Proclaim Christ, Reclaim Passion – 7/14/19

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Kessler

Sermon Title: Proclaim Christ, Reclaim Passion

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:12-21

Date: Sunday, July 14, 2019

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The Spiritual Practice of Pilgrimage, 7/7/19

What is a spiritual pilgrimage and why does it matter? For thousands of years, Christians have embarked on journeys to sacred sites throughout the world, such as retracing the steps of Jesus in the Holy Land or walking the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) in northern Spain. But we don’t have to walk hundreds of miles to experience a spiritual pilgrimage. What has the spiritual practice of pilgrimage looked like in your life? What new journey do you feel called to embark upon?

Speaker: Joe Brewer

Sermon Title: The Spiritual Practice of Pilgrimage

Scripture: Acts 17:24

Date: Sunday, July 7, 2019

Source: “The Way is Made By Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago” by Paul Boers.

You’re Always There, Special Music from Baylor Carper & Ed Carper

On Sunday, July 7, 2019, the Canton Church of the Brethren was privileged to hear a special performance from Ed Carper and his daughter Baylor Carper.  The song they played was called “You’re Always There.” Please enjoy!

Why Solitude? – To Renew Self-Awareness, 6/23/19

Sermon Title: Why Solitude: To Renew Self-Awareness

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Kessler

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019

Scripture; Mark 6:30-34

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Why Solitude: To Be Filled – 6/16/19

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Kessler

Sermon Title: Why Solitude: To Be Filled

Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019

Scripture: Luke 6: 12-16

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A Heritage of Serving – with Special Music by Ed Carper and Baylor Carper

On Sunday, April 28, 2019, we were pleased to welcome Bill Kostlevy, the director of the Brethren Historical Library in Elgin, IL.  In addition to Mr. Kostlevy’s message, we heard special music from the father-daughter duet of Ed and Baylor Carper.

Sermon Title: A Heritage of Giving and a Heritage of Serving

Guest Speaker: Bill Kostlevy, Director of the Brethren Historical Library in Elgin, IL

Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:7-10; Psalm 24:1-6; Mark 10:42-45

Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019.

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CANTON CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN PRESENTS “FORGIVEN” ON PALM SUNDAY

The Canton Church of the Brethren presents “Forgiven” on Palm Sunday, April 14, at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 269 E. Chestnut. The public is invited to attend.

The service features the words of Jesus, special readings, poetry, and a variety of music presented by the Canton Church of the Brethren Choir. The choir, directed by Carol Davis, consists of Candice Stuckey, Wilma Long, Doris Howater, Robin Henry, Tammy Kessler, Jackie Davis, Kevin Kessler, Colin Davis, Bob Champlin, and Ed Carper. Accompanist is Pam Willison.

Special musical guests include Carla Bobell, Lindsey Larson, Alex Smith, Tammy Weaver, and Trygve Meade. Chad Murphy provides narration.

“The message of Easter directs each of us to paths of forgiveness,” said Carol Davis, music director. “The Holy Week story is one of hope for everyone. We invite any and all to join us for this service of inclusion.

Song selections include “My Father’s House,” by Bruce Springsteen and sung by Colin Davis, “Forgiveness” from the musical Jane Eyre, “One God” as recorded by Barbra Streisand, “Hosanna to the King,” “Every Time I Think of You,” and more.

For more information, please contact Carol Davis at carol.davis31@gmail.com

Lectio Divina (Divine Reading)

Lectio Divina is a prayerful approach to the scriptures.  Some would say it is a way of praying the scriptures.  This practice, which translated means Divine Reading, was introduced by a 12th-century Carthusian monk named Guigo.  Lectio Divina can be practiced a number of ways both individually or in groups.  he most common method has 4 steps: Reading, Meditation, Response, and Contemplation.  Sometimes another step of prayer is added.  Or, the method can be reduced to 3 steps of reading, meditation, and action.

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??? – 2/3/19

How do you understand God speaking to you and inviting you into action in this text from Luke 4?

How will you respond?

