Sermon Date: 7/17/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Micah 6:1-8

The suburbs are a context, an environment, a setting designed for the fulfillment of our hopes and dreams It is such a popular lifestyle choice, that today more than half of the population in the United States lives in suburbs. So why, if we are living in the highly-preferred setting of North Americans, do we often have long faces, furrowed brows, and wringing hands? Some suburban values and lifestyle choices can undermine our devotion to Christ and compete for our allegiance to God’s Kingdom. 

Sermon Date: 7/10/16 Speaker: Cesar Hernandez Bible Text: 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.

Sermon Date: 7/3/16 Speaker: Tyler Hughes Bible Text: Jonah 2:1-10

Jonah was prideful and didn't want to submit to God's will. But God wasn't impressed with Jonah's pride and so Jonah was swallowed by a large fish. We are all sometimes too proud of our own accomplishments and so God humbles us; a lot of times we are humbled not because of our own self-awareness and striving toward humility, but because life has a way of beating us down. Sometimes we humble ourselves. Sometimes life has a way of humbling us when we weren’t ready, but we’re humbled nonetheless. But God passionately pursues those who have been called to be instruments of his salvation.

Sermon Date: 6/26/16 Speaker: Tyler Hughes Bible Text: Jonah 1

We get our sense of justice from God; we should always be in pursuit of justice. But the Scriptures command us very clearly that we should not judge. Judging is God's business. He is able to judge tempered with love and mercy. His judgement cannot be tainted by misplaced vengeance or lack of truth.

Sermon Date: 6/19/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: 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.

Sermon Date: 6/12/16 Bible Text: 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. 

Sermon Date: 6/5/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: 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.

Sermon Date: 5/29/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: 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.

Sermon Date: 5/22/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

The Money that we faithful followers of Jesus, give to our church is SPECIAL MONEY; it can run like the wind, fly to the ends of the earth, reach across boundaries, do things many people just dream about: feed the hungry, provide for those in need, share the good news of to heal the world in Jesus' name. And we should WANT to be a part of that giving. We should become joyful in our giving as we partner with God.

Sermon Date: 5/15/16 Speaker: Scott Field

What does God expect of us when it comes to handling our money? Jesus speaks directly to the possibility of our partnership in utilizing our money for eternal benefit AND deepening our connection with the Lord here and now,. In Matthew 6:19-21 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, ....Store your treasures in heaven....Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

Sermon Date: 5/8/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Psalm 89:1

We will all experience difficulties, challenges, stresses, and failures in our lives and in the lives of those we love. And it would be easy to try to fix all the problems for ourselves and others and forget that God is there to help us in times of trouble. He promises to be with us in the midst of those things. Parents should especially remember God’s promises when they try to fix everything for their children. Better than always fixing is to remind them that “we’ll get through this together.” They can “count” on us.

Sermon Date: 5/1/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Psalm 50:10-12

We are beginning a 21-day journey of Stewardship. nMoney can be a great good, but it is a counterfeit god; our role as managers on God's behalf clarifies our relationship with money and stuff. Over the next several weeks we have an opportunity for some honest conversations with God. 

Sermon Date: 4/24/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Luke 24:32-49

News of the redemption through Jesus Christ is transferred from person to person and generation to generation through sharing the Message with others. Sharing our experience of Christ is a normal, predictable outcome of our relationship with Jesus. As followers of Christ we should be the hands and feet of Jesus -- attached to the body of Christ and FOR the world he has come to heal.

Sermon Date: 4/17/16 Bible Text: Luke 24: 13-27

As Cleopas and his fellow disciple neared the end of their walk with Jesus on the road to Emmaus, they felt strangely drawn to him. The disciples made a real connection to Jesus - found in him a kindred spirit. They admitted that their hearts were burning and they wanted more, but they had the same issue that you and I have whenever we talk about being connected to Christ in such a way that results in a transformed life. That issue is that Christ simply isn’t here; or more accurately, we aren’t able to discern his presence.

