Sermons

Half Truths

~ Worship Series: 14 January – 11 February 2018 ~

There are some simple phrases that we often use to guide our lives.  And they may even sound Christian – like something you might find in the Bible:

  • Everything happens for a reason.
  • God helps those who help themselves.
  • God won’t give you more than you can handle.
  • God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
  • Love the sinner, hate the sin.

Though these statements all capture some element of truth, they miss the point in very important ways.  They can mislead people about their understanding of God.

Join us in our new worship series from January 14 to February 11, 2018 as we examine these common phrases and we search for the whole truth, based on Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book, Half Truths.

This is a great opportunity for you to invite your friends and neighbors to worship, using the bulletin insert about the series.  Inserts are available here, and also in the sanctuary narthex (entrance).

During the worship series, a small group gathering will be held after the worship service for those who want to discuss the weekly topic with others.
Just grab a cup of coffee/tea/snack in the Fellowship Hall and come to the Fireside Room.

Click on the images for a copy of the bulletin.

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January 21st, 2018
Holy Manna”  – Chancel Choir
Text:  Psalm 10:14b, 17-18a; Psalm 18:6, 16; Psalm 121:1-2

Sermon: “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon


January 14th, 2018
All Earth Rejoice With a Gladsome Voice”  – Chancel Choir
Text:  Deuteronomy 30:19-20a

Sermon: “Everything Happens for a Reason”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon

 


 
Epiphany Sunday – January 7th, 2018
Let Us Praise the Lord, Our God” – African Fellowship Choir
Text: Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon: “Lessons From the Magi”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon
 
 


Angels Among Us

 ~ Advent Worship Series ~

The angels that appear in the story of Jesus’ birth would have been very comfortable in our world of tweets and hashtags. Their messages were often short and to the point – their favorite line being #DoNotBeAfraid. As we look at the stories of these winged messengers, we will contemplate what message we can offer that will counteract a culture of fear and bring #morehope, #morepeace, #morejoy, and #morelove and #morelife to the world.

Please join us this Advent season, beginning December 3rd.

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December 31st, 2017

Wa wa wa emimimo” (O Come Holy Spirit) – African Fellowship Choir
Text: Matthew 2:1-23

Sermon: “The Power of Vulnerability”
— Alyss Swanson Listen to Sermon Read Sermon


December 24th, 2017

Glory to God in the Highest” – African Fellowship Choir
Text: Luke 2: 8-14

Sermon: “This Will Be a Sign: #morelove”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng Listen to Sermon Read Sermon


December 17th, 2017

I’ve Got Peace Like a River” – African Fellowship Choir
Text:  Luke 2: 1-20

Sermon: “Do Not Be Afraid: #morejoy”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon

December 10th, 2017
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” – Diamond Ringers Children’s Choir
Mary, How Could You Have Known?” – Chancel Choir
Angels Among Us” (Alabama) – solo by Ryan Fawcett
Text:  Luke 1:26-41
Sermon: “Nothing is Impossible for God: #morepeace”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon

December 3rd, 2017
Greensleeves (What Child is This?)” – Carillon Handbell Choir
Somebody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Jesus” – Joyful Notes Children’s Choir
Lift Up Your Heads, Oh Ye Gates” – Chancel Choir
Text:  Luke 1:5-23, 57-66

Sermon: “Make Ready a People: #morehope”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon
 


 

Can You Hear Me Now?

Stories of Calling in the Old Testament

– November Sermon Series –
Paul said that all Scripture is God-breathed.  Still, when did you last hear a sermon on the Old Testament?  The Old Testament sets up the categories for how we see Jesus.  It shows how God calls us to live in our religious, economic, and political realities.

The Old Testament can be seen as an indispensable source of knowledge about the things of God…to work deeply with the challenge found in a prophetic passage, or a narrative, expecting to find in the text itself some guidance for meeting that challenge…to discover in the instructions and prayers of the Old Testament a substantial measure of  ‘the peace of God, which passeth all understanding’ (Philippians 4:7)…

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November 26th, 2017

Njalo (Always)” – African Fellowship Choir
Text:  Isaiah 6:1-13

Sermon: “Isaiah’s Call
— Rev. Daniel Gbundema  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon


November 19th, 2017

Moses” (a performance anthem) – Chancel Choir
Text: Exodus 3:1-12

Sermon: “Moses’ Call
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng Listen to Sermon Read Sermon


November 12th, 2017

God Whose Giving Knows No Ending” – Chancel Choir
Text:  1 Samuel 3:1-9

Sermon: “Samuel’s Call
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon


November 5th, 2017

The God of Abraham and Sarah” – Chancel Choir
Text:  Genesis 12: 1-9

Sermon: “Abraham’s Call
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon
 


Defying Gravity

– October Sermon Series –
Over a four-week period, we will examine the generous life – what it is and why it can be hard to experience. We will be studying the topic of generosity, including data from surveys, insights from experts, and conversations with generous people about their goals and habits. We want to understand why generosity brings people joy and what forces work against it. Many of us want to experience the significance of blessing others but feel trapped by past decisions and misled by a society that bombards us with messages of having more and having better. The good news is that Jesus offers us a way to “defy gravity” and break free from the culture of more.