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Kessler

Sermon Title: ???

Scripture: Luke 4:21-30

Date: Sunday, February 3, 2019

 

 

Formation, Not Information – 1/27/19

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Kessler

Sermon Title: Formation, Not Information

Scripture: Romans 12:1-2

Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

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Bigger Than the Box, 1/6/19

Sermon Title: Bigger Than the Box

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Kessler

Date: January 6, 2019

Scripture: Proverbs 2: 1-15

Today is Epiphany Sunday, the time of the church year when we celebrate the story of the those who traveled great distances seeking the Christ child. The child was nearly 2 years old when the seekers arrived. Whatever had sparked the curiosity of these seekers caused them to continue pursuing a goal. Something mysterious, something of wonder was out of their reach, something that compelled them to continue on until they were able to experience first-hand what they sought.

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Canton Church of the Brethren Presents CANTATA

The Canton Church of the Brethren Choir and guests will present the John Purifoy cantata

Christmas Seekers on Sunday, December 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary. The church is located at the corner of Third and Chestnut Streets in Canton. The presentation is open to the public.

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Two Cents Worth, 11/11/18

The poor should not be expected to be burdened with more responsibility than they can handle. Those who can bear the burden with greater ease would do well to exhibit the level of responsibility they expect others to carry out.

Sermon: Two Cents Worth

Scripture Text: Mark 12: 38-44

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Kessler

Date: Sunday November 11, 2018

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Walking Clocks, 11/4/18

Jesus says the greatest commandment is to love God and to love our neighbors.  But is our ability to carry out our primary purpose troubled by a dominant culture defined by hastiness?  How can we best share the Brethren way of peace when everyone is in such a hurry?

Sermon Title: Walking Clocks

Scripture: Mark 12: 28-34

Guest Speaker: Joe Brewer

Date: November 4, 2018

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Our Land, Our Earth, Our History!

With Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Barry Cloyd

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018

11:00 a.m. following worship service in the sanctuary

A concert celebrating the environment and God’s creation

Sponsored by the Environment Passion Group

Potluck luncheon to follow at noon in the Fellowship Hall

Free Will Offering

Barry Cloyd is a Midwestern based, full-time touring singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who performs more than 125 shows of all types per year.  In addition to a concert schedule, he has been the resident stringed instrumentalist/vocalist on The Spirit of Peoria Paddlewheel Riverboat for 18 years, traveling the inland waterways.  Barry also has created and toured dozens of edu-tainment programs which focus on our own history with music. He has shared the stage & recorded with many stars of the Blues and Americana worlds including members of Buddy Guy’s Band, The Byrds, Stephen Still’s, EmmyLou Harris’, The Oak Ridge Boys, John Denver’s and Dan Fogelberg’s Bands.  Barry is also a recording artist with 10 CD’s, the last of which, the all original “Southland”, won an award for best Americana album in 2016 which resulted in his tracks “Spirit Dance” and “Know This River” being placed on radio stations in more than 45 countries worldwide.

www.barrycloyd.com

The Wine We Choose, 8/19/18

Sermon Title: The Wine We Choose

Scripture: Proverbs 9:1-6; Ephesians 5:15-20

Speaker: Pastor Kevin Kessler

Date: Sunday August 19, 2018

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From the Pastor’s Desk, June 2018

The following post was taken from the CCOB Newsletter, Volume 2018, Issue #6. 

We must loathe lukewarm people. This message is found throughout scripture. Those who are violent are better off, even if initially they do evil. We cannot expect anything from souls who are slumbering; from those who do good – or think they do good – by abstaining from evil. A heart that is on fire, even if it bewilders us at times, is equipped to serve. God freely chooses his saints from among the great sinners, but never from among those who are lukewarm – from those who do not risk anything.

