Sermons

Hope in the Government, Part II

Worship Service for July 5, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

We will be worshipping at the church pavilion once again today. I will remain after until 1:00pm for those of you who wish to drop off your offering. You may place it in the box marked “God’s Offering” that is located in the lobby.

If you wish to send your offering in the mail, the address is:

CrossPointe Community Church
P. O. Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215-0126

Once again, let us open our hearts to praising and hearing the Word of the Lord by reading through the worship service. Please take advantage of the opportunity to read, pause, reflect and pray when you feel led. I hope you also noticed that most of this service is also available in video format on the same page where you accessed this.

Yesterday Americans celebrated the signing on the Declaration of Independence declaring the 13 original colonies free from Britain’s rule.

By the way, does England have a 4th of July?
Of course, it comes right after the 3rd.

How many years ago was the Declaration of Independence signed?
244 years ago.

Does anyone know where the Declaration was signed?
At the bottom? No, Philadelphia

Declaration of Independence - National Archives - Washington, DC
Photo by hyku / CC BY-SA 2.0
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Hope on the Government, Part I

Worship Service for June 28, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

I will remain after worship today until 1:00pm for those of you who wish to drop off your offering. You may place it in the box marked “God’s Offering” that is located in the lobby.

If you wish to send your offering in the mail, the address is

CrossPointe Community Church
P. O. Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215-0126

Once again, let us open our hearts to praising and hearing the Word of the Lord by reading through the worship service. Please take advantage of the opportunity to read, pause, reflect and pray when you feel led. I hope you also noticed that most of this service is also available in video format on the same page where you accessed this.

I assume most of you are at least somewhat familiar with the television show Family Feud; originally hosted by Richard Dawson and now by Steve Harvey. Believe it or not, the following are actual questions and answers given:

Name a type of foreign money:
Monopoly

Name something you eat too much of:
Food

Name a farm animal a farmer may grow so fond of he won’t want to eat it:
A dog

Name something a duck and a chicken have in common”
They both quack.

If someone tells you a secret; how many people do you tell?
Five

Name a place where you might see a person take off all their clothes:
The mall

Name a place where it’s smart to know where the exits are:
A church 1

My guess is those answers probably really did start some family feuds!

And with that, we better turn our attention to worship.

CALL TO WORSHIP

It is the Lord who created the stars, the Pleiades and Orion. He turns darkness into morning and day into night. He draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as rain on the land. The Lord is his name!

Amos 5:8
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Prayer Changes History

Worship Service for June 21, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

As you are probably aware, CrossPointe Community Church has re-opened for gathered worship today at our normal time of 10:30am. We will be practicing social distancing and encourage folks to wear a mask. Our goal is to give anyone who wishes an opportunity to worship safely.

At the same time, if you are reading through this, you chose not to gather for worship at our church building today. I want you to know that I completely understand, honor and respect your decision to wait.

I will remain after worship today until 1:00pm for those of you who wish to drop off your offering. You may place it in the box marked “God’s Offering” that is located in the lobby.

If you wish to send your offering in the mail, the address is

CrossPointe Community Church
P. O. Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215-0126

Believe it or not, this will be a busy week at the church! Wow! That’s the first time in a while I have been able to say that. On Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm, Disciple I Bible Study will meet again. Stephen Ministry Training will resume Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. Another Bible Study group will meet Thursday at the same time.

And our Free Community Meal will be served Friday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. We have done so well serving it to folks in their cars as they drive up, that we will do so once again this month. If you would like to get in on the action, please let me know as we need six people to join John and Amy Topola who are preparing: chicken scaloppini, Italian orzo salad, French bread, and for dessert, red, white and blue cake! Thanks guys!

Once again, let us open our hearts to praising and hearing the Word of the Lord by reading through the worship service. Please take advantage of the opportunity to read, pause, reflect and pray when you feel led. I hope you also noticed that most of this service is also available in video format on the same page where you accessed this.

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Hope in Love

Worship Service for June 14, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our leaders will meet today at 1:00 pm to discuss re-opening for corporate worship. Please continue to pray for them. Ask God to grant them wisdom. Pray for our congregation. Pray for the churches of America. Pray for our country.

I will be at the church building today from 12 noon to 1:00pm for those of you who wish to drop offer your offering. You may place it in the box marked “God’s Offering” that is located in the lobby.

If you wish to send your offering in the mail, the address is

CrossPointe Community Church
P. O. Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215-0126

Once again, let us open our hearts to praising and hearing the Word of the Lord by reading through the worship service. Please take advantage of the opportunity to read, pause, reflect, and pray when you feel led. I hope you also noticed that most of this service is also available in video format on the same page where you accessed this.

And now let us begin to worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ‘This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:34-40
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Hope in Christ our Only Hope

Worship Service for June 7, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our leadership team will be meeting next Sunday to decide when to reopen our sanctuary for corporate worship. Please pray that time will come soon.

But I am happy to announce that we can gather in our church parking lot today to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. You can start arriving any time after 11:30 am. As you pull in, you will be handed a plastic bag for every person in your car. Each bag will contain a Communion scripture, a plastic cup with a wafer, a cup with juice and a Communion prayer. Then pull in and park, filling the far lot first, please. At 12 noon, please read your scripture. Then watch for me standing on a step ladder at the corner of the two sidewalks. When I lift up the bread, receive the bread. When I hold up the cup a moment later, receive the cup. Close the ceremony by reading the Communion prayer. Then you are free to leave if you wish. If you brought your offering, you are welcome to bring it in the lobby and put it in the box for that purpose.

