sermons

October 2019

Faith Never Faints~ Luke 18: 1-8

By | October 20th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 20, 2019 Faith is not what you know is going to happen but what you trust will happen. Today's parable is about the faith of a widow seeking justice from a judge.  She was persistent in her cause. There are many ways to interpret a parable. Today we ask, ...

The Only Thing That Counts is Faith Working Through Love~Galatians 5: 1-6

By | October 13th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 13, 2019 Today is Coming Out Sunday. Rev. Shockley shows us a video on a pre-Christian society that embraces non-binary individuals. There were many cultures before Christianity began. One of these is the Hawaiian culture. Non-binary individuals are Mahu. Hawaiians lived in harmony and the Mahu were valued members ...

The Hard Work Of Christian Fellowship~Colossians 3: 11-15

By | October 6th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 8, 2019 Making friends can be difficult once we leave school. Out in the real world, we are among people who may not shared our background, experiences, or interests. Many people join a church to connect with others. Today's scripture talks about this. Being one body of Christ, we ...

September 2019

Don’t Sell God Short~ Jeremiah 32: 1-3a, 6-15

By | September 29th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 29, 2019 Everyone understands the difficult and complicated process of selling a house. The reading today details such a sale. Jeremiah is offered some property by his cousin who needs the money. This was not a normal transaction though. During this period, Jerusalem was under siege by the Babylonians.  ...

A Time To Speak~Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

By | September 15th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev.Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters September 15, 2019 There is a time for every purpose under heaven.  Our passage today finds a king musing about the paradox of life. A message of deep humility before God is the overarching wisdom offered by this passage. This poem also offers a bit of hope. Our lives ...

For Christ’s Sake~Paul’s Letter to Philemon 1-21

By | September 8th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 8, 2019 The letter to Philemon is one of the historical writings from Paul. He applies the principles of the Christian faith to an everyday problem. Paul was evangelizing in the Greco-Roman world. This raised many questions as they were not familiar with Jesus or the Jewish faith. They ...

August 2019

Right Place, Right Time~ Luke 13: 10-17

By | August 25th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley August 25, 2019 There are many stories of healing by Jesus. Today, healing is done through science. Humans have always suffered and sought relief. We have tried almost everything to gain relief. Jesus was known as a healer. Our reading tells of Jesus healing a woman on the Sabbath causing ...

Divided We Stand???~Luke 12: 49-53

By | August 18th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley August 18, 2019 Our theme is the reverse of an old saying. Aesop told us, united, we stand, divided, we fall. This conventional wisdom has echoed throughout history. Even the Gospel of Mark tells us that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus offered a different view in the Gospel of ...

I Am Who I Am~Exodus 3: 11-12, 14, 4: 2-4

By | August 11th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Linda Thompson August 11, 2019 Our reading talks about Moses. God chose Moses to lead His people yet Moses questioned God's choice. He did not believe himself to be a leader. Moses asked for God's name as proof in case the people asked. God told him,"I am who I am." Moses was a ...

July 2019

Knock, Knock~Luke 11: 1-10

By | July 28th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 28, 2019 Our reading is referred to as a passage on prayer but it also includes a parable called the friend at midnight. Most people think the neighbor was a terrible friend for not getting up to lend his neighbor some bread. This is not a parable about friendship ...

Beyond Radical Welcome~ Luke 7: 36-50

By | July 14th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Jude Johnson July 14, 2019 Happy Pride weekend! Today we celebrate action. Justice-seeking action that springs from love and courage. It all began 50 years ago at Stonewall. From our reading, the line rings out, "Do you see these women?"  A woman washes Jesus's feet with her tears, dries them with her hair, ...