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  • Healthy Congregations Are Diverse Congregations Series

    Contributed by The Rev Deniray Mueller on Jan 30, 2018
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,063 views

    a church must have diversity to be a healthy church

    The Episcopal Church prides itself in the acceptance of all people – those of diverse cultures, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual identity, and abilities. This allows congregations that share the wonderful uniqueness of each person, celebrate their varied differences, and promote stronger ...read more

  • The Comatose Congregation Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jun 24, 2002
    based on 97 ratings
     | 17,745 views

    Sardis was a church that had a reputation for being alive - but Jesus saw it as dead. How can we avoid falling into the same patterns that threatened Sardis?

    OPEN: I once heard about a church that was so dead, that when a member happened to die during the worship service – the paramedics actually carried out 5 people before they finally got the right one. APPLY: Have you ever seen a dead church? (I asked for a show of hands). What does a dead ...read more

  • A Great Congregation

    Contributed by Tony Cansler on Apr 30, 2001
    based on 64 ratings
     | 1,570 views

    A Message to the Church

    A Great Congregation Nehemiah 8:1-18 Introduction All Kinds of People Gathered there Worshipping Saint Wayward Saint Wondering Stranger Unified Congregation v 1 “And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they ...read more

  • The Power Of The Congregation

    Contributed by Ian Johnson on Jun 10, 2004
    based on 21 ratings
     | 3,285 views

    There is so much talk among self appointed prophets that the day of the gathering Church is over. I can’t sit back and let these words go un-challenged. God is into unity and its impossible to have unity sitting at home by ourselves or cutting ourselves o

    The power of the congregation There is so much talk among self appointed prophets that the day of the gathering Church is over. I can’t sit back and let these words go un-challenged. God is into unity and its impossible to have unity sitting at home by ourselves or cutting ourselves off from the ...read more

  • Congregational Polity Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Sep 10, 2011
     | 2,099 views

    Exploration of the congregational government in the apostolic church.

  • Congregational Candlelight Service

    Contributed by Jeffrey Hall on Dec 28, 2006
    based on 10 ratings
     | 5,082 views

    Congregational candlelight service. Excellent symbolism. May be used for Christmas, Good Friday or Easter

    –Candlelight Service– Supplies – 3 place Candelabra (2 white, 1 red cnadle) 1 White Pastor’s Candle 2 Red Usher Candles Congregational Candles Drip Protectors -Pass out candles (no one under 6yrs) John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who ...read more

  • Elders, Deacons, And The Congregation Series

    Contributed by Freddy Fritz on May 9, 2008
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,147 views

    In this installation service we briefly examine the qualifications and duties of elders, deacons, and the congregation.

    Scripture It is our great joy today to install one man, who has been duly elected by the members of this congregation, into the office of Ruling Elder. The church is a living community of people redeemed by Jesus Christ. No one is more visible to the watching world than those who are in ...read more

  • When Death Invades A Congregation Series

    Contributed by Wes Richard on Oct 27, 2008
     | 7,119 views

    Paul provides three insights for a congregation faced with the death of one of its members.

    Friday was a difficult day for this congregation when we learned that a person who often worshiped with us had suddenly passed away. We all recognize that life can be cut short at any time, but when it happens without warning to a person so young, whose family we have come to ...read more

  • Elders, Deacons, And The Congregation Series

    Contributed by Freddy Fritz on Jan 28, 2009
    based on 9 ratings
     | 12,577 views

    This sermon briefly examines the qualifications and duties of elders and deacons serving the congregation.

    Scripture It is our great joy today to ordain and install one man, who has been duly elected by the members of this congregation, into the office of Deacon. The church is a living community of people redeemed by Jesus Christ. No one is more visible to the watching world than those who are in ...read more

  • Reasons We Congregate Series

    Contributed by Terry Laughlin on Mar 20, 2007
    based on 7 ratings
     | 12,521 views

    David expresses joy that is in the heart of the child of God who is offered a personal invitation to go to the house of public worship. This announcement meets the desire of the heart that is in the child of God who is in love with Christ and the invitat

    Turn Your Bibles to Psalm 122:1 Title: Reasons We Congregate Theme: Reasons for Congregational Worship Services Series: Girding up the Local Church Introduction: Our key text today is written by King David (The Treasury of David; The Pulpit Commentary; Matthew Henry Commentary) and is ...read more

  • The Pastor's Relationships Within The Congregation

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Jan 11, 2014
    based on 1 rating
     | 5,736 views

    Broadly addressing the relationship of the pastor with several groups within the congregation, Paul instructs Timothy in the conduct of his life.

    “Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. “Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to ...read more

  • Elders, Deacons, And The Congregation Series

    Contributed by Freddy Fritz on Feb 20, 2014
    based on 1 rating
     | 2,978 views

    This message highlights a few comments about elders, deacons, and the congregation.

    Scripture It is our great joy today to ordain and install Doug Knox, who has been duly elected by the communicant members of this congregation, into the office of Ruling Elder; and to ordain and install Garry Gawrych, who also has been duly elected by the communicant members of this ...read more

  • The Letter To The Ephesian Congregation Series

    Contributed by Scott Coltrain on May 24, 2015
     | 2,621 views

    The danger of being dutiful and pure without love for Christ Jesus.

    Verse 1 - The message is sent by the One Who walks among the congregations and Who supports and holds accountable the leadership of the congregations. Verse 2 - Jesus begins with the statement "I know". Because He walks among the congregations, He knows everything about each congregation. Jesus ...read more

  • Letter To The Thyatira Congregation Series

    Contributed by Scott Coltrain on May 24, 2015
     | 2,198 views

    Both Christ and the Apostle Paul warned that the leaven of sin can destroy a congregation. The leadership at Thyatira are chastened for not practicing congregational discipline.

    Verse 18 – Jesus introduces Himself to the leadership and, secondarily, to the congregation at Thyatira as “the Son of God, Who has eyes like a flame of fire.” The significance of this designation in relationship with the Thyatiran brethren is twofold: (1) This city's god and ...read more

  • Letter To The Philadelphia Congregation Series

    Contributed by Scott Coltrain on May 24, 2015
     | 2,499 views

    Due to their rejection of Christ, the Jews lost their position as being God's Chosen. The Church, composed of the believing Jewish Remnant and Gentiles, is now God's Chosen. Christians, alone, have access to the throne of God.

    Verse 7 – Again, we see that this letter is sent to the angel of the church; that is, to the leadership of the congregation in Philadelphia. In the other Letters to the six other congregations, Jesus introduced Himself by taking phrases from the vision of Christ in Chapter 1. This is ...read more