Individual Programs

Series Dates: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 to Sunday, December 31, 2017

The videos in this album are not part of a series.

2015-09-01
James 1: 2-3

Many of us have an unconscious expectation that church and faith and God will be changeless and immutable. 
But there is another word we can attach to God. And that word is “relentless.” God is relentless in pursuing the redemption of all people. 
And, since God has chosen to pursue this redemption in partnership with people who want to share in the healing of the world, well, God’s relentlessness means calling us and pushing us and commanding us and directing us in ways we likely would not have chosen on our own.

2015-09-06
Genesis 2: 4-18

  The Biblical understanding is that our work, whether compensated or not, is a partnership with God. We can take a day or more off because God keeps the world turning. But the healing of the world is given to us as our vocation, wherever we are and at whatever stage of life we are in. 

2015-10-09

The sacrament of Holy Communion allows us to travel back to the time of the Passover, to the time of the Last Supper, and forward to the time of God's full redemption. This is a meal of remembering:
*how much we need God
*how much God has done through Jesus to rescue us
*how great God's love for us
*and how much we love God.

2015-12-20

On December 20, 2015 the children of First Church presented their annual Christmas Musical. They did a wonderful job and it filled the church with Christmas Love and Joy. The musical was a new, inventive way to remember our Christmas treasure, the birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

2015-12-27
Matthew 2:1-12

Epiphany is the climax of the Advent/Christmas Season and the Twelve Days of Christmas, which are usually counted from the evening of December 25th until the morning of January 6th, which is the Twelfth Day. Today, as we celebrate Epiphany, we remember the visit of the Magi to the child Jesus. We will learn about a new tradition to usher in the New Year....with the marking of the doorway, or lintel, into our homes. This will be Jesus' blessing to our homes.

2016-01-03
Matthew 2:1-12

Last Sunday we engaged in a brief overview of the Magi -- who they were, where they came from, how they got to Jerusalem, and where they found Jesus. Because the stars and constellations are also referred to as signs of God's power and greatness -- somehow these Magi came without being religiously-informed, but with devoted hearts.
The question asked by the Magi so long ago is asked over and over and over again day after day, today, now, by those who are near to us: "Where is Jesus?"

2016-03-27
Matthew 27: 62-66

First Church - Crystal Lake, IL
Lead Pastor Scott Field
9:30 AM Service
March 27, 2016

2016-05-29
Micah 5: 1-5

Memorial Day reminds us of the nature of the world in which we live. While we live in a world filled with evil, injustice, and oppression, we live by a dream of God's peace among the nations, between people, and within our own lives. God's Promise of Peace is Jesus, the Prince of Peace --and we, his followers, are people of peace.

2016-06-05
2 Kings 22:1-13

The Great Rummage Sale underway all around us, among us, and, perhaps, within us is about how our culture and our churches are sorting through things, discarding some, holding on to others...a time of great transition and change for the position and image of Christians/churches/faith in our culture. In addition, we have the great(er) challenge of change in our own congregation and community.

2016-06-12
Hebrews 10:23-25

Associate Pastor Charles Yoon preaches his final sermon at First Church today. He recounts his many fond memories of wonderful experiences over the past five years in Crystal Lake. His ministry focused primarily on pastoral care and ministry. Pastor Yoon feels that his ministries at First Church were God-driven. These ministries included planning the church's 175th year celebration, a mission trip with other church men to Mississippi, and his founding of the Stephen Ministry program at First Church. 

2016-06-19
Matthew 18:21-35

Why do children grow up to be so hate-filled and so prone to violence against others and, more importantly still, what we can do about it. We do have the power and possibility of changing the next generation. God has a radical way of converting the way we think about ourselves and about others so that animosity is overcome and replaced with mercy, compassion, and concern. Just get close to Jesus and His way and you will discover that you are loved and have the power to love others, too. And that is what we need to teach our children: forgiveness and love, not hate and violence.

2016-07-10
Romans 12: 3-6

There is a beautiful satisfaction that comes from knowing that we are doing exactly what God made us to do and are being obedient to His calling in our lives. It is as we discover our strengths, and grow comfortable in the grace we have been given, that we begin to see the promises of God for our wide-open, spacious future beginning to take shape.

2016-07-31
Jeremiah 29: 11

God wants us to understand that He has a plan for each of us. Whatever your
circumstance, He promises to give you hope and a prospering future. Even if it seems
like you’re alone, you are not. Even when it seems like God has removed His blessings
from you, he has not.
God’s plan is to bring us to Himself. When we respond to His loving call and His plan for
us, our lives will look different and our planning will not be in our power, but in His
power.

