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Past Minister Recordings


2015 Visiting Minister Sermons


May 24, 2015                  Epworth Chaplain, Rev. Melody Johnson

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 Graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School and ordained in the United Methodist Chuch.  Melody grew up at Epworth and enjoys WahWinGa Cottage with her husband Rev. Phil Johnson.

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend Sermon


June 7, 2015                      Rev. Gene McClellan

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Retired Lt. Commander of the U.S. Navy, Rev. McClellan is the Director of HELP Ministeries in Ludington, Michigan.  Rev. McClellan spoke on “Anticipation! : Hebrews 10:23-25” while visiting Epworth.

 

 

 

Sunday Morning Sermon


June 14, 2015                 Dr. Neal Plantinga

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A graduate of Calvin Seminary and Princeton Theology and former President of Calvin Theological Seminary.  Dr. Plantinga spoke on “The Inescapable God: Psalm 139” on Sunday Morning, “The First Murder: Genesis 4” at Vespers, and “Practice Hospitality: Romans 12:9-21” at Monday Musings during his fourth visit to Epworth.

 

Sunday Morning Sermon

Vespers Sermon

Monday Musings


June 21, 2015               Dr. Ken Nash

The Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Caledonia, Michigan.  Dr. Nash preached on “If I could Live Life Over Again: Matthew 4:19-20, Hebrews 9:27” on Sunday morning, “Why Do I Get So Emotional Sometimes?: I Samuel 27:1, Matthew 11:28-30” at Vespers, and “Gaining New Imagination in the Church: Ecclesiastes 1:9, Ezekiel 36:26, Revelation 21:5” at Monday Musings while at Epworth.

 

Sunday Morning Sermon

Vespers Sermon


June 28, 2015                Dr. Cynthia Rigby

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A graduate of Brown University and Princeton Seminary, Dr. Rigby is the W.C. Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Theological Seminary.  While at Epworth Dr. Rigby spoke regarding “What Matters Most: Luke 10:38-42, Hosea 6:1-16, I Corinthians 13:8-13” on Sunday Morning, “True Religion: John 2:13-22, I Corinthians 1:18-25, Psalm 19” at Vespers, and “Deep and Wide: Participating in Gods Amazing Grace – Ephesians 2:1-10” for Monday Musings.

 

Sunday Morning Sermon

Vespers Sermon

Monday Musings

Monday Musings Continued


July 5, 2015                    Dr. Thomas Tewell

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As Executive Director of Faith Based Ministries for the CF Foundation Dr. Tewell joined us for the Morava Family Memorial Sunday.  Dr. Tewell spoke on “The Eyes Have It: Matthew 6:22-23, Ephesians 2:11-22” on Sunday morning, “Balcony People: Hebrews 11:29-31, 39-40, Hebrews 12:1-2” at Vespers, and “The Will of God” for Monday Musings during his sixth visit to Epworth.

 

Sunday Morning Sermon

Vespers Sermon

Monday Musings Sermon

Monday Musings Continued


July 12, 2015                  Rev. Michael Lindvall

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Graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Princeton Theological Seminary Rev. Lindvall is the pastor of The Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City.  Rev. Lindvall joined us for the Dorothy & Forrest Colwell Memorial Sunday and preached on “Leaning into Faith: Genesis 17:1-6, 15-16, Romans 4:13-22” on Sunday morning, “Tales from North Haven” for Vespers, and “Theodicy – When Bad Things Happen to Good People” at Monday Musings.

 

Sunday Morning Sermon

Vespers Sermon

Vespers Continued

Monday Musings


July 19, 2015              Dr. Ken Fong

Dr. Fong is the Executive Director of the Asian American Initiative at Fuller Theological Seminary and has worked in ministry for 40 years.  He joined us on Epworth Heights Founders Memorial Sunday and preached on “Uncomfortable Silence: Luke 11:5-13” and “Does God Really Like Me?” at Vespers.

 

Sunday Morning Sermon

Vespers Sermon


July 20, 2015                Beth Gable Hicks 

Beth Gable Hicks has been visiting Epworth her whole life, the author of The Importance of Christian Friendships spoke on fellowship in the Christian community.

