Sep 17, 2017
“Rocky”

So much has happened since we last gathered for worship. As a church and as a community, we are very fortunate to have minimal damage from Hurricane Irma. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the many people throughout the Caribbean, the Keys, Naples and Southwest Florida and even the Jacksonville area. I believe our text speaks clearly to where we are today. Jesus and his disciples have gone on retreat to Caesarea Phillipi.  Jesus wonders if after almost 3 years, do they really understand who he is. Peter exclaims, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. This morning we will ponder Peter's response as we navigate through all the storms of life, and put our faith upon the Rock that is Christ Jesus!

 

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  • Sep 17, 2017“Rocky”
    Sep 17, 2017
    “Rocky”

    So much has happened since we last gathered for worship. As a church and as a community, we are very fortunate to have minimal damage from Hurricane Irma. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the many people throughout the Caribbean, the Keys, Naples and Southwest Florida and even the Jacksonville area. I believe our text speaks clearly to where we are today. Jesus and his disciples have gone on retreat to Caesarea Phillipi.  Jesus wonders if after almost 3 years, do they really understand who he is. Peter exclaims, You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. This morning we will ponder Peter's response as we navigate through all the storms of life, and put our faith upon the Rock that is Christ Jesus!

     

  • Sep 3, 2017“Who Let the Dogs In?”
    Sep 3, 2017
    “Who Let the Dogs In?”

    Has someone you have known, trusted and loved said something that sounds totally out of character? I suppose that has happened to all of us. Makes us wonder what that person was actually thinking, or if they were thinking at all. Why would they make such a comment??? Today's text is considered one of the most difficult passages in Matthew's Gospel. Jesus basically calls a Canaanite woman a "gentile dog." It sounds offensive and it certainly would have been offensive in that day. There is much to "unpack" in today's story, and remember, Matthew is originally writing his Gospel to Jewish Christian converts. So, who let the dog's in?

     

  • Aug 27, 2017“Water Walking”
    Aug 27, 2017
    “Water Walking”

    This morning, we continue in our Sermon Series, "Jesus through the Eyes of Matthew." Having just spent two weeks on the water in the Keys, this morning's Scripture is appropriate. Thinking about where we are as a church, what God has been doing in our midst, and where God is calling us, this Scripture is REALLY appropriate! In Florida, we are surrounded by water, and everybody knows it is impossible to "Walk on Water." Yet, in today's text, we see that Peter actually gets out of the boat and does some "Water Walking." Could it be that God may be calling us to get out of the boat?

     

  • Jul 30, 2017Finding Treasure
    Jul 30, 2017
    Finding Treasure

    The Kingdom of God/Heaven is coming. The Kingdom is in your midst. The Kingdom is within. The Kingdom is like...... In today's Scripture, Jesus says that the Kingdom of Heaven is Like a man who found a hidden treasure and like a merchant in search of fine pearls. Have you ever run across something that is so important that you will go to any measure to attain it? Such is the case with the Kingdom.

     

  • Jul 23, 2017“Wheat or Weeds”
    Jul 23, 2017
    “Wheat or Weeds”

    There are some pretty strange farming practices going on in Matthew 13. We encounter a farmer who randomly tosses seed everywhere. He appears to be extravagantly wasteful, and Jesus commends this type of farming. In today's text, Jesus tells a story about wheat and weeds growing together. Wouldn't the farmer want to remove the weeds? Jesus says the wheat and weeds grow together and they will be separated at the harvest. Obviously, Jesus is not talking about farming, but about the Kingdom. This morning, we will explore the Parable of the Wheat and Weeds.

     

  • Jul 9, 2017“Something for Nothing”
    Jul 9, 2017
    “Something for Nothing”

    For the past couple of months we focused on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7. This morning we embark on a new adventure as we continue in the Gospel according to Matthew. Over the next few months, we will consider a number of stories, teachings, and parables that are recorded by Matthew. We will look closely at the Kingdom teachings of Jesus as remembered and written by Matthew. This morning is a great place to start as Jesus calls "Matthew" the tax collector to be a disciple and shares a meal with tax collectors and "sinners." Have you ever received something for nothing? That is the question we will ask ourselves this morning.

     

  • Jul 2, 2017“Specs and Logs”
    Jul 2, 2017
    “Specs and Logs”
    Specks and Logs" 
    Matthew 7:1-18
  • Jun 25, 2017“Worry Wart”
    Jun 25, 2017
    “Worry Wart”
    "Worry Wart"
    Matthew 6:25-34
     

    This is one of those sermons I would like to avoid. Most of us who are preachers, find that we are usually preaching to ourselves. In the context of today's text, I am especially preaching to myself. Confession is good for the soul, and if I am going to be honest, I must confess that one of the things I struggle most with is worry. Jesus specifically addresses the subject of worry in the Sermon on the Mount. Do you ever struggle with worry? Where does worry come from? Is it a sin for Christians to worry? What can we do about it? What does Jesus say to do about?

  • Jun 18, 2017“Pray Like This”
    Jun 18, 2017
    “Pray Like This”
    "Pray Like This"
    Matthew 6:1-14
    Pastor Charlie Rentz
  • Jun 4, 2017“Happy Birthday to Us”
    Jun 4, 2017
    “Happy Birthday to Us”
    "Happy Birthday to Us"
     

    Dr. Charles D. Rentz

    Happy Birthday church! Today is Pentecost, the day we celebrate the birth of the church as recorded in Acts 2. This is another exciting day in the life of UMCSCC. This morning we will welcome 42 more new members into our church family. We will also celebrate our graduating seniors. Following the sermon, we will gather around the table of our Lord to celebrate Holy Communion. As the Holy Spirit descended on those faithful followers in Jerusalem on Pentecost, may the Holy Spirit descend on us again today. May our prayer be the prayer of the early church. Lord, give us power and boldness!