Sermons

Forgive us our trespasses as we . . .

A mother reports that her four-year-old daughter was learning the Lord’s Prayer in her Sunday School class and the first time she recited it for her mom at bedtime prayed, “And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.”

The issue of forgiveness is one that touches all people. Sometimes it’s a major crisis that forces us to choose between forgiving and not forgiving; a betrayal by a spouse, a family feud, someone stole our money or something else of value. But thankfully, it’s those pesky lesser offenses that we must deal with: when we get passed over at work for a promotion that we were expecting, or when a colleague spreads a lie about us, or a friend betrays us.

The issue of forgiving another person who has wronged us is one that touches all people.

The issue of forgiving another person who has wronged us is more of an issue for those who call themselves Christians because we know that we are called upon to forgive others. We were just reminded by Jesus and Paul that it is incumbent upon those who sing It Is the Cry of My Heart to Follow You to forgive as Jesus forgives.

My hunch is that not all of us have become as adept as Jesus was in forgiving those who put trash in our baskets.

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Guest Speaker – Randy Hall

Worship Service for September 5, 2021

WELCOME

Good day, welcome and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s on-line Word worship presentation. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May They bless you this day as a result of your choosing to worship them.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CrossPointe Community Church’s Mission, should we choose to accept it, is to “Share God’s Grace with Our Community.” By the way, ours is not a Mission Impossible! Ours is a Mission that is more than possible because according to Paul in Ephesians “God is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (3:20). One of the premier ways that God works through us is through the power of prayer. And so one of the most effective ways we can Share God’s Grace with Our Community is by praying for our Community.

To that end, our Church Leaders are asking all of us to participate in Awaken Medina County, in which we will pray for 30 days starting next Sunday for people who live in Chippewa Lake. After you visit www.awakenmedinaco.org to register, you will receive the names of 10 households and access to the free materials that include among other items a 30 day prayer guide that will assist you in how and what to pray for your 10 households. What a wonderful opportunity this is to join forces with God to bring about His will in our community as we pray.

Our leaders would like to invite all of you to gather here on the late afternoon/evening of Saturday, September 18th for a little soirée at which we will enjoy fellowship, food, fun and a little music.

Many of you have already noticed that we have Randy Hall today. And we are very blessed to have him as our special speaker today. Randy is a member of the Wadsworth Camp of the Gideons. The Gideons started in 1899 in Wisconsin and has grown into a world-wide Christian organization that excels in distributing Bibles. He has been with us several times over the last decade and each time he comes you folks tell me that I missed a very special blessing. And so we look forward to hearing what Randy has to bring us.

By the way Randy, did you hear about the very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country. When she took it to the Post Office, the clerk asked, “Is there anything breakable in here?”
“Only the Ten Commandments,” answered the lady.

Today, we have the added blessing of celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion. If you haven’t already prepared the sacramental elements of your choice, you may want to stop here and do so. All who desire to draw closer to God through faith in His Son are invited to participate.

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Risky Grace

Worship Service for August 29, 2021

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Good day, welcome and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s online Word worship presentation. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May They bless you this day as a result of your choosing to worship them.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our Church Leaders have made a decision to join a Greater Medina County Prayer Initiative titled, “Awaken.” Participants will receive the names of 10 households to pray for beginning September 12 for one month. You are all invited to participate. To do so visit awakenmedinaco.org

You can read about the program, register your name and download the free materials. One of the latter is a 30 day prayer guide that will assist you in how and what to pray for your households. Once you register, you will receive your names. When I talked to the point person, I asked about praying for the people in our mission field and when I received my names, I noticed they all do live in Chippewa Lake.

SCRIPTURAL CALL TO WORSHIP

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Romans 5:1-11
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Mercy and Grace

Worship Service for August 22, 2021

WELCOME

Good day, welcome and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s online Word worship presentation. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May They bless you this day as a result of your choosing to worship them.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

I am so very grateful that we are a Community Church and accomplishing our purpose, which is to “Share God’s Grace with our Community.”

To that end, Jim and I will be providing the music for the annual Chippewa Lake Pride Committee’s Fundraiser today at 5pm down at Point Park.

And we are also excited to announce that the brothers Tresch will be flying in from Texas and Florida next weekend and there will be a Bridging the Gap Reunion down at The Village Inn next Friday at 7pm. We, and they, would love to see you there!

Next Friday is also our last Friday of the month free Community Dinner. John and Amy tell me the menu consists of Italian stuffed chicken, roasted redskin potatoes, green beans and for dessert… pineapple upside down cake! We will again be serving it to folks as they drive up in their cars. So if you would like to help out, please come by 4:50 and you will be here until about 6:10 pm. Please let me know if you plan to help.

Annie Dean and Gale Arthur will be offering Grief Share beginning this Thursday here at the church between 12:30 and 2:30pm. Grief Share is a ministry offered to folks grieving the loss of a loved one. If you know of anyone who could benefit, please pass this on.

Last but not least, since next Sunday is a fifth Sunday, it is what we call Gather to Scatter Sunday, whereby, we ‘gather’ for worship and then ‘scatter’ into the community to share God’s grace. COVID has set us back a little in this regard. However;

Now to give you a clue as to our theme for today:

How do cats measure the gracefulness of their leaps?
In fluid pounces!

What do you call a chicken that moves ever so gracefully?
Poultry in motion

Modern technology has never matched the simplicity and grace of the traditional pen.
In fact, you could say that there is still no e-quill.

My wife is such a terrible cook,
we say grace after we’re done eating.

What do pastafarians say after saying grace?
Ramen.

