Sermons

Worshiping together is an experience that involves all the senses and the sermon is a moment within that experience. Though these messages below cannot convey the full sense of what it is like to be with us on Sunday morning, we do hope they give you a taste of who we are, what is important to us, and how we understand our part in God’s mission. And please consider joining us some Sunday morning soon as we gather at 10:45 AM for music, singing, prayer, story and communion.

Sample Sermons

Big Questions Pt. 2: “Why Aren’t We Living in the Kingdom Yet?” Brian Kirk, Aug. 13, 2017

Big Questions Pt. 1: “What About the Afterlife?” ” Brian Kirk, Aug. 6, 2017

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood Pt. 4, Brian Kirk, July 30, 2017

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood? Pt 1, Carol Pittman, July 9, 2017

Life in the Twilight Zone Pt. 4, Brian Kirk, June 25, 2017

Life in the Twilight Zone Pt. 3, Brian Kirk, June 18, 2017 (pdf)

Life in the Twilight Zone Pt. 2, Neal Zeilinger, June 11, 2017 (pdf)

Life in the Twilight Zone Pt. 1, Brian Kirk, June 5, 2017.

Witness Marks of the Resurrection (Easter Sunday), Brian Kirk, April 16, 2017

#ProjectShalom Pt. 5: The One About Kingdom, Brian Kirk, April 4, 2017

#ProjectShalom Pt. 4: The One About Worry, Stayce White, March 26, 2017

#ProjectShalom Pt. 3: The One About Justice, Brian Kirk, March 19, 2017

#ProjectShalom Pt. 2: The One about Dominion, Brian Kirk, March 12, 2017

#ProjectShalom Pt 1: The One about Temptation, Brian Kirk, March 5, 2017

Misquoting Scripture: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves, Brian Kirk, Feb 26, 2017

Misquoting Scripture: Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin, Brian Kirk, Feb. 19, 2017

Misquoting Scripture: God Won’t Give You More than You Can Handle, Jessie Lent, Feb. 12, 2017

Misquoting Scripture: Everything Happens for a Reason, Brian Kirk, Feb. 5, 2017

Spiritual Fitness: Healthy Habits for the New Year – Healing, Brian Kirk, Jan. 29, 2017

Spiritual Fitness: Healthy Habits for the New Year – Unplugging, Brian Kirk, Jan. 22, 2017

Spiritual Fitness: Healthy Habits for the New Year – Welcoming Others, Brian Kirk, Jan. 8, 2017

Not So Silent Night: The Women of the Christmas Story Pt. 4 Brian Kirk, Jan. 1, 2017

Not So Silent Night: The Women of the Christmas Story Pt 3 Brian Kirk, Dec. 11, 2016

Not So Silent Night: The Women of the Christmas Story Pt 2 Brian Kirk, Dec. 4, 2016

Not So Silent Night: Women of the Christmas Story Pt 1 Brian Kirk, Nov 27, 2016

The Journey of Thanksgiving (Addressing the Presidential Election) Brian Kirk, Nov. 13, 2016

Jesus Is My Candidate (Lead up to the 2016 Election) Brian Kirk, Nov. 6, 2016

Who is Jesus for Us? Brian Kirk, Oct. 16, 2016

Who or What is God for Us? Brian Kirk, Oct. 9, 2016

What is the Heart of the Gospel Message? Brian Kirk, Oct. 2, 2016

Widen the Welcome Pt. 2, Brian Kirk, Sept. 18, 2016

Widen The Welcome Pt. 1, Brian Kirk, Sept. 11, 2016

What is your Super Power? Pt. 3: Community, Brian Kirk, Aug. 28, 2016

What’s Your Super Power? Pt. 2: Truth

What’s Your Super Power? Pt. 1: Weakness , Brian Kirk, Aug. 7, 2016

Mix Tape Faith: Lennon’s “Imagine” Brian Kirk, July 25, 2016

Mix Tape Faith: Hymn Sing Beth McLenaghan, July 17, 2016

Mix Tape Faith: Crossroads Patrick Hall, July 10, 2016

Mix Tape Faith: “I Lived” Brian Kirk, July 3, 2016

Mix Tape Faith “Closer to Fine”, Brian Kirk, June 19, 2016

Mix Tape Faith “Do You Realize?”, Brian Kirk, June 12, 2016

Mix Tape Faith: Blackbird, Brian Kirk, June 5, 2016

Holy Troublemakers: The Syrophoenician Woman, Brian Kirk, May 15, 2016

Holy Troublemakers: Jesus & the Demoniac, Brian Kirk, May 8, 2016

Holy Troublemakers: Jeremiah, Brian Kirk, April 24, 2016

Holy Troublemakers: Moses, Brian Kirk, April 17, 2016 (pdf version)

