Sermon Video and Audio
May 5 - Pastor Sarah concludes the series of living The Generous Life.
April 28 - Pastor Sarah continues in our series of living The Generous Life.
April 21 - Pastor Sarah continues in our series of living The Generous Life.
Note: Videos listed below (prior to April 21st), are in a .wmv format and are automatically downloaded when you click on the link.
Mar. 10 - In this sermon, which is part of the Family series, pastor Sarah emphasizes how important family is in going through the difficult times in life. The example of Jesus and his family of disciples is cited, in using our faith and prayers to cope and be victorious; or as she phrased it: ”Eschatological Joy”. She used as a text a favorite passage in Hebrews 11: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” .
Feb. 14 - This sermon is by Jean Riggs, Associate Lay Leader and member for 32 years. She proclaims that we are not a church of rules and laws but rather a vehicle for the cultivation of Christ like relationships. She adds that the answer to most of our contentious problems comes from kneeling down to God and saying help me! The message is based on John 13:5-14
Jan. 27 - “Branded”. Pastor Sarah continued the “Branded” sermon series by lifting up some of the seven things that characterize living a Christian life. In this sermon she basis her remarks on Psalm 67: That your way may be made known on earth…She proclaims that God wants His people to be blessed so they can share their faith in positive and concrete ways. She illustrates her point by sharing the video story of the church’s Mexico work team in January , building houses and conducting Bible school.
Jan. 20 - Rev, Chamie Delkeskamp, former Associate Pastor of Santa Margarita UMC, tackles the difficult topic of “giving” ,while you can, in both material physical and emotional ways. Using the familiar “You Can’t Take it With You” dictum, she explains from personal experience the rewards of giving of your time, talents and money, now . It enriches both the giver and recipient in wonderful ways. It is part of the sermon series “Branded” which illustrates the marks of being a Christian.
Nov. 25 - Pastor Sarah speaks of how important a close Christian Community is to enabling accountability to each other, to ourselves and to God. The sermon is based on Philippians 4; ,,,”Let your gentleness be known to everyone…”
Nov. 4 - Paul Russert, Associate Lay Leader and 20 year plus member of the church at the Rancho site, shares his powerful testimony. He speaks of his journey of faith and how he found such meaning and satisfaction in the mission and outreach of the church, such as the Mexico work teams and Habitat for Humanity. He discovered how his faith grows as he shares it in practical ways.
Oct. 14 - "Hello, My Name is Jesus - Part II". In this sermon Pastor Sarah deals with the serious question: "How do you experience God in the sacred ordinary?". She explains the significance and meaning of the Christian Sacraments and explains how we can get to know and experience God regularly through the Sacrament of Communion.
Oct. 7 - "Hello, My Name is Jesus". Pastor Sarah continues her series, with emphasis upon grace. She illustrates the types of grace for the believer and the obstacles to receiving and living that grace. The sermon is enhanced with photos from her recent pilgrimage to the ancient Biblical lands in Greece, Turkey and Italy.
Sept. 9 - "New Beginnings". Pastor Sara bases her sermon on Nehemiah who declared to the people that the “joy of the Lord is your strength”. She points out that no matter our age, there is something new for us with God as our Lord and Guide. The SMUMC choir is also featured, singing: "The Lord God Made Them All". The sermon is also on DVD with copies available in the lobby of the SMUMC site.
June 3 - "Live It Up". In this sermon from the "Live it Up" series, Pastor Sara asks the question: "What does your (our) worship look like?" She then explores what makes worshp authentic, hopeful and joyful.
May 20 - "Live It Up". In this sermon, "Live it Up", pastor Sarah helps us answer the question: "How do we live up the faith?". She points out that there is a difference between being happy, which is situational, and being joyful, which comes from the heart. Also featured, for the first time, is the Shepherd of the Hills Youth band- "Pursued".
May 6 - "Church With No Walls - Part II". In this sermon, Pastor Sarah witnesses to the powerful significance of learning to be a steward of God's gifts and blessings, from her own life experience. In this sermon from the "Live it Up" series, Pastor Sara asks the question: "What does your (our) worship look like?" She then explores what makes worshp authentic, hopeful and joyful.
April 22 - "Church With No Walls". What is a church with no walls like? This is the intriguing question Pastor Sara deals with in this sermon. She shares ways we can bridge the gap between the world & church, the sacred & secular. And she explains how we can be authentic in sharing our faith.
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This Week at RSM Campus
On Sunday we continue our series on "Making All Things New." Last week we talked about the "What" of the Gospel - the very nature of the Gospel and how God wants to transform the world through it. This week we are going to talk about the "Who" of the Gospel. We are continuing to move through Colossians and as it progresses Paul begins to pray for the people of Colasse and does so because he knows that they will need great trust and knowledge of Who the gospel is about, and Who will cause life transformation. So this week we will gather together to talk about Who Jesus is when it comes to transformation newness. What we discover is that Jesus makes things new everyday if we simply allow those tiny transformations to lead to big ones..... See you Sunday as we talk about the image of the invisible!
Church Wide News & Events
Pastor Craig’s Final Sunday at Shepherd of the Hills: Pastor Craig will celebrate his final Sunday at Shepherd of the Hills on June 16th. There will be one worship service at each campus that morning. • Rancho Santa Margarita Campus – 9:00 a.m. Worship, Pastor Craig Preaching • Mission Viejo Campus – 10:30 a.m. Worship, Pastor Craig Preaching Following worship at the Mission Viejo Campus, there will be a celebration luncheon of Mexican street tacos! After lunch, a gathering will be held in the sanctuary at Mission Viejo.
- Pastoral News: The Rev. Karl Stuckenberg to Be Appointed as the New Lead Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills...
- 'Celebrate Recovery': Launched April 10th at 6:30 pm at the MV Campus (part of "Connect"). The weekly gathering will serve as a support group for dealing with hurts, habits and hang-ups, providing a place to share, fellowship, and embark on a path to healing.
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