Sermons

Cleansing the Temple

Worship Service for March 7, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning and welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s on-line worship presentation. I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend this time with you. My name is Jim and I am filling in for Randy this week. If you’d like to reach out to Randy, you can e-mail him at randykmeyer@hotmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

A few weeks ago, Randy announced that he will be offering classes to train people who feel called to learn some practical skills in preaching. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have several people within our congregation who could step into the pulpit at any time? What a great asset to the church and to a future pastor this would be.

He will be doing this in two phases. The first phase will be a four week class on how to share your faith with another person. This is something that all Christians should be able to do, and is a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to engage in preaching.

The first class will be held at the church on Tuesday, March 9th at 7 pm. Then at the end of the four classes on how to share your faith, he will continue on with those who wish to further their training. If you have any questions about this, do not hesitate to call or e-mail Randy.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:19-25

OPENING WORSHIP SONGS

As We Gather

Tom Coomes & Mike Fay

As we gather may Your Spirit work within us,
As we gather may we glorify Your name
Knowing well that as our hearts being to worship
We’ll be blest because we came
We’ll be blest because we came

As we gather may Your Spirit work within us,
As we gather may we glorify Your name
Knowing well that as our hearts being to worship
We’ll be blest because we came
We’ll be blest because we came
We’ll be blest because we came

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Change My Heart, Oh God

Eddie Espinosa

Change my heart, O God,
Make it ever true.
Change my heart, O God,
May I be like You.

Change my heart, O God,
Make it ever true.
Change my heart, O God,
May I be like You.

You are the potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me,
This is what I pray.

Change my heart, O God,
Make it ever true.
Change my heart, O God,
May I be like You.

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OPENING PRAYER

O Lord, Almighty Father, by your promise of life everlasting through Jesus, who came to save us, let us live with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith. As we gather today, change our hearts so that we, as one body, the body of Christ, the union of saints, may exalt your name and sing praises of thanksgiving. As John’s voice cried out in the wilderness to prepare the way, we too shall join in with a joyful cry of our hearts, singing songs of your salvation, going out into the world and proclaiming your excellence, your love and your grace. May our lives be changed for your glory.
Through Jesus we pray, Amen.

THE GIVING OF THE LORD’S OFFERING

It’s now time for the Lord’s offering. As we continually thank Him for the overflow of blessings which He showers upon us, we remain faithful in giving the tithe. And as we approach the throne, we bow and pray.

Lord, as we bring our offerings to you, may our tithe be acceptable in your sight. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, and power and strength, be unto you O God forever and ever. As always we pray, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.

I will be at the church today until 12 noon if you would like to bring your offering. Or you may send it in to:

CrossPointe Community Church
PO Box 126
Chippewa Lake, OH 44215

PRAYER SONG

Offering

Paul Baloche

The sun cannot compare to the glory of Your love
There is no shadow in Your Presence
No mortal man would dare to stand before Your throne
Before the Holy One of heaven
It’s only by Your Blood and it’s only through you mercy
Lord I come

I bring an offering of worship to my King
No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing
Jesus may You receive the honor that You’re due
O Lord I bring an offering to You (REPEAT FROM TOP)

O Lord I bring an offering to You
O Lord I bring an offering to You,
I bring an offering to You.

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MORNING PRAYER

SCRIPTURE

Behold, you are trusting in deceptive words to no avail. Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after other gods that you have not known, then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—that you may do all these abominations? Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your sight? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 7:8-11

And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.”

Matthew 21:12-13

THE MESSAGE

Cleansing The Temple

Jim Brandenburg

There’s a smell in the air. Do you smell it? It smells like spring has finally sprung. Temperatures for this coming week look like 50’s and 60’s. And do you know what else is happening in nature? That’s right! You guessed it. It’s mating season for skunks. If you haven’t had the experience of that wonderful aroma, consider yourself blessed and fortunate. We live in West Salem, near the woods and it’s been an interesting week, to say the least.

So when I found this story, I thought, first, how awesome is God??

And secondly… what perfect timing.

In a 2019 edition of the Daily Hope with Rick Warren email newsletter, Jon Walker writes: “Jasmine is my beautiful and tenderhearted dog (cockapoo). She knows it is wrong to go near an old barn that’s on the edge of my property, but she saw a black cat run behind it and took off for a playful chase. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a cat. It was a skunk, and Jasmine was quite surprised to get a face full of stink. She smelled so bad I didn’t even want to bring her into the house, but I sequestered her in the bathroom while I figured out how to get her clean.

