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Sermons Preached at First Church in 2010

Sermon Archives Sorted by Pastor and Year

Sermons by Pastor

Rev. Linda Holbrook          Pastor Shijung Shim          Pastor Beth Cademartori           

Pastor Sadie Stone            Rev. Michael Love             Rev. Sione Halafau            

Rev. Laurie McHugh

Sermons by Year

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2012 Sermons          2011 Sermons          2010 Sermons          2009 Sermons



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December 26, 2010 - The Voice of Fulfillment - Revs. Michael Love and Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastors Michael and Laurie's December 26, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 2:13-23.

During the sermon Pastor Michael showed the following video.



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11:00pm Christmas Eve 2010 Sermon - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Michael's Christmas Eve 2010 sermon from the 11:00pm Candlelight Service.

The title of the sermon was We Welcome the Holy Guest.

The reading was Luke 2:1-20.



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8:30pm Christmas Eve 2010 Meditation - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's Christmas Eve 2010 meditation from the 8:30pm Candlelight Service.

The title of the sermon was We Welcome the Holy Guest.

The reading was Luke 2:1-20.

The service also included a selection of poems and non-scriptural readings. You can read them below.

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Readings from 8:30 Christmas Eve Service

Our 8:30 pm Service of Carols and Lessons on Christmas Eve included a selection of poems and non-scriptural readings.

You can read them here.



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The Voice of Peace - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's sermon from December 19, 2010.

The title of the sermon was The Voice of Peace.

The reading was Matthew 1:18-25.



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The Voice of Joy - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to and read Pastor Michael's December 12, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Luke 1:46b-55.

The sermon begins with a dramatic monologue by one of our members.

At the end of the sermon Pastor Michael showed a video of a "flash mob" in a mall food court who unexpectedly start singing the Hallelujah Chorus. As the video is playing members of our choir, who are scattered among the pews, one by one get up and start singing along. Soon their voices drown out the video and they gather together on the chancel to finish the Hallelujah Chorus.

Watch the original Food Court Flash Mob Hallelujah Chorus video below.



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Giving and Receiving Thanks - The Rev. Michael Love (Text)

Listen to and read Pastor Michael's November 21, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Luke 23:33-43.

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Gifts That Last - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Laurie's November 14, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Isaiah 65:17-25.

The books Pastor Laurie mentions in the sermon are Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Bishop Robert Schnase, and Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church by Reggie McNeil.



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What's In A Name? - The Rev. Michael Love (Text)

Read Pastor Michael's October 31, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Luke 19:1-10.

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You Might Be A Methodist - Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)

Listen to and read Pastor Michael's October 24, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 25:31-40.

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Preaching Our Way to Jerusalem - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)

Read Pastor Michael's October 17, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Luke 18:1-8.

The books Pastor Michael mentions in the sermon are Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations and Five Practices of Fruitful Living, by Bishop Robert Schnase.

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October 3, 2010 Sermon - Sarah Bureti Tum (Audio)

Sarah Bureti Tum was our guest preacher on Sunday, October 3, 2010.

to her message.

The reading was Luke 17:5-10.

Sarah Bureti Tum is from the East Africa office of Church World Service (CWS) in Nairobi, Kenya. Sarah spoke about the School Safe Zones initiatives to improve the education, safety and nutrition of children across Kenya, as well as building the capacity of communities of involvement and empowerment in improving the infrastructure and peaceful environments. This CWS work is funded in part through our World Service Apportionments.



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Staking a Claim - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text)

Read Pastor Laurie's September 26, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15.

This was the fourth sermon in the Intentional Faith Development sermon series.

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Even "Them"? Even Me? Even Now? - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Michael's September 19, 2010 sermon.

The reading was 1 Timothy 2:1-7.

This was the first sermon in the Intentional Faith Development sermon series.



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Amen Means "Yes" - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Michael's August 29, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Psalm 84.

This was the last sermon in the Passionate Worship sermon series.

The book Pastor Michael mentions in the sermon is Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Bishop Robert Schnase.




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Finding a Feast in the Wilderness - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Michael's August 22, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Psalm 84.

This was the third sermon in the Passionate Worship sermon series.

The book Pastor Michael mentions in the sermon is Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Bishop Robert Schnase.




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Finding a Well in the Desert - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Michael's August 15, 2010 sermon.

The reading was John 4:1-15.

This was the third sermon in the Passionate Worship sermon series.

The book Pastor Michael mentions in the sermon is Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Bishop Robert Schnase.




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Take Off Your Shoes - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text)

Read Pastor Laurie's August 8, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Exodus 3:1-12.

This was the first sermon in the Passionate Worship sermon series.

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Unstoppable Hospitality - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (text)

Read Pastor Laurie's August 1, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Luke 13:10-19.

This was the last sermon in the Radical Hospitality sermon series.

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Reflecting Grace - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text)

Read Pastor Laurie's July 18, 2010 sermon.

