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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  • "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.

  • "Where did He go? by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Christ, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, is with us now and in the new year to come.  Jesus is with us, with the world, and on the loose!

  • "Christmas Eve Meditations"

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

  • "Homilies Accompanying a Visit from the Animals"

                 by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Given the presence of a manger, there were, no doubt, animals nearby at the birth of Jesus. Thus not just heaven, but "heaven and nature" sing at the joy of Christ's birth. Let us also repeat the sounding joy!

  • "Abound in Love" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    It's one of the most basic Christian directives - "love one another."  How best do we live lovingly as we wait for Christ's return?

  • "The Hands of Hope; Hanging on and extending out"

           by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Joseph is a key player in the Advent/Christmas story even though only a few verses focus on this righteous man.  What can we learn about hope and grace from the earthly father of Jesus?

  • "Glory, not Gridlock" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Isaiah's prophecy and John the Baptist's proclamation is about the One who is the King of Glory and Prince of Peace.  How can we be better Advent travelers on God's highway?

    Scripture text: Isaiah 40:1-5

  • "Dark and Light; Lost and Found" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    In a world of turmoil, tragedy and terror, we are given a reminder that there is a victorious conclusion.  In our waiting, we are called not to forget, not to judge, not to try to earn our place in heaven, but to give thanks for the grace given through Jesus Christ, who is the King of kinds and the Lord of lords.  Hallelujah!

  • "Give From the Heart" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    Thanksgiving and Stewardship give us the opportunity to be thankful for the blessings God has given us and to prayerfully consider how we give to those in need. From Genesis to the Gospels, the Word of God teaches us how to give with an open and loving heart.

  • "War No More? War No More. War No More!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    11/11/1918 was the armistice ending "the war to end all wars." But it wasn't. On the centennial of the end of WWI, we look to Christ, the Prince of Peace, so we can be grounded in the hope that is assured: with the Day of the Lord there will be war no more.  Come, Lord Jesus!

  • "Leaving Your Water Jars" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The conclusion of a three-week look at John 4 and the Samarian woman at the well.  She invites others to "come and see" but first she leaves her water jar behind.  What ought we leave with Jesus as we voyage forward in faith?

  • "Belonging" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The Samaritan woman that Jesus meets at the well (John 4).  Her story may be very different than what you thought...

  • "Well, well, well..." by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The Samaritan woman at the well is a story about "God so loved the world."  Listen for how that comes to be and how it impacts us both globally and personally.

  • "Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    From the first chapter of John's gospel to the last, from Philip and Nathanael to the Samaritan woman at the well, to Peter and Pilate and doubting Thomas - all are invited to "come and see" the grace of God made accessible and available to all.

  • "Postcards from the Great Divide" by Rev. Rusty Eidmann-Hicks

  • "Steps of Faith" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The Psalmist (Psalm 86) prays with us, "Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth."  Each stage of life encourages us to take steps of faith and increasing faithfulness.  Are we here to just make a living or make a life?

  • "Each Generation - Living and Loving Like Jesus"

                        by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Our views, perspectives, and even our faith, are shaped by when we were born. Yet, the church has a wonderful opportunity to bridge generations together as a common family. Listen and learn how we find comfort and blessing in an ever-changing world.

  • "One Generation to the Next" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Elijah passes the mantle of leadership to Elisha (1 Kings 19; 2 Kings 2). Who encouraged you in faith? To whom are you passing the torch? The Bible story provides guidance in how this best happens.

  • "Eternal Instants" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Using a story from Joshua 3 and 4, we are reminded through remembered moments and treasured tokens that we belong and are connected to others, and ultimately to God.  We are connected - past, present and future.  One generation calls to another!

  • "Fishing and Feeding" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The Christian's job description is found in the opening verses of the Gospel of Mark and the closing verses of the Gospel of John:  fishing for people and feeding sheep.  A challenge and a joy!