On the Internet, I found several home remedies for removing skunk stink. The recipes called for ingredients such as tomato juice or a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, and I think one listed dark chocolate (OK, I made that up. The dark chocolate was for me).

These mixtures removed the bite of the skunk stink (an eye-watering, garlic-like perfume), but the overall smell was still there. By then it was almost midnight, so I took an old blanket, put it on the floor of the bathroom, and that’s where poor Jasmine had to spend the night.

The next morning, I went to the pet store and found a remarkable de-skunker that removed every bit of the stink and left Jasmine smelling wonderfully clean.

The reason I share this story is because it helps illustrate what Jesus has done for you. The Bible says, ‘But God has shown us how much He loves us—it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!’ (Romans 5:8)

Jasmine knew she was forbidden from going near the barn, but temptation appeared in the form of (what she thought) was a black cat. Sin is always deceptive, and it always costs more than we think it will. Jasmine thought she’d have some fun; instead, she ended up with the stink of sin all over her. I still loved Jasmine and wanted her to come into the house with me, but I couldn’t let her have the run of the house while she carried the stink of sin. She needed to be cleansed; otherwise, the stink would permeate my home.

That’s how God views our sin. He can’t let us back into heaven until we’re cleansed from our sin; otherwise, our sin would stink up the whole place. Jesus came to cleanse us from our sin, and His bloody sacrifice washes us whiter than snow (Psalms 51:7). When we confess our sin and obediently trust Jesus, we can walk confidently into God’s home, knowing He will welcome us as his daughters and sons.1

We have all fallen to temptation and will continue to do so, Why?
Because we are humans.

We do our best each day in warding off the temptress but let’s face it, sometimes we chase after worldly wants and desires. We sin. Much like the dog in this story chasing what was thought to be a black cat. We wander off the path and give in to temptation. Speaking of temptation…What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word temptation? How about Adam and Eve? Let’s go back to where it all began.

In Genesis 2:15-17 it reads

Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.

Adam and Eve were specifically told not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. Eve was tempted and drew Adam into that temptation. Then came the first sin. As a result of their sin, God cast them out of the garden. He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

In the opening scriptures, I read from Jeremiah and from Matthew.
In the reading from Matthew, Jesus quotes the verses in Jeremiah as He is chasing out the merchants and money changers. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers’ den.”

Do you know why Jesus chased out the merchants and money changers?

Picture this…

It was the time of the Passover Feast. Hundreds of thousands of people traveled to Jerusalem to worship. It wasn’t practical for those who came from great distances to bring an animal for the sacrifice. Consequently they had to buy animals locally to sacrifice. Also, the Temple only accepted Tyrian currency so people who came with different currencies had to exchange money to pay the Temple tax. These were practical matters that had to be taken care of for the Passover. The problem was where and how these were done.

The Court of the Gentiles was where the Gentiles were allowed to worship. This was a large area about 2.5 acres in size. Instead of worship taking place, the area was filled with people selling animals and changing money. It was like a huge flea market! How could worship go on with such noise and distraction? That wasn’t the only problem. Those selling animals and exchanging money did so at exorbitant rates. It was worse than buying a burger at Disneyland!2

So, not only were the merchants and money changers desecrating the temple, but they were causing the Gentiles to miss out on worship because of what they were doing.

Cleansing the temple in Jerusalem goes deeper than this. Perhaps Jesus’ action was pointing to a much deeper truth. In the gospel of John, Jesus refers to his body as the temple.

John 2:18-22 reads

The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body. So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.

Our body as a temple is a very delicate subject. Not one I can cover in an abbreviated sermon. But I think I can take a leap and assume you know that your body is a temple.

We are made in the image of God. Once we surrender our lives and are saved by Jesus, the Holy Spirit enters our temples to dwell within us. Each one of us serves through our gifts, to be the hands and feet of Jesus. What we put into our bodies is important too. Not only the food we eat but what we feed our mind and souls. A good diet with lots of vegetables, exercise and plenty of scripture goes a long way.

Knowing all of that makes you think, doesn’t it?

If Jesus came back today would your house…your temple be clean? Would you be like most and run for the broom and dust pan? Start mopping the floors and washing the windows. Trying to tidy up.

