Worship Videos

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Worship Videos

September 29, 2019; Rev James Kosko; Scripture Reading: James 5:7-12; Sermon: Creeds, Confessions and Christianity

Today was a Fifth Sunday Learning Sermon. Every fifth Sunday we explore a subject of interest to the congregation. We hope you find it interesting, too. If there is something you would like to have Pastor James address, please send him an email at RevJames121@gmail.com.

September 22, 2019; Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Genesis 32:9-13; 22-30; Sermon:  Jacob VS God

September 15, 2019; Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7; Sermon:  Abraham Loves Sarah

Today we looked at sowing the seeds of Faith, Hope and Love, even when you may not see the harvest.

September 8,  2019; Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:4b-25; Sermon:  Garden of Eden

Today we began our ‘New Year’ in the Narrative Lectionary. So, we begin at the beginning, with Genesis. This Creation story may not be as familiar as the Creation story in Genesis 1 (“In the beginning…”).

September 1, 2019; Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:19-22; Sermon: How Did We Get Here?

August 25, 2019; Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Leviticus 25:23-24; Revelation 11:18; Sermon, Home Sweet Home

August 18, 2019:  Rev. Denise Cordova; Sermon: Fake News

August 11, 2019:  Rev. Todd Evans:  Spirit of Gentleness

August 4, 2019:  Rev.Denise Cordova: Downsizing God

July 28, 2019; Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:27-34; Hebrews 10:16-25. Sermon,Oh, What a Covenant!

Anticipating the covenant that a Congregation makes with its Pastor, and the Pastor with the Congregation, and both with the wider church, Pastor James preaches on the concept and examples of Covenant.

July 21, 2019; Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Psalm 25:1-10; Matthew 6: 5-15; Sermon, Do We Have a Prayer? 

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July 14, 2019; Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Matthew 11:28-30; Sermon: The Sabbath Habit

“Turn your cell phones off…” and so we enjoyed the hour Sabbath from technology. Along with a journey into why Sabbath moved from Friday/Saturday to Sunday. Thanks, Pope Gregory!

July 7, 2019; Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:34-40; Sermon: Sermon Retreat; On Faith.

Today is the final day of our retreat. Pastor James reviewed our past 2 weeks, and suggested that Faith was the umbrella, under which Worship and Service/Outreach rest. Today’s topic is learning. To follow the ‘Retreat in Small Bites’ journey, click here.

June 30, 2019; Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: James 2:14-17; Matthew 25:34-40; Sermon: Sermon Retreat; On Service

This was week 2 of our ‘retreat.’ Today, we talked about all of the different ways we are called to service: in the church, in the community, individually and as a congregation. To follow the ‘Retreat in Small Bites’ journey, click here.

June 23, 2019; Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Acts 17:22-31; Sermon:Sermon Retreat; On Worship

Today, Pastor James took us ‘on retreat’ during the Sermon time. We talked about our current worship experience, and how we would like to expand that experience. To read more about this ‘Retreat in Small Bites’ experience, click here.

June 16, 2019; Rev Denise Cordova; Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:9-10; Sermon: Grace, A Verb

Happy Father’s Day. Rev. Denise preaches a message of love and hope.

June 16, 2019; Rev Denise Cordova; Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:9-10; Sermon: Grace, A Verb

Happy Father’s Day. Rev. Denise preaches a message of love and hope.

June 9, 2019; Rev James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Acts 2:1-21; Sermon: Spirit Led, Spirit Fed

This week was Pentecost, when the Advocate/Spirit comes to be with the Disciples.

June 2, 2019; Rev James Kosko; Scripture Reading: John 17:1-11; Sermon: Promise, Preview, Power

Our video lens is clearing up; today you can see people moving. We hope to have this cleared up (pun intended, sorry) by next Sunday.

May 26, 2019; Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: John 14:15-21; Sermon: Because I Live

The May 26 video visual is the result of a foggy lens. We had an unexpected snowfall last night and today, and between the cold and the humidity. you have a lovely fuzzy, abstract stained glass effect. 

May 19, 2019; Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Acts 11:1-18; Sermon: Food for Thought

May 12, 2019; Rev James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Psalm 23 and John 10:22-30; Sermon: Green Pastures

Our antenna was covered in snow! So, we were not  able to capture some January, March or April services. And this is why:

And we wish you could have heard our choir this morning.

Enjoy sermons from our Chapel:

January 13, 2019:  Rev. James Kosko; Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-12; Sermon:  Home by Another Road

January 6, 2019 – cancelled due to hazardous driving conditions.

December 30, 2018: Rev James Kosko; A Service of Joy and Music to celebrate the Christmas Season; Hymn Sing

December 24, 2018: Rev. James Kosko;  Children’s Service with narrated Christmas Story Pageant; “I am a Mouse”

December 23, 2018: Rev James Kosko preaching; Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:18-25; Sermon: Jesus as Immanuel

November 18, 2018: Rev James Kosko  preaching; Scripture Reading: Isaiah 2:1 – 4;  Sermon: Words Matter

November 11, 2018: Rev James Kosko preaching; Sermon: The Oil of Gladness

October 28, 2018: Rev James Kosko preaching; Sermon: The Wisdom of Solomon

October 21, 2018:  Rev James Kosko preaching; Sermon: My Sister, Bathsheba

October 14, 2018:  Rev James Kosko preaching

October 7, 2018:  Rev Denise Cordova preaching

September 30, 2018:  Rev James Kosko preaching

September 9, 2018:  Rev James Kosko preaching


A Retreat in Small Bites: Service

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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

City Church Tallahassee discovered that the most effective things a church can do for the community are not big events or ‘service days;’ rather, they are relationships that take time to establish and commitment over a long term to flourish.

