Sermon

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Sunday Worship, August 30, 2020

Setting Our Course

 On this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

Matthew 16:18
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Standing in the midst of a center of pagan worship, Jesus asks his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?"

Peter responds, inspired by God, that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God. Jesus replies that God has revealed this great truth to Peter and that "On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it."

It must have seemed strange to his disciples when moment's later Jesus announces that he must go to Jerusalem where he will suffer, be killed, and on the third day be raised.

His disciples never imagined that Jesus would head to Jerusalem to die, but as Jesus proclaimed, that gates of Hades will not prevail, he would be raised.

Scripture passages for this Sunday:
* Matthew 16:13-20
* Romans 12:9-21

This worship service is produced through the combined efforts of Hope Presbyterian Church at Lake Nona and Oviedo Presbyterian Church and we pray that God will use it to bless people far beyond our congregations. We are very grateful to all who contribute to these services.

Please share them with your friends and families.

Sunday Worship, August 23, 2020

Belonging & Becoming

Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.”

Matthew 15:21-28
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Jesus celebrates the faith of a Canaanite woman, that others tried to chase away, praising her and condemning the religious elite.

All too often, Christians can be more concerned about drawing dividing lines and categorizing people by who is in and who is out, when our hearts and faith ought to be seeking and loving the people that Jesus loves.

As we do, God's spirit works within us transforming by the renewal of our minds, so that we might truly know and seek God's will in our life and in the world.

Scripture passages for this Sunday:
* Matthew 15:21-28
* Romans 12:1-3

This worship service is produced through the combined efforts of Hope Presbyterian Church at Lake Nona and Oviedo Presbyterian Church and we pray that God will use it to bless people far beyond our congregations. We are very grateful to all who contribute to these services.

Please share them with your friends and families.

Sunday Worship, August 16, 2020

Blessed to Be a Blessing

Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand.
What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them,
but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

Matthew 15:1-20
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This pandemic has disrupted what we often think of as church. But how much of what we miss is human traditions rather than God's purposes? Jesus was confronted by Pharisees and scribes that complained that his disciples did not follow their traditions. Jesus responded that what comes from the heart is what matters to God, not what goes into our mouths.

May all of us take the opportunity to look past our expectations of how we encountered and worshiped God in the past, to encounter the risen Christ in the present.
Today's scripture includes:

Psalms 67
Matthew 15:1-20

Sunday Worship, August 9, 2020

God Remembers Us

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.
‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them:
‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’

Matthew 14:25-27
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We will experience danger and storms in our lives. Rather than escaping difficulties, Christians are far more likely to experience storms than those who don’t venture far from shore.

The good news is that even in the storm we are not alone. If I know the one who can calm the seas, he can calm even me.

Today's scripture includes:

Psalms 105:1-6
Matthew 14:22-33

Sunday Worship, August 2, 2020

All In

“"The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls;
on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold
all that he had and bought it.”

Matthew 13:45-46

Jesus calls for us to go "all in" fully investing ourselves in the kingdom of heaven. But we are not alone, God is "all in" for us and nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

Today's scripture includes:
Romans 8:31-39
Matthew 13: 44-46



This worship service is produced through the combined efforts of Hope Presbyterian Church at Lake Nona and Oviedo Presbyterian Church and we pray that God will use it to bless people far beyond our congregations. We are very grateful to all who contribute to these services.

Please share them with your friends and families.

Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/0PwcQKvA04A

Sunday Worship, July 26, 2020

Gardened by God

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took
and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds,
but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree,
so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

Matthew 13:31-32

Jesus describes the kingdom of Heaven as a mustard seed or yeast, that don't look like much to look at, but grows and transforms everything it touches.



This worship service is produced through the combined efforts of Hope Presbyterian Church at Lake Nona and Oviedo Presbyterian Church and we pray that God will use it to bless people far beyond our congregations. We are very grateful to all who contribute to these services.

