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sermons

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 ...

September 2018

Sacred Anarchy~Luke 6: 1-11

By | September 23rd, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Anna Runion on September 23, 2018 Building on last week's sermon, we continue the discussion of shaking up our daily lives. We must renounce our privilege, resist evil, and rebel.  What now? What sort of rebellion and how far should it go? The reading today tells us about Jesus doing things on ...

The Price of Membership~ Mark 8: 34-38

By | September 16th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on September 16, 2018 The reading today is one of the core passages of our faith. If you want to be a follower of Jesus, you must take up your cross. When this passage was written, the law of the land was through the Roman Empire. It was a peace ...

Faith Without Works? Dead!~Mark 7: 25-30

By | September 9th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on September 9, 2018 Today, we look at all four of the texts from the lectionary. While modern technology has changed the world, human nature remains unchanged. These texts remain fresh today. The poor are defenseless yet they are the ones who are robbed. They are the victims of a ...

God is Watching, God is Listening~ Exodus 3: 1-10

By | September 2nd, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on September 2, 2018 On this Labor Sunday, the reading offers us inspiration concerning workers.  God has seen the misery of the people. The Lord delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians.  Today, the state of the worker is troublesome. We have full employment but stagnant wages. In this time of ...

August 2018

If I Had Three Wishs~ I Kings 3:5-13

By | August 19th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on August 19, 2018 Everyone has dreamed of having a jinn grant them three wishes. This concept goes back to 2500 BC. This legend has even been blended with King Solomon. Using a powerful ring, Solomon summoned the jinn who was stealing the royal jewels. He then condemned the jinn ...

The Second Stage Is Anger~ Ephesians 4:25-5:2

By | August 12th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on August 12, 2018 There are five stages of grief. These stages are not just for the loss of a loved one but for any loss; a job, a relationship, etc. Denial helps us survive the loss. As the denial fades, anger begins. The more you feel, the sooner it ...