Encouraging members to join life in the city, village or town where things are happening is where they can most effectively invest long term in areas of need that fit members’ passions. This meets a goal of ‘decentralizing’ the church, and takes the ministry to the people, instead of expecting the people to come to the church.

According to City Church, and those who work on church vitality, a healthy church is not where members ask, “What can we do for the community?” because they are already on mission in the community. People who call City Church their home are serving frequently. The relational trust this service builds leads to gospel conversations.

We at Squaw Valley Chapel, as many other churches, may be uncomfortable with the word ‘evangelism,’ the same way we may not be comfortable with the word ‘mission.’ But what do we really mean when we use these terms? We are talking about the work we are inspired to do in the community, with our neighbors and friends, because we want to share the love we know comes from God. We love, because God loved us first.

And when we serve, we serve the living, Still-Speaking God as we serve ‘the least of these.’

How do we at the Chapel serve? We serve…

  • As Individuals who serve the Community
  • As Individuals who serve the Church
  • As the Group of Us who together serve the Community
  • As the Group of Us who serve the Church

A copy of the document is available here.

A Retreat in Small Bites

I’d love for us to all go off for a few days for a visioning retreat to discuss and plan our future here at SVC.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem very feasible, so I’d like us to celebrate the season of Pentecost – when we celebrate the Church – by looking forward rather than backward.  To begin, I invite you to complete the following for yourself: Faith is…..

We covered 3 topics in our exploration of Faith. Here are the results of our exploration:

We started with worship.  We talked about what we like…what we might do differently…how it impacts our lives…and how it transforms our faith. 

For Community Outreach, we explored the different ways we serve, both individually, and as a congregation.

For Learning, first we agreed that we could use our 5th Sundays to do something different; to explore areas we didn’t usually have the time to cover. We listed topics we would like to explore on our 5th Sundays.

Any other ideas are welcome and my hope is that this will be a continuing positive and growthful time for us all!

A Retreat in Small Bites: Worship

From Dr. Robert Webber, founder of the Institute for Worship Studies:

….worship stands at the center of the church’s life and mission. It’s the summit toward which the church moves and the source from which all of its ministries flow. It’s the most important action the church is about. Worship informs the church’s teaching, gives shape to it’s evangelistic mission to the world, and compels the church toward social action. Worship is the context in which the true fellowship of Christ’s body is realized and where those who participate can find real healing. The single most important thing a church can do is worship. A vibrant worship life will glorify God, edify the faithful, and engage the seeker.

To explore the dimensions of our present worship experience and engage in imagining our future worship experience, Pastor James introduced us to a matrix of spiritual experiences, modified from the concept of Jenis Spiritualis, also called the Circle of Sensibility; Urban Holmes: 1980.

In this model, the horizontal axis represents a continuum from God as Spirit (Mystery) to God as Revealed (Imagining). Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise, is an example of a hymn that is more on the Spirit/Mystery end, and What a Friend We Have in Jesus, a hymn on the Revealed/Imagining end.

The vertical axis represents the continuum from a Thinking/Intellectual experience to a Heartfelt/Feeling experience. Representative hymns on this continum would be Joy to the World, for the Thinking end, and Silent Night, Holy Night on the Heartfelt/Feeling end.

Pastor James asked the question, Where is your experience of worship in this church located? Where do you think we sit on each of these axis?’

Covering them one at a time, we described the current state of worship as shown by the dotted blue lines on the chart. Then we described where we would like our worship to be. described by the green lines. The result is roughly a balanced circle, encompassing all 4 dimensions in an equal and generous amount, without going to an extreme on any measure.

Pastor James then added a third dimension, described in black on the lower left of the diagram. This continuum was from no participation, or agency, to constant participation by our worship attendees. Examples of each: low agency would be treating worship as a performance, an opportunity to be spoon fed. High participation/agency would be illustrated by a worship experience that had many stations and different opportunities to co-create a worship experience. One example from the history of the Chapel was with a former pastor who included congregant dancing and movement as an integral part of the service.

The discussion included rich, thoughtful contributions on visioning worship in the future. It helped us be aware of how we arrive at worship as individuals, and that our emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs determine where we are on the graph when we enter, and how worship transforms us as we are together, so we leave enriched in our life and faith. There was also a recognition of the ‘native’ quadrant we inhabit (informed by social norms and personal preferences), and how participation in worship that draws on the other three is both challenging and satisfying. We recognized the wisdom of having our ‘easy preferences’ and the comfort of our ‘native quadrant’, challenged by experiences in the others.