Sermons

A Servant’s Attitude

Worship Service for June 13, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning, welcome and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. As does the Apostle Paul in his letters to churches, I thank God for all of you and pray that as a result of participating today, you will draw closer to the Lord’s presence and grow more and more into His likeness.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our Trustees are hosting a Church Spiff-Up Day on Saturday morning, June 19th at 9 am. They are hopeful that a whole motley crew of people will show up with their ears pinned back, chomping at the bit to accomplish the list of items needing to be done. Just to tip you off, there’s some graffiti that needs to be removed from the woman’s restroom. One of our gals wrote, “My husband follows me everywhere.” Written underneath someone else, we don’t know who, wrote: “I do not.” More on this later.

CALL TO WORSHIP

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me. There is more than enough room in My Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”
“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me. If you had really known Me, you would know who My Father is. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him!”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father!”

John 14:1-9a
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A Servant’s Mindset

Worship Service for June 6, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning, welcome and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. As does the Apostle Paul in his letters to churches, I thank God for all of you and pray that as a result of participating today, you will draw closer to the Lord’s presence and grow more and more into His likeness.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

I want to say once again, ‘Thank you’ to all who participated in any way in last week’s Gather to Scatter. The fact that we were able to accomplish three different projects has a lot to say about your faithfulness to our mission of Sharing God’s Grace with Our Community. Together, we are making a difference for God’s Kingdom.

All of you are invited to participate in our next quarterly Prayer Vigil which is this Wednesday, June 9th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. As in the past, there will be 36 – 20 minute time slots available. If you would like to participate, please call Gail at (330) 241-0436 to claim your spot. Our theme for this Prayer Vigil is simply Prayer. That is, we are asking all of you to pray that CrossPointe would become a praying church. I’m not saying we don’t already pray. We do; individually and collectively. But every church in the world could benefit from a boost in its prayer life. With that in mind, among the other things that you pray for Wednesday, pray that our people will catch fire with a newfound enthusiasm for prayer. Pray that we would, all of us, on a regular basis, pray for our church leaders, our church members, and our church mission. Pray for our Pastoral Transition Succession Team; that their deliberations and decisions will bring us the next leader God has in mind. Pray that this Prayer Vigil is the beginning of something new at CrossPointe!

Our Trustees are hosting a Church Spiff-Up Day on Saturday morning, June 19th at 9 am. They are hopeful that a whole motley crew of people will show up with their ears pinned back, chomping at the bit to accomplish the list of items needing done. Just to tip you off, there’s some graffiti that needs to be removed from the woman’s restroom. One of our gals wrote, “My husband follows me everywhere.” Written underneath someone else, we don’t know who, wrote: “I do not.” More on this later.

Lastly, today we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion. Therefore, if you haven’t already, I would advise you to prepare your bread and juice or whatever else you are going to substitute for the body and blood of Christ.

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Not to Be Served

Worship Service for May 30, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning, welcome and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. As does the Apostle Paul in his letters to churches, I thank God for all of you and pray that as a result of participating today, you will draw closer to the Lord’s presence and grow more and more into His likeness.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Today is Gather to Scatter Sunday. After worship, we will be asking for several volunteers to go to the home of Ron and Rena Thomas. We’d like to give them a hand with a couple of outdoor projects. Thank you so much for your wonderful generosity. By the end of last Sunday’s Service, all of the items for the new SHC group home were accounted for! And lastly, we would like to encourage all of you to do business with local sponsors of the Where’s Chippy benefit. For example, if you have a hankering for good broasted chicken or pizza, check out Contessa’s on the Lake. This will be our way of saying thanks to them. We have thank you cards that you may hand to the folks you are doing business with.

CALL TO WORSHIP

As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first to experience salvation—a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth. He called you to salvation when we told you the Good News; now you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

II Thessalonians 2:13-14
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A Casual Adventure?

Worship Service for May 23, 2021 – Pentecost Sunday

WELCOME

Good morning, welcome and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. As does the Apostle Paul in his letters to churches, I thank God for all of you and pray that as a result of participating today, you will draw closer to the Lord’s presence and grow more and more into His likeness.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Next Sunday is Gather to Scatter Sunday. After worship, we will be asking for several volunteers to go to the home of Ron and Rena Thomas. We’d like to give them a hand with a couple of outdoor projects. We are also going to give you all a chance to purchase some items for one of the group homes run by SHC. And lastly, we would like to encourage all of you to do business with local sponsors of the Where’s Chippy benefit. For example, if you have a hankering for good broasted chicken or pizza, check out Contessa’s on the Lake. This will be our way of saying thanks to them. We will be providing little thank you cards that you may hand to the folks you are doing business with.

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.

At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages! Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.

But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”

Acts 2:1-13
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Until the Day Comes

Worship Service for May 16, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning, welcome and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s on-line worship presentation. As does the Apostle Paul in his letters to churches, I thank God for all of you and pray that as a result of participating today, you will draw closer to the Lord’s presence and grow more and more into His likeness.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

May is a 5th Sunday month and you know what that means: Gather to Scatter.