The reading was John 20:19-31.

This was the second sermon in the Radical Hospitality sermon series.

The books Pastor Laurie mentions in the sermon are Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations and Five Practices of Fruitful Living, by Bishop Robert Schnase.


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Radical Hospitality - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Michael's July 11, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Romans 15:1-7.

This was the first sermon in the Radical Hospitality sermon series.

The books Pastor Michael mentions in the sermon are Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations and Five Practices of Fruitful Living, by Bishop Robert Schnase.




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Freedom from What? - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Michael's July 4, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Romans 8:18-30.




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"Parents, be Still!" - Mother's Day Message -The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's sermon for Mother's Day, May 9, 2010.

The reading were Psalm 46:1-3, 10 and Proverbs 22:6, 3:1-8.

You can view video that was shown during this sermon is embedded below.

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Does God Have a Facebook Page? - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)

Listen to and read Pastor Michael's May 2, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Romans 10:11-17.

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Living Easter in the Real World - Week 3 - Do You Know the Way to Sim City? - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Michael's April 25, 2010 sermon.

The reading was John 10:22-30.

This is the third sermon in the Living Easter in the Real World post-Easter sermon series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.



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Living Easter in the Real World - Week 2 - There's An App for That - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's April 18, 2010 sermon.

The reading was John 21:1-19.

This is the second sermon in the Living Easter in the Real World post-Easter sermon series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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Living Easter in the Real World - Week 1 - Friended By God - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's April 11, 2010 sermon.

The reading was John 20:19-31.

This is the first sermon in the Living Easter in the Real World post-Easter sermon series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

Download a .pdf of this sermon.


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Discover Hope Today - Easter Sunday Sermon - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)

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Read Pastor Michael's Easter Sunday 2010 sermon.

The reading was John 20:1-18.







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Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus: Triumph - Week 6 - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Audio)

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Listen to Pastor Laurie's March 28, 2010, Palm Sunday sermon.

The reading was Luke 19:28-40.

This is the sixth sermon in the Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus Lenten sermon series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.



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Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus: Rebirth - Week 5 - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)

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Read Pastor Michael's March 21, 2010 sermon.

The reading was John 12:1-8.

This is the fifth sermon in the Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus Lenten sermon series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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"Unless you repent…” - The Rev. Dr. Robert Hamerton-Kelly (Text & Audio)

RHKsmall310a.jpgRead the March 7, 2010 sermon by our guest preacher, the Rev. Dr. Robert Hamerton-Kelly.

The reading was Luke 13:1-5.

This is the third sermon in the Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus Lenten sermon series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

The websites mentioned in the sermon are hamerton-kelly.com and imitatio.com

Download a copy of this sermon.

Dr. Robert Hamerton-Kelly, Th.D., is a United Methodist minister. Before retirement, he was a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University, and the Dean of the Chapel and minister of the Memorial Church. In 2007, he became President of Imitatio Inc., a foundation for supporting research concerning René Girard's mimetic theory. First Church now is home.


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Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus: Repentence - Week 2 - The Rev. Michael Love (Audio)



Listen to Pastor Michael's February 28, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Luke 13:31-35.

This is the second sermon in the Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus Lenten sermon series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.



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Of Mountaintops and Valleys - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)


Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's February 14, 2010 sermon for Transfiguration Sunday.

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Christmas: The Sequel - Week 6 - The Christmas Story Now - (Audio)

Listen to Pastor Michael's February 7, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 9:14-17.

This is the sixth sermon in the Christmas: The Sequel series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.



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Christmas: The Sequel - What Ever Happened to the Christmas Story? - The Rev. Michael Love(Audio)

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Listen to Pastor Michael's January 31, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Revelation 3:1-6.

This is the fifth sermon in the Christmas: The Sequel series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.



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Christmas: The Sequel - Week 4 - Who is the Christmas Story About? - The Rev. Laurie McHugh (Text & Audio)

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Listen to and read Pastor Laurie's January 24, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Matthew Matthew 5:1-16 (The Beatitides).

This is the fourth sermon in the Christmas: The Sequel series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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Christmas: The Sequel - Week 3 - The Rev. Michael Love (Text)

MichaelSml110c.jpgRead Pastor Michael's January 17, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 1:18-25.

This is the third sermon in the Christmas: The Sequel series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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Christmas: The Sequel - Week 2 - How Is the Christmas Story "True"? - The Rev. Michael Love (Text & Audio)

Michael110bTH.jpgListen to and read Pastor Michael's January 10, 2010 sermon.

The reading was Matthew 1:18-25.

This is the second sermon in the Christmas: The Sequel series. Read and listen to the other sermons in this series.

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Welcome

Join us in worship this Sunday:

8:45 am – Upstream (a casual service)

10:45 am – Traditional Service (with choir and organ)

1:00 pm – Tongan language worship service

2:00 pm – Fijian language worship service

Can't make it to church? Watch our 10:45 am service online.