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October 2017 Sermons

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We Believe in the Holy Spirit

October 15, 2017:  The Holy Spirit is a mystery to many Christians.  As God-with-us in our daily lives, we’re not always sure what to believe about the Holy Spirit, and how the Holy Spirit is at work in us and through us.  Rev. David Eardley focuses on why it matters to “believe in the Holy Spirit.”

The Open Door Service

October 15, 2017:  The Holy Spirit carries out the activity of God in the world today. The passage we are exploring on Sunday explores how the Holy Spirit makes a difference in our lives. Guest preacher, Leslie Bennett explores how the Holy Spirit makes our lives better.

 

We Believe in Jesus Christ

October 8, 2017:  Jesus Christ is at the center of our Christian faith.  He is probably the best known human being who has ever walked the earth.  As followers of Jesus, we dare to call him Savior, Lord, and the Son of God. Rev. David Eardley focuses on what it means to “believe in Jesus Christ.”

 

The Open Door Service

October 8, 2017:  A defining belief in Christianity is that Christ, the Son of God, came to offer us a path to a deeper communion with God. Jesus, we believe, is the best medium we have for divine mediation. Rev. Rick Kress explores how belief in Christ defines our faith.

We Believe in God

October 1, 2017:  2017 Welcome Back, Welcome In celebration all-church worship, as we gather to highlight our exciting fall at St. Paul’s!  Rev. David Eardley leads an inspirational and joy-filled worship service as Together, We Build Our Faith.

 

September 2017 Sermons

Service

September 24, 2017:  As we seek a life of spiritual growth and wholeness, we are called to, Love God; Do no harm, and walk humbly with God. While we joyfully and willing grow in our personal faith development Rev. Carter Grimmett asks, is this enough?

 

The Open Door Service

September 24, 2017: Sometimes we get stuck in our faith journey. We feel like we aren’t moving forward or growing. In Ecclesiastes 3 we are reminded that there are many different seasons in life. Rev. Jon Reynolds talks about going from being stuck to moving on.

Life with God

September 17, 2017: “Because God has made us for himself, our hearts are restless until they find rest in him” –St. Augustine of Hippo.  Rev. David Eardley considers life with God in the here and now.  What does it mean to find rest in God, especially in the midst of such hectic and anxious times?  Discover the God who is seeking after you…

 

The Open Door Service

September 17, 2017:  Does your life feel frayed and scattered? That causes anxiety and drains your energy! If you could quickly learn a simple way to be more mindful and find focus, what would that be worth? Rev. Jon Reynolds unpacks a 2,000 year old secret that can give peace and purpose, starting today.

Community

September 10, 2017:  The beauty of Church is found within its diversity.  Rev. David Eardley asks us to think of Church as an orchestra or a choir… Or consider Church as an autumn forest filled with a myriad of colors, different yet blending together into one perfect image.

 

The Open Door Service

September 10, 2017:  Rev. Jon Reynolds leads a special healing and anointing service at the Open Door. If you or someone you know needs prayer, this is a great service to find it. We’ll be looking at how we are restored from brokenness to wholeness.

Your Attendance is Requested

September 3, 2017: Rev. Rick Kress preaches. Invitations can be given because someone wants something valuable from you. They can also be given because someone has something valuable for you. Find out what amazing invitation Jesus offers today and how its value is unlimited.

 

The Open Door Service

September 3, 2017:  What an incredible Sunday at Jimmy John’s Field! Thanks to everyone who made it such a special day. We are starting a new series this Sunday called “Simplify.” Rev. Jon Reynolds looks at how to go from being burned out to energized.

 

August 2017 Sermons

Schemes

August 27, 2017: Rev. David Eardley concludes the summer by considering the story of the birth of Moses.  He is born in a time where the leaders of Egypt have forgotten Joseph and have begun to oppress and enslave the Jewish people.  In the midst of this time of suffering, God begins the journey that will lead to deliverance.

 

Revelations

August 20, 2017: “Well, I never saw that coming…”  Are those words familiar to you?  Sometimes things don’t go as planned.  Sometimes we are surprised when something meant to be good turns bad, or when something meant to be bad turns good.  Rev. David Eardley talks about how Joseph and his brothers reunite in a most surprising way.