 

 

Monday Musings


July 26, 2015                                     The King’s Brass:  Sunday Service

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Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass joined us for the Bishop Earl Cranston Memorial & Music Sunday.  This was their second visit to Epworth performing their original arrangements of sacred brass music.

 

Sunday Morning Service

Sunday Morning Service Continued


July 26, 2015                Father Wayne Wheeler                  

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Graduate of Aquinas College, University of St. Thomas, Houston, St. John’s Provincial Seminary, University of Detroit and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.  Father Wheeler of St. Simon’s Parish in Ludington brought a Vespers sermon of “Social Justice & Matt 25:34-46” and a Monday Musings discussion on “Biblical View of Marriage Collides with Modern World

 

Vespers Sermon 

Monday Musings

Monday Musings  Continued


August 2, 2015               Bishop Robert Hayes

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As leader of the Oklahoma Area of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Hayes is the first African-American bishop to serve the two conferences; he presides over 530 churches in the Oklahoma Conference and 87 churches of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.  Bishop Hayes joined us for the Hoover Rupert Memorial Sunday and preached on “Membership Has It’s Privileges!: Matthew 16:24-26” on Sunday morning, “No Charge!: I John 4:9-12“, and “One Page Bible: John 3:1-16” for Monday Musings.

 

Sunday Morning Sermon

Vespers Sermon

Monday Musings

Monday Musings Continued


August 9, 2015              Rev. Jon Brown

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Lead Pastor of Pillar Church a dual-affiliation, Christian Reformed and Reformed Church of America, church in Holland, Michigan.  Rev. Brown shared the message of “Forgiveness, Really?: Ephesians 4:32” on Sunday morning, “From Hiding to Hidden: Col. 3:3” at Vespers and “Eating the Book: Rev. 10:10” at Monday Musings while visiting Epworth.

 

Sunday Morning Sermon

Vespers Sermon

Monday Musings

Monday Musings Continued


August 16, 2015            Dr. Stephen McConnell

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Senior Pastor of Church of the Palms in Sarasota, Florida, Dr. McConnell is a graduate of Westminster College and Princeton Theological Seminary.  Dr. McConnell  spoke on “Humility Part One, The Real Smallness of Your Greatness: Matthew 3:1-17” on Sunday morning, “Humility Part Two, Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands: Matthew 4:1-17” at Vespers, and “C.S. Lewis and the Weight of Glory” at Monday Musings for his first visit to Epworth.

 

Sunday Morning Sermon

Vespers Sermon

Monday Musings

Monday Musings Continued


August 23, 2015          Rev. David Bast

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Rev. Bast is the President and Broadcast Minister of WordsofHope, which helps Christians use media to build churches all over the world.  Rev. Bast shared with us his message of “The Demonstration of God’s Love: Romans 5:6-11” on Sunday morning, “Singing The Lord’s Song in a Strange Land: Psalm 137” at Vespers, and “Revisiting a Classic: The Pilgrim’s Progress” at Monday Musings during his first visit to Epworth.

 

Sunday Morning  Sermon

Vespers Sermon

Monday Musings

Monday Musings Continued


August 30, 2015            Rev. Bruce Pierce

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Graduate of Drew University and Salve Regina University, Rev. Pierce is a retired Chaplain for the U.S. Navy, having served in Italy, Hawaii, Iceland, and Cuba.  Rev. Pierce grew up at Epworth and now enjoys his cottage, Happy Harbor with his wife Sandy.

 

 

Sunday Morning Sermon

Vespers Sermon

Monday Musings

Monday Musings Continued


September 6, 2015        Rev. Melody Johnson

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We were joined again by Rev. Melody Johnson of WahWinGa Cottage for our Labor Day weekend service.

 

 

 

Labor Day Weekend Sermon


September 13, 2015      Mr. Greg VanderHorn

Our last Sunday of the 2015 season ended with Mr. Greg VanderHorn a full-time student of Calvin Theological Seminary.  Mr. VanderHorn preached on “We Don’t Have to Struggle Alone, When We Can Struggle with God: Genesis 32:22-32“.

 

Sunday Morning Sermon