Sermons

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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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



January 8th, 2017 – Epiphany Sunday (Epiphany Jan 6th)
text: Genesis 12:1-9
Sermon: “A Journey of Faith”
— Joshua Sulaiman   Listen to Sermon


January 1st, 2017 – New Year’s Day
text: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Sermon: “It’s Time”
— Rev. Kathi McShane    Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

 


Advent: Even Now…
something waits to be born.

A Sermon Series for Advent 2016

The season of Advent – the four weeks before Christmas – is as ancient as Christianity itself. Int the Church, the season of Christmas begins on Christmas Day. Until then, we are in a season of waiting and watching, preparing ourselves for the birth of God into the world of human life. Until the Christ Child is born, in a blaze of stars and light, we wait in darkness.

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December 25th, 2016 – Christmas Day
Sermon: “The Gift
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Listen to Sermon
December 24th, 2016 – Christmas Eve

Sermon: “Angels & Shepherds, Orchids & Dandelions
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon

December 18th, 2016 – Fourth Sunday in Advent
Little Lord Jesus – Diamond Ringers (Jr handbell choir)
Arise, Shine, Thy Light Is Come – Chancel Choir
text: from John 1:1-14
Sermon: “In the Image of God
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

December 11th, 2016 – Third Sunday in Advent
The King of Glory Comes – Carillon Choir (handbells)
Somebody Build a Manger – Chancel Choir
text: from Luke 1:26-45
Sermon: “Out of a Risky Choice
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

December 4th, 2016 – Second Sunday in Advent
The Very First Christmas Morning – Joyful Notes Choir
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning – Chancel Choir
text: from Mark 1:1-15
Sermon: “In the Already…and the Not Yet
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

November 27th, 2016 – First Sunday in Advent
I Believe – Chancel Choir
text: from Matthew 1:17-25
Sermon: “Out of the Ordinary and Forgotten”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

 

 


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Stories from the Beginning

Genesis: Creation to Flood – Sermon Series for Fall 2016

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November 20th, 2016 – Thanksgiving Sunday
Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord – Chancel Choir
New A’Peal Handbell Choir (offertory)Count Your Blessings
text: from Genesis 6-8
Sermon: “Noah and His Messy Menagerie”
— Rev. Daniel Gbundema   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon


November 13th, 2016
text: from Genesis 4:1-16
Sermon: “Adam’s Family”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon


November 6th, 2016 – All Saints Sunday
text: from Genesis 2
Sermon: “God and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

 


Community Rising: Take it From the Tree

Sermon Series for Stewardship Season 2016

Isaiah 11
“A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse and a branch
shall grow out of his roots.”

October 16 – Old Growth, Solid Wood
October 23 – New Leaves
October 30 – 5th Sunday – The Best Visions are Rooted and a Reach

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October 30, 2016
text: Isaiah 11 
Sermon:  “A Community Alive – Rooted and Reaching”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon
Sermon:  “Mental Health & the Church”
— Rev. Larry LaPierre   Read Sermon

 

October 23, 2016
text: Isaiah 11:1, 10 
Sermon:  “From a Deep Root: New Leaves”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

 

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October 16, 2016
text: Isaiah 11:1-3
Sermon:  “From a Deep Root: Old Growth, Solid Wood”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

 

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October 9, 2016 – Children’s Sabbath
All Things Bright & Beautifu
l – Chancel Choir w Carillon & Joyful Notes
text: Luke 10: 25-37

Sermon:  “Who Are Our Neighbors?”   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon
— Kallie Stroh, CUMC Dir. of Children & Family Ministries
Listen to Community Rising: From a Deep Root – Helen Hayashi


October 2, 2016 – World Communion Sunday –
Joint Service of Campbell UMC and New Creation UMC
text: Philippians 2:1-11 
Sermon:  “We Gather Around the Table…”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon
Sermon:  “Better for Others…”
— Rev. Justin Ryu 


September 25, 2016
Listen to the Call to Be Fully Present – Joshua Sulaiman
text: from Hebrews 11
Sermon:  “On the Verge”
— Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy   Listen to Sermon

September 18, 2016
Listen to the Call to Be Fully Present – Joshua Sulaimin
text: 1 Samuel 3:1-19 
Sermon:  “We Are Disciples of What We Pay Attention To – Part 2” (Ask Me What Keeps Me From the Life I Choose)
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