From October 8 – 29th, come hear what the Bible and others say about how to experience a generous life. There will be exercises and challenges during this series to help you consider your relationship with money, possessions, and giving. You will not want to miss a single Sunday of “Defying Gravity.” We want to have fun with this and encourage you to share some of your activities (like before and after pictures of de-cluttering your life) and post them on our church Facebook page with the hashtag: #CampbellUMCDefyingGravity
On October 29, we will celebrate our commitments for the next year with an all-church brunch after worship.

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October 29th, 2017
A Mighty Fortress” – Carillon Handbell Choir
Creation Sings” – Chancel Choir with String Quartet & Piano
Text:  Luke 16:10-13

Sermon: “Discovering Gravity”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon
 


October 22nd, 2017
Be Thou My Vision” – Chancel Choir
Text:  Matthew 6:21

Sermon: “Tethered to God”
— Ms. Micheal Pope, CA-NV Conference Lay Leader  Listen to Sermon 

 


October 15th, 2017
Not All That Say ‘Lord’ Will Enter the Kingdom of God” – African Choir
Text:  Luke 15:11-24

Sermon: “Breaking Free”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon
 



October 8th, 2017
For the Beauty of the Earth” – Chancel Choir
Text:  Matthew 19:16-26

Sermon: “Discovering Gravity”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon
 

 



October 1st, 2017
One World, One Communion” – Chancel Choir
Text: Galatians 3:26-29

Sermon: “Why Christ?”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon
 
 


Why?  

– The September Sermon Series –
Acts 2:42 could be considered a purpose statement for the church: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Also, the church is to be about the business of ministering to those in need. This includes not only sharing the gospel, but also providing for physical needs (food, clothing, shelter) as necessary and appropriate.
So, why do we have church? Paul gave an excellent illustration to the believers in Corinth. The church is God’s hands, mouth, and feet in this world—the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). We are to be doing the things that Jesus Christ would do if He were here physically on the earth. The church is to be “Christian,” “Christ-like,” and Christ-following.

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September 24th, 2017
Make This Church a Welcome Place” – Chancel Choir
Text: Acts 2:42-47

Sermon: “Why Campbell United Methodist Church?”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng   Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon

September 17th, 2017
Ain’t A-gonna Grieve” – African Choir
Text:  Matthew 28:16-20

Sermon: “Why the Church?”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng   Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon


September 10th, 2017
Come to the Water” – Chancel Choir
Text: John 4:13-14

Sermon: “Why Christ?”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon

 


Summer in the Psalms 

The book of Psalms possesses an enduring fascination for God’s people. This collection of 150 poems has supplied some of our best loved passages in scripture.  They simultaneously express a frankness and intimacy of emotion including love and adoration for God, the battle of fear and trust, walking with God even when the way seems dark, and thankfulness for God’s care.  But this diversity is unified by one element ~ they are centered upon God.

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September 3rd, 2017
Text: Psalm 100
Sermon: “Partners in God’s Creative Process”
— Rev. Daniel Gbundema   Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon


August 27th, 2017
You Are My All in All” – Carol Ann Parker
Text: Psalm 46

Sermon: “God is Our Refuge and Strength”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng   Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon


August 20th, 2017
Lead Me Lord” – Linda Solis
Text: Psalm 13

Sermon: “How Long, Lord?”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng   Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon

August 13th, 2017
Love is My Religion” – Ryan Fawcett, Roxanne Kohlin, Eddie Jimenez
Text: Psalm 121

Sermon: “The Lord is Your Keeper”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng   Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon

August 6th, 2017
Gift of Music: “Covenant Prayer” – Marya Maddox, Elin Bolt
Text: Psalm 23

Sermon: “Surely, Goodness & Mercy Will Follow Me”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng   Read Sermon

 


Testify to Love.
Your Story Matters.

In this sermon series, we’ll explore not only “My Story” (an introduction to Pastor Ouk-Yean),
but also “Our Story” and “God’s Story”.
This was also the theme for the 2017 California-Nevada Annual Conference, held June 21-25.

