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sermons

February 2018

What’s Driving You? ~ Mark 1: 9 -15

By | February 18th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 18, 2018 On this first Sunday in Lent, we reflect on our relationship with God. Our passage today is one of the foundations for this reflection on our faith journey.  It begins with Jesus coming to see John the Baptist preaching about repentance. Jesus is baptized.  Leading by example, Jesus ...

Have You Been To The Mountaintop, Lately~Mark 9: 2-8

By | February 11th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 11, 2018 Have you ever had a mountaintop experience? It is a moment in your spiritual life that is transcendent. Our reading today talks about that kind of moment for the disciples, Peter, James, and John. When Jesus's clothes become dazzlingly white, it offers the clue as to the ...

Has God Forgotten Us~Isaiah 40: 27-31

By | February 4th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 4, 2018 February is Black History Month. This is our inspiration for today's sermon. Few have a stronger case to ask if God has forgotten them than those of African descent. In America, slavery began in  1619. It continued for almost 250 years before being abolished. During this period, ...

January 2018

When Being Right Isn’t Enough~ I Corinthians 8: 1-13 ~”What Will You Say” Joey Pearson

By | January 28th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley, with a song sung By Joey Peterson , January 28, 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Our inspiration today comes from Paul's letters to the Corinthians. They offer a glimpse into the Christian church coming into being. Unfortunately, these letters can be confusing. Since we are not in ...

Repent!~Jonah 3: 1-2, 4-7, 9-10

By | January 21st, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 21, 2018 Repentance has been thoroughly explored throughout history.  This Greek word simply means to change direction. The story of Jonah and the whale is one of the most familiar in the Bible. It is not about a whale though. It is the context of the story that is ...

Big Buttons and Little Boys ~ Job 24:9-14

By | January 14th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 14, 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Recent events and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday  have inspired today's sermon. Not only was Martin Luther King Jr. known for his work for civil rights, he was also known for his work for peace. He protested against the ...

Gathering The Fragments. All the Broken Pieces ~ Luke 9: 10-17

By | January 7th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Ann Runion January 7, 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org According to the church calendar, we are suppose to talk about Jesus's baptism today. Baptism is connected to vocation. It marked the beginning of Jesus's ministry. When we affirm our own baptism, we are saying we are ready to follow in ...

December 2017

Redeemed ~Galatians 4: 4-7

By | December 31st, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 31, 2017 Our reading comes from one of the letters from Paul. One must remember that these letters pre-date the gospels by several decades. For those early Christians, what did they believe the significance of Jesus's birth was? We have a clue in this letter from Paul to the ...

The Year of The Woman (Again)~Luke 1: 26-38

By | December 24th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 24, 2017 On this Christmas Eve, we look at the role Mary plays in the Christmas story. Every year, month, and day is the moment of the woman. It is hard not to consider the essential contributions and role women play in everyday life. Many have tried. Historically, women ...

Joy Is In The Forecast~Isaiah 61: 1- 4

By | December 17th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 17, 2017 Rejoice! Our long period of suffering is over! Our punishment is over! This is the good news from our reading today. The spirit of the Lord was upon the prophet Isaiah. He brought a message of hope to the people of Israel. The oppressed will be relieved, ...

A Message for Hard Times-Isaiah 40: 1-6

By | December 10th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 10, 2017 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Hard times have come to everyone at some point in their lives. Everyone can relate. In today's reading, Isaiah offers the Israelites  comfort during their suffering . They have paid double for their sins. God had been upset that Israel ...

November 2017

I See You ~Matthew 25:31-46

By | November 19th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 19, 2017 Today is World AIDS Sunday. We are proud to participate in this important day. We refuse to stay silent and honor all those who are living with and have died from this terrible disease. We work hard to remove the stigma this disease still carries. The reading ...

Unmerited Grace~Deuteronomy 8:7-18

By | November 19th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 19, 2017 Grace is never earned. God is generous in giving grace and mercy. During this time of thanksgiving, let us contemplate all the things we are blessed with, big and small, that you are born with.  Some examples would be being tall, being born male, or being born ...

Funding the Resistance – The Gospel of Matthew 9:35-10:4

By | November 12th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 12, 2017 Jesus is known to have traveled the countryside healing, teaching and preaching the good news about the coming of the reign of God. This last aspect is often written off as something that happens after you die. Jesus's message was more present oriented though. The realm of ...

The Porcine Qualities of Men (Men are Pigs)

By | November 5th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/244172285 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 5, 2017 The recent cases of powerful men who are accused of sexual harassment and/or assault are increasing in the news this week. For every famous person who has come forward, there are millions of ordinary victims, both male and female. What is amazing is that upon hearing ...

October 2017

The Spirit In Our Midst

By | October 29th, 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. ...