sermons

February 2021

Visions and Voices~ Mark 1: 9-13

By | February 21st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 21, 2021 In our reading, Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days. There he had visions and heard voices. As we enter the season of Lent, we realize that, due to COVID, 2020 was the longest Lent on record. It feels like we have been in the wilderness ...

Out of The Darkness~ 2 Corinthians 4: 3-6

By | February 14th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 14, 2021 God's words tell us to let light shines out of the darkness. Carter G. Woodson created the first Negro History week in 1926. It grew into Black History month by 1976. Woodson wanted to reclaim black history which had been erased due to slavery/racism. Woodson wanted to ...

Risky Business~ John 8: 3-11

By | February 7th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 7, 2021 Being a Christian is risky business. It can be difficult to act on what we know. In today's reading, Jesus knew better than to think the woman was the only sinner there. By siding with her, he placed himself in danger with her.  Like Jesus, we must ...

January 2021

False Idols and Alternative Facts~ 1 Corinthians 8:1 -3

By | January 31st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 31, 2021 Over the last 4-5 years, we have seen individuals who practice the same religion believe two different views of the world. Some Christians have come to believe in some unusual ideas. One example of this is QAon. A person going by the name Q, who is supposedly ...

The Truth Will Make You Free~ John 8: 31-33, 44-47

By | January 17th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 17, 2021 Today is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. We are also getting ready to celebrate the inauguration of a new president.  In our reading today, Jesus tells his disciples that if they continue doing his work, then they are truly his followers. They will know the truth and ...

Why We Love New Year’s Day~ Jeremiah 31: 7-14

By | January 3rd, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 3, 2021 Happy New Year everyone! Never has there been a more anticipated new year than 2021. Quoting the poet, Kahlil Gibran, Rev. Shockley describes how our sorrow relates to joy. The deeper the sorrow, the greater the feelings of joy. New Year's Day is a turning point. We ...

December 2020

The Greatest Gift of All~ Galatians 4: 4-7

By | December 27th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 27, 2020 Today's reading is from Paul's letter to the Galatians. It offers a different perspective to the virginal birth of Jesus. Jesus was born of a woman. This topic has caused trouble for many. Yet, you do not need to believe in a miraculous birth to be a ...

Christmas Eve Meditation 2020

By | December 24th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 24, 2020 Tonight we celebrate. A child was born and named Prince of Peace.  Isaiah foretold of this child. His message also pointed to God being within all of us. Every child is Emmanuel. Each is a savior, counselor, and prince of peace. Each can do God's work on ...

Mission Impossible~ Luke 1: 26-38

By | December 20th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 20, 2020 Our passage tells the story of the visit by an angel to Mary. The angel reminds her that nothing is impossible with God. For Luke, the theological assertion that Jesus was special to God and the evidence was shown throughout Jesus's life was the most important point. ...

A Case of Mistaken Identity~ John 1: 6-8, 19-28

By | December 13th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 13, 2020 According to our reading, John was sent by God as a witness so others could believe in the Light. Jesus and John the Baptist are linked. Many mistook John for the messiah. Both were prophets preaching redemption and the arrival of a new world order, the empire ...

Our Term is Almost Over-Comfort is on the Way~ Isaiah 40: 1-5

By | December 6th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 6, 2020 This time last year, we had no idea of the coming pandemic and what we would need to endure as a result.  We have missed family gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, funerals, and religious celebrations. Our social connections have been limited. Too many have been robbed of their ...

November 2020

Thank God For Pilgrim~ I Corinthians 1:3-9

By | November 29th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 29, 2020 The opening words of Paul in his letter to the Corinthians show a deep affection for his congregation. In that tradition, Rev. Shockley wants to show why he is thankful for the members of Pilgrim. At our church, we do not wear our religion on our sleeve. ...

The Least of These~ Matthew 25: 31-46

By | November 22nd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Adrienne Armes November 22, 2020 Today, our Youth Minister, gives us words of wisdom.  We gather as one church even though we are physically apart. We are thankful for the technology that allows us to be a community. Rev. Armes shares her journey of faith. The parable today emphasizes action, love, and ...

Ezekiel Man of God~ Ezekiel 18-19, 20, 30-32

By | November 15th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Carl Crider November 15, 2020 Our reading does not sound like it was made over 2,600 years ago. It describes events of both today and the past equally well. Ezekiel called the people of Judah to be accountable for their actions.  He also reminded everyone that God was concerned about all people. ...