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September 2019

For Christ’s Sake~Paul’s Letter to Philemon 1-21

By | September 8th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 8, 2019 The letter to Philemon is one of the historical writings from Paul. He applies the principles of the Christian faith to an everyday problem. Paul was evangelizing in the Greco-Roman world. This raised many questions as they were not familiar with Jesus or the Jewish faith. They ...

August 2019

Right Place, Right Time~ Luke 13: 10-17

By | August 25th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley August 25, 2019 There are many stories of healing by Jesus. Today, healing is done through science. Humans have always suffered and sought relief. We have tried almost everything to gain relief. Jesus was known as a healer. Our reading tells of Jesus healing a woman on the Sabbath causing ...

Divided We Stand???~Luke 12: 49-53

By | August 18th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley August 18, 2019 Our theme is the reverse of an old saying. Aesop told us, united, we stand, divided, we fall. This conventional wisdom has echoed throughout history. Even the Gospel of Mark tells us that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus offered a different view in the Gospel of ...

July 2019

Knock, Knock~Luke 11: 1-10

By | July 28th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 28, 2019 Our reading is referred to as a passage on prayer but it also includes a parable called the friend at midnight. Most people think the neighbor was a terrible friend for not getting up to lend his neighbor some bread. This is not a parable about friendship ...

Freedom!~ Galatinus 5: 1-2, 6

By | July 7th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 7, 2019 We recently celebrated the United States of America's freedom as a country. While it benefited some, giving some people religious and political freedom, it caused great pain to others, such as the deaths of thousands of indigenous people and the enslavement of Africans. The USA and slavery have had ...

June 2019

Two Cakes and A Cup Of Water~ I Kings 19:1-8

By | June 23rd, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley June 23, 2019 Our theme concerns spiritual food. Elijah had been driven from the city in fear of his life. He was ready to give up but an angel brought him two cakes and a cup of water. It renewed his energy and enabled him to continue his journey. Throughout ...

Who Is The Greatest?~ The Gospel of Mark 9: 31-41

By | June 9th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley June 9, 2019 Welcome to Pentecost Sunday. The reading today tells the story of the apostles arguing about which of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them that whoever wants to be first shall be last and servant to all. Pentecost is the foundational myth of the Christian Church. It ...

May 2019

Safe Space? Living At Peace In A Time Of Fear~ Psalm 23

By | May 12th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley May 12, 2019 Due to recent events, we must question whether we are truly safe in church or at school.  We especially want safe spaces for our children. Safe spaces are not just about physical safety but also emotional safety too.  One cannot have one without the other. Churches, synagogues, ...

April 2019

Resurrection Is Not A Strategy~ Romans 8: 15B-25

By | April 21st, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 21, 2019 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Happy Easter! Christ is risen! This passage from Romans inspires hope. Since Easter falls so close to Earth Day, we reflect on what this means for both us and all creation. All of creation stands besides us and waits for ...

So Glad To See You!

By | April 14th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 14, 2019 On this Palm Sunday, we take our inspiration from Psalm 118. The words bring us hope and power. It has shaped our culture and civilization. The early church had a problem. They needed to convince people who had never met Jesus to follow him. They needed to ...