sermons

January 2021

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. ...

We Still Have A Choice to Make~ Joshua 24: 1,15-18,23-24

By | November 8th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 8, 2020 What a wonderous time to be alive! The world is watching as our country stands on the precipice of history. In our reading, the Israelites finally made it to the promised land. Joshua warned the people about their conduct. They had some bad habits picked up from ...

October 2020

The Great Debate~ Matthew 22: 15-22

By | October 18th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 18, 2020 Throughout Jesus's life, he is engaged in debate. During his ministry, the Pharisees were usually his opponents. For example, Jesus questioned them on what was more important to God, what goes in your mouth or what comes out of your mouth. Today's text has asked the question ...

Love is Love~ I Corinthians 13: 1-8a

By | October 11th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 11, 2020 Today is Coming Out Sunday. Our reading from Paul reminds us that love never ends. The community of Corinth was divided just as we are divided today. The various churches tried to show their devotion to God. Their works can be distorted if these works are not ...

Anti-Racism as Our Sacred Duty~James 2: 14-26

By | October 4th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Prof. Melina Abdulla October 4, 2020 Black Lives Matter is not just a social justice or racial movement. It is a spiritual movement. We must remember that Jesus was also a person killed by the state. As Christians, it is not enough to say Black lives matter but to MAKE Black lives matter. ...