  • "Scripture Readings from the Psalms and the Homily"

                 by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Reflecting on historical psalm tunes and texts, we are reminded that music anchors us when the world is adrift and consoles us when our ways are weary and, through it all, grounds us in praise to God.

  • "Sleeper, Awake!" by Jeff Chu

  • "Is Someone Praying for Me?" by Reverend Dr. Shari K. Brink

  • "We All Have a Hunger" by Rev. Julia Doellman-Brown

    Food for the body and soul - Jesus is the bread of life. Through Christ’s example we gather for meals together, and are called to gather together to care for one another - and for the world.

  • "The Giant Who Defeated David" by Pastor Debi Jensen

    King David is revered as the greatest king of Israel. However, his human desires caused him to forget that his blessings came from the providence of God. Hear this message of David and Bathsheba that reminds us that we all stand in need of forgiveness.

  • "Loaves and Fishes" by Anna Petrie

  • JULY 15, 2018

    Guest Minister - Sermon not available

  • "The Mystery of Growth" by Rev. Thomas Bartha, Guest Minister

  • "Let's Talk Politics" by Rev. Christopher L. Vande Bunte,

                                      Guest Minister

    Long ago and still today, Jesus seeks out followers. However, he warns us that the journey is not easy; we have to be committed. Lessons learned from our past can often help us as we look forward to the work ahead, as servants of Christ. 

  • "Fighting the Good Fight" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    We cheer for David, the underdog, as he fights the giant Goliath; but not because he wins the fight but because his heart is won over for God. What David shows is that the glory of God is the only victory worth attaining.

  • "The Calling of the Kings" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    King Saul and King David were the first two kings of Israel. They were both anointed by the prophet Samuel but their calling to this mighty position was very different. Saul was chosen king because his outward appearance was pleasing to the people but David was chosen because his inward devotion was pleasing to God.  

  • "Hello? Who is Calling Me" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    Samuel and Eli worked together to understand the call of God to faithful worship. To be a strong church, we must have young ears to hear and old hearts to understand. God calls us all; let us throw open the doors and walk into His new day!

  • "Building Your Portfolio" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    One of life's big questions:  In what should you invest so that you live a life that really counts?

  • "Kept Among the Living" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    We need to tell our stories so that, in remembering our past, we find our place in the present and have hope for the future.

  • MAY 20, 2018

    Youth Sunday

    Members of our senior high youth group led worship with music, scripture, the Gospel for Children and homilies, all encouraging us to use the gifts God has given us to the best of our abilities.

  • "Practice Kindness" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    "Being kind" is an attribute that most all people agree is worthy - so why doesn't it prevail?  How can we increase our kindness-quotient?  Motivated by gratitude to God, with the example of Jesus, and by the power of the Holy Spirit!

  • "Walking Fed" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Jesus didn’t talk about upward mobility.  His model was “outward mobility.”  We grow spiritually by serving others.

  • "Sharing What We Believe" by Pastor Debi L. Jensen

    To evangelize means to tell others of the good news of Jesus Christ. That is what the Apostle Philip did when he met the Ethiopian eunuch and told him the message of salvation. That is what we all should do when the Holy Spirit moves us to share what we believe.

  • "Walking Wet" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Thanks be to God for allowing us to be a blessing to others.  We grow spiritually so we can give, and we give so that we can grow spiritually!  Giving and growing are inextricably linked.

  • "Love One Another" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Friendships and relationships of support, nurture and care are vital to our spiritual well-being and our spiritual growth. We are created for community! Verses from Ecclesiastes 4 frame this sermon.

  • "Grow Up!" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    The risen Christ gives life - life eternal and life abundant! So how are we to grow in Christ so that our lives are free, joyful and abundant? Listen and learn how to make a commitment to a season of growth.

  • "Jesus' Last Laugh" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)

    The resurrection is no prank, but in his defeating death itself, Jesus has the last laugh!  Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

  • "Who is This?" by Rev. Scott D. Brown

    Jesus came to Jerusalem – and the crowds asked, “Who is this man?”  Who was he then and who is he now?

  • "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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