But here’s the wonderful news…though the Lord discerns everything about us, knows our innermost thoughts and struggles, knows every secret sin that we have hidden from everyone else…still He stands with wide-open arms of love to welcome us, accept us, forgive us and totally rid us of all the burdens of guilt and shame if we will just come to Him. That is the reason Jesus died on the cross; to take upon Himself all of our transgressions, and to wash us free from sin. This allows us to enter heaven through His righteousness. Nothing we can earn. A gift.

I want to ask you if you know my Lord and Savior? Do you know Jesus?

I don’t know where you are in your walk with Jesus but let’s make one thing clear. When you gave up on doing things your way and asked Jesus to take the wheel, your old temple was destroyed. Amen?

Jesus is helping you build the new one. And with His help, we can take on the wind and the rain as well as the sweltering heat of the day because Jesus is the architect, the builder, and the perfector.

Today is communion Sunday. As you can see the table has been prepared.
The sacrament of holy communion will be shared today. A sacrament because Christ ordained this meal that He shared with the disciples. Just as well, He shares it with us.

Before we approach the altar of God and take this communion, we first must ask Jesus to cleanse the temple. Check every corner and under the bed. Sweep it all up into a pile and ask Jesus to enter the temple and drive out the sin.

There is no shadow in His presence. He is light. Ask for His forgiveness. Share in the body of Christ and become one with God and His family. That is the UNION part of Comm-UNION. Derived from two words Common-Union.

I would like to sing a special song that I hope helps you to search inside yourself and prepare your heart so you may approach the altar.

COMMUNION SONG

O Come To The Altar

Elevation Worship

Are you hurting and broken within?
Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin?
Jesus is calling.
Have you come to the end of yourself?
Do you thirst for a drink from the well?
Jesus is calling.

O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ.

Leave behind your regrets and mistakes
Come today there’s no reason to wait
Jesus is calling.
Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy
From the ashes a new life is born
Jesus is calling.

O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ

O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ

Oh, what a Savior
Isn’t He wonderful?
Sing Hallelujah, Christ is risen
Bow down before Him
For He is Lord of all
Sing Hallelujah, Christ is risen

Oh what a Savior
Isn’t He wonderful?
Sing Hallelujah, Christ is risen
Bow down before Him
For He is Lord of all
Sing Hallelujah, Christ is risen

O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ

O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ

Bear your cross as you wait for the crown
Tell the world of the treasure you found

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THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

COMMUNION AFFIRMATION OF FAITH

For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.

Hebrews 9:24-26 -NLT

COMMUNION PRAYER

Lord Jesus, we bow before You in humility and ask You to examine our hearts today. Show us anything that is not pleasing to You. Reveal any secret pride, any unconfessed sin, any rebellion or un-forgiveness that may be hindering our relationship with You. We know that we are Your beloved child, having received You into our hearts and lives and having accepted Your death as penalty for our sinfulness. The price You paid covered us for all time, and our desire is to live for You.

RECEIVE THE SACRAMENT

As we take the bread representing Your life that was broken for us, we remember and celebrate Your faithfulness to us and to all who will receive You. We can’t begin to fathom the agonizing suffering of Your crucifixion. Yet You took that pain for us. You died for us! Thank You, Jesus. Thank You for Your extravagant love and unmerited favor. Thank You that Your death gave us life—abundant life now, and eternal life forever. As You instructed Your disciples, we, too, receive this bread in remembrance of You.

(Receive the bread).

And in the same way, as we take this cup representing Your blood poured out from a splintered cross, we realize that You were the supreme sacrifice for all our sins: past, present, and future. Because of Your blood shed for us, we can be free from the power and penalty of sin. Thank You for Your victory over death. You took the death that we deserved. You took our punishment. Your pain was indeed our gain. And today we remember and celebrate the precious gift of life You gave us through the blood that You spilled. As You instructed Your disciples, we, too, receive this cup in remembrance of You.

(Receive the cup)

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power and the glory forever, Amen.

CLOSING SONG

Grace Greater Than Our Sin

Julia H. Johnston

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin!

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin!

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide;
What can we do to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin!

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

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Benediction

Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:18-21 -NKJV

1 https://www.preaching.com/sermon-illustrations/illustration-cleansing-from-sin/

2 https://toeverynation.com/jesus-cleansing-the-temple-is-a-lesson-in-worship/

For God So Loved the World

Worship Service for February 28, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning and welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend these moments with you. If you’d like to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at randykmeyer@hotmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last Sunday as we reopened for in-person worship, 48 persons attended! We still had enough empty chairs left to say that we can handle about 60 persons safely. That is, with everyone wearing a mask and individuals sitting six feet apart. Any way, it was very meaningful to be back together. The musicians and singers and prayer leaders did a great job in leading us in worship and we are all grateful. If you chose not to come for safety reasons, I fully understand. As time moves forward, more and more of you will return, and there will be some point where we need to add a second service. Won’t that be wonderful!