Please share them with your friends and families.

Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/0PwcQKvA04A

Sunday Worship, July 19, 2020

Friends, Children, and Heirs

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

Romans 8:14

Friends and Heirs

Life is filled with choices - some good and some bad. The amazing thing is that even though God knows everything about us, he chooses us and loves us.

It is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. Romans 8:16-17



This worship service is produced through the combined efforts of Hope Presbyterian Church at Lake Nona and Oviedo Presbyterian Church and we pray that God will use it to bless people far beyond our congregations. We are very grateful to all who contribute to these services.

Please share them with your friends and families.

Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/VT2MoiRVgug

Sunday Worship, July 12, 2020

Lord of the Harvest

"The seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it.
This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Matthew 13:23

In Jesus' parable, the sower's seeds land in a variety of situations. The seeds, representing the message of the kingdom of heaven are received and grow, or have no lasting impact. Jesus explains that the harvest depends on the seeds that fall on fertile soil, into lives and hearts who understand the message, and for whom the kingdom of God becomes their heart's greatest desire.



This worship service is produced through the combined efforts of Hope Presbyterian Church at Lake Nona and Oviedo Presbyterian Church and we pray that God will use it to bless people far beyond our congregations. We are very grateful to all who contribute to these services.

Please share them with your friends and families.

Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/dCD3jwWaRVU

Music performed under CCLI License No. 11123016 which includes streaming permissions
"Whom Shall I Fear" by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash & Scott Cash © 2012 S. D. G. Publishing, McTyeire Music, Worship Together Music, Alletrop Music (admin. Capitol CMG Publishing, Music Services Inc.)
All rights are reserved by the copyright holders.

Sunday Worship, July 5, 2020

Alongside Jesus

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:29-30

Jesus came as God's anointed messiah, not as many who thought themselves wise expected. The religious elite piled heavy burdens on people, and did nothing to help them. Jesus, however, invites people to take his yoke upon ourselves, and learn from him; for he is gentle and humble in heart, and we will find rest for our souls. For his yoke is easy, and his burden is light.



This worship service is produced through the combined efforts of Hope Presbyterian Church at Lake Nona and Oviedo Presbyterian Church and we pray that God will use it to bless people far beyond our congregations. We are very grateful to all who contribute to these services.

Please share them with your friends and families.

Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/vAIdR94dYaY

Music performed under CCLI License No. 11123016 which includes streaming permissions
"They Will Know we are Christians" by Peter Scholtes © 1966 F.E.L. Publications. Assigned 1991 Lorenz Publishing Company (Admin by Lorenz Corporation)
"It Is Well (With Me)" by Horatio Gates Spafford, Philip Paul Bliss, Kristene DiMarco
© 2013 Bethel Music Publishing

All rights are reserved by the copyright holders.

Sunday Worship, June 28, 2020

Simple Kindness

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me,
and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.

Matthew 10:40

Jesus sends his followers to extend his ministry, proclaiming the good news and bringing healing and new life in his name. As they go they will encounter a variety of responses to their message and their work. Jesus brings to light the eternal worth and reward of kindness and hospitality. Whoever welcomes a prophet will receive a prophet's reward. Whoever welcomes his followers welcomes him. Whoever welcomes a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous. Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple will not lose their reward. Simple acts of kindness and compassion done for others in Jesus' name are as if done for Jesus himself.

Even though we may not be gathering on Sunday mornings, we continue to serve in Jesus' name.



This worship service is produced through the combined efforts of Hope Presbyterian Church at Lake Nona and Oviedo Presbyterian Church and we pray that God will use it to bless people far beyond our congregations. We are very grateful to all who contribute to these services.

Please share them with your friends and families.

Direct link to video: https://youtu.be/_v9IVp5Ui2c

Music performed under CCLI License No. 11123016 which includes streaming permissions
"Kindness" by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Louie Giglio
© 2000 sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
All rights are reserved by the copyright holders.