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sermons

April 2018

The Fire That No Water Could Put Out~Excerpts form MLK Final speech “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop”

By | April 8th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Anna Runion April 8, 2018 Recently, we have seen women, teens, immigrants, people of color, LGBT community, and their allies march for our lives. These marches have been powerful. Some people are reminded of the civil rights marches.  Some of us felt at ease while marching with those who share our views. Others ...

The Case of the Empty Tomb~Mark 16: 1-8 10:00

By | April 1st, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 1 2018 Happy Easter! The Gospel of Mark was the first to be written and stand as a foundation for the other gospels. The story of the empty tomb is a simple one. Several women arrive to prepare Jesus for burial and find an empty tomb. A white-robed man ...

The Case of the Empty Tomb~ Mark 16: 1-8 7:30

By | April 1st, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 1 2018 Happy Easter! The Gospel of Mark was the first to be written. Today's reading is rather anti-climatic. We just have an empty tomb. Throughout the gospel, we know a bit about the disciples. They were powerless, selfish, a bit power-hungry, treacherous. and cowardly. We know how they ...

March 2018

March For Our Lives~The Gospel According to Mark 11:1-10

By | March 25th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley March 25, 2018 https://vimeo.com/261766497 On this Passion Palm Sunday, we look at our suffering or passion. Gun violence have taken the lives of many of our most vulnerable, our children.  In the reading, Jesus is making his way into Jerusalem. Jesus knew what fate awaited him for what he was ...

The Great Wall of America ~The Gospel Luke 16: 19-26

By | March 18th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley March 18, 2018 Current events have inspired today's sermon. The President came to San Diego this week to view the prototypes for the wall to be built along our southern border. Upon reflection, the passage from Luke came to mind. It is a story of a rich man and a ...

What Would Jesus Protest ~John 2: 13-15

By | March 4th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley March 4 18, 2018 Our inspiration comes from John's account of Jesus causing trouble at the temple.  This story appears in each of the four gospels. Only John's account involves a whip of cords. Jesus uses the whip to drive out the oxen, sheep, and other animals but there is ...

February 2018

The Good Samaritan~ Luke 10 :25- 37

By | February 25th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Paul Stevens February 25, 2018 Our inspiration comes from the reading from Luke about the good Samaritan. This is one of the passages that the historical Jesus is credited with saying. Our guest, Paul Stevens, speaks to us about the importance of learning about the historical Jesus. The religion that Jesus taught is ...

What’s Driving You? ~ Mark 1: 9 -15

By | February 18th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 18, 2018 On this first Sunday in Lent, we reflect on our relationship with God. Our passage today is one of the foundations for this reflection on our faith journey.  It begins with Jesus coming to see John the Baptist preaching about repentance. Jesus is baptized.  Leading by example, Jesus ...

Have You Been To The Mountaintop, Lately~Mark 9: 2-8

By | February 11th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 11, 2018 Have you ever had a mountaintop experience? It is a moment in your spiritual life that is transcendent. Our reading today talks about that kind of moment for the disciples, Peter, James, and John. When Jesus's clothes become dazzlingly white, it offers the clue as to the ...

Has God Forgotten Us~Isaiah 40: 27-31

By | February 4th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 4, 2018 February is Black History Month. This is our inspiration for today's sermon. Few have a stronger case to ask if God has forgotten them than those of African descent. In America, slavery began in  1619. It continued for almost 250 years before being abolished. During this period, ...

January 2018

When Being Right Isn’t Enough~ I Corinthians 8: 1-13 ~”What Will You Say” Joey Pearson

By | January 28th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley, with a song sung By Joey Peterson , January 28, 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Our inspiration today comes from Paul's letters to the Corinthians. They offer a glimpse into the Christian church coming into being. Unfortunately, these letters can be confusing. Since we are not in ...

Repent!~Jonah 3: 1-2, 4-7, 9-10

By | January 21st, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 21, 2018 Repentance has been thoroughly explored throughout history.  This Greek word simply means to change direction. The story of Jonah and the whale is one of the most familiar in the Bible. It is not about a whale though. It is the context of the story that is ...

Big Buttons and Little Boys ~ Job 24:9-14

By | January 14th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 14, 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Recent events and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday  have inspired today's sermon. Not only was Martin Luther King Jr. known for his work for civil rights, he was also known for his work for peace. He protested against the ...

Gathering The Fragments. All the Broken Pieces ~ Luke 9: 10-17

By | January 7th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Ann Runion January 7, 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org According to the church calendar, we are suppose to talk about Jesus's baptism today. Baptism is connected to vocation. It marked the beginning of Jesus's ministry. When we affirm our own baptism, we are saying we are ready to follow in ...

December 2017

Redeemed ~Galatians 4: 4-7

By | December 31st, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 31, 2017 Our reading comes from one of the letters from Paul. One must remember that these letters pre-date the gospels by several decades. For those early Christians, what did they believe the significance of Jesus's birth was? We have a clue in this letter from Paul to the ...