Sermons

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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Four Dimensions of God’s Love, Part III

Worship Service for May 3, 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. I can tell you that today at 1:00 pm our leaders will be meeting to begin to discuss when and how we will reopen for worship. When we have made a decision, I will let you all know. All we can say for now is, “it’s Friday, but Sunday’s comin’.”

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

Here is the last letter written by one of the participants in my Thursday night Disciple 3 Bible Study, Tony Wolfe:

Dear CrossPointe,

We all have a road to Damascus; realizing that what we once were no longer counts, but what we can become with God’s light. With Jesus in our lives nothing is impossible anymore! The thought that we can be a part of a community full of love for all, no man an enemy, no more war is an outstanding idea. God/Jesus has opened a door for us . . . we just have to step through. The Road to Damascus will define us as part of God’s community. Rejoice all you sinners for there is light!

Tony Wolfe

Now, before we begin to worship, I want to remind you that this is Communion Sunday. If you haven’t already, now is the time to prepare your bread and juice (or whatever you will use as symbols of Christ’s love). After you read the message, there is a communion scripture, a communion prayer that will lead to receiving the bread, a communion song, Give Thanks, another communion prayer that will lead to taking the cup, followed by another singing of Give Thanks.

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Four Dimensions of God’s Love, Part II

Worship Service for April 26, 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. But believe me that day will come! It’s Friday, Sunday’s a comin’!

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 1:00pm 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

Thanks to John and Amy for preparing last Friday’s Community Meal. And thanks to Jim and Gale Arthur, Alan and Vanna Robbins, and Larry Warner for being exceptional car hops . . . lol . . . as they served 59 meals, the most we have ever served!

Now because Psalm 126:2 says, “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”

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Four Dimensions of God’s Love, Part I

Worship Service for April 19, 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 when we will be able to resume corporate worship. I am hopeful that it will be at least by June 13th which will mark the 20th Anniversary of CrossPointe. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!? Actually it will be wonderful whenever that days comes. And believe me that day will come! It’s Friday, Sunday’s a comin’!

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 1:00pm 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

Our church leaders have decided to proceed with this month’s Community Meal this coming Friday, April 24th from 5 to 6:15 pm. Once again, it will be served to people in their cars as they drive up. We still need two more volunteers and will take the first two who contact me.

Because the wisest man who ever lived wrote: “A cheerful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).

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Father, Into Thy Hands I Commit My Spirit!

A Worship Service for April 12, 2020

EASTER SUNDAY

WELCOME

“He is Risen!”

And I know that wherever you happen to be this Easter morning, you are responding to that bold declaration of faith with, “He is risen indeed!”

For that in a nutshell is the Easter message.
He is Risen!
Love conquers hate!!
A garden tomb is emptied!!!
The grim and haunting outline of the cross fades
in the faint glows of that first Easter dawn.

But before the outline of that cross disappears completely from view,
before we “crown Him the Lord of Life who triumphed o’er the grave”
let’s finish “crowning Him the Lord of love, beholding His hands and side.”

For throughout this Lenten season we have been examining the last sayings of Jesus as He hung upon the cross.

Six weeks ago, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”
The following week, “I thirst”
Then Jim Brandenburg explained the significance of, “Woman, behold thy son; Son behold thy mother”
Next was, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Then, “You shall be with Me in paradise”
Last Sunday, Palm Sunday, “It is finished!”

Today, on Easter we will focus on the 7th and last of those timeless statements that Jesus made: “Father, into Thy hands, I commit My Spirit.”

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:

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It Is Finished!

A Worship Service for April 5, 2020

PALM SUNDAY

WELCOME

Today, as we worship, we will focus on the sixth of the last seven statements that Jesus made as He hung upon the cross: “It is finished.”

I pray that your time spent here on CrossPointe’s website will set you free to worship and serve the Lord God Almighty in Spirit and Truth.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Obviously, we do not know when we will be able to resume corporate worship. But rest assured, as soon as we are able, WE WILL GATHER TOGETHER AGAIN! And I, for one, am already looking forward to that day with great expectation!

Until that day comes, we will have to be creative. 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; knowing that “God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13).

Thanks to all of you who participated in last Sunday’s ‘Gather to Scatter.’ Although we did not gather, many of you were able to bring food for the Church-at-the-Lake Food Pantry. Others of you sent a check to help them buy gift certificates for milk, eggs, meat and other fresh food. Remember, for the time being the folks in charge of that ministry are not receiving food.

Once again, I will be at the church building 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

If you don’t need your funny bone tickled, skip this next section:

A dentist and a manicurist married; they fought tooth and nail.

Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it’s just two tired.

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.

He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed.

Last but certainly not least, announcement-wise, here is one of those letters written by members of my Disciple I Bible Study Class, in this case, Lynda Barnett, to the CrossPointe family:

“I wait every day on my Lord God. I want to thank God for all the people of CrossPointe; for being a family and keeping this church going. We need more people in our lives like all of you! The people show love here and that’s what all we need; love, encouragement, to be together and try to make it till the Lord comes back again. I thank God for the love in this church. May God bless all of you every day of your lives. Love you all.”

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Truly, truly, I say unto you, today, you will be with Me in Paradise

A Worship Service for March 29, 2020

WELCOME

Today, we will continue on in our series focusing on the last seven statements that Jesus made as He hung upon the cross.

I hope that your time spent here on our website will enlarge your appreciation for God’s amazing grace. And I pray that when you have finished worshipping, you will have a greater sense of the mighty power of the cross.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Obviously, we do not know when we will be able to resume corporate worship. But rest assured, as soon as we are able, WE WILL GATHER TOGETHER AGAIN! And I, for one, am already looking forward to that day with great expectation!

Until that day comes, we will have to be creative. 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; knowing that “God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13).

Today is ‘Gather to Scatter’ Sunday. Although we are not gathering, it does not mean we cannot fulfill our mission. As you were e-mailed on Thursday, we are collecting items for the Church-at-the-Lake Food Pantry, as they are running low. You can drop them off at our church today between 12 noon and 2:00 pm. If you wish you can stay in your car and someone will take them off your hands. Or, if you want to take them inside yourself, there will be a table in the lobby.

During the same time, you may drop off your offering. Look for a lockbox on a stand in the lobby. Lift the lid and drop it in. These will be collected for safe-keeping at 2:00 pm. If you wish to send it in the mail, the address is CrossPointe Community Church, P. O. Box 126, Chippewa Lake, OH 44215-0126.

Last but certainly not least, announcement-wise, here is one of those letters written by the members of my Disciple I Bible Study Class to the CrossPointe family:

Dear members of CrossPointe Community Church, I am writing to you with thanksgiving for your faith, love and steadfastness in Christ Jesus. Your commitment to each other and the community shows the love you have in His Word and you share the Word through your good works in the community. God is working through you in all the lives you touch.”

Joan Long

And now, let us worship the Lord together.

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