So on Sunday, May 30th, after worship, we will be asking for several volunteers to go to the home of Ron and Rena Thomas. We’d like to give them a hand with a couple of outdoor projects. We are also going to give you all a chance to purchase some items for one of the group homes run by SHC. And lastly, we would like to encourage all of you to do business with local sponsors of the Where’s Chippy benefit. For example, if you have a hankering for good broasted chicken or pizza, check out Contessa’s on the Lake. This will be our way of saying thanks to them. We will be providing little thank you cards that you may hand to the folks you are doing business with. Look for more details about this in Wednesday’s e-mail and next Sunday.

If you recognize today’s call to worship, it’s because I read from the same passage last Sunday morning. Last week, I wanted to emphasize that not only are we blessed for all God has done for us, but that God desires for you and I to do what can to bring others under the shelter of God’s blessings. This past week, I was drawn back to the opening of this passage which speaks of God’s protection. And I wondered if some might be thinking, ‘Really, there have been times of pain and suffering in my life that have made me wonder if God has my back.

CALL TO WORSHIP

But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob,
He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
When you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

Isaiah 43:1-3
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Hearts and Lips

Worship Service for May 9, 2021

WELCOME

Good morning, welcome and thanks for joining CrossPointe Community Church’s online worship presentation. As does the Apostle Paul in his letters to churches, I thank God for all of you and pray that as a result of participating today, you will draw closer to the Lord’s presence and grow more and more into His likeness.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there. During our live worship service this morning, we will be recognizing and rewarding the woman or girl who is wearing the gaudiest hat. Since you obviously won’t be able to be with us, here’s a couple of Mother’s Day funnies to tickle your fancy:

Elephant: Why do mother kangaroos hate rainy days?
Hippo: I give up.
Elephant: Because their kids have to play inside!

Sunday school teacher: Tell me, Johnny. Do you say prayers before eating?
Johnny: No, ma’am, I don’t have to. My mom’s a good cook.

And here’s one that ties in with our second worship song.
Larry’s mother had four children. Three were named North, South and East. What was her other child’s name?
West?
No, Larry.

CALL TO WORSHIP

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before Him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are His.
We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving; go into His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and His faithfulness continues to each generation.

Psalm 100
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Do vs. Done

Worship Service for May 2, 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.

Especially as today we have the blessing of sharing in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. If you haven’t already, you should pause this video and prepare your own communion elements and have them nearby for later.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

A Priest, a Rabbi and a misguided evangelist were walking along when they came upon a trunk with a million dollars in it.

The Priest says. “I say we draw a circle on the ground then throw the money in the air. The money that falls outside the circle we give to God
and that which falls inside we keep for ourselves.”

The Rabbi thinks about it for a minute, then naturally says,
“I think just the opposite, the money that falls outside the circle we keep
and that which falls inside we give to God.”

The misguided evangelist interrupts, “No, no, no, my jet needs new tires.
I say we throw it into the air and what God wants he will keep.”

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Come and See

Worship Service for April 25, 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

This coming Friday is the last Friday of the month and therefore, we will be offering our monthly free Community Meal. If you’d like to volunteer your time to carry the meals from our little kitchen to the cars lined up in the parking lot, you’ll need to be here from 4:50 to about 6:10. Please let me know if you plan on helping out. Once again, we thank our local Lions’ Club for sponsoring this outreach.

How about a little Jesus humor to get us going this morning?

A well-known pastor was attending a community event, walking along taking sips from a bottle of water. After passing a security guard, the officer stopped the pastor and said that he thought he could smell alcohol as the pastor walked by. “May I ask what’s in that water bottle?”
Why, it’s water,” replied the pastor.
“Do you mind if I check that?”
“Not at all.”
The officer took the water bottle, held up to his nose and said, “Pastor, I hate to differ with you, but this doesn’t smell like any water I’m familiar with; it smells like wine.”
The pastor says, “That Jesus is at it again.”

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Each One, Reach One

Worship Service for April 18, 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wednesday afternoon, I met Chief Polar Bear, Alan Robbins, and his trusty wife, Vanna, inside the Chippy costume, out by our church sign for a final Where’s Chippy photo op; in which Alan presented me as CrossPointe’s representative a check for $10,159! Yes, you heard right . . . $10,159. We are so blessed to be one of the recipients of the proceeds from this marvelous event sponsored, of course, by our local Chippewa Lake Lions Club.

I would like to thank fellow Lions, Alan and Vanna who provide leadership for this event every year, Tom Melter and Claire who did the yeoman’s share of the work running the website and ticket sales, Eric Niger, who superbly played the part of Inspector Beatty, and of course, our Club President, Mike Ross and all the other Lions who gave in many ways that I am not aware of, but am sure took place.

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