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Listen to the Call to Be Fully Present – What are you living for?
text: 1 Samuel 3:1-19 
Sermon:  “We Are Disciples of What We Pay Attention To – Part 1”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

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September 4, 2016
text:  Luke 4:1-13
Sermon:  “Liminal Grace”
— Rev. Cate Noellert (guest speaker)   Listen to Sermon

August 28, 2016
text:   1 John 4:7-12
Sermon:  “People First”
— Rev. Doug Norris (guest speaker)   Listen to Sermon

Listen to Campbell UMC Youth report on their July Sierra Service Project


Freedom: 12-Step Spirituality  12StepsPic
for Everyone Who Struggles

Sermon Series – June through August 2016

Have you ever visited an AA or Al-Anon meeting?  You might be amazed at the depth of personal connection evident among the people there, and their openness with one another.
I think this is what church should feel like.
At least part of the reason church doesn’t feel like this is that our worship services often do not require or invite the deep vulnerability that leads to that kind of connection & transformation.  Have we lost the sense that the need for forgiveness, healing, and wholeness is our common experience?
The “Twelve Steps” are a path to knowing God.  Not the path, and not a path that will work for everyone.  But they are a path—one that might lead to freedom, (even for people who do not think of themselves as addicted).  This sermon series is an exploration of that path.
Each week’s sermon will track a step or two.  And I think you will see the remarkable way in which the Twelve Steps mirror the teachings of Jesus.
Join us for a summer of honesty and growth.    – Rev. Kathi McShane

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August 21, 2016
text: Luke 13:10-17  (healing on the Sabbath)
Sermon:  “Step 12:  Pass It On”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

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August 14, 2016
text: Luke 11:5-12 (knock, and the door will be opened for you…)
Sermon:  “Steps 10 and 11:  Keep At It – Consciously, Intentionally, Faithfully”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

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August 7, 2016 
text:  Matthew 5:21-26   (if your brother has an offense against you…)
Sermon:  “Steps 8 and 9: Admitting That We Have Hurt Others; Making Amends”
— Rev. Kathi McShane
Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

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July 31, 2016  5th Sunday – Worship at Work!
All-church Service Day  (not part of 12-Step Spirituality Sermon Series)
text: Luke 4:16-19
Sermon:  “Why Little Libraries
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon

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July 24, 2016 
Read the Pastoral Prayer
text:  John 3:1-8   (admitting our sin is what puts us in the light)
Sermon:  “Step 6: Change from the Inside Out; &
Step 7: Trusting God to Do Something With Us”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

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July 17, 2016 
Read the Pastoral Prayer – Blessing in a Time of Violence
text:  1 John 1:5-10   (admitting our sin is what puts us in the light)
Sermon:  “Step 4 & 5: Confessing Our Faults:  To Ourselves, God, Someone Else”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

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July 10, 2016
text:  Matthew 4:18-22  (Jesus calling the first disciples)
Sermon:  “Step 3:  Making a Decision to Surrender”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

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The next two Sundays are not part of the 12-Step Spirituality Sermon Series

July 3, 2016
text:  Joshua 1:1-9
Sermon:  “The Lord Your God Is With You”
Jordan Aspiras, former CUMC Youth   Listen to Sermon

June 26, 2016
Listen to the  Call to Be Fully Present
text:  Joel 2: 18-19, 21-29
Sermon:  “If You Can Imagine”
— Richard Corson, Campbell UMC Pastor Emeritus   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

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June 19, 2016
Listen to the Call to Be Fully Present
text:  Mark 10:46-52
Sermon:  “Step 2:  Came to Believe that a Power Greater than Ourselves Could Restore us to Sanity”
— Rev. Kathi McShane    Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

June 12, 2016
text:  Romans 7:15-24
Sermon:  “Step 1: Admitting That We Are Powerless”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

June 5, 2016 – Music Appreciation Sunday
Listen to Chancel Choir sing with Joyful Notes Children’s Choir: “Tell Me the Story of Jesus
Listen to Chancel Choir with “Four Hands on Piano” (Shine Kwon+Sibyl Snyder): “Wonderful Grace of Jesus
text:  Luke 15:11-3  (the story of the “Prodigal Son”)
Sermon:  “Prologue to 12-Step Spirituality: Locked Up in Our Own Devices”
— Rev. Kathi McShane   Read Sermon   Listen to Sermon

 

 

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