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August 6 (Paul’s Final Sunday)
TitleFarewell, Friends
Text: 1 Samuel 20:41-42
Summary: As Pastor Paul Burgess follows God’s calling to serve at Winter Park Baptist Church in Wilmington, he leaves his friends in Benson with a final sermon, modeling his farewell after the one shared between two of the Bible’s greatest friends, David and Jonathan.

May 21 (Youth Sunday)
Title: Staff Testimonies
Summary: Listen to Todd (Minister of Music), Tyler (Minister to Children and Youth), and Paul (Pastor) as they share why youth group was an important part of their lives!

May 14 (Mother’s Day)
Title: Love the One You’re With
Text: Proverbs 5:18
Summary: Despite what the greeting card industry would have us believe, love is anything but perfect.  Unfortunately, our culture doesn’t always recognize that, as we often pursue the ideal of perfection and end up sorely disappointed when we fail to find it.  But should we really expect anything else in a broken world?  Perhaps, then, our call as children of God is to love those whom God has given us—our mothers, our spouses, our families, our friends—for who they are, discovering what makes them perfect for us, while we all journey together into the wholeness that can be ours through Christ.

May 7 (Children’s Sunday)
Title: Sharing is Caring
Guest Preacher: Tyler Wood
Text: Acts 2:42-47
Summary: “Sharing is caring”—we heard it all the time when we were younger.  But how important is sharing for us as adults?  Well, if we want to look anything like our Christian ancestors, then it’s vitally important.  Listen to Tyler Wood, our Minister to Children and Youth, as he reflects on why sharing is essential for those who care about Jesus.

December 18 (Advent 4; “The Characters of Christmas” Sermon Series)
Title: Little Trees
Special Guest Preacher: Charlie Brown, from A Charlie Brown Christmas
Text: Isaiah 9:2-7; Matthew 1:18-25
Summary: For all of his “Charlie Browniness,” one of Charlie’s most special characteristics is his knack for noticing the small things.  Perhaps his perspective could be helpful for us all, especially during a season when we remember that God came to us through lowly people in quite unnoticeable positions.
Listening Note: This sermon involves a bald cap that took way too much time and grease makeup to “install.”  For the edification of those who went to great lengths to capture the likeness of Schultz’s iconic protagonist, we encourage you to view this sermon using the player below!

December 4 (Advent 2; “The Characters of Christmas” Sermon Series)
TitleHow Christmas Stole the Grinch
Special Guest Preacher: The Grinch, from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Text: Isaiah 11:1-9
Summary: There are a lot of grinches in the world, and despite what many God-fearin’ folk might want to believe, a lot of those grinches are in churches.  The problem is, because of the Christ we expect during Advent, grinchiness is no longer an acceptable posture for us!  Perhaps we need a message from someone who’s been saved from his grinch-dom to keep us from traveling there, too.
Listening Note: This sermon was delivered by a mobile, animated speaker with a unique appearance.  Listeners might receive a fuller experience of the message by viewing the video of the sermon in the player below.

November 27 (Advent 1; “The Characters of Christmas” Sermon Series)
Title: A Christmas Story
Special Guest Preacher: Ralphie Parker from the movie, A Christmas Story
Text: Isaiah 2:1-4
Summary: Hope is a difficult thing.  If anyone knows that, it’s the kid who spent an entire December pining for an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle.  Every time he threw his wish out into the world, someone shot it down, much like the Israelite’s hope for a messiah was crushed after each exile, each crummy king, each year lived in subjugation.  Yet hope is also stubborn, and through the baby we expect this Advent, we can know that the heart which hopes never does so in vain.
Listening Note: This sermon, especially the first half, relies heavily on visual elements.  Listeners might receive a fuller experience of the message by viewing the video of the sermon in the player below.