If you would prefer to mail your offering, our mailing address is

CrossPointe Community Church
P. O. Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215

If you cannot come to the church for Communion, there will be a Communion liturgy as part of this written service. I would advise you to prepare your elements now and have them on hand for later.

Now let us turn our thoughts to God in worship as we consider some of Paul’s words to the Ephesians:

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Holy Hope!

Worship Service for May 31, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

But before we begin to worship, I have a few church announcements:

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our Leadership Team is meeting again today to further discuss our proposed re-opening that we set for next Sunday. I mentioned that this was a fluid situation. And without going into detail, new information about the spread of CoVid 19 has come to light that will have an impact on our regathering for corporate worship. So, at this point, I cannot tell with certainty that we will proceed to open next week. All I can tell is that our leaders are doing the best they can to make a decision that will reflect God’s will for us. I will e-mail you with any updates later today.

Once again, let us open our hearts to praising and hearing the Word of the Lord by reading through the worship service. Please take advantage of the opportunity to read, pause, reflect and pray when you feel led. I hope you also noticed that most of this service is also available in video format on the same page where you accessed this.

I will be at the church building again between 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm for those of you who choose to drop off your offering. Look for a box on a stand in the lobby. If you wish to send it in the mail, the address is:

CrossPointe Community Church
P. O. Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215-0126

And now let us begin to worship by recognizing that this is Pentecost Sunday, the day on which the promise of Jesus to His disciples that His Father would send the Holy Spirit was fulfilled. This event was recorded by Luke in Acts.

CALL TO WORSHIP

On the day of Pentecost, all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:

“In the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants;
men and women alike and they will prophesy.”

Acts 2:1-5, 14-18
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Hope Through The Church

Worship Service for May 24, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and hopefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

But before we begin to worship, I have a few church announcements:

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our leadership team will be meeting this afternoon at 1:00pm to discuss if we are still going to open for worship on June 7th. Please pray for them.

Speaking of praying, our next quarterly Prayer Vigil will take place this Wednesday, May 27th from 7 am to 7 pm. You can still sign-up for one of seventeen 20 minute time-slots still available by clicking the link on the e-mail sent Thursday. We will be praying for this current pandemic situation: that God will bring us through this, wisdom for our leaders (country and church), and that souls whose hearts are opening as a result of this pandemic will be filled with faith in Christ.

Next Friday is our monthly Community Meal. We will proceed as we have the last two times; by offering curbside service. John and Amy and their helpers will be offering: Boneless BBQ Rib Sandwich, JoJo Fries, Asian Slaw, and Snickerdoodle Bars for dessert. Yum! We are still in need of two volunteers to help out.

Gather to Scatter would normally take place next Sunday, but in light of the current situation, we are canceling. We have checked with the food pantry at The Church at the Lake. They are presently good. Thanks to those of you who have assisted them financially.

Once again, let us open our hearts to praising and hearing the Word of the Lord by reading through the worship service. Please take advantage of the opportunity to read, pause, reflect and pray when you feel led. I hope you also noticed that most of this service is also available in video format on the same page where you accessed this.

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A Living Hope

Worship Service for May 17, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and peacefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

But before we begin to worship, I have a few church announcements:

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our church leaders met this past Wednesday and decided that we could open for worship again on June 7th if the governor lifts the ban on gatherings of 10 or more. We are also anxiously watching the number of new cases reported in Medina County and are praying that they do not increase as a result of business re-openings.

Speaking of praying, our next quarterly Prayer Vigil will take place Wednesday, May 27th from 7 am to 7 pm. You will be invited to sign up for a 20 minute time-slot to pray for this current pandemic situation: that God will bring us through this, wisdom for our leaders (country and church).

Once again, let us open our hearts to praising and hearing the Word of the Lord by reading through the worship service. Please take advantage of the opportunity to read, pause, reflect and pray when you feel led. I hope you also noticed that most of this service is also available in video format on the same page where you accessed this.

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Four Dimensions of God’s Love, Part IV

Worship Service for May 10, 2020

WELCOME

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will rejuvenate and reinvigorate your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus to more confidently and peacefully face the difficult days in which we are presently living.

But before we begin to worship, I have a few church announcements:

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Although it seems like the day is getting closer, we still do not know for sure when we will be able to resume corporate worship. Our leaders met last Sunday and decided we didn’t have enough information to announce a re-opening date at this time. When they have made a decision, I will let you know.

Once again, let us open our hearts to praising and hearing the Word of the Lord by reading through the worship service. Please take advantage of the opportunity to read, pause, reflect and pray when you feel led. I hope you also noticed that most of this service is also available in video format at the top of this post.

I will be at the church building again between 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm for those of you who choose to drop off your offering. Look for a box on a stand in the lobby. If you wish to send it in the mail, the address is

CrossPointe Community Church
P. O. Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215-0126

Happy Mother’s Day!

I have a book that contains the following Mother’s Day story:

“A friend of mine use to work in a small neighborhood dress shop, the Fig Leaf. One Saturday afternoon a little girl came in the store with her piggybank and announced she wanted to buy her mother a Mother’s Day present. The clerk friend helped her get all the coins out of the bank and counted them and let her know she had enough to buy a blouse. “Would your mother like a nice blouse?”
“Oh yes, a blouse would be perfect,” the child replied.
“What size is your mother?” the clerk asked.
“She’s the perfect size,” the little girl said.
So the clerk sold her a size 34 blouse.

The Monday after Mother’s Day the little girl and her mother came into the store to exchange the size 34 blouse for a size 42. The fashion world’s idea of a perfect size and that little girl’s idea were worlds apart. The difference was a heart full of love. 1

Now allow me to invite you to worship with this awe-inspiring opening written in the New Testament letter titled Hebrews:

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