 

The Open Door Service

August 20, 2017:  When Jesus told the disciples near the end of the Sermon on the Mount not to throw their pearls to pigs, Rev. Jon Reynolds wonders if anyone in the crowd thought “how did he know I did that?” It’s an odd request.

Wade in the Water

August 13, 2017:  When false evidence appears real (F.E.A.R) we are paralyzed, realizing it is not only Peter and the disciples who find it difficult getting out of the boat. Rev. Carter Grimmett preaches.

The Open Door Service

August 13, 2017:  We are a worried nation. We worry about our health, children, parents, jobs, neighbors, nation … the list goes on. But Jesus asks us to view our cares much differently. We’ll explore the 3 P’s in order to clear our worry cache. Guest preacher, Leslie Bennett.

 

Wrestling with God

August 6, 2017:  Jacob wrestled with God. Can you imagine what that would be like? Jacob also was wrestling himself. He didn’t know who he was. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores Jacob’s story and relates to his journey of self discovery.

The Open Door Service

August 6, 2017For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. – Teresa of Avila

Rev. David Eardley continues the  series “The Sermon on the Mound” with a focus on Jesus’ teaching about prayer. Together, let’s grow and deepen our friendship with God through time in prayer.

July 2017 Sermons

Among Heroes

July 30, 2017:  We celebrate “Hero Central” Vacation Bible School here at St. Paul’s.  It was an amazing week as we shared the love of Christ with the children of our community.

The Open Door Service

July 30, 2017:  Jesus’ command sets a high bar for all of us… Be Perfect. If only it was that easy. Wesley believed in perfection. In the power of God’s grace to perfect us over time. So did Christ. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores Jesus’ challenge on our lives to be perfect, or at least to be better then we are now.

 

Walking the Path Together

July 23, 2017:  We welcome guest preacher, Rev. Lindsey Hall, who has us think about our own journeys of faith. Throughout our life and faith journey, we encounter a variety of trails. Sometimes we walk along trails that lead us through valleys, mountaintops, or even deserts. In all of our wanderings, and all that we might encounter along the trail, we walk the journey of faith with Christ.

 

Youth Worktrip Report

July 16, 2017:  We are inspired by the great faith-filled experiences of our Youth Work Trip team as they celebrate their mission work in Keansburg, NJ.

The Open Door Service

July 16, 2017:  Salt & Light. Be These. That’s what Jesus said. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores how we are called to be salt and light.

 

The Church, the Whole Church and Nothing but the Church

July 9, 2017:  We welcome our new Associate Pastor, Rev. Carter Grimmett. Hear his first sermon at St. Paul’s.

 

Helping Others as Jesus Helped Them

July 2, 2017:  We are to show compassion  for others by caring for the sick, comforting those who mourn, etc.  This is contrary to the ‘me-first’ culture in which we live.  Rev. Dwayne Kelsey talks of ways we can best live out our Christian faith as we follow Jesus’ example of serving others.

 

The Open Door Service

July 2, 2017: This Sunday begins our multi-week exploration of the Sermon on the Mount.  Guest preacher, Dr. Tuf Francis talks about how Jesus launches his sermon with the Beatitudes, a series of ideas he used to challenge his followers’ conceptions about God and his love for mankind.

June 2017 Sermons

Tension

June 25, 2017: Family tension has always been a part of human community.  While it’s true today, it was certainly true in biblical times as well says Rev. David Eardley.   In the midst of tension and trouble, God is still present, and because of that, good still happens.

 

The Open Door Service

June 25, 2017: This week we will be ending our God on film series with a reflection on the movie Cars 3. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores the scriptural and spiritual themes highlighted in this Pixar favorite.

Incredulous

June 18, 2017: There’s the famous book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, that is popular for first time mothers (and fathers, too).  Rev. David Eardley says this passage from Genesis is better titled, “What to expect when you’re NOT expecting!”  Abraham and Sarah get some incredible news, and laughter is but one of their reactions.

 

The Open Door Service

June 18, 2017:  After a great kick off to the God on Film series last week we’ll be dissecting the film Wonder Woman. Rev. Jon Reynolds looks for the scriptural and spiritual themes of this film.