Sermon Date: 4/10/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Luke 24: 13-34

Life sometimes overwhelms us. And when we're "running on empty" we tend to seek distractions to take our minds off our pain. Instead of filling our emptiness with these distractions, what if we were to fill the emptiness with the personal and powerful presence of the living God? What if empty could lead to an encounter with Jesus' Spirit here and now? We need to be available to each other to help in times of distress, but instead of giving advice, we just need to Listen.

Sermon Date: 4/3/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Luke 24:13-49

God's purpose in reaching us is a life-transformation -- a lifelong process by which Christ is formed in us -- for the glory of God, the abundance of our own lives, and the sake of others. The whole life of following Christ is a life in community with other believers. Christian community is a discipline, a place of ordering our lives so God has access to change our hearts
During April we will explore the challenge of following Jesus through Christian community. It will involve some choices for us:
• The choice to walk together.

Sermon Date: 3/27/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Matthew 27: 62-66

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

Sermon Date: 3/20/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: John 12:12-19

We may not know HOW to engage others around us when we are in the presence of our enemies. And if not enemies, then just those who don't share our faith. And if not among those who don't share our faith, then perhaps just those who  -- either awkwardly or confidently -- carry the new cultural mandate that faith is fine as long as you keep it to yourself. 

Sermon Date: 3/13/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Luke 23:32-43

Jesus demonstrated, taught, and commanded his followers, there is nothing more central than to forgive those who have sinned against us. Jesus shows the way and is the source of empowering love to forgive. Forgive those whom you hold responsible for wounds, hurts, rejections, and abuse you have experienced.

Sermon Date: 3/6/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Philippians 3: 1-14

One of the amazing realities of God's redemption offered to us through Jesus Christ is that Jesus takes our place. He shouldered the penalty for our rebellion against God; he experienced and carried the judgement of God. In addition, as we are considering what Jesus did through the Cross, we also recognize that he carried not only our sins but our suffering as well.
In Christ, we are offered healing and hope.

Sermon Date: 2/28/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Colossians 2:13-15

Over the past couple of weeks together in worship we have looked at the impact of rejection or exclusion, whether intended or not. Seeds of "not being enough" or "not being adequate" somehow take root in our lives along the way so that many of us spend a fair amount of our time, attention, and energy attempting to prove we are adequate.
We also took a look into the soul-wrenching situation, particularly perplexing for church folks like many of us, when we continue with our religious routines but also have an underlying disappointment with God.

Sermon Date: 2/21/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Matthew 27: 45-50

   When it comes to God, Jesus, faith, Scripture, salvation, and other foundations of the Christian Way, there are some things that are difficult to understand. That is not to say that God is not to be loved and trusted with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. But sometimes our minds cannot grasp the mystery, enormity, complexity, creativity, and magnificence of God or God's ways.

Sermon Date: 2/15/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Isaiah 53:1-6

How do we deal with the soul-wounding damage inflicted by our experiences of rejection? During this Lenten season we open our hearts and minds to the mysterious, powerful, takes-our-place love of God as demonstrated in Jesus Christ. 
As the old gospel hymn puts it, "Jesus knows all about our trouble". Jesus not only bears our sins but he also bears our sufferings. When we are rejected, he bears that, too.

Sermon Date: 2/7/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Mark 4: 1-20; Colossians 2:6,7

   Our future, our eternity, the outcome of God's judgment in our lives at the end of history and the possibility of friendship with God here and now are entirely in our hands.  

Sermon Date: 1/31/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Mark 4:1-20

The worries of life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for other things choke the Word making it unfruitful. Just as weeds and thorns choke out the growth of the good seed planted by the farmer, so the impact of the gospel in our lives can be choked out, too.

Sermon Date: 1/24/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Mark 4:1-20

This week’s sermon is part three in the sermon series, Untangled, about the Parable of the Sower; in this series we explore three ways (doubt, disillusionment, distraction) that our faith gets tangled up and is unproductive.

Sermon Date: 1/17/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Mark 4:1-20

Satan elicits doubt within us that can undermine our confidence in God's loving faithfulness, Christ's role as the matchless Savior of the world, the sufficiency of Scripture, the necessity of Christian community, and the expectation of lifelong transformation. Then doubt settles in!

