Sunday Worship Broadcast - February 10, 2019

Epiphany Worship Series: “Discovering Divine Direction”
Sermon Theme:
“When It’s Too Good to Be True”
Scripture: Luke 5:1-11
Overview:  Today we explore the next love language that God uses to speak to us: promptings. Remember the old adage, Timing is Everything? It’s especially true when it comes to understanding God’s promptings. God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time, but we don’t always recognize it as such. Discerning the voice of God requires an internal clock that perceives God’s promptings. And it’s our reaction to those promptings that leads to supernatural synchronicities: being in the right place at the right time with the right people. We call these synchronicities Kairos time. When we get prompted God kind of sets us up—to be blessed. But you have to obey those promptings. And your obedience to those promptings—whether it’s praying, serving or giving—might just be the vehicle for your or someone else’s miracle. When God gives the vision, God will make the provision.
            What is God prompting you to pray?
                        How is God prompting you to serve?
                                    Where is God prompting you to give?

Sunday Worship Broadcast - February 3, 2019

Epiphany Worship Series: “Discovering Divine Direction”
Sermon Theme:
“Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out”
Scripture: Luke 4:21-30
Overview:  One of the ways that God speaks to us is through opening and closing doors. In short, God speaks to us through circumstances.  Discerning these doors requires us to appraise our situation with supernatural insight…a prophetic perception that enables us to see past our problems and envision possibilities. It’s picking up on what God is putting right in front of us. It’s taking the first step in faith before God can reveal the next step. Mark Batterson’s book, “Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God” suggests there are five tests for discerning God’s will.
Goose-Bump Test - We have no idea where we are going much of the time, but as long as we keep in step with the Spirit, keep chasing after God’s desires, we will get where God wants us to go.
Peace Test - You will know in your heart that it’s the right thing to do. It’s a peace that passes all understanding. It’s not just peace in the midst of the storm; its peace in the perfect storm.
Wise Counsel Test - You have to surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. Surround yourself with people who have permission to speak truth to you in love.
Crazy Test - By definition, a God-sized dream or door is always beyond our comprehension or abilities. It’s beyond our logic, and our resources. In other words, we can’t do it without God’s help.
“Released-from and Called-To” test. You’ll never be able to walk through the next God door when you’ve got your foot caught in the one God is trying to close. Sometimes you have to let go of what’s holding you back, in order to move forward. The pain of moving out of your past can be too overwhelming to even consider.­­­­

Sunday Worship Broadcast - January 27, 2019

Epiphany Sermon Series: “Discovering Divine Direction”
Sermon Theme: “The Spoken Word”
Scripture: Luke 4:14-21
Overview:  How can scripture and the sacred story bring clarity and security into our places of confusion and uncertainty?

­­­­The Five steps of Lectio Divina (Divine Reading)
Prepare
– Take 30 minutes to read, reflect, and respond to the Holy Spirit’s promptings in Lectio Divina. Light a candle to collect your thoughts and calm your mind. Pray an invitation like, “God, let me hear from you,” or “Holy Spirit, Come” and sit quietly, opening your mind to hearing from God.
Lectio (Read)
– Read a scripture from your devotions or daily Bible reading and listen carefully for any words or phrases that seem to jump out. Wait patiently for God to give a gentle nudge.
Meditatio (Reflect) – Read the same passage a second time, focusing on the points you become aware of during the first reading. Re-read these verses and reflect carefully on where God has nudged you. Then reflect on what you sense God is saying. Don’t analyze the passage. Just ask God to make your focus clear.
Oratio (Respond) - After a third reading, it’s time to respond. Record your thoughts by journaling or write a prayer, talking the opportunity for conversation with God.
Contemplatio (Rest) – Read a final time, and then spend 10 minutes in silent contemplation. This isn’t a time of prayer or meditation — just sit quietly and allow God to work. When your mind starts to wander and dart here and there, bring it gently back to stillness again.

Sunday Worship Broadcast - January 20, 2019

Epiphany Worship Series: “Discovering Divine Direction” - The voice that spoke the cosmos into existence is the same voice that parted the Red sea, and made the sun stand still in the midday sky. One day, this voice will make all things new, but it’s also speaking to you now. That voice is God’s voice, and in Scripture God often speaks in a whisper. Not to make it difficult to hear, but to draw us close. Many people have a tough time believing God still speaks. We’ll learn about the seven love languages of God; each of them unique and entirely divine. By learning to tune in to and decipher each language, you’ll be able to hear God’s guidance in simple as well as life-altering choices.

Rev. Michaela Arnold-Moore preached this morning on the topic; “God’s Prosperity Plan” from Jeremiah 29:11.

Sunday Worship Broadcast - January 13, 2019

Epiphany Worship Series: “Discovering Divine Direction”
Sermon Theme: “The Voice Inside Your Head”
Scripture: Luke 3:15-22
Overview:  How might we hear God speaking through our internal desires?

The Road Ahead
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton, “Thoughts in Solitude”, Noonday Press, 1956. 