2016-08-21
Ephesians 1:13b-14

God has made a purchase, and just to prove that He is going to follow through on His purchase, He has made a down payment. He has given a deposit in the form of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s first installment to guarantee to His children, in this case us, that He will finish His work and eventually bring us to glory - which means to the redemption of the body of Christ.
We have been redeemed through faith in Jesus Christ 

2016-09-04
Matthew 13:31-32

One of the life-changing gifts of conversion, of following Jesus Christ, is the dawning awareness of WHY we are here and WHAT we are to be about -- through every season of our lives. And so we need as Christians—the ones interested in ‘first tier’ Christian ministry—to be spending time in

2016-10-16

Contemporary Christian and gospel singer and songwriter, Cheri Keaggy, inspired and blessed the congregation of First Church today. With her Bible and journal close by, Cheri shared her life experiences and love of the Lord through her testimony and original songs.

2016-10-23
Psalm 33:12-22

Many Christians have it right: this is a very difficult election in which to choose whom to support with our vote. But beyond, our loyalties to Republican or Democrat, Libertarian or Independent commitments. These are secondary loyalties. From a Christian perspective what goes into a voting decision. There are some who would contend that Christian Faith has nothing to do with politics and that candidates for office should leave their faith and values at the door of the Oval Office. For Christians, however, this is not an option.

2016-10-30
1 John 4:4

The Bible refers to keeping faith in God as living by faith. You see, the Christian life is by faith from first to last. We belong to Him and we have already conquered the enemy, but also he reminds us that there are some spiritual pieces that we can use in case we feel that we are losing the fight. We need to stand up firm and wear the armor of God.

So, today’s invitation is to go outside and connect with the world, using the custom of the “Armor of God” and remember that “God’s Spirit is in you and is more powerful than the one that is in the world”.

2016-10-30
1 John 4:4

The Bible refers to keeping faith in God as living by faith. You see, the Christian life is by faith from first to last. We belong to Him and we have already conquered the enemy, but also he reminds us that there are some spiritual pieces that we can use in case we feel that we are losing the fight. We need to stand up firm and wear the armor of God.

So, today’s invitation is to go outside and connect with the world, using the custom of the “Armor of God” and remember that “God’s Spirit is in you and is more powerful than the one that is in the world”.

2016-11-06
John 11:1-44

   On All Saints' Day we celebrate the victory of resurrection life, the faithfulness of those who have, in the language of Scripture, run the race, fought the fight, and kept the faith. Those who, at the end of their life on earth, hear the voice of Jesus himself say, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world." (Matthew 25:34)

2016-11-13
Acts 1:1-12

Touching the world in Jesus' name is right at the heart of what the Lord intended from the start. At First Church we can touch the world in a specific, intentional way. We call it Faith Promise.
Faith Promise is a way of praying for the funds that will support the work of God's Kingdom locally, regionally, and globally.

And that Prayer is:
"Lord, what would you give through me that you would not normally give to me for the exclusive purpose of healing the world in Jesus' name through First Church?"

2016-11-20

Faith Promise Prayer
"Lord, what would you give through me that you would not normally give to me for the exclusive purpose of healing the world in Jesus' name through First Church?"

Faith Promise is stretching, going beyond what you think you can do to further Christ’s Ministry in the World. When you decide, in your Faith Promise, to say “Lord, stretch me!” God will honor that promise and you will see the results in the lives of the people you reach out to.

2016-12-24

Christmas Eve 2016 - The 9:00 PM traditional candlelight service at First Church - Crystal Lake, IL

2017-01-01
Joshua 4: 10-11

Everything in life is a transition. When we are in a transition, we understand that we move to another stage in our lives; and we think that everything changes. But it isn’t necessary for everything to change. The fact is when we transition or "cross over" we just move to another stage in our lives. We see every day is not just as another day, and we see that it means something more.

2017-01-08
Matthew 2: 1-18

Epiphany, a traditional observance of Christians, recalls the arrival of the Magi from the East. We think of the Star of Bethlehem guiding the Magi from the east, of course. But the Light of Christ is much more challenging to us.The Bible says that with the arrival of Jesus, God's light has come into the world.
But many actually prefer the darkness to the light. We would rather remain in the shadow lands of the soul than let the light of Christ shine into the nooks and crannies of our desires, thoughts, actions, and loves.