Sermon Date: 1/10/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Mark 4: 1-12

Over the next three weeks we will dive deeply into the Parable of the Sower in an attempt to take the next step in knowing God. This parable of the four responses to the mystery of God’s Kingdom is revealed in this story of Jesus. It is very special because Jesus took the time to explain his meanings in this parable.

Sermon Date: 1/3/16 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: 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?"

Sermon Date: 12/27/15 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: 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.

Sermon Date: 12/24/15 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; Luke 2: 1-14; Luke 2: 15-20

First Church celebrated Christmas Eve with carols and candles. The joyous and reflective service reminded us that we had been waiting in hope, love, and peace for the birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Sermon Date: 12/20/15

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.

Sermon Date: 12/13/15 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Luke 3:7-18

The love we offer others and the love we experience from others leaves us at one point or another with an underlying desire, hope, seeking, wish for a love that will never fail. There is only one source for this kind of love: it is the love of God.

Sermon Date: 12/6/15 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Luke 1:76-79 / Philippians 4:4-9

Because of the tender mercy of our God, Jesus has been provided as our guide in the path of peace. This gift in Jesus, is like a sentry, a guard, a defender, an assurance, protecting us from our distress, anguish, and anxiety. It keeps our hearts and minds tethered to God's promises in Christ. Peace is  living with the confidence that God's provision is sufficient, God's way is the way of life, and, fundamentally, that in committed our way to God's ways, all will, in God's time, be well.

May the peace of Christ be with us All. 

Sermon Date: 11/29/15 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Luke 21: 25-36

We have some real challenges in waiting for Christ. And that, in fact, is what Advent is primarily about: the opportunity for God to use our waiting as a tool to apply the word of Christ's redemption to us. We are living in light of the certainty of Christ's return. We are "Waiting in Hope".

Sermon Date: 11/22/15 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Revelation 5: 11-13

This might be the year, or one of the years, when we celebrate Thanksgiving with our fingers crossed. The world seems deeply troubled. We are more than a little concerned. But Christ the King Sunday is a reminder that we are confident of God's victory. Give grateful praise and thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus Christ; pray with confident faith; be light in the darkness.

Sermon Date: 11/17/15 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: 1 Chronicles 16:24

Faith Promise is a prayerfully discerned, community-based, personal partnership in the Jesus Mission for the healing of the world. Faith Promise praying and giving is one way of dreaming bigger dreams and having a bigger share in God’s work.

Sermon Date: 11/10/15 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: 1 Chronicles 16:24 and 2 Corinthians 8:1-5

Missions is not a program of the church; the church is an instrument of God's Mission. Outreach is not optional, but the heartbeat of the church of Jesus Christ. How can we personally, directly, and powerfully partner with God in the healing of the world in Jesus' name? Faith Promise giving is a prayerful means of having personal, direct, powerful, positive impact on the Jesus Mission.
Today, is the first ever introduction of Faith Promise Outreach/Missions for First UMC in Crystal Lake.

Sermon Date: 10/27/15 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: 2 Kings 2:23-25

There is a consistent pattern in both the Old and New Testaments that Yahweh is willing to severely punish individuals and even nations to protect the weak, to promote justice, and to anticipate the final justice, righteousness, and peace of God's Coming Kingdom. In reality, God uses power, sometimes the indirect power of love, compassion, mercy, and justice, but sometimes the direct, lethal, violent power of love, compassion, mercy, and justice to save a life, maybe a lot of lives, redeem a situation, and restore peace.

Sermon Date: 10/20/15 Speaker: Scott Field Bible Text: Colossians 3:12-17

Our culture is way messed up on so many levels. Sexuality is one of them.
The collateral damage done by our so-called "sexual revolution" of two generations ago is beyond calculation. But wherever we are on the journey of our life and our sexuality - lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, straight, confused...we want to walk with one another, respect and love one another, and help each other find the path to Jesus.
We want to be a church that is deeply welcoming and mutually transforming