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CCOB Celebrates Earth Day 2018

The following post was taken from the CCOB Newsletter, Volume 2018, Issue #5

“God of heaven and earth, the work of your hands is made known in your bountiful creation and in those who faithfully live their lives in your grace. Today we especially remember those we have mentioned trusting your promise of everlasting life and love. Be present with us this day as we mark their lives through the planting of this tree. May this tree speak the power of your life in our midst, deeply rooted and ever growing in all creation, through Jesus Christ. Amen.” —Kevin Kessler

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Camp Emmanuel Special Offering

The following post is a Mission Moment prepared by Martha Harr for our service on July 1, 2018. 

Do you ever get tired of turning on the news to hear about all of the bad things that are going on in the world? Sometimes, it would just be nice to tune in and find that EVERY SINGLE NEWS STORY for the day was focused on only happy, good things that are happening!

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Educational Bee Summit Workshop to be Held at Canton Church of the Brethren, June 20

Bee Workshop

As part of its year-long focus on dignity and the environment, the Canton Church of the Brethren is offering a Bee Summit/Workshop by local beekeeper Greg Mathis on Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the church located at 269 E. Chestnut in Canton.  The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about bees, bees impact on our world, or the art of beekeeping.

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From the Pastor’s Desk: April-May 2018

The following post was taken from The April-May edition of The Canton Chronicle, Volume 2018, Issue #4. 

In our backyard are two crabapple trees. One has pink blooms and the other white. Usually I would contend that the one with pink blooms exudes more beauty. But this year was different. The one with white blooms was gorgeous to the point of being nearly radiant. Interestingly, though, the radiance was short-lived. On about Monday or Tuesday the blooms were at peak. By Saturday not a bloom was left on the tree. Beauty is fleeting.

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Canton Provides Polo with Rain Barrel

This year, Polo Church of the Brethren is creating a community garden. However, the organizers realized that a water source was needed. Luckily, Canton Church of the Brethren was working on a rain barrel project, which initiated a conversation between Canton COB and Polo COB. These conversations lead to Canton COB donating a rain barrel to Polo COB’s community garden project. Pastor Kevin Kessler of Canton COB said “A community garden is a valuable ministry. We, at Canton, are glad for the opportunity to share in a sister congregation’s efforts. As congregations, we are not entities unto ourselves. Together we make a difference.

 

DE Ponderings: May 2018

The following post was taken from The Reflector, a publication of the IL/WI Church of the Brethren Newsletter May 2018: Volume 15/Issue 4. 

Neal F. Fisher, president emeritus of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, offers these thoughts in an article in The Christian Century:

What morality, we might ask, does one culture or social group create that another with equal authority could not revoke? On what basis should my personal perceptions make a universal claim? The issue here is not to challenge universal moral claims. The point, rather, is that many of those who make universal claims disavow any reasonable basis for explaining how that claim can be made,” 

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Noah Over Nachos, 4/15/18

This “Ponder Play” entitled “Noah Over Nachos” was performed at the Canton Church of the Brethren on April 15, 2018. It was written by Carol Davis and performed by Martha Harr, Robin Henry and Joe Brewer. This play was the 2 of a 3 part performance as part of our congregation’s yearlong emphasis on the environment.

Creation with Coffee, 4/8/18

This “Ponder Play” entitled “Creation with Coffee” was performed at the Canton Church of the Brethren on April 8, 2018.  It was written by Carol Davis and performed by Martha Harr, Robin Henry and Kevin Kessler. This play was the first of a 3 part performance as part of our congregation’s yearlong emphasis on the environment.

From the Pastor’s Desk: March 2018

I have an appreciation for the classics in literature. I like the author Thomas Hardy. I’ve slogged through War and Peace and can’t tell you much about the giant novel except there are too many characters of which to keep track. Les Miserable offers great lessons about grace. I had to read The Scarlet Letter twice, the second time very slowly, to understand the full magnitude of a wonderfully written and emotionally entwining work of art. And I’m presently enjoying Daniel DeFoe’s Robinson Crusoe.

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Your Giving Matters: Amazon Smile

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On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation to Canton Church of the Brethren.

Remember, shop locally, but when shopping online through Amazon, remember AmazonSmile, and donate to Canton Church of the Brethren.