Chatham Baptist Church

Sermon from 2nd Sunday in Easter, April 16, 2023

Here’s the message from the second Sunday in Easter, April 16, 2023. The scripture is John 20:19-31, and the story is about “doubting” Thomas and the risen Jesus. I have titled the message, “Why Wouldn’t I?” I hope you’re experiencing the joy of living into the resurrection of Christ during this Eastertide.

The Essential Jesus #5: The Sermon on the Mount, part 2

We had church online this morning, and here is the message from Matthew 6:19-24. We’re doing a 10-part series on The Essential Jesus: 10 Things You Need to Know About Jesus if You Don’t Know Anything Else. This morning we’re thinking about the perspective we need in order to live Kingdom of Heaven lives. I hope your Sunday was joyful!

The Essential Jesus, #4: The Sermon on the Mount

Here’s the fourth message in the series titled “The Essential Jesus: 10 Things to Know about Jesus if You Don’t Know Anything Else.” I preached this message on January 29, 2023. The text is Matthew 5:1-12, which is the opening passage of The Sermon on the Mount. In this message we explore the Beatitudes, and what it means to be blessed. Listen for the three categories into which Jesus groups these people who exhibit traits that reflect the Kingdom of God. I hope your Sunday is glorious!

Sermon Series: The Essential Jesus: Parts 1-3

I am preaching a 10-part series on Jesus titled, The Essential Jesus: 10 Things You Need to Know about Jesus If You Don’t Know Anything Else. This is the first sermon preached on January 8, 2023 and it is, The Essential Jesus: #1- Jesus is Lord.

This is the second sermon preached on January 15, 2023, titled, The Essential Jesus: #2- Jesus Engages Us.

This is the third in the series preached on January 22, 2023, titled, The Essential Jesus: #3 – Jesus Heals Us.

Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM; Christmas Day worship online at 11 AM

Our annual Christmas Eve service of carols, candles, and communion will be Saturday, December 24 at 5 PM in our sanctuary. Come 20-minutes early for a mini-Christmas concert featuring organ, piano, and handbells. The service is for the entire family and will last about 45-minutes. Come as you are, and celebrate the birth of Christ with us!

Christmas Day we will worship online or on the phone at 11 AM, because of the extremely cold weather expected. Join us on GoToMeeting just like we always do (a link will be sent by text and email on Saturday, but it’s the same login or dial up info we always use). This will be a brief service with prayer and a devotional thought.

Music does not play very well over GoToMeeting, so here is the Christmas music from 2020 for your Christmas Day.

Above are the links to our 2020 Christmas Music Program, in two parts. Thanks to Kathleen O’Hare, Charlotte Paris, Lee Turpin, Lori Merricks, Patti Merricks, Donald Merricks, Michelle Cressida-Bliss, and James Morris the musicians who present the story of Christmas so beautifully through instruments and song. 

Chatham Baptist Church —  Christmas Music Program —  December 2020


“Still, Still, Still” — Charlotte Paris, organ

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” — Michelle Cressida-Bliss, soprano; Kathleen O’Hare, piano

“What Child Is This?” — Charlotte Paris, organ

“In the Bleak Midwinter” — Michelle Cressida-Bliss, soprano; Kathleen O’Hare, piano

“Away in a Manger” — Lori, Patti, Donald Merricks, handbells

“And the Stars Sang” — Lee Turpin, soprano; Charlotte Paris, piano

“O Little Town of Bethlehem” — Charlotte Paris, organ

“The First Noel” — Kathleen O’Hare, piano

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” — Donald Merricks, trumpet

“The Angel Gabriel Said” — Lee Turpin, soprano; Charlotte Paris, piano

“Worship the King” — Patti Merricks, soprano

“It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” — James Morris, tenor; Kathleen O’Hare, piano

“Once in Royal David’s City” — Kathleen O’Hare, piano

“O Holy Night” — Donald Merricks, trumpet

Part 2

“Coventry Carol” — Kathleen O’Hare, piano

“O Come All Ye Faithful” — Lori, Patti, Donald Merricks, handbells

“Ave Maria” — Lee Turpin, soprano; Charlotte Paris, piano

“Good Christian Men, Rejoice” — Kathleen O’Hare, piano

“Go, Tell It on the Mountain” — Kathleen O’Hare, piano

“Silent Night/Still, Still, Still” — Kathleen O’Hare, piano

“Joy to the World” — Charlotte Paris, organ

Christmas Music presentation today at 3 PM

Today our adult choir will present “Tidings of Joy: A Celtic Christmas Celebration,” at 3 PM in our church sanctuary. This cantata is a wonderful, joyous musical message of the glory of the Christmas story. I hope you will be able to join, and stay for the reception after the music.

First Sunday in Advent, Nov. 27, 2022

This is the sermon from the first Sunday in Advent, November 27, 2022. The text is Isaiah 2:1-5 and the title of the message is “No Wonder They Were Hoping for the Messiah!” I pray that your Advent Season brings hope, joy, peace and love to your and your congregation.

Christ the King Sunday sermon, Nov. 20, 2022

The audio file is from the sermon on Christ the King Sunday, or the Reign of Christ Sunday, November 20, 2022. The text is Colossians 1:9-20. We continue to have sound quality issues, but hope to have that resolved soon with the addition of a new recording unit. I hope your Sunday is glorious.

The Engaged Church, Part 2: Finding Meaning, Oct. 30, 2022

Here is the second in the series of messages titled, “The Engaged Church.” I said in the previous message “The Engaged Church: 3 Keys to Mission” that meaning, hospitality, and place are the criteria a church uses to determine its specific mission. In this message I deal with the idea of meaning as central to what churches are to be doing. I am using the story of the institution of the Passover from Exodus 12 to illustrate the centrality of meaning. Next week we’ll deal with hospitality, and for the final message I’ll deal with the place as a key to ministry. I apologize for the quality of the audio, which we are working on. I hope your Sunday is wonderful!

The Engaged Church: 3 Keys to our Mission, October 23, 2022

On Sunday, October 23, 2022, I began a 4-part series titled, The Engaged Church. This is part one. There is a longer version of this with the power point I used on this site also, but this is the edited audio, which runs 22 minutes. I hope you enjoy this series, and that it causes you to think about “what’s next” in your church, too.