2017-01-15
Acts 2; Matthew 20

Baptism is a sign that God has forgiven us for our sins. The water of baptism is a reminder that God has cleansed us. Baptism imparts the Holy Spirit into us. By this act God has given us the opportunity to reach out to others with his message.

2017-02-26

We were created to live in community. That’s it. You and me were created to be an ‘us.’ God’s very essence - the thing that makes God, is the perfect harmony of 3 persons living in community with one another. God is 3, (the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), yet they are one! It’s not a matter of how God behaves, or how God chooses to work; it’s that his very existence is a community.We are like God in our capacity to love, our ability to give life through childbirth, our passion for creating beauty out of raw materials. And our need to exist, just as God does, in community.

2017-04-16
Job 19:25-26

The resurrection of Jesus is not an odd event within the world as it is but as the prototypical and foundational event within the world as it has begun to be. It is not an absurd event within the old world but the symbol and starting point of the new world. The claim advanced in Christianity is of that magnitude: Jesus of Nazareth ushers in not simply a new religious possibility, not simply a new ethic or a new way of salvation, but a new creation.  (N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope, HarperOne, 2008, p. 67.)

2017-04-23
John 20

What happened to our Easter spirit? It’s Easter Monday and we’ve just celebrated Jesus Resurrection. Then why are we just feeling empty?

If God is doing a new thing in us, why does everything just sort of feel like the same old thing? We might have more in common with the earliest believers than we know. After reading and re-reading the accounts of Jesus’ resurrection, we might think that it was all kind of a letdown for them too! In John 20:10 it was written of the disciples, “Then they went home.”

2017-05-28
Micah 5:1-5

While we live in a world filled with evil, injustice, and oppression, we live by a dream of God's peace among the nations, between people, and within our own lives.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace -- his followers are people of peace.

2017-06-04
Proverbs 30: 7-9

Jesus said that money was his primary competitor for worship, devotion, and allegiance. There is an enchanting and enslaving quality to money. So how much money do we need; that is, how much is enough? How do we avoid devoting ourselves to dollars and cents? Is there a way to break the cycle of fearing I won’t have enough on the one hand and being fascinated with more and more and more on the other? Proportionate giving from our income is a confession of trust in God’s provision and a practical partnership for the healing of the world in Jesus’ name.

2017-06-11
2 Corinthians 9: 6-8

Last week we understood that basically money is a means of storing value and of exchanging value. We can turn our money into educational experiences for children, trip, paint to change the color of the bathroom, or a haircut. But, we can also exchange our money for Kingdom of God initiatives? And, here at First Church, that's exactly what we're doing. We are reaching out to the community-at-large with initiatives like:

2017-09-10
Matthew 18:15-20

The church is a mission. A movement. A cause. Missions is not a program of the church. The church is a program of God’s mission in the world. Jesus didn’t gather his disciples together except to train, mentor, coach, equip, and empower them to be sent out. Church is the community of believers in which we practice our faith SO THAT we can share the faith we’ve been practicing in words and actions. Committing ourselves to the practices of spiritual growth is a key to being an effective partner in the Jesus Mission – there is no doubt.

2017-10-22
Matthew 22: 15-22

In the Scripture of Matthew 22: 15-22 we find the Herodians and Pharisees trying to discredit Jesus by asking him a series of questions. They assumed his answers would trap him. They chose taxes as the temptation for their trap. It appeared that no matter which side Jesus took, He would create problems for Himself and His ministry. If He opposed the tax, He would be in trouble with Rome. If He approved the tax, He would be in trouble with the Jews.

2017-10-29
Matthew 22:32-40

In today's Scripture from Matthew 22:32-40 we learn God's greatest commandment:

2017-11-05
Hebrews 12:1-3

Today we celebrate the Saints who have gone before us. We honor the ones who have marked the trail, established the path, launched us in one way or another. Some may ask what difference do "saints" make to you and me in today's world. 

2017-11-19
2 Corinthians 8:1-5

The U.S. may be on the edge of a spiritual revival! The evidence is somewhat anecdotal. We know that (social) stress has spiked. As a response, many people are looking for larger meaning in their lives — or at least a psychological shelter from the storm. It is a regular occurrence in the history of the Christian movement: in challenging times believers take courage, dig deep in their faith, and extend themselves for the sake of the gospel. 

2017-11-26
1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

Christ’s resurrection guarantees our victory at the time of death; his promised return guides our decisions throughout our lives.Christ’s resurrection guarantees our victory at the time of death; his promised return guides our decisions throughout our lives. Thus, we can ive in the joy of his victory