sermons

June 2019

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

Holy Now~John 5: 1-9

By | May 26th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Jaime Romo May 26, 2019 Today is Memorial Day. It is also Safe Church Sunday. We are reflecting on healing. We may be feeling a mixture of feelings; reverence, respect, anxiety, loss, and/or grief. Memorial Day began as a way to honor and grieve for the losses of the Civil War. It ...

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

Redoubtable Thomas

By | April 28th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Dr. Mike Vaughn April 28, 2019 There is power in asking good questions. Better questions bring better answers. Great questions can lead to stronger faith. Pilgrim is a bucket full of questions about how God's teachings are being enacted in this world. This week's reading is about someone who was not there ...

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

Hello, Can You Hear Me?~ Isaiah 58: 1-12

By | March 31st, 2019|sermons|

Given By Youth Minister Anna Runion March 31, 2019 Our Youth Minister, Anna, is contemplating the changes that will occur in her and her husband's life as they raise their first child. In addition, what will the world be like in the unknowable forever? What will the world be like for this child? During the ...

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 ...

Where Did I Put Those Keys?~ Matthew 16: 13-20

By | February 17th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Neal Washburn February 17, 2019 The reading today offers us several topics to discuss. Peter is told he is the keeper of the keys to heaven. If you take the Bible literally, then the passage gives us several points.  These are Jesus is the messiah, heaven is real and has a gate that ...