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2016 Sunday Sermons

by Rev. Owen Carriker

and Special Music


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Sermon Title (which links to the audio file of the sermon)
Special Music (which links to the audio file of the music)

December 25, 2016
This Day
Luke 2:1-20
"Weihnachtsbaum" - Philip King, Pianist
"We Bring His Light" - Chancel Choir
"He is Born/Pat-a-pan" - Philip King, Pianist

Christmas Eve, December 24, 2016
Love Came Down
Luke 2:1-20
Meditation on "The First Noel" - Philip King, Pianist
"Mary's Lullaby" - Chancel Choir
"Manger Medley" & "Still, Still, Still" - Julie Carriker, Hammered Dulcimer; Barry & Beth Reasoner, Guitars

December 18, 2016
"English Carol Medley" - Philip King, Pianist

The Christmas Light
A Cantata by Benjamin Harland
Presented by the Chancel Choir
Directed and Narrated by David Thomas
Accompanied by Philip King

  "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"

  "Guiding Star"

   "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

  "Mary's Lullaby"

   "Glory to God!"

  "Three Kings Came Riding from Afar"

  "Fairest Jesus"

  "We Bring His Light"

December 11, 2016
"Joseph's Lullaby"
- Barry Porter
Isaiah 35:1-10; Matthew 1:18-25
"Personent Hodie" - Philip King, Pianist
"Three Kings Came Riding from Afar" - Chancel Choir
"In the Bleak Midwinter" - Philip King, Pianist

December 4, 2016
Psalm 72:1-7,18-19; Isaiah 11:1-10
"O Little Town of Bethlehem" - Chancel Choir
Offertory - Philip King, Organist

November 27, 2016
Remember Who is Really in Charge
Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14
"Guiding Star" - Chancel Choir
"Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" - Philip King, Pianist

November 20, 2016
Lord of All
Psalm 46; Luke 23:33-43
"Just as I Am" - Chancel Choir
"Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" - Bells of Hope

November 13, 2016
When the World Around Us Seems Shaken
Psalm 98; Luke 21:5-19
"I Will Sing New Songs of Gladness" - David Calhoun, Solo
"Awake My Heart" - Chancel Choir

November 6, 2016
Holding Fast, Yet Taking Risks
Haggai 2:1-9
"Nothing but the Blood" - David Thomas, Solo
"Great Is They Faithfulness" - Chancel Choir
"Be Still My Soul" - Philip King, Pianist

October 30, 2016
I'm Going To Your House Today
Psalm 32:1-7; Luke 19:1-17
"All Who Believe" - Chancel Choir
"Thanks" - Philip King, Pianist

October 23, 2016
Psalm 84:1-7; Luke 18:9-14
"Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart" - Philip King, Pianist
"Joyous Spirit" - Bells of Hope
"Peace I Give to You" - Chancel Choir, Laura Greenberg, Violin
"When Morning Gilds the Skies" - Bells of Hope

October 16, 2016
Psalm 121; Luke 18:1-8
"You Call Us, Lord" - Chancel Choir
Offertory - Philip King, Pianist

October 9, 2016
Gratitude: Something to Live By
Psalm 111; Luke 17:11-19
"We Are Not Alone" - Chancel Choir, Mardy Castro, Soloist
"Our Father in Heaven" - Chancel Choir

October 2, 2016
Psalm 37:1-9; Luke 17:5-10
"You Raise Me Up" - Chancel Choir
"Widmung" - Philip King, Pianist

September 25, 2016
Church was cancelled due to power outage.

September 18, 2016
Psalm 113; Luke 16:1-13
"We Will Glorify" - Chancel Choir
"(offertory)" - Philip King, Pianist

September 11, 2016
Grace Overflowing
Psalm 51:1-10; Luke 15:1-10
"Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts" - Chancel Choir
"(postlude)" - Philip King, Pianist

September 4, 2016
Counting the Cost
Psalm 1; Luke 14:25-33
"Forgive Us" - Chancel Choir

August 28, 2016
A Lesson in Humility
Psalm 112; Luke 14:1, 7-14
"Mr. Simon" - David Thomas, Solo
"O Lux Beata Trinitas" - Philip King, Organist

August 21, 2016
The Crowd Rejoiced
Psalm 103:1-8; Luke 13:10-17
"Count Your Many Blessings" - Barry Porter, Solo
"(offertory)" - Philip King, Pianist

August 14, 2016
Not All Good
Psalm 82; Luke 12:49-56 "Kinkachoo, I Love You" - James Van Druten, Guitar
"Amazing Grace" - James Van Druten, Guitar; Philip King, Pianist

August 7, 2016
Psalm 33:12-22; Hebrews 11:1-3,8-16
"Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying" - David Thomas, Solo
Philip King, Pianist

July 31, 2016
Life does NOT equal Possessions
Psalm 49:1-12; Luke 12:13-21
"The Lord's Prayer" and "Pie Jesu" - Sarah Ganey, Solo

July 24, 2016
Psalm 138; Luke 11:1-13
"Because He Lives" - David Calhoun, Solo
"Wayfaring Stranger" - Philip King, Organist

July 17, 2016
Today's service was a hymn sing; there was no sermon.
Psalm 150 "Higher Ground" - Ron Hatley, Solo

July 10, 2016
Knowing and Doing
Psalm 25:1-10
Luke 10:25-37 "Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated" - Ron Hatley, Solo
"Blessed Assurance"Philip King, Pianist

July 3, 2016
Psalm66:1-9; Luke 10:1-11,16-20
"Softly and Tenderly" - Barry & Beth Reasoner, Guitar Duet

