Christ by the Sea Messages

Walk through the Bible with Pastor Cliff Melvin.


Midweek Message, May 23, 2018

This week we celebrate Trinity Sunday. The mystery of the Trinity is a profound doctrine, yet integral to our understanding of God. Below is a prayer for Trinity Sunday.

O God of all life, you are present to us in the wonder of creation; in the quiet whisper of a spring breeze and in the thunderstorms that shake the earth. You are present also in the tall strong Son of Galilee, whose earthly life provides a pattern, whose death provides release from old captivities, whose rising awakens a fresh new hope. We know your presence, too, in the still small voice within that warns us when we stray from your path and encourages us when we might stop along the way. We are grateful for your coming in all these unique and special ways. Amen.



·        VBS sign up continues. Join us for this creative week of sharing the Good News with children from around the county.

·        Please be in prayer for the 30 folks preparing to go to Puerto Rico on June 16.

Midweek Message, May 16, 2018

Once again, Henri Nouwen captures an important thought which is helpful for all of us:

No two friends are the same. Each has his or her own gift for us. When we expect one friend to have all we need, we will always be hypercritical, never completely happy with what he or she does have.

One friend may offer us affection, another may stimulate our minds, another may strengthen our souls. The more able we are to receive the different gifts our friends have to give us, the more able we will be to offer our own unique but limited gifts. Thus, friendships create a beautiful tapestry of love.

I find this to be so very true. When I expect a friend, spouse, or family member to have all I desire in one person, I am bound to be disappointed. That is why it is important to have a variety of persons in your life, each with their unique traits. This way I can appreciate each one for their unique qualities, and, hopefully, they can appreciate my unique quirkiness as well!




·         Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for our Puerto Rico Mission Trip is this Sunday 8:30-12:30. Tickets are $10. Join us!

·         Have you registered your child or grandchild for Vacation Bible School which is June 25-29? Registration is open now!

Midweek Message, May 9, 2018

This week we celebrate a very special day: The Ascension of Christ. It truly is a day to celebrate, for without the Ascension Jesus would not have been re-crowned as King of the World. Jesus is re-crowned! The prayer he prayed in his last night before to the cross, has become completely fulfilled because of this day;

“Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.” John 17:5 NLT

Jesus is KING! He has ascended and is enthroned. Great glory, splendor, majesty, and goodness emanate from Him – it is who He is. EVERYTHING is under His rule and authority. Grasp the impact. We can know that whatever is going on in our lives, Jesus has power over it. Difficulties, trials, temptations, heartbreaks, illnesses, persecutions…whatever name it goes by, Jesus’ name is greater. The Bible encourages us to bring these problems to our King;

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16 NLT

So, hail the once and future King! For He has ascended on this day with victory and bids us come. Amen!



·        The Band of Brothers meets on May 12, 8:00am at CJ Cannon’s. All men of the church are invited.

·        CBTS Golf Tournament is May 12 at Bent Pine Golf Club. Get a foursome together and join us! BBQ dinner following.

·        Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for the Puerto Rico Mission Team on May 20, 8:30-12:30.

Midweek Message, May 2, 2018

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35)

I was recently at another church for an important meeting. I left that gathering so very thankful to be the pastor at Christ By The Sea. In the meeting there was back-biting, gossip, sarcasm, power-seeking, and posturing. In my 8 years at CBTS I have never experienced this sort of behavior from church members. While I left thankful to be your pastor, I also was saddened by what I experienced…both for that local church and for its pastor.

When I read the passage from John 13:35 I can’t help but wonder about the critical nature of the words Jesus was speaking. If we in the church cannot love and respect one another, what hope is there for the rest of the world? Thank you for being caring, thoughtful, open to change and growth kinds of people. I am blessed by you and your actions!



  • We move to one worship service at 10:00am this Sunday, May 6.
  • The Band of Brothers meets on May 12, 8:00am at CJ Cannon’s. All men of the church are invited.
  • CBTS Golf Tournament is May 12 at Bent Pine Golf Club. Get a foursome together and join us! BBQ dinner following.
  • Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for the Puerto Rico Mission Team on May 20, 8:30-12:30.

