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July 2019

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 ...

March 2019

Is God A Socialist?~ Isaiah 55 1-3, 6-9

By | March 24th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley March 24, 2019 The topic today speaks to what is a democratic socialist. Many today are trying to make others choose between declaring they are either a capitalistic (with us) or a socialist( against us). If you are a socialist, you must subscribe to all the failed experiments with Socialism. ...

Lost In Temptation~ Luke 4: 1-13

By | March 10th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley March 10, 2019 On this first Sunday of Lent, we recount the story of Jesus's time in the wilderness. He was tempted several times by the force which vies for our allegiance. Temptation distracts us from the primary purpose that God has for our lives. If we are not careful, ...

February 2019

Evil Intent/ Divine Redemption~ Genesis 43: 3-11 15

By | February 24th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 24, 2019 The reading today tells the story of Joseph and his brothers. The brothers were going to kill him but instead placed Joseph in a pit. One brother went back to the pit and rescued Joseph only to sell him into slavery. He ended up in Egypt. Joseph ...

When Good News Goes Bad~Luke 4: 21-30

By | February 3rd, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 3, 2019 Jesus's first sermon was short but powerful. He told the crowd he is bringing good news. At first, the crowd was excited. Soon after, they wanted to throw him off a cliff. Jesus reminded them that during a famine, Elijah was sent to only a widow in ...