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Christ Community Church of the South Hills


We are a community of Christ followers in Pittsburgh, PA – men and women, boys and girls – committed to living by faith, serving as a voice of hope in our world, and growing in our love for God and others.

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1064 episodes

Becoming a Magdalene

Dale Brunner writes, " A Magdelene is a person who wants to be as close to Jesus as possible with a willingness to let go and go to others on His behalf." In this Easter message from Terry Timm, we explore the profound impact of Mary's encounter with the risen Jesus. 

Mar 31
Disappointed Hope

In this message from Katherine Sikma Wadsworth, explore the fervor of public adoration and its parallels with religious zeal as we journey from celebrity worship at a Taylor Swift concert to the ancient passion of Jesus in Jerusalem. This message delves into the emotional highs of hope and the crushing lows of disappointment, inviting a reflection on faith and our deep yearning for connection and deliverance.

Mar 24
Glorify God's Name

Join us as we journey through the emotional and spiritual landscape of Jesus' path to the cross. In this Passion Sunday message from Terry Timm, we delve into John 12 to uncover the trials, tribulations, and triumphs that Jesus faced, and what they might mean for us today. 

Mar 17
Living in the Light of God's Love

Join us for a time of reflection as we explore the significance of walking in faith, even in moments of profound personal significance. In this message from RIchie Reeder, discover the transformation from skepticism to belief, the journey from Old Testament redemption to New Testament love, and the importance of living transparently in the light of Jesus's love.

Mar 10
Turning Tables: Reclaiming Sacred Space

In this mesage from Terry Timm, we reflect on a pivotal moment from the Gospel of John, where Jesus' actions in the temple stir both awe and controversy. In this latest episode, we explore the Jesus cleansing the temple, a narrative steeped in misunderstanding and spiritual significance. Listen in as we unpack the layers of Jesus' zealous act of reclaiming a sacred space and his identification as the new temple.

Mar 03
Listen to Him

As we ponder the question, "Who do you say that I am?", this talk invites you into a contemplative space to re-examine Jesus's mission through the lens of His Transfiguration. Join us as we seek a connection with the divine, embracing the intertwining of glory and suffering that marks the path of faith. Through the voices of scripture, tradition, and N.T. Wright, we're offered a chance to encounter the transformative power of Jesus's unveiled majesty and carry its radiance into our daily lives. This message was shared by Katherine Sikma Wadsworth on February 25, 2024.

Feb 25
Entering the Wilderness

Join us as we delve deep into Mark 1:13-14 and walk alongside Jesus in the wilderness. Discover how Lent is a time to confront our spiritual identity, temptations, and the strength that comes from enduring life's trials. This message was shared by Terry Timm at our February 18, 2024 gathering.

Feb 18
The Way of the Cross

Join us for a reflective journey into what it means to live under the cross, guided by the teachings and example of Jesus found in Mark 8:31-9:1. We discuss the call to love, the challenges of self-denial, and the transformational power of the cross, especially poignant as we approach the Lenten season. This talk from Terry Timm, is an invitation to weave the message of the cross into the fabric of our daily lives, impacting how we engage with our communities and embody the essence of service and sacrifice.

Feb 11
Engaging Brokenness and Embracing Solitude

Join us for a message from Richie Reeder that will guide you through the beauty of embracing brokenness and the strength found in community support. Discover how the compassionate touch we extend to others in times of trial can be transformative, mirroring Jesus' own ministry. 

Feb 04
Astonishing Authority

Jesus stands as the ultimate spiritual authority in our lives, guiding us with His teachings and actions. This message, from Mark 1:1-28,  highlights Jesus' unique and authoritative way of teaching, which left the people in awe. His authority also extended to commanding unclean spirits, showcasing His power to confront and overcome evil.  

Jan 28
Kingdom Calling

This message delves into the heart of Jesus's teachings in the Gospel of Mark. "Kingdom Calling" invites you on a journey to discover the profound message of divine opportunity and the urgent call to embrace God's kingdom. Learn how adopting a kingdom mindset can shift your personal growth, impact your daily life, and help you partner wth God. This message was shared by Terry Timm on January 21, 2024.

