DUCK CREEK COMMUNITY CHURCH OPENS DOORS MAY 2021

 Church doors are open and we are happy to return to in-person services and fellowship. Audios of messages are organized by month and day below.  Services are weekly on Sundays at 11 a.m. and feature a wonderful live sermon by Pastor Steve Baden, along with contemporary worship songs. The congregation enjoys singing hymns on the third Sunday monthly for Holy Communion. Dress is casual and we welcome visitors!  We hope you can join us to worship when you visit Cedar Mountain. Thank you for listening. Below is recording of the sermon for the May 30 special Memorial Day Service.  Please join us on June 20 for a Father's Day Special Service and brunch following the service.

 

May 30 Memorial Day Service: "Born From Above" by Pastor Steve Baden

“Sacrifice never travels without love,” noted Pastor Steve as he recognized, “… the debt we owe to the men and women who lay down their lives for the freedoms we enjoy in America.” Because lessons about love and sacrifice also are mirrored in Memorial Day remembrances, attendees at the May 30 service were immersed in the powerful force of love and the positive impact of Jesus’ teachings that guide Christians today. The scriptural focus for the heartfelt sermon on May 30 was John 3: 1-17. In this Biblical passage, Jesus relates life-changing lessons about God’s love to Nicodemus. Pastor emphasized that God’s love and perfect plan for his children’s salvation is laid out in John 3: 1-17 and is the Gospel in a nutshell. Pastor emphasized that the answers we seek are contained in the Bible and we need only open our hearts and minds to feel God’s presence in our lives every day. God has always loved the world and wanted it saved so he sent his son to teach and save us. Nicodemus, a Pharisee and Sanhedrin, abandoned his role as a prosecutor of Jesus to seek answers from him. Pastor Steve noted that Jesus’ words about God’s love have weathered 2000 years of storms. He explained that God’s long-term plan and prescription for mankind is related simply to us in the 26 words of John 3: 16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

May 23 Pentecost Sunday: "In Step With The Spirit" By Pastor Steve Baden

On Pentecost Sunday, May 23, Pastor Steve encouraged those in attendance to remain “In Step With The Spirit” and focused on Acts 21: 1-21, as well as testimonies of John, Paul, Luke, and Peter recounting events before and after Christ’s crucifixion and ascension. In celebrating Pentecost Sunday, Pastor delved into Biblical accounts of our Savior Jesus Christ and pondered whether the disciples truly remembered or understood Christ’s promise about sending the Holy Spirit to his followers. As written in John 14: 16-20 (KJV), Jesus promised his disciples at The Last Supper: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” Amidst the disciples’ emotional turmoil of the crucifixion, hiding from authorities, resurrection, and ascension, Pastor Steve asked church-goers whether Jesus’ statement and promise regarding the Advocate would be remembered by followers who had not yet stepped off the emotional roller coaster of Jesus' ultimate sacrifice: offering his own life to save mankind from sin. Yet despite the imperfections of his followers and the human spirit, Jesus kept his promise, and the Pentecost came as the Holy Spirit descending to comfort and guide the Christian community through trials and tribulations that confront Christ’s followers even today. Truly, this sermon is a celebration of Pentecost and that our Savior’s promise of sending the Comforter and Advocate holds true today.

May 16 Holy Communion Service: Emmanuel-God With Us by Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve’s sermon for the Holy Communion service focused on Luke 24: 44-53. Luke 24: 45-49 states: Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Pastor reminded those in attendance that the Holy Spirit God promised and placed in the first disciples is the same spirit that resides in us . The apostles sparked a movement that continues through Christians today. We all are steadfastly and deeply loved by God and He teaches us to love others. Through faith in God, we believe and have the strength to share our Christian beliefs with others. Pastor’s message encouraged the congregation to remain steadfast in our Christian walk and to open our hearts to God even when trials knock on our doors. Philippians 4: 13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. “