Sunday Worship Broadcast - January 6, 2019

Epiphany Worship Series: “Discovering Divine Direction” - The voice that spoke the cosmos into existence is the same voice that parted the Red sea, and made the sun stand still in the midday sky. One day, this voice will make all things new, but it’s also speaking to you now. That voice is God’s voice, and in Scripture God often speaks in a whisper. Not to make it difficult to hear, but to draw us close. Many people have a tough time believing God still speaks. We’ll learn about the seven love languages of God; each of them unique and entirely divine. By learning to tune in to and decipher each language, you’ll be able to hear God’s guidance in simple as well as life-altering choices.

Sermon Theme: “Following the Signs”
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12
Overview: What exactly is an “epiphany”? What does it mean when we say we’ve had an “a-ha” moment? It can be different for every person, and it’s difficult to define it for everyone, because… they are a reflection of us. They are all different and unique; no two people's stories are the same. We are all so very different in backgrounds, experiences, beliefs, etc. But at the core of these epiphanies, when you really ask what someone learned or wisdom gained, always boils down to a universal wisdom or truth we can all relate to. It's just like us - we're all so different and unique yet all so very much the same. The goal in talking about our stories, and about epiphanies in particular, is to understand, honor and respect both our differences and our likenesses - and to celebrate them.

 

Sunday Worship Broadcast - December 23, 2018

Advent/Christmas Worship Series - "Let There Be Peace on Earth...and Let it Begin with ME!"
Sermon Theme
: “A Life of Peace”
Scripture: Luke 1:26-55
Overview: Join us for our Christmas worship as we consider thoughts and testimonies on living a Life of Peace
Questions to consider:

  • If peace is the common plea of all humankind, then how do we begin transforming the world? What will you do to promote peace today and every day?

  •  What work can you accomplish that will lead to a lasting peace in your own life?

  • What would the world be like if everyone lived in peace?

  • Is the American way of life consistent with a life of peace?

  • How do you respond to war in the world, and in your own life? Are you spending resources on things that do not promote a life of peace?

Sunday Worship Broadcast - December 9, 2018

Pastor Brice continues our 4-week Advent sermon series, “Let There Be Peace on Earth…and Let it Begin with Me!”

Sermon Theme: “Peace in the Community”
Scripture: Luke 3:7-18
Overview: Have you ever been the recipient of some really horrific news? I mean the kind of news that just rocks your world—earth shattering news? When the Old and New Testament writers speak of “the end” of the world, they do so—not in meaning that the world would stop in a flash—but rather they meant that there would be an end to the way the present world was being run. During advent we anticipate the coming of one who would bring peace to a world riddled with chaos and injustice. We anticipate that one day, the Messiah, the anointed one of God would arrive on the scene and right all the wrongs that we see and live on a daily basis.

Sunday Worship Broadcast - December 2, 2018

Pastor Brice started a new 4-week Advent sermon series, “Let There Be Peace on Earth…and Let it Begin with Me!”

Sermon Theme: “Peace of Mind”
Scripture: Luke 21:20-36
Overview:
With all the bad news that surrounds us, in our families and in our nation, we often hear the Good News but don’t believe it’s true. But before you can hear the good news that Jesus had to tell us, you have to hear it in the context of the bad news. And that’s why his Gospel message was so transformative. The whole purpose of those kinds of experiences is to draw our attention to where the change needs to occur—and that is “in me.” The feelings of peace come from acknowledging that there is something to learn from all our experiences.

Sunday Worship Broadcast - November 25, 2018

We continued HTCC’s worship series “A Fellowship of Followers” featuring guest preachers on various topics related to following Jesus together.

Gavin Warren brings us a good word today,
Sermon Theme:  "Ethical Rebellion" 
Scripture: Luke 4:7-30
Overview: Jesus loved people who were told that they were unlovable by society. Some of us know what that feels like. We are called to love, even if it is at a cost. Don't stop telling God's children that they are loved, no matter what social values say about them.
Community Challenge: Love those who are told by society that they are not worth loving.

Sunday Worship YouTube Broadcast - November 11, 2018

Our new Worship Series follows after our recent series and church-wide small group study, “Not a Fan.” Once we discern and decide to be a follower of Jesus, and not just a fan, how do we engage that journey as a fellowship of followers? During our new series, “A Fellowship of Followers” we’ll hear reflections by preachers in our church as they define what it means to be a people who follow Jesus together! This Sunday Pastor Brice shared his testimony and preached on the topic "Poor" Givers and Wounded Healers.
Scripture: Mark 12:38-44 Overview: Jesus said, blessed are the Poor in Spirit…those that have known suffering, realize they are not perfect, understand that they don’t live in a vacuum, want to be connected to something bigger than themselves and desire change in the world, in their own lives and in the lives of those they love. Holy Trinity exists for many reasons. Many of you have found life here. You have changed your life here. You have changed others’ lives here. You have transformed the world here.
Community Challenge: So many of us have suffered brokenness from religious oppression and judgement. How do we recover from Religious Trauma? We recover through giving care and compassion to those who have suffered the same. Being a wounded healer means that God can use you BECAUSE of your injury. In this season of stewardship, the challenge is to make real change by giving ALL of YOURSELF to a ministry of generosity, especially those broken places.