And all the vegetables gathered around the meal that lay before them and decided to say grace
Lettuce pray

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Our Deepest Question

Worship Service for August 15, 2021

WELCOME

Good day, welcome, and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May They bless you this day as a result of your choosing to worship them.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

As a reminder, we are having in-person worship at 10:00 AM on Sundays. Because the numbers in Medina County remain low, vaccinated individuals are not yet required to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask and sit on the right side of the sanctuary where the chairs are spaced out further. If you wish to sit six feet apart from someone else, make sure that there is one chair between you and them.

Okay, to get the gray matter and the funny bone working; whereas an Astrophile loves stars, a Bibliophile loves books, not the Bible, a Hippophile loves horses (not hippos) a Lexophile loves what? And the answer is ‘a play on words.’

For an example, or two, I know a guy who’s addicted to drinking brake fluid,
but he says he can stop any time.

A thief who stole a calendar got . . . twelve months.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles . . . U.C.L.A.

I got some batteries that were given out . . . free of charge.

This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club,
but I’d swear I’ve never met . . . herbivore.

I couldn’t find a phile that describes someone who loves God. Religiophile, as a person who loves religion is close, but no cigar. We’ll just have to make up our own. Since all these philes are Greek terms; ‘phile’ being one of the four Greek words for love, in this case, affectionate love and since the Greek word for God is Theo, we could say that we are all Theophiles; lovers of God. Or more specifically I suppose we are Christosophiles, lovers of Christ. Theophiles and Christisophiles that’s what Paul has in mind for us to be in today’s . . .

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Learning To Be Content

Worship Service for August 8, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning, welcome and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s online Word worship presentation. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May They bless us this day as a result of our choosing to worship.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

As a reminder, we are having in-person worship at 10:00AM on Sundays. Because the numbers in Medina County remain low, vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask, yet. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask and sit on the right side of the sanctuary where the chairs are spaced out further. If you wish to sit six feet apart from someone else, make sure that there is one chair between you and them.

SCRIPTURAL CALL TO WORSHIP

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into His presence with singing!
Know that the LORD, He is God!
It is He who made us, and we are His;
We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise!
Give thanks to Him; bless His name!
For the LORD is good; His steadfast love endures forever,
and His faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100
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Gimme the Good News

Worship Service for Sunday, August 1st

WELCOME

Good morning and welcome to CrossPointe Community Church. I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend this time with you. My name is Jim for those of you who may be new. I am filling in for Randy this week. He is in the sunny state of Florida visiting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

On Tuesday the parking lot will be sealed by Grainger Paving. They asked us to not drive on it for 24 hours, which means Thursday at the earliest.

A resident here in the Village of Chippewa is moving from his home and needs help moving things out of the house and garage. He is not in the best of health physically and could really use help. We will be starting at 9 am Tuesday morning. This is an opportunity for you to share God’s grace with the community. Anyone interested, please see me or Annie Dean after worship. There is a sign-up sheet with all the information on it. I am hoping that many hands make light work. There is much to do and a short time to complete it.

I saved the best for last. This is the first Sunday of the month and we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion. This table does not belong to any denomination, church or organization. It belongs to Jesus. He is inviting everyone so that your relationship with Him can deepen. No matter if you have loved Him for years or are just getting to know Him. Come and meet Him here.

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Dealing with Difficulties

Worship Service for July 25, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning, welcome and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May they bless us this day as a result of our choosing to be here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Good news! Lindsay Brandenburg discovered a great way for us to audibly record and post the entire worship service. Besides hearing my message (as we used to do it), you will now be able to hear the musicians, the singers, and the congregation singing. To make this fun, imagine you are living back in the days prior to television when the folks used to sit listening to the radio.

As a reminder, we are having in-person worship at 10:00AM on Sundays. Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask and sit on the right side of the sanctuary where the chairs are spaced out further. If you wish to sit six feet apart from someone else, make sure that there is one chair between you and them.

My first job was working in an orange juice factory,
but I got canned; couldn’t concentrate.

Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack,
but I just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the ax.

After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn’t suited for it
mainly because it was a so-so job.

Next I tried working in a muffler factory but that was too exhausting.
I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company,
but the work was just too draining.

My last job was working at Starbucks,
but I had to quit because it was always the same old grind.

SCRIPTURAL CALL TO WORSHIP

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I go and stand before him?
Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?”
My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be:
I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration!
Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!

Psalm 42:1-5
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Scripture and Prayer Service

Worship Service for July 18, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning, welcome and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May they bless us this day as a result of our choosing to be here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

I want to thank Jim, Lindsay, and Julianna Brandenburg for their tireless effort for the past 17 months in preparing music for our online worship services. I also wish to thank Lindsay for each week taking anywhere from 5 to 7 video segments Gail sends her way and integrating them with the music segments they provide and then uploading it all so that it can be seamlessly viewed by you.

We are grateful that we had the technology to do this during COVID; however; the time for providing this format has come to end. On August 1st, we will revert to what we were doing pre-COVID. We will record the live audio version of Sunday morning’s worship and make it available on our website for you to listen to. I will also continue to provide a written version of the sermon.

The benefits of this change are two-fold. First, you will no longer have to look at my ugly mug! And secondly, from my perspective, you will hear a much better sermon. It is not easy for me to preach to a camera lens. I can’t fully explain why, but I preach much better in the presence of the people of God. The downside of this change is obvious. You will not be able to access it until after the service. Lindsay will upload it from the church building after worship, so it should be ready by no later than noon, hopefully by 11:30 am.

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