sermons

January 2019

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian ~Luke 3: 15-22

By | January 13th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 13, 2019 The reading today talks of baptism.  There are many ways to get baptized;  a few drops of water or a damp hand to full immersion.  Many people today were baptized as children. Jesus was baptized as an adult by John the Baptist. He was immersed in the ...

What Child Is This? ~Matthew 2:1-12

By | January 6th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 6, 2019 Today is Epiphany Sunday, also known as  the "Twelfth Day of Christmas." A society is judged by the way they treat their children. Our reading speaks to the way children are treated. We have a crisis today on this issue. All children are God's children. Currently, children ...

December 2018

Don’t Throw The Baby Out With The Wrapping Paper~ Luke 2: 41-52

By | December 30th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 30, 2018 The secular Christmas and the religious Christmas have very different calendars. The secular Christmas starts right after Halloween while the religious Christmas starts on Christmas day. The Advent season prepares us spiritually for the arrival of Jesus but is not the actual Christmas season. As soon as ...

Born of God~ Luke 1: 26-31 34-35 John 1: 5-9 12-14

By | December 24th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 24, 2018 On this Christmas Eve, we contemplate Jesus's birth. The child born to Mary shall be holy. Those who believe in Jesus were given the power to be children of God. Each of us is a child of God. Our belief allows us to give birth to a brand ...

An Ordinary Woman~ Luke 1: 46b-55

By | December 23rd, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 23, 2018 Merry Christmas! Mary has had many doubters over the centuries. People doubted her story of the visit by an angel, doubted her story on how she became pregnant, and doubted she never slept with Joseph. In ancient times, it was not unusual for a god to impregnate ...

Don’t Be A Christmas Tree~ Luke 3 7 15

By | December 16th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley and Rev. Vernon Ummel December 16, 2018 Reverend Shockley returns to the pulpit today. In the text, John tells the crowd about trees. They must bear fruit or be cut down and thrown in the fire.  Christmas trees are beautifully decorated, stand tall, and may have a star or angel ...

What’s Your Story~ Luke 1: 68-79

By | December 9th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Jaime Romo December 9, 2018 There are many topics which relate to today's reading and current events. Sometimes we need to express what is going on in our lives that is powerful and life-changing. Stories are important and define who we are. There are three versions; founding stories, evolving stories, and sustaining stories. ...

Wait For It… ~Luke 21:25-36

By | December 2nd, 2018|sermons|

Given By Neal Washburn on December 2, 2018 Today is a busy Sunday. It is the first Sunday of Advent, World AIDS Day, and Communion Sunday. The reading talks about signs. Jesus gives a prophetic message concerning the future and the coming of the Son of Man. Many view this as a message of doom ...

November 2018

Are You A King?~John 18: 33-37

By | November 25th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Jessica Chapman on November 25, 2018 In today's reading, Pontius Pilate asks Jesus "Are you a king?" Jesus answers cryptically. Pilate wanted the matter of what to do with Jesus to be handled within the Jewish community without Roman involvement. Jesus was presented as a criminal, a threat to the Jewish status ...

A Woman’s Place~ Luke 13: 10-16

By | November 18th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Carl Crider on November 18, 2018 Rev. Crider speaks to the issue of inequality for women as related to marriage and society. Matrimony is one of the sacraments. Historically, it celebrates the transferring of property. Luckily, things are changing. Women no longer are considered property. They do not need a man's permission ...

Learning From The Body~Luke 9: 10-17

By | November 11th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Anna Runion on November 11, 2018 On this Stewardship Sunday, we celebrate our congregation's use of their time and talents. We share with the entire North County community as well as the global community. It is a testament of our faith. Our reading speaks of the early church as they gather together ...

Honoring Our Pain, Coming Back to Life~Ezekiel 37: 1-14

By | November 4th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Anna Runion on November 4, 2018 Our text today is not about resurrection or Jesus. It is about restoration of a grieving people. They had lost family, friends, their country, and the presence of God. The temple had been destroyed. Like us, they had lost much. Many wonder where was God?  They ...

October 2018

Make Space For Grief ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

By | October 28th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Kathleen Lambert on October 28, 2018 The ancient text describe a simpler time. We were closely connected to nature. All activities were tied to the seasons. There is a season for everything. We can not do everything at once. God walks with us through each season. God has given us the gift ...

In Search of God~Psalm 42

By | October 21st, 2018|sermons|

Given By Retired Pastor Maxine Hall on October 14, 2018 With all that is going on in the world, we might wonder what has happened to our care-free life? That was when America was supposedly great. When we look back with the wisdom of more experience, we realize those days were not so great for ...

For Such a Time as This~ Esther 4: 13-17

By | October 14th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Anna Runion on October 14, 2018 Today is Coming Out Sunday. The reading today tells the story of Esther.  She is taking control of her life. Mordechai orders her to reveal her heritage and save her people. She has done everything her guardian has asked up to this point. Now she balks at ...