Midweek Message, April 25, 2018


“Receiving is an art. It means allowing the other to become part of our lives. It means daring to become dependent on the other. It asks for the inner freedom to say: “Without you I wouldn’t be who I am.” Receiving with the heart is therefore a gesture of humility and love. So many people have been deeply hurt because their gifts were not well received. Let us be good receivers.” Henri Nouwen, Bread For The Journey

I want to say a heartfelt thank you to you all for the wonderful cards, wishes, and gifts for my birthday last week. I am always amazed at your care and generosity and it makes my heart sing with gratitude. You are a wonderfully, giving, caring congregation!

With love and appreciation,



·        We return to one worship service at 10am on the first Sunday of May.

·        CBTS Golf Tournament is May 12, 1:30pm at Bent Pine Golf Club. Get a foursome together and join us!

·        Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for the Puerto Rico Mission Team is Sunday, May 20 8:30-12:30, tickets $10.

Midweek Message, April 18, 2018

“I am the gate for the sheep….I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:7,10

This week in worship we will focus on John 10:1-10. It talks a lot about sheep. I was never very fond of being called a sheep by Jesus, but, the more I learn of the role of the shepherd for the sheep, the more I am OK with being a sheep. If Jesus is my Good Shepherd, then I will be a sheep any day. The Good Shepherd protects, provides for, leads us safely, searches for us when we are lost, and even lays down his life for us as needed. I’ll be a sheep to that shepherd any day. Amen.



·        Celebration of Life for Don Lindell, Friday April 20, at 3:45 PM, Indian River Estates, West Chapel.

·        Pastor Cliff will be leading a trip to the Passion Play at Oberammergau along with a River Cruise on the Danube from July 30-August 10, 2020. The Passion Play only occurs every 10 years in Oberammergau. Brochures are available in the church office or by request via phone or email.

·        Our Puerto Rico Mission Team will be leaving on June 16. If you would like to help support the team of 30 folks financially simply write a check to CBTSUMC and note PR Mission. A Pancake breakfast to raise funds will be led by the teens going on the trip on May 20. They will be cooking and serving 8:30-12:30.

Midweek Message, April 11, 2018

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[f] from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad.[g] 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” Luke 24:13-18

I know that I spoke about the Emmaus encounter with Jesus last week, but, I love this story. Again, you may want to pull out your Bible and read the whole story from Luke 24:13-35. The phrase that caught my eye this week is “Are you the only one who does not know?” I am sure many of you have been like me at times and felt like you were the last to know something. Maybe it was a joyous thing such as the birth of a relative or perhaps the loss of a love gone away or death of a friend.

The important thing about the discovery is the response. For Jesus followers the response was one of awe and action. They experienced the moment of discovery and moved to action as they began to share the exciting finding with others. When a discovery is a positive one we want to share it with others. I hope you will share the Good News of how Jesus has touched your life with those around you.



  • Band of Brothers breakfast, Saturday, 8am, CJ Cannon restaurant.
  • The Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra celebrates the culmination of its 10th anniversary season with a concert at 2 p.m. April 15 in the Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th St., Vero Beach. The final concert of the season will include Piano Concerto No. 2 by Camille Saint-Saens, featuring Dr. Marcos Daniel Flores at the piano.
  • Save the Date for our Puerto Rico Fundraising Pancake Breakfast which is all morning on May 20. Also, please keep the Mission Team in your prayers as they plan for the June 16-23 trip.

Midweek Message, April 4, 2018

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. Luke 24:13-14

I love the story of the Emmaus Road encounter with Jesus. It reminds me of my Emmaus Walk from 1994 which helped re-direct my ministry. It reminds me of how often I don’t “see” Jesus when his presence is right in front of me. It reminds me of how important the sharing of the “breaking of bread” is for His followers and how we can see Jesus in our friends when we are “breaking bread” together. I hope you will pull out your Bible and read the whole story as recorded in Luke 24:13-35.

