November 19, 2017

Avoiding Dead Ends: Sloth – Jane Campbell

November 12, 2017

Avoiding Dead Ends: Distractions – Jared Witt

November 5, 2017

Avoiding Dead Ends: Hypocrisy – Laura Agee


October 1, 2017

The Blessing of Our Mistakes – Jared Witt

October 8, 2017

Get Going or Get Out of the Way – Jared Witt

October 15, 2017

How to Behave at a Party – Laura Agee

October 22, 2017

Living with Ambiguity – Jared Witt

October 29, 2017

Love God and Do As You Please – Jared Witt


 

September 10, 2017

How to Deal with Conflict – Jared Witt

September 17, 2017

How to Forgive – Jared Witt

September 24, 2017

How to Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others – Jared Witt

 


September 3, 2017

Follow The Leader – Jared Witt


August 27, 2017

Who Do You Say I Am? – Jared Witt


August 20, 2017

In Praise of Tenacity – Jared Witt


August 13, 2017

You of Little Faith – Jared Witt


 

Summer 2017

Charles and Melissa Johnson – July 30, 2017

What Do PCUSA Mission Workers in Zambia DO?

 

Ezekiel Series (July 2017) – Laura Agee

Who’s To Judge?
Hope For All
Worship Renewed

Day Camp Celebration and Stories – July 2, 2017

Day Camp Celebration

John Calvin Living Waters For the World – June 25, 2017

JC Living Waters Mission

Bill Pollock, Craig Campbell, and Leah Lewis – June 18, 2017

Our Father and our fathers

John Hill – June 11, 2017

The History and Architecture of the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Scott

Jane Campbell – June 4, 2017

The Holy Spirit: The Great Translator


May 14, 2017

Sabbatical Preview and You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby – Jared Witt


May 7, 2017

What is a Sabbatical? – Jared Witt


Bring a Friend Sunday – April 30, 2017

Better – Jared Witt


April 23, 2017

Why (and How) We Invite Our Friends – Jared Witt


Easter sunday – April 16, 2017

Cynicism, Sentimentality, Hope – Jared Witt


You Are Accepted – Lent 2017

The season of Lent is a sober time of preparation before the riotous joy of Easter. It’s a time to ask ourselves hard questions about areas of our lives where we need renewal or a fresh start. Our Scripture readings on Sundays during Lent invite us to accompany Jesus as he travels toward his own great suffering. At times even we ourselves might be surprised that we are following the crucified Jesus, carrying our own crosses in his shadow. But we do so because we have been accepted by God.

God meets us where we are and accepts us as we are. Of course, God doesn’t leave us there. God’s gracious and welcoming acceptance of us deepens over time and takes on different colors through our lives. Like the copper on our building, our baptisms attain a beautiful, weathered patina with age.

Some of us need to turn a new leaf. Some of us need to find strength in our weariness. Some of us need to repent of unhealthy habits. Some of us need a reminder that there is joy in the journey. Some of us are scattered and need the ability to focus. All these opportunity for renewal are standard goals for the Lenten season. And they have been for people of faith for thousands of years.

So what will your Lenten season look like? How can you take advantage of this sacred window of time to reconnect with God and with others? I want to invite you to make our gathered worship a priority for yourself and your family. If this is your church home, the community in which you live out your gratitude for God’s blessings, then you will need to rearrange your life so that weekly worship is a clear value and priority.

But What About My Desires? – Jared Witt
But What About My Doubt? – Jared Witt
But What About My Shame? – Laura Agee
But What About My Disabilities? – Jared Witt
But What About My Sickness? – Jared Witt


What if Everything Is Prayer? – February 2017

“Pray all the time.” (I Thessalonians 5:17)

“Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.” (Matthew 22:37).

These two passages of Scripture – here translated in the fresh language of Eugene Peterson’s The Message – will provide the foundation for our February sermon series.

We’re asking you to entertain a provocative, challenging, and potentially life-changing question: “What if EVERYTHING is prayer?” What if your whole life is a kind of prayer? What if everything you do all day is a kind of praying (including sleeping)? What if you can gather up all the different parts of your life and offer them to God? What if all the different things we feel – joy, depression, pleasure, sadness, affection, frustration – what if all of that can become a prayer?

The goal of the sermon series is simple. We want to become people who “pray all the time.” And this means that we will have to get rid of the assumption that prayer is a quiet mumbling towards God. Most of us don’t feel very good at that kind of praying. Moreover, you can’t do that “all the time.” But what if dancing, walking, and playing sports are prayer? What if singing, humming, listening to music and playing an instrument is prayer? What if drawing, painting, and building things is prayer? What if your body and imagination are just as important as your mind? Who knows what kinds of praying will open up to us on the other side of this question?

Can We Really Pray All The Time? – Jared Witt
What’s the Point of Praying? – Jared Witt
What if Everything is Silent? – Laura Agee


Mistaken Identity: Why Life Works Better When We Know Who We Are – January 2017

We begin this new year with a call to discover anew who we really are. Much of the time, we walk through life with a distorted view of who we are. We might struggle with pride and selfishness (call this “too much self”). We might struggle with cowardice and passivity (call this “too little self”).

Join us as we help each other sort out and sift through the possibilities that lay in front of us. Our Scripture readings offer a renewed vision of who we are. I am powerful. I am chosen. I am free. I am responsible. Life works better when I know who I am.

I Am Powerful – Stephanie Witt speaking for Jared Witt
I Am Chosen – Jared Witt
I Am Free – Jared Witt
I Am Responsible – Jared Witt


Naming God – Advent 2016

Wonderful Counselor – Jared Witt
Strength of God – Jared Witt
Christmas Cantata
Champion of Peace – Jared Witt


November 20, 2016

Growing Young – Laura Agee


Rethinking Church: A Fresh Vision of Church in the 21st Century – October/November 2016

1001 New Worshiping Communities – Jared Witt
The Church and New Expressions of Spirituality – Jared Witt
How We Gather – Jared Witt


Life in the Wind: Exploring the Work of the Holy Spirit – September/October 2016

The Spirit of Freedom – Jared Witt
The Spirit, The Bond of Love – Jared Witt
The Spirit of the Future – Laura Agee
The Spirit’s Gifts – Jared Witt