The Spirit of Unity

June 11, 2017: God calls us to love our neighbor like ourselves. But who is our neighbor? And what does it mean to love yourself? Can we love others if we don’t love ourselves? Jesus illustrates this beautifully with the parable of the Good Samaritan.   Rev. Latha Ravi preaches her last sermon.

 

 

The Open Door Service

June 11, 2017:  The Open Door rented out Emagine Theater in Rochester Hills to see the newest Pirates of the Caribbean film. The theme that runs through this whole series is the question “What in this world do you want most?” Rev. Jon Reynolds talks of our deepest desires.

The Spirit of Unity

June 4, 2017:  At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit changed a fearful, defeated band of ragamuffins into an unstoppable force we call the church. The pull of the Spirit still changes lives as it shapes the world. Rev. Rick Kress asks, what is the Spirit saying 20 centuries later?

The Open Door Service

June 4, 2017:  Earth, Wind and Fire – it’s not just a great musical group!  It’s also a great story out of the bible.  The disciples were wondering what on Earth they were going to do without Jesus and a great Wind blew through the house and something like Fire appeared and rested on each of them.  Addison Cowling considers the meaning and significance of this mysterious event in our lives today and, as a result, what your next step might be.

May 2017 Sermons

When Jesus Prays for You

May 28, 2017:  From the gospels, we read that Jesus prayed often. There are only a few passages where we read the prayers that Jesus said. Rev. David Eardley focuses on Jesus’ prayer for his disciples, a prayer that he lifted up for you and me.

 

The Open Door Service

May 28, 2017:  In one short bible verse, God’s plan for transforming the world is laid out. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores how God’s grace makes us brave enough to transform the world through ourselves and others.

Invitation

May 21, 2017:  After finding a statue in Athens erected to an “unknown” god, Paul realized that he could use it to talk about his God, the one true God. Instead of criticizing the secular culture that surrounded him, he capitalized on the Athenian spiritual yearning. Rev. Jon Reynolds talks about how we can use the idols of this world to connect people to a deeper spiritual journey.

 

The Open Door Service

May 21, 2017:  Sometimes it’s a challenge to see our gifts and talents.  It may be that circumstances have never allowed them to shine before.  Rev. David Eardley talks about how God encouraged Isaiah to be brave as he discovered his gift to be a prophet.  How may God be calling you to be brave through your talents and gifts?

Empowered

May 14, 2017:   “Do not let your hearts be troubled,”  Jesus says to his disciples.  Often, there can be much that troubles our hearts.  In the midst of the challenges of daily life, Rev. David Eardley says Jesus has a word for us.  Will we be willing to hear him out?

The Open Door Service

May 14, 2017:  The Old Testament prophets like Isaiah, Amos, Ezekiel pushed God’s kingdoms to be more just, fair, and equal.  Unfortunately, we haven’t yet created the just society our spiritual ancestors yearned for.  Rev. Jon Reynolds examines the life of the prophet Amos to see how God’s grace made him brave.

 

Together

May 7, 2017:   Too often we find ourselves in a culture that willingly sacrifices civility and community in order to win, to claim victory over someone else or someone else’s ideas. We demand to be heard, but we won’t listen to others. The early church lived much differently. Rev. David Eardley talks of seeking to be God’s people in the world today.

The Open Door Service

May 7, 2017:  God created us to be in relationship with each other, whether it’s romantic relationships, friendships, or collegial connections, God’s grace gives us the strength to create new healthy relationships and end unhealthy relationships. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores how God’s grace makes us brave.

 

April 2017 Sermons

The Promise

April 30, 2017:   The Easter season is a time for new beginnings, as we turn toward the way of the Risen Christ.  Rev. David Eardley celebrates Confirmation Sunday, as we welcome our confirmands as professing members of St. Paul’s.

 

The Open Door Service

April 30, 2017:  Our faith gives us the strength to do some amazing things. God’s grace gives us the confidence to fight some of the worst temptations and addictions in our life. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores how God’s grace makes us brave.

There’s No Place Like Home

April 23, 2017:    Rev. Faith Fowler, Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services preaches at all three services on April 23. She brings an update on the Tiny Home Project and the work she is doing to fight poverty and create opportunity in Detroit. St. Paul’s has committed to raise $35,000 for one Tiny Home for Cass this year.

