Very Human Christ is a podcast of the Sunday Worship Services at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Our guest preacher this morning is Rev. Dr. Gareth Icenogle. Dr. Icenogle begins a new sermon series this morning, “The Tough Teachings of Jesus” from Mark’s Gospel. It is the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
We welcome Dr. Icenogle as our new Interim Pastor this morning.
Peace By Piece is a podcast of the Sunday Worship Services at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Our guest preacher this morning is Rev. Tim McCalmont and he is preaching on Ephesians 2:14-17. It is the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Time Well Spent is a podcast of the Sunday Worship Services at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dr. Kathy Sizer is preaching from Rev. 3:7-8 and Romans 12:3-8 as we conclude our series on “God’s Open Door”. It is the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Gratitude for Closed Doors? is a podcast of the Sunday Worship Services at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Beth Pinney, MDiv. (Worship Leader, LPC) is preaching from Luke 4:1-15, Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. It is the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Abby Garcia (Middle School Director, LPC) is leading the Praise Team. Band members include: Gabe Rudner (keys), Rob (double bass), Ross Sellers (electric guitar) and Thor Fay (drums). Vocalists include Jeff Nagel and Linda Wells Sholik. Organ Prelude by Sookyung Bang (organ) and Postlude by Sookyung Bang and Bobbette Cameron (piano).
Our Response to the Open Door is a podcast of the Sunday Worship Services at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Rev. Steve Sweet is preaching from Luke 19:1-10, the story of Zacchaeus’ response to Jesus’ invitation to dinner at Zacchaeus’ home. It is the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We are also celebrating at the Lord’s Table this morning.
The worship band honor’s the life of Aretha Franklin this morning in the prelude and postlude: Precious Lord, Take My Hand and Amazing Grace. Band members include: Adam Bravo (keys), Jesse Hughes (double bass), Ross Sellers (electric guitar) and Thor Fay (drums).
Luke 19:1 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. 7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” 8 Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” 9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”
Trustful Imagination is a podcast of the Sunday Worship Services at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Rev. Mike Regele is our guest preacher. Mike is preaching from several passages in Exodus 15, 16 and 17 and from Numbers 13 and 14, the story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt and their journey with God to the promised land. It is the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Mike Regele M. Div. (aka Michael B Regele) studied at Seattle Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an ordained PCUSA pastor who has co-owned and managed consulting firms since 1988. Mike brings over 20 years of expertise applying geo-demographic analysis and studies to planning and decision making. His specialty lies in the creation of GIS-based demographic models and the interpretation and presentation of demographic research and student enrollment forecasts.
Door #1 or Door #2? is a podcast of the Sunday Worship Services at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dr. Steve Sweet is preaching from James 1 and Romans 12:1-2. It is the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
James 1:2 My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; 4 and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:5 If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. 6 But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; 7  for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
James 1:9 Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, 10 and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same way with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away.
James 1:12 Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 13 No one, when tempted, should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. 14 But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured and enticed by it; 15 then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved.
James 1:17 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
Rom. 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
It Is Because of Me this Great Storm Has Come Upon You is a podcast of the Sunday Worship Services at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dimitris Boukis is preaching from Jonah 1. It is the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The Video: Refugees and Migrants, was shown as a part of the worship service, following the reading of Jonah 1.
Meet Rev. Dimitris Boukis: Born in 1965 in Athens Greece, he received a BA in History in 1992 from Deree College in Athens, Greece and an M.Div in Theology in1996 from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Being a minister of the Evangelical Church of Greece since 1996, he has served primarily as a Youth Pastor at Large and as a pastor in its parishes in LA from 2000-2002 and from 2004 as Pastor of the 3rd Evangelical Church of Athens
He has been involved with the philanthropic diaconia of the Evangelical Church of Greece and most specifically with the diaconia among the refugees since 1998 and with victims of trafficking since 2008.
From 2002 until today, he is elected in the position of Secretary for the Executive Committee of the General Synod in the Evangelical Church of Greece. Since 2012 he has been serving as a proxy-member of the Central Committee of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) and from 2018 as Vice-President of the World Community of Protestant Churches (WCRC) in Europe.
He is a visiting professor of Church History and Historical Theology at the Greek Bible College in Athens, Greece, and a regular keynote speaker in Conferences and events through out Greece, Cyprus, Albania, Egypt, Australia and the United States.
He is married to Lorraine Kefalas and is the father of Dimosthenis and Alexander.
What Is God’s Yearning for You? is a podcast of the Sunday Worship Services at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dr. Kathy Sizer is preaching from John 13:34-35; 1 Thess. 5:13b-22 as we continue in our sermon series on God’s Open Doors. LPC member Michele Luna shares her story of Faith in Action. It is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The service is included below in its entirety. If you would like to scroll forward to listen specifically to the sermon, “What Is God’s Yearning for You?”, beings around the 20:40 mark.
Fear of Mission Out is a podcast of the Sunday Worship Services at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dr. Steve Sweet is preaching from Ruth 1 as we continue in our sermon series on God’s Open Doors for us. This podcast includes our Vacation Bible School Castaways as they share their songs and their VBS discoveries with the congregation. It is the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
The service is included below in its entirety. If you would like to scroll forward to listen specifically to the sermon, “Fear of Missing Out”, beings at the 28 minute mark.