“As you serve others, share your testimony of the love of God with them. Share with them the good news of the saving grace of Christ Jesus and invite them to church. If those you are sharing a witness with already have a church or a community of faith, then encourage them to fully participate in their church or community of faith, and you go and do the same.”

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July 30th, 2017
Youth-Led Worship
Text: Ephesians 2:10

Listen to their Reflections about the 2017 Sierra Service Project
— Trent Aspiras, Eliza Hallinan, Emma Twilleager, & Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng  


July 23rd, 2017
Jesus Is Coming Back Again” – African Fellowship Choir
Text: Luke 15:11-24

Sermon: “God’s Story”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng   Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon

July 16th, 2017
Come and Walk With Me”  – African Fellowship Choir
Text: Acts 1:6-8

Sermon: “Our Story”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng   Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon


July 9th, 2017

Somlandela” (Zulu Trad. “We Will Follow”) – African Fellowship Choir
Text: Ephesians 2:8-10

Sermon: “My Story”
— Rev. Ouk-Yean Jueng   Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon


July 2nd, 2017
Leh we sing an tel am Kushe” (Let Us Praise His Name) – African Fellowship Choir
Text: Mark 4:35-41

Sermon: “A Shovel of Stars”
— Rev. Richard Corson Listen to Sermon Read Sermon
Celebration of Appointment
of Rev. Ouk-Yean Kim Jueng

 


Postcards from the Edge 
Of the Promised Land:

In this sermon series, we’ll immerse ourselves in the Exodus story, which comes from the Jewish part of our Judeo-Christian tradition.  It’s the tradition Jesus grew up in and practiced.  The story he knew.  The story of his people.  And it has everything in it:  brokenness and redemption, promises and betrayal, the people’s long search for God in their midst.  All the ways God shows up.

We’ll listen for the ways the rich stories of the Exodus—the Jews’ journey from slavery to freedom—
echo in our experiences today.
You may be surprised at how relevant these stories are.

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June 25th, 2017
Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land” – Chancel Choir
Text: Deuteronomy 31:1-8
Sermon: “Are We There Yet?”
— Rev. Cate Noellert   Listen to Sermon   Read Sermon Outline

June 18th, 2017
I’ll Walk With God” – Chancel Choir
Text: Deuteronomy 30:11-20 (“Choose Life”)

Sermon: “Peering Over the Edge”
— Rev. Kathi McShane Read Sermon Listen to Sermon
Jesus at the Well” – African Ministry Choir
Ritual of Farewell, Benediction, & Postlude – Chancel Choir w Shine Kwon, accompanist

June 11th, 2017
Chancel Choir – “Step By Step”
text: Exodus 20:8-11
Sermon: “Time-Outs”
— Rev. Kathi McShane  Read Sermon

 June 4th, 2017 – Pentecost and Music Sunday!
Prelude – Joyful Rhythm – Diamond Ringers (Children’s Handbell Choir)
Come, Christians Join to Sing – Joyful Notes Children’s (vocal) Choir
Chancel Choir & Carillon Choir, piano, organ, flute, tympani – “Holy Holy Holy
text: Exodus 19:1-6
Sermon: “Conversation and Covenant”
— Rev. Kathi McShane  Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon
Hakuna Wakaita sa Jesu” – African Choir
Toccata on the Pentecostal Chorale “Der, Geist des Hern” (“The Spirit of the Lord”) – Organ, Shine Kwon


May 28th, 2017

Chancel Choir: – “Thanks Be To Thee
text: Exodus 14:10-14, 21-25
Sermon: “In the Sea”
— Rev. Kathi McShane  Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon


May 21st, 2017
Centering: Read the Centering Poem
Moses” – Chancel Choir
text: Exodus 3:1-6
Sermon: “Where Are Those Burning Bushes”
— Rev. Kathi McShane Read Sermon Listen to Sermon
Offertory: “Future Days” – Ryan Fawcett, guitar/vocals (lyrics)


May 14th, 2017

Chancel Choir – “Go Ye Into All the World
text: 1 Peter 2:9-10
Sermon: “A Long Road, a Bumpy Ride”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

 


May 7th, 2017
Children’s Musical – Rescue in the Night

April 30th, 2017
Prelude: Bach’s “Prelude & Fugue in A Minor” – Mary Ann Gee, organ
Text: Luke 24:13-35
The Gospel Choir sings: “We’ve Come This Far By Faith
Sermon: “Familiar Snapshots”
— Rev. Kathi McShane Read Sermon Listen to Sermon

April 23rd, 2017
Prelude: “Baroque Alleluia & Trumpet Voluntary
– Dan Hallock & Dave Rodrigues, trumpets
Text: John 20:19-30
The African Choir sings: “Peace, Be Still
Sermon: “Living With Hope”
— Joshua Sulaiman   Listen to Sermon

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April 16th, 2017 – Easter – Bells, Brass, Choirs and Flowers —
a beautiful and joyful celebration! Experience it again:

See more Easter Photos HERE


Roll Down Justice:
Our Worship Theme for Lent

Lent is a time for reminding ourselves who we are called to be in this world.
Our worship during Lent—the 40 days before Easter–is inspired by Amos, a prophet whose message is that God calls us to let “justice roll down like waters.”