Last week I announced that I will be offering classes to train people who feel called to learn some practical skills in preaching. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have several people within our congregation who could step into the pulpit at any time? What a great asset to the church and to a future pastor this would be.

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Why Preach?

Worship Service for February 21, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning and welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend these moments with you. If you’d like to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at randykmeyer@hotmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

You all know that I plan on moving into a new phase of my life in March of 2022. I will no longer be your pastor. You also know our Pastoral Succession Team is working toward this transition and plan to secure what is called an Intentional Interim Pastor; someone who has been specifically trained to lead a congregation in the process of securing the next pastor. There will be a time in the near future when you will have an opportunity to ask questions about that process.

At the same time, there are three dynamics that could make it difficult to find a new pastor. First, a large cohort of baby-boomer pastors across the country have been retiring for the last ten years. During that same time, the number of people entering seminary with the goal of becoming pastors has decreased 50%. Add to that the fact that many pastors have left the ministry as a result of Covid. I caught a blog by Church Consultant Thom Rainer last week, who said he is aware of hundreds of churches going without senior pastors.

With that in mind, it is my intention to prepare CrossPointe for any eventuality. So I am announcing that I will be offering classes to train people who feel called to it in some practical skills in preaching. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have several people within our congregation who could step into the pulpit at any time? What a great asset to the church and to a future pastor this would be.

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P.U.S.H.

Worship Service for February 14, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning and welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend these moments with you. If you’d like to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at randykmeyer@hotmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Knock Knock Who’s there? Atlas Atlas who? Atlas, it’s Valentine’s Day!

What did one light bulb say to the other on Valentine’s Day?
“I love you a whole watt.”

What did the rabbit say to his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day?
“Some-bunny loves you!”

A man and his wife were enjoying a fine glass of wine on Valentine’s Day.
The husband . . . or the wife said, “I love you.”
The other asked, “Is that you or the wine talking?”
And the response was, “It’s me talking to the wine.”

What’s the perfect thing to say to a coffee-lover on Valentine’s Day?
“Words cannot espresso what you mean to me.”

What did one mushroom say to the other on Valentine’s Day?
There’s so mushroom in my heart for you!

By the way, this seems an appropriate time to let you know that two of the seven young folks ministered to by SHC that we were invited to adopt as pen pals are still available. If you would like to Share God’s Grace with Our Community by occasionally sending a note or card their way, please let Annie Dean know.

I am happy to announce that next Sunday we will re-open for live in-person worship! Rest assured, we will continue to do in a safe manner; asking you to continue to wear a mask. And we will spread out. Notice I didn’t use that phrase that we all come to loath, ‘socially distanced.’ By the way, what do you call an ant that has been shunned by his community? A socially dissed ant. Thanks, Sally Krall for sending that pun my way. And we turn on our exhaust fan and crack the windows enough to provide for the movement of fresh air. So you will want to wear a sweater or sweatshirt under your coat. But I know you won’t mind any inconvenience because we will get to see one another as we worship together.

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Change My Heart, O God

Worship Service for February 7, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning and welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s on-line worship presentation. I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend these moments with you. If you’d like to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at randykmeyer@hotmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Looking back to last Sunday, which was Gather to Scatter Sunday, I thank you again for your generosity in assisting the Church-at-the-Lake Food pantry. I was privileged to be at the church along with Annie Dean, when Jay Baer who runs that pantry came to pick up. Again, he was overwhelmed with your kindness.

I also want to thank Jay, Alan Robbins, representing the Lions, and Shelly Wharton representing the Society for participating in last Sunday’s worship by sharing what they do for the community and how we partner with them.

Speaking of the Society, I have two announcements. First, I have a thank you letter dated January 17th from the director, Melanie Kasten-Krause, thanking us for a $100 contribution to their annual campaign. Secondly, my e-mail this past Wednesday contained information about becoming a pen-pal to some of the residents they serve. If you’d like to participate in that worthy cause, please contact Annie Dean at ane2corinth129@gmail.com.