 

The Open Door Service

April 23, 2017:  Note: There is a long pause after the introduction. Please be patient – the sermon starts at about 3 minute mark! Rev. Faith Fowler, Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services preaches. She brings and update on the Tiny Home Project and the work she is doing to fight poverty and create opportunity in Detroit. St. Paul’s has committed to raise $35,000 for one Tiny Home for Cass this year.

I Have Seen the Lord!

April 16, 2017:    Rev. David Eardley preaches on Easter Sunday. There is mystery and majesty on this most amazing day of days.  At first there are only whispered rumors of an empty tomb.  Then the disciples begin to see him, the Risen Christ is present in their midst.  This is the Good News that changed the world and continues to change our lives.  “I have seen the Lord!” Mary Magdalene exclaims.

 

The Open Door Service

April 15, 2017:  Easter on Saturday – Rev. Jon Reynolds Christ is Risen! Thank you God. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and explore how His new life means we can have it too.

Who Is This Jesus?

April 9, 2017:    “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” shouted the crowd as Jesus entered Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday.  We once more wave palms in celebration that Jesus begins this Holy Week journey for all of us.  Rev. David Eardley reminds us that He is our King, and He is worthy of our praise.

 

The Open Door Service

April 9, 2017:  Jesus knew what he was getting into when he rode the donkey into Jerusalem. Israel wanted a King, a leader, a general. Jesus wanted to preach a radial message of love. Rev. Jon Reynolds helps us remember Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem.

Lazarus, Come Out!

April 2, 2017:    Jesus’ statement, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live even though they die,” is one that Rev. Latha Ravi has said at every funeral she’s officiated. There is comfort knowing that death will not separate us from our loved ones. Is this statement inspiring and comforting to those who are not grieving?

 

The Open Door Service

April 2, 2017:  Rev. Jon Reynolds talks about Jesus’ farewell to the disciples. He knows what he has to do, and he knows his fate. Listen as we examine how Jesus began to say goodbye to his disciples knowing that he was on the road to suffering.

March 2017 Sermons

There Once Was a Healing

March 26, 2017:  Rev. David Eardley – He’d been blind since birth; the kind of thing that never gets better.  But Jesus would cross his path this day, and Light and Life would bring change.  Through Jesus, his eyes and his heart are given new vision.  He sees!  For some this is good news, but for others, they liked him better when he was blind.  Now, they must decide whether to accept or reject this Jesus and the healing change he brings.

 

The Open Door Service

March 26, 2017:  Jesus said “I am the bread of Life. Those who come to me shall not hunger.” We gather at Jesus’ feet this week looking for support, shelter, community, transformation and life itself. Rev. Jon Reynolds welcomes us to gather in the company of the one who promises to provide eternal bread.

Conversations at the Well

March 19, 2017:  Rev. David Eardley tells us she went to the well at noon, because no one was supposed to be there.  Instead, she discovers that a stranger sitting right next to the well.  Here in Samaria, Light and Life interrupts the daily routine of this ostracized woman.  Sometimes we need to be reminded that we are people of worth and beauty.

 

The Open Door Service

March 19, 2017:  Last week we learned about what Jesus did. This week, Rev. Jon Reynolds examines who Jesus said he was. In the Gospel of John there are 8 times Jesus said “I am…” Join is as we explore the “I am” statements of Jesus.

This Is New Life

March 12, 2017:  The wealthy, influential man came to Jesus under cover of the night. He sought answers in the darkness, but to his amazement, found Light and Life. Rev. Rick Kress asks, How often do our well-laid plans-and expectations-disappoint? Jesus invites us to discover the ongoing surprises of an illumined life.

 

The Open Door Service

March 12, 2017:  Throughout John’s Gospel Jesus performed several miracles. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores a story where Jesus heals a blind man. Hear how Jesus’ ministry transformed people’s lives.

Meeting Us Where We Are

March 5, 2017:  In Jesus Christ we experience Light and Life as a person.  During Lent, we’ll look at how Jesus shared his light and life with the people around him.  Rev. David Eardley asks:  how does the light and life of Jesus strengthen and encourage you in the midst of temptation?

 

The Open Door Service

March 5, 2017: Unfortunately, the Open Door Service recording is unavailable.

