sermons

December 2020

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. ...

September 2020

Is God With Us or Not~Exodus 17: 1-7

By | September 27th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley September 27, 2020 During troubling times, we have all asked this question. Our reading speaks to the issue of leadership. Moses was charged with leading the people during a period of deprivation before they could reach the promised land.  This task was difficult but doable. They needed a leader with ...

The Courage To Be Free~Exodus 16: 2-12

By | September 20th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley September 20, 2020 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Our reading today tells the story of the Israelites complaining about being hungry in the wilderness. After all God did for them to be free, they were still unhappy. In every revolution, there are those who complain. They prefer life ...

The Life We Ought To Live ~ The Gospel According To Mark 1:14-15 and Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians 4:1

By | September 13th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. James M. Lawson September 13, We are honored to have with us today, the esteemed Dr. James Lawson. The readings tells us the kingdom of God is at hand. These readings were chosen since the message of Christianity does not coincide with the teachings of Jesus. The words "kingdom of God" ...

I Warn You, Because I Love You~Ezekiel 33: 7-11

By | September 6th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley September 6, 2020 We are living in extraordinary times. Our reading talks about the people of Israel living through dark times. The prophet, Ezekiel, lived in Israel during this time of great catastrophe. They were held in captivity in Babylon. It was Ezekiel's job to keep the Israelites faithful during ...

August 2020

I Know What You Did This Summer~Exodus 3:1-15

By | August 30th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 30, 2020 In these historic times, we look to the lectionary to address what is going on in the world today. Exodus, chapter 3, is one of the foundational passages of liberation theology. God was upset about the oppression of the Israelites by the Egyptians. Today, God is upset ...