Jan 21
The Wilderness and the River

Listen in as we explore the themes of wilderness and river, reflecting on the baptism of Jesus. We explore the divine Trinity's revelation of love during this event, as it's narrated in Mark's Gospel. Our journey takes us through Jesus's years of obscurity, culminating in his emergence at the Jordan River, where John the Baptist prepares the way for a ministry that will baptize not just with water, but with the Holy Spirit. This message, shared by Terry Timm on January 14, 2024, offers insight into the significance of baptism as a symbol of new beginnings and our connection with God as God's beloved sons & daughters.

Jan 14
Following the Star

Have you ever been struck by a sudden flash of insight that changes everything - a eurkea moment? Today, we extend that personal epiphany to explore something much grander—the Feast of Epiphany and its implications for our lives. In this week's message, Katherine Simka Wadsworth explores the story of the Magi and their revelatory encounter with Jesus, interpreting this pivotal moment as an embodiment of universal acceptance, and the Christian call to find divinity in the most unexpected places.

Jan 07
Making Room for the Child

Dive deep into the heart of the Christmas story with this message from Terry Timm. Explore the place of the often-overlooked biblcial characters, Simeon and Anna. Join us as we learn to welcome Jesus into every breath and moment of our daily lives, embracing hope, righteousness, and redemption beyond the Advent season. 

Dec 31, 2023
Making Room for Labor

This message was shared by Terry Timm at our December 24, 2023 gathering.

Dec 29, 2023
Making Room for Women

Discover a fresh perspective on the divine in our latest sermon! Join Katherine Sikma Wadsworth as she embarks on a transformative journey, challenging cultural norms and inviting us to see God beyond the traditional masculine figure. Listen as we delve into the biblical narrative, highlighting the significant role of women in God's plan. This talk will broaden your understanding of the divine and inspire a deeper appreciation for the wisdom women bring to our spiritual journey. 

Dec 17, 2023
Making Room for Limits

Discover a fresh perspective on limitations as divine gifts in our latest message. This talk redefines limits as opportunities to deepen our relationship with God. We'll walk through Mary's life, understand the profound symbolism of the stump of Jesse, and learn to say "yes" to God within our own limitations.  This message was shared by Richie Reeder at our December 10, 2023 gathering.

Dec 10, 2023
Making Room for Promise

This message was shared by Terry Timm at our December 3, 2023 gathering.

Dec 03, 2023
Practice Gratitude

This message was shared by Terry Timm at our November 26, 2023 gathering.

Nov 26, 2023
God's Big Story: In All the Places We Live, Learn, Work, Serve, and Play

This message was shared by Richie Reeder at our November 19, 2023 gathering.

Nov 20, 2023
God's Big Story - All Thing As They Should Be

This message was shared by Katherine Sikma Wadsworth at our November 12, 2023 gathering.

Nov 12, 2023
Vocational Commissioning: Regan Reeder

Listen to Amber Steele interview and commission Regan Reeder into her work as a special education teacher.

Nov 06, 2023
God's Big Story - Accepting God's Invitation

This message was shared by Terry Timm at our November 5, 2023 gathering.

Nov 05, 2023
God's Big Story - Our Connection to the World

This message was shared by Richie Reeder at our October 29, 2023 gathering.

Oct 29, 2023
God's Big Story - Our Connection with One Another

This message was shared by Terry Timm at our October 22, 2023 gathering.

Oct 23, 2023
God's Big Story - Connecting with God

This message was shared by Terry Timm at our October 15, 2023 gathering.

Oct 15, 2023
God's Big Story: New Heavens and New Earth

This message was shared by Terry Timm at our October 8, 2023 gathering.

Oct 08, 2023
God's Big Story: Redemption

This message was shared by Richie Reeder at our October 1, 2023 gathering.

Oct 01, 2023
Vocational Commissioning: Brad Craft

LIsten to Terry Timm interview and commission Brad Craft into his work as a volunteer firefighter.

Sep 25, 2023
God's Big Story: Fall

This message was shared by Richie Reeder at our September 24, 2023 gathering.

Sep 24, 2023