 

Sunday Worship YouTube Broadcast - November 4, 2018

New Worship Series from October 28 - November 25 - “A Fellowship of Followers” after our recent series and church-wide small group study, “Not a Fan.” In the Gospels,

Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a...COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWER. Once we discern and decide to be a follower of Jesus, how do we engage that journey as a fellowship of followers? Over the next five weeks we’ll hear reflections by preachers and teachers in our church, as they define what it means to be a people who follow Jesus together!

This Sunday’s guest preacher was Judy Gatewood-Kiem on the topic “Duty and Love.”

Sunday Podcast & YouTube Broadcast - October 28, 2018

New Worship Series from October 28 - November 25 - “A Fellowship of Followers” after our recent series and church-wide small group study, “Not a Fan.” In the Gospels,

Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a...COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWER. Once we discern and decide to be a follower of Jesus, how do we engage that journey as a fellowship of followers? Over the next five weeks we’ll hear reflections by preachers and teachers in our church, as they define what it means to be a people who follow Jesus together!

This Sunday's guest preacher was Rev. Anne Marie Zanzal on the topic "A Mom, a Gentile and a Student."

Annual Homecoming Service Podcast & YouTube Broadcast - October 21, 2018

We welcomed our friends, Jason and DeMarco, in worship today!

Sunday Sermon Theme: "Coming Home"
Scripture: Mark 10:35-45
Overview: What is your experience of coming home? Thanksgiving will be here soon. Is your home a safe place to be your authentic self? Do you still have memories of conflict and condemnation? Is your home an environment where siblings jockey for positions? All of these can be past and present experiences of coming home...and the church is no different!
Community Challenge: We are family...and families have conflict and crises along with good memories and celebrations. What does God call You to Be in our community of faith?  

Sunday Podcast & Facebook Live! - October 14, 2018

We concluded our 6-week worship series, "Not A Fan" based on our small group study on Wednesday and Thursday nights - fan: an enthusiastic admirer.
In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. Is that how you define your relationship with Him? An "enthusiastic admirer"? Close enough to Jesus to get the benefits but not so close to require sacrifice? He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a...COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWER.

Worship Series: “Not a Fan”
Sunday Sermon Theme
: Is Jesus Enough?
Scripture: John 6:56-69
Overview: Choosing to know and believe is a choice we have to make, just like the disciples made. Because if we would believe with the same fire and passion that the disciples had, our lives would look completely different. In the end, it comes down to whether Jesus is enough for you…and whether or not you choose to move from being a fan to being a follower.
Community Challenge: “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One sent from God.”

Sunday Podcast & YouTube Broadcast - October 7, 2018

We continued our 6-week worship series, "Not A Fan" based on our small group study on Wednesday and Thursday nights - fan: an enthusiastic admirer.
In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. Is that how you define your relationship with Him? An "enthusiastic admirer"? Close enough to Jesus to get the benefits but not so close to require sacrifice? He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a...COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWER.

Worship Series: “Not a Fan”
Sunday Sermon Theme
More than Rules
Scripture: John 8:1-11
Overview:  Rules can be healthy for society. We have to have them to organize the lives of different experiences and expectations of people. But those rules tend to take on a legalistic and moralist code in churches. And to the world "rule" followers have become synonymous with hypocrites. As a faith community we must define Christianity, first and foremost, as the following of Jesus Christ, not following rules. We cannot expect to invite the world to a relationship with God if we make following rules and regulations the center of that relationship. If it isn’t about love, then it really isn’t about God. 
Community Challenge: Have you ever experienced the freedom that is found in knowing and following Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Or are you a mainly a rule following fan?

Sunday Podcast and YouTube Broadcast - September 30, 2018

We continued our 6-week worship series, "Not A Fan" based on our small group study on Wednesday and Thursday nights - fan: an enthusiastic admirer.
In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. Is that how you define your relationship with Him? An "enthusiastic admirer"? Close enough to Jesus to get the benefits but not so close to require sacrifice? He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a...COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWER.

Worship Series: “Not a Fan”
Sunday Sermon Theme
: "The Comfortable Cross"
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Overview: Christ did not want to embrace the cross of Calvary. He clearly asked for this cup to pass from him. Yet he also said to God, his Abba Father, "Not my will, but Yours be done." And others followed Christ’s example. The Bible is a long list of imperfect misfits who discovered that weakness is strength. Though it seems backward to us, God teaches us that when we think we’re strong we’re really weak – but when we acknowledge our weakness and humble ourselves before the Lord we put ourselves in a position to receive strength.
Community Challenge: Will you, like Christ did before us, trust God enough to let your weakness be God’s strength?