Called to Acts, Rev. Dr. Larry Colvin, May 1, 2016

Easter’s Over — So Where’s Jesus?, Bev Grienke, April 10, 2016

Our Journey to the Heart of God Pt. 5, Brian Kirk, March 20, 2015

Journey to the Heart of God Pt. 4, Brian Kirk, March 13 2016

Journey to the Heart of God Pt. 3, Brian Kirk, March 6, 2016

Journey to the Heart of God Pt. 2, Brian Kirk, Feb. 28, 2016 (pdf version)

Journey to the Heart of God Pt. 1 (Story of Ruth) Brian Kirk, Feb. 14, 2016

Jesus Uncensored: Is Jesus the Only Way? Brian Kirk, Jan. 17, 2016

Jesus Uncensored: What Do You Mean I Shouldn’t Worry? Brian Kirk, Jan. 10, 2016

New Year’s Revolutions Brian Kirk, Jan. 3, 2016

A Christmas Carol: The Ghost of Christmas Present Brian Kirk, Dec. 13, 2015

A Christmas Carol: The Ghost of Christmas Past Brian Kirk, Dec. 6, 2015

A Christmas Carol: Marley’s Ghost Brian Kirk, Nov. 29, 2015

Thanksgiving in the Kingdom of God Brian Kirk Nov 22, 2015

Sharing Our Gifts Brian Kirk, Nov. 15, 2015

Reaching the World Brian Kirk, Nov. 1, 2015

Changing Lives Brian Kirk, Oct. 25, 2015

Celebrating God’s Gifts! Brian Kirk, Oct. 11, 2015

Progressive Christianity:Living with the Questions Neal Zeilinger, Sept. 20, 2015

Progressive Christianity:Can Jesus Save Us? Brian Kirk, Sept. 13, 2015

Wearing God Pt 4: I Have Come to Bring Fire

Wearing God Pt. 3 – Laboring Woman…Laboring God

Wearing God – Brian Kirk, Aug. 2, 2015

Cat in the Hat Theology Pt. 4 – Brian Kirk, July 26, 2015

Cat in the Hat Theology Pt. 3 – Brian Kirk, July 19, 2015

Cat in the Hat Theology Pt. 2 – Suzanne Shay, July 12, 2015

Cat in the Hat Theology Pt. 1 – Brian Kirk, July 5, 2015

If Grace is True Pt 4 (pdf) – Brian Kirk, June 28, 2015

If Grace is True Pt. 2 – Brian Kirk, June 14, 2015

If Grace is True Pt. 1 – Brian Kirk June 7, 2015

Stop Going to Church (and Start___) Pt. 4 – Brian Kirk, May 10, 2015

Stop Going to Church (and Start ___) Pt. 3 – Brian Kirk, May 3, 2015

Stop Going to Church (and Start___) Pt. 2 – Brian Kirk, April 26, 2015

Stop Going to Church (and Start ___) Pt. 1 – Brian Kirk, April 19, 2015,

Giving Up the Perfect Ending (Easter Sunday) – Brian Kirk, April 12, 2015

Giving Up the “Us & Them” Mentality (4th Sun. of Lent) – Brian Kirk, March 15, 2015

Giving Up Our Enemies (3rd Sun. of Lent) – Brian Kirk, March 8, 2015

Giving Up Low Expectations (2nd Sun. of Lent) – Brian Kirk, Mar 1, 2015

Giving Up Control (1st Sun. of Lent) – Brian Kirk, Feb. 22, 2015

O.M.G.! (Transfiguration Sunday) – Brian Kirk, Feb. 15, 2015

And She Served Them – Brian Kirk, Feb. 8, 2015

On Whose Authority? (Top 10 Reasons to Go to Church) – Brian Kirk, Feb. 1, 2015.

Drop Everything – Brian Kirk, Jan. 25, 2015

Come and See – Brian Kirk, Jan. 18, 2015

You Are Beloved! – Brian Kirk, Jan. 11, 2015

Hope is On the Way Pt. 4 – Brian Kirk, Dec. 21

Hope Is on the Way Pt. 2 – Brian Kirk, Nov. 30 2014

SAMPLES OF PAST SERMONS:

Spiritual Practices for Everyday: Prayer

Spiritual Practices for Everyday: Sabbath-keeping

Raising the Roof!

