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sermons

September 2017

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 ...

Is There A Ram In The Bush

By | July 2nd, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/224382316 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 2, 2017 The saying "There is always a ram in the bush" is a piece of folklore. One has to be familiar with the story of Abraham and his son, Isaac, to understand the meaning of this saying. This story follows last week's passage where Abraham sends Hagar ...

June 2017

Hagar’s Children or God’s Second Family

By | June 25th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/223548305 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on June 25, 2017 In our culture, there are men who have more than one family. Sometimes the first family is unaware of the existence of this other family. Most of the time, it is simply due to divorce. Fifty years ago, this would have been a source of ...

Embracing The Mysteries in Our Lives

By | June 11th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/222581351 Given By Dr. Fernando Arzola Jr. June 11, 2017 Today's sermon comes to us from the reflections of Dr. Fernando Arzola Jr. on a painting.  The Rembrandt painting titled  Philosopher in Meditation is said to be of Tobit and Anna awaiting their son, Tobias, to return. The man sits between the light and humanity. ...

God is Hiring: Prophets Wanted!

By | June 8th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/220907726 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley June 8, 2017 On this Pentecost Sunday, we speak to the need for all of God's people to be prophets. One person can not fix the world's problems. It takes everyone doing their part. Our doctrine teaches us that each of us has direct access to the Holy. God ...

May 2017

Breaking The Silence on Sexual Violence

By | May 28th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/220155834 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley May 28, 2017 Today's topic is sensitive.  The statistics are alarming. Today we are encouraged to break our silence. No longer should this topic be taboo to talk about. People need to know the facts. Speaking up helps save many others from going through such trauma.  There are enough ...

Non-Matter That Matters

By | May 21st, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/219246171 Given By Judith Johnson May 21, 2017 Matter is anything you can touch, smell, or taste, has mass, and takes up space. Non-matter does not have these qualities. Some non-matter can be defined like the concept of time. Other non-matter eludes definition like the concept of love. Today, we are talking about one such ...

What Do We Owe Each Other?

By | May 14th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/218740464 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley May 14, 2017 Today's reading from Genesis tells the story of Cain and Abel. From this passage comes the phrase, "my brother's keeper." This phrase has shaped our culture. It touches on what it means to be in human community, to live together. Unfortunately, some have used this passage's ...