February 2017 Sermons

 Our Turn

February 26, 2017:  Rev. Eardley asks what does tomorrow look like to you?  Will it be a time for hope or fear?  The power of “Making an IMPACT” is the power to see that we are working both for the present and the future.  In God’s kingdom, every act of faith now is also an investment for the future.  It’s living boldly now because we know the One who holds the future.

 

Open Door Service

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February 26, 2017:  Rev. Jon Reynolds sent a video from Liberia to the Open Door service.  See the video by clicking on the link above.

 Our Future

February 19, 2017:  In the Great Commission, Jesus calls us to go make disciples.  Our faith now will IMPACT our future and the future of our church.  We believe that it is crucial that we have a church facility that will provide the spaces and resources to make more disciples of Jesus Christ.  Rev. David Eardley says each of us has a role in creating a faith-filled future here at St. Paul’s.

 

Open Door Service

February 19, 2017:  There is a time for everything, or is there? When we live with unresolved hurts and broken relationships, the time may never come to find healing and wholeness. God has a different view. There is a time to move forward… Rev. Rick Kress asks is now your time?

 

 

 Our Present

February 12, 2017:  Right now we’re having an IMPACT.  Our faith is growing, and people around us are receiving God’s love through our time, talent, and treasure.  Men and women are committing their lives to Jesus Christ because of what we’re doing and being even now.  Our church is a launching pad for so many amazing ministries.  Rev. David Eardley says today is a good day to make in IMPACT.

 

Open Door Service

February 12, 2017:  Valentine’s Day is this week. Love is in the air. Rev. Jon Reynolds talks of how Radical Love plays a role in our relationships with each other. He examines how God’s sacrificial love is an example for us in our relationships.

 Our Legacy

February 5, 2017:  This month we begin a series called, “Make an IMPACT,” which coincides with our three-year capital campaign, “Project IMPACT.”  For almost 160 years, our church has been touching the lives of the people around us through our commitment to Jesus Christ.  Rev. David Eardley  reminds us it’s a legacy that has left an impact.

 

 

Open Door Service

February 5, 2017:  Jesus had a funny encounter with Zacchaeus. Rev. Jon Reynolds says Zacchaeus did everything he could to see Jesus. The religious community could hardly believe it when Jesus went to his house for the evening. Yet, by the end of Jesus’ stay Jesus had blessed Zacchaeus and told him salvation had come to him this day.

 

 

January 2017 Sermons

 New Beginnings

January 1, 2017:  Happy New Year! Rev. Jon Reynolds rings in the new year with the theme or new beginnings. Whether you feel like you need to leave something in 2016 behind or commit yourself to something new in 2017 this message is for you.

 Beloved Community

January 8, 2017:  Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River and was called God’s beloved child. Rev. Latha Ravi asks “What would it mean if when we looked at each other and considered all truly beloved? And what if we went one step further and understand ourselves to be beloved?”

 

 New Hope

January 15, 2017:  So, how has your 2017 been so far?  Are you looking ahead, or are you still working through 2016?  Rev. David Eardley continues our “New” series, as we embrace the hope that is available when we begin to see Jesus as our Messiah right now.  He’s willing to meet us in this very moment and offer us his love, grace, and peace.

 New Mission

January 22, 2017:  The new year is also a great time to reassess what we do.  Do our actions and activities build us up and the people around us, or do they diminish ourselves and others? Rev. David Eardley looks at the new mission that Jesus gives some business owners in Galilee.  They had the skills, but they needed a new mission… one that literally changed the world!

 

 

 New Lifestyle

January 29, 2017:
There’s one more “new” thing that we need to consider: a new lifestyle.  As followers of Jesus Christ, we emulate him in our words and actions (or at least that should be our goal).  The Beatitudes are Jesus’ striking way of inviting us into a new lifestyle.  Rev. David Eardley tells us they’re not easy to hear, but they’re exactly what we need.

The Open Door

January 29, 2017:  Jesus had a way of irritating religious leaders of his day. It’s hard to imagine that eating with the wrong types of people could have been the source of frustration for the religious community around Jesus. Yet, in Luke’s account of Jesus’ meal with Levi, Jesus does exactly that. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores what happened at Jesus’ meal with Levi.

 

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