" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Christians are called to live and love like Jesus - but we are also "in the world."  How to stay real and how to get refreshed for the roller coaster of life...

  • "The Forgiveness Imperative" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Lost luggage is not a happy thing when flying. But in other parts of life - it's a good thing to lose the suitcase packed with resentment and the duffel bag of unforgiveness. Why forgive? How to forgive what feels unforgivable? Challenging yet vital questions as we consider a passage from Matthew 18.

  • "Do Not Worry; Look; Consider; Strive" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Imperatives of Jesus:  Don't worry; look; consider; strive for the Kingdom. So...remember and believe, that just like the birds of the air or the flowers of the field, that you belong to God and that God's provision is for you.

  • "Good News for All the People" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    The Wise Men had a "Eureka" moment when they found the Christ Child and his mother at their home in Bethlehem.  The Wise Men had an "Epiphany" when they understood that the promise of salvation by God through his Son is given to all people throughout the world.

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