Sermons and Children’s Message

Worship services are recorded weekly. Please click a date below to view the service.

    • October 29,2017 “The Greatest Commandment” Pastor Maribel Celiz
      • Scriptures: Deuteronomy 34: 1-12 and Matthew 22: 34-46
      • Good works are no guarantee of good fortune. God takes Moses up a mountain to see the promised land – a land Moses will never reach. The psalmist pleads with God to grant the people a year of blessing and peace for every year they have suffered evil. Paul brings the gospel to the Thessalonians despite his terrible treatment at Philippi. Despite seeking to teach us the ways of life, Jesus suffers question and scorn from those who seek to discredit him. And still, we are called to remain faithful, to love God and our neighbors as ourselves.
    • October 22, 2017 “Give to God What Belongs to God” Pastor Maribel Celiz
      • Scriptures: Exodus 33: 12-23 and Matthew 22: 15-22
      • The glory and power of God unites these readings. Moses yearns to know God more intimately and to behold God’s glorious presence. The psalmist speaks of God enthroned with the cherubim and the seraphim while the nations quake. Paul proclaims that the good news did not just come to the church with words, but with the power of the Holy Spirit. Finally, when Jesus was tested by the Pharisees, he made it clear that just as Caesar is due the coin he mints to his glory, God is due the honor and glory that belongs to God. We may not be able to see God face-to-face, but we can all seek God’s glorious presence with thanksgiving and praise.
      • Children’s Sermon
    • October 15, 2017 UMW Sunday – Guest Speaker Gail Burgess
    • October 8, 2017 Sermon “We Have Been Set Free” Pastor Maribel Celiz
      • Scriptures: Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20 and Matthew 21: 33-46
      • The readings today show us two different households. The Exodus reading refers to Egypt and the “house of slavery” (20:2), which threatened the people’s well-being, joy and hope. Set against this house, was “the house of God.” While demanding in its own way, the house of God safeguards the family as it enlivens, gladdens, and enlightens its members. Paul points to Jesus Christ as the example of righteousness, and the one who has shown us how to faithfully live out God’s desires and will. When we follow Jesus in every aspect of our lives, we know the reward or sweetness of answering what Paul calls “the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14). In which household are we members?
      • Children’s Message
    • October 1, 2017 Sermon “Trusting God” Pastor Maribel Celiz
      • Scriptures: Exodus 17: 1-7 and Matthew 21: 23-32
      • God works in us, around us, among us, and through us. When we believe the evidence of God’s presence in our lives, and when we surrender to the will of God for our lives, we become agents of God’s redeeming love.
      • Children’s Message
    • September 24, 2017 Sermon “The Last Will Be First” Pastor Maribel Celiz
      • Scriptures: Exodus 16: 2-15 and Matthew 20: 1-16
      • Living for Christ sounds so simple, but the reality is rather challenging. The Israelites grumbled, even as God provided for their every need; Paul glorified the idea of death, even as God called him to continue living and teaching the gospel. Like the workers in today’s parable, most church employees would gripe if the last person hired got the biggest raise. And so, today’s scriptures call us to remember everything we have received – the blessings of our lives, and the many miracles of God. In remembering, we discover gratitude and reclaim our purpose to live for Christ and to answer God’s call.
    • September 17, 2017 Children’s Message “Forgiveness” Pastor Maribel Celiz
      • (No Sermon this week)
      • Scriptures: Exodus 14: 19-31 and Matthew 18: 21-35
      • Rescue and rejoicing tie today’s Exodus readings together. Forgiveness and refraining from judgment tie today’s epistle and Gospel readings together. Redemption and reclamation further unify the Exodus and epistle readings – for both are God’s gifts to the Hebrew people, just as they are Christ’s gifts to the Christian community. In the Exodus story, God rescues the people from Pharaoh, and Miriam leads the rejoicing of her people. God redeems the Israelites from slavery and claims them as the people of God. Likewise, in the epistle to the Romans, Christ redeems us and claims us as God’s own children.
    • September 10, 2017 “A Community That Agrees” Pastor Maribel Celiz
      • Scriptures: Exodus 12: 1-14 and Matthew 18:15-20
      • These scriptures reflect on what it means to lead a faithful life. Exodus describes the Passover meal, where Hebrews living under harsh Egyptian rule prepare to leave bondage on the journey to freedom. First they must prepare, then they must remember. Psalm 149 begins with a celebration of God and then moves to a call to overthrow the tyrants that enslave God’s people. Romans 13: 8-14 reminds us to obey the commandments, particularly the commandment to love. Matthew calls followers to the holy life of community, promising the presence of Jesus in their midst.
      • Children’s Message
    • September 3, 2017 “God Forbid” Pastor Maribel Celiz
      • Scriptures: Exodus 3: 1-15 and Matthew 16: 21-28
      • Love and serve. Serve with love. Serve because of love. These themes emerge in all of today’s readings, but most emphatically in Romans 12. The challenge to love with total empathy and compassion is surely as challenging as carrying one’s cross. It may even be the only way we can carry our crosses once we have decided to follow Christ.
    • April 16, 2017 Easter Sunday “He Lives” Pastor Maribel Celiz
      • Scriptures: Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24 and John 20: 1-18
      • Despite appearances, death does not have the last word. The truth of God’s love is revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; in the life of the Church ;and in our lives today.
      • Children’s Message
    • December 24, 2016 Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
    • December 11, 2016 Sunday School Christmas Program “Christmas Returns”
    • June 5, 2016 (No Sermon – Special Music Presentation by Dan Holmes, Christian Singer/songwriter)