Happy Easter Season!


Thank you, Thank You! We have reached and exceeded our challenge goal which was announced on Palm Sunday! You are an awesome congregation!

·        A new Wednesday night study on the book of John begins this week at 6:15pm. Join us.

·        The next Women’s study begins Thursday morning titled: Becoming A Woman of Influence.

·        Boy Scout Car Wash this Saturday morning at CBTS.

Midweek Message, March 28, 2018

My friend, Charlie Reeb wrote this last week:

“Many who were waving palm branches for Jesus were nowhere to be found when he got the tar beat out of him. Any fan can show up for a parade. It takes a follower to go to the cross. Palm Sunday can either be a tailgate party before Easter or it can be a preparation to die in order to truly live.” Rev.Charlie Reeb, Pasadena Community Church, St. Petersburg, FL

It is my fervent hope that any follower of Jesus does not move, from the parade of Palm Sunday to the joy of Easter, without walking through the turmoil, pain, and loss of Holy Week as experienced on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. This is the most holy and meaning-filled week of the Christian year. I pray that we all will experience it fully as we celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord.




Holy Week Worship Experiences:

Lenten Midweek, Wednesday, 6:30, Elaine Thompson shares her Faith Journey

Maundy Thursday meal and worship, 5:30, Ratcliff Hall

Good Friday, 7pm

Easter Cantata, Saturday, 4:30 and 7:00pm

Easter Sunday worship, 8:00, 9:30, 11:00

Midweek Message, March 21, 2018

Hindsight is always 20/20. Yet, while we are in a particular situation, we often make things out to be what they aren’t and infer wrong meanings. Later, we kick ourselves, thinking, If only I had known then what I know now!

Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem must have been one of those moments for the disciples. It probably appeared to be a wonderful day for them—and it was, but for different reasons than they realized. They thought the Messiah had come to reestablish Israel’s power in the world. But God had something else in mind.

The disciples weren’t the only ones who had misconceptions about the Messiah. Many Jews expected Him to be an earthly king. They saw Jesus as their new king, come to bring salvation from political and societal oppression. He raised the dead, so they assumed He could also restore the kingdom of David and free them from Roman rule.

Seated upon a donkey, Jesus resembled a ruler returning to his city in peacetime, whose loyal subjects lined the path with coats and palm fronds.

This week, think back to those times when circumstances looked one way but turned out to be something else. Recall what it was like to realize God was different than you imagined and to see God’s will unfold in surprising ways.



·        Challenge Gift offering this Sunday! Help us match the $50,000 given!

·        Palm Sunday 8:30 and 11:00

·        Midweek Lenten worship on Wednesday at 6:30pm

·        Maundy Thursday meal and worship, 5:30pm

·        Good Friday worship at 7:00pm

·        Easter Cantata, 4:30 and 7:00

·        Easter Sunday worship, 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00am

Midweek May 3 2017

Last week I was at a workshop and this poem was shared. I have never been much of a poetry kind of guy, but, these workshops have given me a deeper appreciation for the gift of poetry. This is titled “Evidence” by Mary Oliver:

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood. 

How grass can be nourishing in the

mouths of lambs.

How rivers and stones are forever

in allegiance with gravity

while we ourselves dream of rising.

How two hands touch and the bonds

will never be broken.

How people come, from delight or the

scars of damage,

to the comfort of a poem.


Let me keep my distance, always, from those

Who think they have the answers.


Let me keep company always with those who say

“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,

And bow their heads.

Who are those people in your life who say “Look!”, laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads? I hope and pray you have at least a few of them and that you keep their company regularly!




Church News:

  • Imani Milele Children’s Choir from Uganda in concert this Sunday at 3pm.
  • Habitat Build day, Saturday, May 6, 7:30-noon. Call Howard for more info at 772-205-2569.