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Special Music (which links to the audio file of the music)

June 26, 2016
Free to Serve
Psalm 16; Galations 5:1,13-25
"Come, Thou Fount" - David & Theresa Thomas, Duet
"Unshakable Faith" - Philip King, Pianist

June 19, 2016
Psalm 42; 1 Kings 19:1-4,8-15a
"Spirit of the Living God" - Barry Porter, Solo

June 12, 2016
Jesus and Sinners
Psalm 32; Luke 7:36-8:3
"The Refiner's Fire" - David Thomas, Solo

June 5, 2016 (10:30)
Our Father: A Journey Through the Lord's Prayer
Words & music by Pepper Choplin
Presented by the Chancel Choir
Directed by David Thomas
Narration by Barb Follett

  "We Are not Alone" - Soloist:  Mardy Castro

  "Our Father"
  We acknowledge God as our Father who is in Heaven, who is above and beyond any father or relationship on Earth.

  "Holy Be Thy Name"
  We acknowledge God's preeminence, and we experience the holiness of God.

  "Let Your Kingdom Come"
  We most often call out for God's kingdom when the world seems especially cruel and unjust.

  "Give Us This Day"
  The prayer asks for our daily sustenance, but also recognizes God as the Giver of the day.

  "Forgive Us"
  As we ask for forgiveness and for the capacity to forgive, sometimes it is just as difficult to forgive ourselves.

  "Lead Us Not Into Temptation"
  We pray God will lead us far from things that entangle us and challenge our lives in destructive ways.

  "We Are not Alone" (Reprise) - Soloist:  Mardy Castro

  "Thine is the Kingdom"
  We celebrate the power and majesty of God who created us, who leads us, and who dwells in our souls.

June 5, 2016 (8:15)
Life Out of Death
Luke 7:11-17

May 29, 2016
The Centurion's Faith
Psalm 96:1-9; Luke 7:1-10
"Fanfare for the Common Man" - Philip King, Organist 
"Forgive Us" - Chancel Choir
"Lento" and "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory" - Philip King, Organist

May 22, 2016
God in Three Persons
Psalm 8; John 16:12-15
"It Is Well With My Soul" - Bells of Hope, Laura Greenberg, Violin
"Holy Be Thy Name"Chancel Choir

May 15, 2016
Power to Proclaim
Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 2:1-21
"We Are Not Alone" - Chancel Choir, Mardy Castro, Soloist

May 8, 2016
In Honor, Encouragement, and Blessing of Mothers - Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Fred Halde
Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 2 Timothy 1:1-7
"How Firm a Foundation" - Chancel Choir, Trumpets: Blake Barnhill, Clement Dutheil, Aaron Orloff

May 1, 2016
New Hymnal & Bible Dedication
What Is More Important?
John 5:1-9
"The Lamb" - Bells of Hope

April 24, 2016
The Gospel in a Word
Psalm 148; John 13:31-35
"Beneath the Cross of Jesus" - Chancel Choir

April 17, 2016
The Steward's Wife - Guest Speaker: Mrs. Julie Carriker
John 2:1-12
"What a Friend We Have in Jesus" - Chancel Choir

April 10, 2016
Carry On
Psalm 30; John 21:1-19
"Beautiful Savior" - Chancel Choir

April 3, 2016
Psalm 118:14-29; John 20:19-31
"Rejoice, the Lord is King" - Chancel Choir

March 27, 2016
TheCentral Affirmation of Our Faith
Acts 10:34-43; Luke 24:1-12
"Joyous Spirit" - Bells of Hope
"This Day Above All Days" - Chancel Choir

March 20, 2016
Not Exactly What They Hoped For
Luke 19:28-40; Luke 23:1-49
"The Redeemer Will Come" - Chancel Choir

March 13, 2016
Communion - Guest Speaker: Rev. Kathleen Dain
Ephesians 2:13-14; Mark 7:24-30
"Irish Medley" - Instrumental Duet by Laura Greenberg, Violin & Beth Reasoner, Guitar
"O Come and Mourn" - Chancel Choir; David Thomas, Soloist

March 6, 2016
Lost and Found
Psalm 32; Luke 15:1-3,11-32
"Come to the Table of the Lord" - Chancel Choir

February 28, 2016
A Parable for Our Lives
Isaiah 55:1-9; Luke 13:1-9
"Come, Follow Me" - Chancel Choir

February 21, 2016
God at Work
Psalm 27; Genesis 15:1-12,17-18
"Forever Blest is He" - Chancel Choir

February 14, 2016
Wilderness Temptation
Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13
"Love Song" - Instrumental Duet by Laura Greenberg, Violin & Beth Reasoner, Guitar
"Create in Me a Clean Heart" - Chancel Choir

February 7, 2016
It's an Up and Down Faith - Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Fred Halde
Exodus 34:29-35; Luke 9:28-37

January 31, 2016
Without Love, We are Nothing
Psalm 71:1-6; 1Corinthians 13:1-13
"Be Not Afraid" - Chancel Choir

January24, 2016
Empowered By the Spirit
Psalm 19; Luke 4:14-21
"Thee Will I Love" - Chancel Choir

January 17, 2016
Wow, That Was Some Wedding!
Psalm 36:5-10; John 2:1-11
"Grace" - Ron Hatley, Solo; Philip King, Pianist
"God Is So Good" - Chancel Choir

January 10, 2016
I Jesus' Baptism Like Ours?
Psalm 29; Luke 3:15-17,21-22
"O Clap Your Hands" - David Thomas, Solo

January 3, 2016
Psalm 147:12-20; John 1:1-18
"Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" - Chancel Choir