Or feel free to call the new church office phone and leave a message. The number is (330) 975-4309.

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The Mystery of Unanswered Prayer

Worship Service for January 31, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning and welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend these moments with you. If you’d like to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at randykmeyer@hotmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

I want to remind you that Jim and Lindsay Brandenburg recorded a Christmas Album containing 15 songs. They are making it available to you for free in two ways:

  1. You can e-mail them and they will make you a CD or,
  2. click this link (https://jmp.sh/8cSGGr7) which will take you to JumpShare, where you can listen to and/or download the album to your computer or phone. Thanks, Jim and Lindsay!

Thanks to Sheri Back, Alan and Vanna Robbins, Jim and Gale Arthur, and, of course, our resident chefs, John and Amy Topola, we were able to Share God’s Grace with our Community by serving people at Our Community Dinner this past Friday.

Today is Gather to Scatter Sunday. Representatives from the Lion’s Club, SHC, and the Church at the Lake will be making video appearances to remind us how we are fulfilling our purpose of Sharing God’s Grace with our Community. In addition, the Church at the Lake Food Pantry is in need of the following supplies: canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned soup with beef, bar soap, shampoo, and toilet paper. You can bring these items to the church today between 10 and 12:00 pm. Once again, a chance to fulfill our mission! Yah!!

Before I read today’s Call to Worship, let me ask you a very important question that was posed to me this past week by Sally Krall. “Were you aware that the oldest computer can be traced back to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Surprise. Surprise. It was an Apple, with extremely limited memory, just 1 byte. Then everything crashed.”

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Dealing with the Dilemma of Unanswered Prayer

Worship Service for January 24, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning and welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend these moments with you. If you’d like to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at randykmeyer@hotmail.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jim and Lindsay Brandenburg have been making sure we are able to provide video worship each Sunday. This includes not only knitting together and posting it on our website, but also preparing and recording the music.

Speaking of recording music, they have recorded a Christmas Album containing 15 of our favorites. They are making it available to you for free in two ways. (1) You can e-mail then and they will make you a CD or, (2) use this link which will take you to JumpShare, where you can listen to and/or download the album to your computer or phone. Thanks Jim and Lindsay!

Our Community Dinner is scheduled for the following Friday, January 29th. Thanks to John and Amy, roasted apricot chicken, roasted potatoes, mixed veggies, and baked cinnamon-sugar donuts will please and satisfy all who come. Yum! Thus far, Alan and Vanna Robbins and Sheri Back have volunteered to carry food to drive-ups. If you would like to join them, let me know.

Next Sunday is Gather to Scatter Sunday. Obviously, we will not be going out into the community to work side by side. Here’s how we will observe it. First, representatives from the Lion’s Club, SHC, and the Church at the Lake will be making video appearances to remind us how we are fulfilling our purpose of Sharing God’s Grace with our Community. In addition, the Church at the Lake Food Pantry is in need of the following supplies: canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned soup with beef, bar soap, shampoo, and toilet paper. You can bring these items to the church this Sunday between 10 and 1:00 pm or the 31st between 10 am and noon. Once again, a chance to fulfill our mission! Yah!!

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Prayer Warriors

Worship Service for January 17, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning and welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend these moments with you. If you’d like to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at randykmeyer@hotmail.com.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Christ is also the head of the church, which is His body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything. For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through Him, God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from Him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now He has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault.

Colossians 1:18-22
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Great Power, Wonderful Results

Worship Service for January 10, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning and welcome to CrossPointe Community Church’s on-line video presentation. I thank God for all of you and for the opportunity to spend these moments with you. If you’d like to reach out to me, I’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at randykmeyer@hotmail.com.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

I am hopeful that we will be able to announce soon a date for returning to in-person worship.

If any of you are interested in doing a 13-week survey of the New Testament, I have three people who will be gathering with me on Thursdays to do just that. I realize that some of you may want to do this, but because of the coronavirus cannot. I understand. Be aware, those who do come will be wearing masks and sitting six feet apart. If we have too many to do that, we will revert to a zoom format.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’

Psalm 91:1-2

The New Testament warns that Christians have three enemies: the world, the flesh, and the devil. Left to our own devices, we would wilt against these three formidable foes. That is why Martin Luther, the leader of the Protestant Reformation, wrote the song we are about to sing. It was his intention to remind us of what the Psalmist proclaimed: He is our refuge and fortress.

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