Worship without justice is not what God wants from us. Our songs, our prayers, our rituals must move us to action on behalf of the oppressed.

All through this season, powerful music and reminders of the rituals of baptism will offer paths for reflection and renewed commitment to the heart of the Gospel: God’s love for all people.

What prejudices are we challenged to “give up” as a Lent practice?
How are we willing to “give” of ourselves for the sake of the world?

Find the Lent Brochure with Worship, Lenten activities, & Holy Week info here.

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 April 9th, 2017
text: Amos 5:24
The Message: “Let Justice Roll!
— Chancel Choir, Joyful Notes choir; Narrated by Daniel Hinojosa
Read the Service Text

 

April 2nd, 2017
Ain’t A Gonna Grieve” – African Choir
text: from Leviticus 16
Sermon: “Learning from Leviticus?
Corporate Responsibility and Becoming a Priestly People”
— Dr. Joel Lohr, Dean of Religious Life, Univ of the Pacific   Listen to Sermon

 March 26th, 2017
Carillon Handbell Choir plays the prelude: “God So Loved the World
Centering Music: “Vasylyna’s Prayer” –
Part 1 and Part 2, performed by the Carillon Choir
text:
John 11:1-44
Offertory Anthem: “Hymn of Peace” – Chancel Choir
Sermon: “Unbind Him.”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

 March 19th, 2017
Everlasting Life” – Chancel Choir
New A’Peal Handbell Choir
plays the prelude: “Living Waters
text:
Genesis 35:10-15
New A’Peal Handbell Choir plays the postlude: “O, Worship the King
Sermon: “Do You Take the Name ‘Christian’?”
— Joshua Sulaiman   Listen to Sermon


March 12th, 2017
O Holy Jesus” – Chancel Choir
text: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:2-3
Sermon: “In It For the Long Haul”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon


March 5th, 2017
Sanctus” [from St. Cecilia Mass] – Chancel Choir; Soloist: Linda Solis
text: Mark 1:9-13
Sermon: “The Mirror is Broken”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon


This Is Who We Are:     
Conversions and Convictions  

The Church’s Mission is clear, and it is given to us by our tradition:  To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  But what does that mean—for us, here, now?  Do all of the activities and programs of the church align with and support that mission?
What does a disciple look like, in Campbell, California, in 2017?  How do you “make” disciples?  What part of the world are we trying to transform, and what kind of “transformation” are we talking about?

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February 26th, 2017
I Got Joy for my God Knows My Needs” – The African Choir
text: Excerpts from Mark 4, 5 and 6
Sermon: “Be unafraid…to cross boundaries for the sake of love and justice.”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

February 19th, 2017
Read the Centering Prayer – on Being Found
text: Acts 2:1-12
Sermon: ““Be found… in a community where our differences
are treasured as glimpses of beauty in the eyes of a creative God.”

— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon


February 12th, 2017
“Let Your Light Shine” – Chancel Choir
text: Mark 10:17-22
Sermon: “Become… who God created you to be – fully human, fully alive”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon

February 5th, 2017
Listen to the Joyful Notes sing “The Light of God’s Love
Go Ye Into All the World” – Chancel Choir
text: Matthew 28:16-20
Sermon: “Our Mission: To Make Disciples…
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon


Healing the Heart of Our Democracy  

A Sermon Series for the New Year: 2017

A new year, a new day in our nation…

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January 29th, 2017 –
Fifth Sunday Worship at Work
“Total Praise”  – Gospel Choir
Sermon: “Living As a Compassionate Community”
— Rev. Daniel Gbundema   Listen to Sermon

 

January 22nd, 2017
Read or Listen to the Centering/Call to be fully Present – It is I Who Must Begin…
The Last Words of David” (He Who Ruleth Over Man Must be Just) – Chancel Choir
text: Isaiah 58:6-12
Sermon: “Healing the Heart of Our Democracy (Part 2)
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

January 15th, 2017 – MLK Jr. Sunday
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” – Chancel Choir
Read the Centering/Call to be fully Present – Have We Lost Our Way?
text: Isaiah 42:1-9
Sermon: “Healing the Heart of Our Democracy (Part 1)
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

 

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