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sermons

November 2017

The Spirit In Our Midst

By | November 18th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/243354862 Given By Rev. Anna Runion on October 29, 2017 As the day of the dead draws near, we remember our loved ones who have passed. The reading today tells the story about when some of the disciples were out walking as they grieved Jesus's death. They were working through their sadness, anger, and confusion. ...

October 2017

A Brief History of Rock: 60 years of Ministry

By | October 22nd, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/241108955 Given By Rev. Robert W. Lee IV on October 22, 2017 The sermon today takes its inspiration from the old hymn Rock of Ages. The Reverend Robert W. Lee IV offered us a bit of background. His mother is a nurse. Back in the early 1980's, she was on the front lines of the AIDS crisis. ...

Why the Church Should Lead the Fight for LGBQ Rights

By | October 15th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/240303527 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 15, 2017 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org On this coming out Sunday, we receive inspiration from both today's coming out story and the reading from the first letter of John. Our church has offered, and will continue to offer, leadership in the fight for the rights ...

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By | October 8th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/239194909 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 8, 2017 The events in Las Vegas, where 59 people lost their lives and more than 500 wounded, motivate today's sermon. The passage from Judges asks us if such an horrific event has ever happened. It asks us to think about what is going on in the world ...

World First

By | October 1st, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/237851887 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 1, 2017 Paul's letter to the Philippians offers us inspiration today. Today's reading is thought to be part of an early Christian hymn called Christ's hymn. Rev. Madison reminds us that the translation of Christ is anointed. When we say we are Christians, we are really saying, we ...

September 2017

A Luta Continua

By | September 24th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/236502836 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 24, 2017 Today's reading offers comfort for those who are struggling or under stress. Paul was writing this letter from his jail cell. He wrote to encourage his followers. His only crime was causing trouble. Some did not like his message so he was placed in jail. Prison ...

Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations

By | September 17th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/235485567 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 17, 2017 Due to technical difficulties, we lost the first five minutes of the sermon. Current events inspire the theme for today's sermon. We look to the past, specifically Nelson Mandela's actions in South Africa, to find a solution. Mandela knew that in order to move forward, they ...

Let My (D.A.C.A.) People Go!

By | September 10th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/234142368 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 10, 2017 Inspired by today's reading from Exodus 12: 1, 3, 7-8, 11-14 and current events, we speak on the issue of immigration. The story begins with Joseph, sold into slavery and transported to Egypt, rising to become prime minister. Famine brings his brothers into Egypt to beg ...

Seeing Beauty In Humble Places

By | September 3rd, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/232768716 Given By Dr. Fred Arzola September 3,2017 There are two types of people, ones who do the same thing over and over and those who try new things. Those who are introverts and those who are extroverts.  It is natural to be drawn to like-minded people. Unfortunately, people also tend to divide into two ...

August 2017

Monuments Of Hate

By | August 20th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/230881602 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley August 20, 2017 The events in Charlotteville and Trump's response inspires today's sermon. This began with the decision to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park.  There are 731 Confederate monuments across America. The reading today speaks of Jacob using a stone as a pillow, dreaming ...

Risk Taking and Water Walking

By | August 13th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/230246506 Given By Neal Washburn August 13, 2017 This week, the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, fit in with today's scripture reading. The counter-protesters are like Peter, all are risk-takers. The reading talks about Jesus walking on water. The disciples are in a boat battered by high winds and surf. As Jesus approaches, they are in ...

It OK to Not Be OK

By | August 6th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/229072729 Given By Judith Johnson August 6, 2017 Today's text can be a bit dark. It is a lament. At some point in our lives, we have all felt the need to lament. In modern terms, we feel depressed. These verses from the Bible are called the "cheer up" verses. They reassure us that God ...

July 2017

Healing Conversations

By | July 30th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/229075209 Given By Steve Meineke July 30, 2017 Our guest minister speaks to us today on healing the current rift between progressive and evangelical Christians. He is not downplaying the differences we have on important social issues though. There is a path of peace and reconciliation through conversation. Today's reading talks about how Jesus asks ...

I Dreamed a Dream

By | July 23rd, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/227214941 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 23, 2017 Today's inspiration comes from a show tune from Les Miserable.  Our reading today is appropriate because our church has visitors from Hands of Peace. This passage and many others are part of the root of the Palestinian and Israeli Conflict. In today's reading, Jacob has a ...

A House Divided Cannot Stand

By | July 23rd, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/226575986 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 16, 2017 Today's reading describes the confrontation between Jesus and the scribes and Pharisees which originated the saying, " A house divided cannot stand."  Casting out demons was a common part of Jesus's ministry.  This passage describes how many, even his pwn family, had thought he had lost ...

We Must Finish Our Work

By | July 15th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/225482756 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 9, 2017 Today's reading gives us our theme, we must finish our work. The Pharisees warned Jesus to leave Jerusalem or he would be killed by Herod. Jesus replied that he still had work to do and would not leave until he was finished. Nothing was going to ...