January 2022

Back to the Future~ John 1: 1-10,14

By | January 2nd, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Mary Ferris January 2 2021 As we start a new year, we wonder if anything has changed. The church has its own calendar cycle. Each cycle brings all the events of the past while adding new memories. This cycle is a culmination of the past and sows the seeds for the future. ...

December 2021

Did You Find Jesus?~ Luke 2: 41-52

By | December 26th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 26, 2021 Our reading today tells the story of the time Jesus was left behind at the temple. His parents spent three days looking for him before finding him still at the temple. We often focus on Jesus's or the temple scholars' perspective but today, we focus on this ...

Music I Can Dance To~ Luke 1: 46-55

By | December 19th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 19, 2021 Today we hear one of the birth narratives.  Luke's version differs from Matthew's. These are not historical accounts. The purpose for Luke's narrative is so the readers understand the meaning of Jesus from birth until death. The birth of Jesus accomplishes the task of letting the poor ...

Stay Close to Jesus~ Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 4: 4-7

By | December 12th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 12, 2021 The message today is when times are hard, stay close to Jesus. Over the last few years, we have been tested. Life is hard for so many. Each person's understanding and relationship with Jesus is different and deeply personal.  Throughout our life, this understanding evolves and changes. ...

Getting Ready for Jesus~ Luke 3: 1-6

By | December 5th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 5, 2021 Today's passage by Luke quotes Isaiah in order to discomfort the Israelites living in the promised land. They needed to be shaken out of their comfort zone. The world was not ready to receive God's presence. There was more work to be done spiritually. Today we also ...

November 2021

A Sign of Hope~ 1 Thessalonians 3: 1-7, 9- 13

By | November 28th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 28, 2021 The sermon today is inspired by the Ahmaud Arbery verdict. Three men were convicted of his murder. This was a quick decision by the jury. The evidence was clear.  Ahmaud was a victim of racist vigilantes who resented this black man for refusing their command to stop ...

Fighting for Jesus~ Gospel of John 18: 33-37

By | November 21st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 21, 2021 When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus if he was King of the Jews, Jesus replied that his kingdom was not from this world. If so, then his followers would be fighting to prevent Jesus from being handed over to Rome. Jesus was not trying to have a seat ...

True Gospel or Fake News ~Gospel of Mark 13: 1-8

By | November 14th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 14, 2021 Our reading talks about Jesus and the temple. He opposed what it had become. Many believe his assault on the temple lead to his crucifixion. This event is often sanitized and renamed the cleansing of the temple. This was not just about religion. It was political and economic ...

Jesus, A Widow, and Temple Economics~ Mark 12: 41-44

By | November 7th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 7, 2021 This passage is a familiar one. A rich man and a poor widow donate to the temple. The widow gave all she had to the temple. The text emphasized that God was concerned about the widows, orphans, and strangers in society. These three groups were the most ...

October 2021

Loving My Neighbor Gets Harder Every Day~ Mark 12: 28-34

By | October 31st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 31, 2021 Jesus tells us that we should love God with all our heart and love your neighbor as yourself. These are the greatest commandments. Jesus brought these two commandments together and made them one.  Simplified, we are commanded to love. In order to love God, you must love ...

Innocent Planet, Guilty People~ Isaiah 53: 4-9

By | October 24th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 24, 2021 The reading today is called the Passage of the Suffering Servant. The question is who is this suffering servant? They absorb on behalf of us, our pain and suffering. Traditional Christianity applies this to Jesus. This passage was from the Hebrew Bible. This was written 700 years ...

Stronger, More Generous~ The Gospel of Luke 10: 29-37

By | October 17th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. David Q Hall October 10, 2021 Luke viewed himself as a historian, recounting the events surrounding Jesus. Today's reading is taken from the Gospel of Luke. It tells the story of the Good Samaritan.  We were treated to a live reenactment of this story. Jesus instructed us to love our neighbor. Our ...

What’s in Your Cup~ I Corinthians 11: 23-26

By | October 3rd, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 3, 2021 The sacrament of communion is described by Paul in this week's reading. Through sacraments, we are able to experience the Divine. While some sacraments are done only once, communion is repeated. Since we make mistakes, this sacrament allows us to become right with God again. Communion is ...