Sermons on Scripture

Sermons on Scripture

The Father & The Prodigal Son

Sunday July 25 2021The Rest of the Story: The Father & The Prodigal SonLuke 15:11-24Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch This is a story about forgiveness, but the rest of the story asks the question “Who is the Prodigal?” Scripture 11 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13…

Jonah & The Whale

This is a story about a reluctant prophet swallowed by a whale, but the rest of the story is how a Jewish nationalist was forced to extend God’s mercy to those he hates most, challenging our human understanding of justice.

Noah & The Ark

Sunday June 27 2021 The Rest Of The Story: Noah & The Ark Genesis 6:5-8, 13-14, 17-19 NRSV Rev Jessica Wright  This is a story about a chosen family tending a floating zoo, but the rest of the story is about humankind’s tendency toward corruption, sin, and violence while God chooses mercy, making the first covenant with humankind we find in our Bible. Scripture 5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every…

David & Goliath

Sunday June 20 2021 Father’s Day The Rest Of The Story: David & Goliath 1 Samuel 17:38-50 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch This is a story about a young hero, but the rest of the story is about David’s motivation and doing the thing you’re already really good at. Scripture 38 Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. 39 David strapped Saul’s sword over the armor,…

Mary & The Angel

Sunday June 13 2021 The Rest Of The Story: Mary & The Angel Luke 1:26-38 NRSV Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-CroucH This is a story about God choosing Mary to be the mother of Jesus, but the rest of the story is how she was favored by God. Scripture 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the…

Adam & Eve

Sunday June 6 2021 The Rest Of The Story: Adam & Eve Genesis 3: 1-13 Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch This is a story about the human habit of sin, but the rest of the story is God’s ongoing effort at redemption. Scripture 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The…

Refresh: God’s Word

Sunday January 31 2021God’s WordMatthew 4: 1-4; Psalm 119:97-105 NRSVRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch MATTHEW 4:1-4 NRSV1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live…

SOLID: Week Five

Sunday August 23 2020 AnnouncementsFather of HeavenJoshua Vigran and Jose Saavedra Father of Heav’n! From Thy eternal throne,Look with an eye of blessing down,While we prepare with holy rites,To solemnize the feasts of lights.And thus our grateful hearts employ;And in Thy praiseThis altar raise,With carols of triumphant joy. Welcome & Prayer Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Song of PraiseToday Is The Day (CCLI 5200924)Resonate Transition to Prayer Steven Haynes Hymn of Prayer Fairest Lord Jesus (CCLI 27800)UMH 189 – VERSES 1-4Chancel…

SOLID: The Beatitudes

Sunday August 2 2020 GatheringPrayer/Come My People (Landry )*DARING Welcome & PrayerRev Jessica Wright Hymn of PraiseHow Firm A Foundation (CCLI 107816)UMH 529 All 5 versesChoir/Orchestra Transition to PrayerScott Horton Song of PrayerUnwavering (CCLI 4669827)Resonate Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s PrayerRev Maxie Moore Children’s TimeApril Kwan and Trish Morehead Gratitude MomentRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Song of GratitudeYou Were There (Landry)*DARING Message IntroductionRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Scripture ReadingMatthew 5:1-12 NRSVCasey Caswell 1 “When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the…

The Greatest Commandment

July 19 2020 GatheringThey’ll Know We Are Christians (CCLI 26997)arr. Vigran/SaavedraPiano: Joshua Vigran; Bass: Jose Saavedra Welcome & PrayerRev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch Song of Praise Love The Lord (CCLI 4572938)Resonate Transition to PrayerRev Rusty King Hymn of Prayer Jesu, Jesu (CCLI 3049039 )UMH 432, 5 verses & refrainChoir/Orchestra Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s PrayerRev Jessica Wright Children’s TimeApril Kwan and Trish Moreheard Gratitude Moment Rev Jessica Wright Song of Gratitude Ain’t a That Good News (Dawson)*Kim Mathews, Cathy McPherson, Addie…