The Touch

Unclean Spirits?

Beverly Comes to First Christian Church- Beverly Grienke, July 20, 2014 (In which Bev shares her story of how she came to join FCC and what the church means to her.)

Clueless” (Parable of the Sower) Rev. Neal Zeilinger, July 13, 2014 (pdf text)

Which God Do We Follow??” (the sacrifice of Isaac) Brian Kirk, July 6, 2014.

We’ve Been Here Before,” Rev. Bill Rose-Heim, Northwest Area Minister, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Mid-America

Go!” (The Great Commission and getting ready for St. Joe Pride Festival 2014) Brian Kirk, June 15, 2014 (pdf version)

Led by the Spirit” (Pentecost Sunday) Brian Kirk, June 8, 2014

Why Are You Looking Up?” (Ascension Sunday) Brian Kirk, June 1, 2014 (Note: To see the art image referenced in this sermon, go here.)

Band-aid Ministry?” Brian Kirk, May 25, 2014

Breakfast on the Beach” Brian Kirk, May 18, 2014

Just a Bunch of Sheep?” (Good Shepherd Sunday), Brian Kirk, May 11, 2014

Touching the Wounded Christ,” (Doubting Thomas), Brian Kirk, April 27, 2014

Easter Sunday: “Saying Yes to Telling the Story,” Brian Kirk, April 20, 2014

Saying Yes to the Other Parade,” Brian Kirk, April 13, 2014 (Palm Sunday)
Saying Yes to Getting Ready” Brian Kirk, April 6, 2014 (The raising of Lazarus)
Saying Yes to Seeing & Being Seen” Brian Kirk, Mach 30, 2014 (The healing of the blind man)

Saying Yes to Being Known” Brian Kirk, March 23, 2014 (The Samaritan woman at the well)

Saying Yes to Being Born Again” Brian Kirk, March 16, 2014 (Nicodemus meets Jesus)

Saying Yes to God’s Way” Brian Kirk, March 9, 2014 (Jesus tempted in the wilderness)

Lent: 40 Days of Yes ” Brian Kirk, March 2, 2014

The Third Way” Brian Kirk, Feb. 23, 2014

Heavy Burdens…Holy Rest” Brian Kirk, Feb. 9, 2014

You Are Blessed” Brian Kirk, Feb. 2, 2014

Living Bushel Free” Suzanne Shay, Jan. 26, 2014 (pdf)

“Have You Been Caught Yet?” Brian Kirk Jan. 19, 2014 (pdf version)

“Journey of the Magi”, Brian Kirk, Jan. 12, 2014

“Rethinking Christmas” Brian Kirk, Jan. 5, 2014

Subversive Advent: “A Song of Justice” Brian Kirk, Dec. 22, 2013(pdf)

Subversive Advent: “Unexpected Messengers” Brian Kirk, Dec. 8, 2013

Subversive Advent: “Turn Around” Brian Kirk, Dec. 1, 2013

Big Questions: “ Do I Have to Believe Jesus Was Divine?” Brian Kirk, Nov. 24, 2013

Big Questions: Why Is There So Much Suffering? Brian Kirk, Nov. 17, 2013 (pdf)

Big Questions: “How Much Do I Have to Forgive?” Suzanne Shay, Nov. 10, 2013

Big Questions: “ Is There Life After Death?” Brian Kirk, Nov. 3, 2013

“Called to Evangelize?” Jim Wilson, Global Ministries missionary to Botswana, Oct. 20, 2013.

Follow Your Bliss Brian Kirk, Oct. 27, 2013

Pursuing the Wild Goose Brian Kirk, Oct. 13, 2013

Breakthrough Week 3: Invitation to Life Brian Kirk, Sept. 29, 2013

Breakthrough Week 2: Can You Hear Me Now Brian Kirk, Sept. 22, 2013

Breakthrough Week 1: Can We Talk? Brian Kirk, Sept. 15, 2013

Parables Week 4: Embracing Mystery Brian Kirk, Sept 1, 2013

Parables Week 3: Sharing the Light Brian Kirk. Aug. 25, 2013.

Parables Week 2: Working for Justice Rev. Brian Kirk. Aug 18, 2013

Parables Week 1: What’s So Big About a Mustard Seed? Brian Kirk – Aug 4, 2013 (click link to open audio file. Scripture and sermon begin at 6:30 mark.)

Opening the God Box – Brian Kirk – July 7, 2013

Who do You Say that I Am? A Hymn Sing – Brian Kirk – July 21, 2013

John 6:15-20

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