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sermons

May 2017

A Religion of Life and Joy

By | May 7th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/217735547 Given By Rev. Dr. Roger Ray May 7, 2017 Our guest preacher is the Rev. Dr. Roger Ray. Our sermon today takes its message from a Unitarian hymn. According to Voltaire, "anything too silly to be said is sung." This song, while difficult to sing, does carry a interesting message - Religion should bring ...

April 2017

The Least of These

By | April 30th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/216572308 Given By Rev. Carl Crider April 30, 2017 Racism is the subject of today's sermon. Rev. Carl Crider recalls the first incidence that he experienced being taught how to live in a racist society. His grandmother scolded him for drinking from their black servant's cup. He was only four years old.  Twenty years later, ...

I Want Jesus To Walk With Me

By | April 23rd, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/215380289 Given By Rev. Dr. Monica Coleman April 23, 2017 Doctor Coleman takes inspiration from the song "I want Jesus to Walk with Me."  Spirituals helped Blacks express their pain and yearnings for freedom while encouraging themselves. Today we sing these songs because we are not always OK. We tap into our need for something ...

Celebrating Resistance

By | April 9th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/214352048 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 9, 2017 Each of the four Gospels tells us something concerning Jesus's entrance into Jerusalem.  Matthew goes overboard with his description. He has Jesus riding both a donkey and a colt. Matthew lacks the understanding that in Hebrew poetry there is synonymous parallelism. They say one thing then ...

A Spirit of New Life

By | April 2nd, 2017|sermons|

We welcome back our former Youth Minister, Rev. Timothy Murphy, to the pulpit. Today, we speak to the issue of where to find hope even after going through struggles or losing things we find most dear to us.  The things we value as progressive Christians are under attack...

March 2017

Holy Healthcare

By | March 26th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/213369813 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley March 26, 2017 Today's reading coincides with the current topic involving healthcare. Our government is wrestling with just how much healthcare should be available. The Gospel of John should not be taken literally. It is a story of Jesus healing a blind man. His disciples ask whose sin led ...

A Second Chance At Life

By | March 12th, 2017|sermons|

The Gospel of John is a different kind of gospel from the other three. Matthew, Mark and Luke are known as the synoptic gospels. John's gospel views the life of Jesus in a different light. The early church almost did not include it in the Canon. There is no infancy narrative...

A Walk om the ‘Wild(erness)’ Side

By | March 5th, 2017|sermons|

Matthew's story of Jesus in the wilderness is sandwiched between his baptism and the official start of his ministry in the Bible. It is similar to a coming-of-age story.  It humanizes Jesus and connects us to him. This story is a metaphor. This is a spiritual journey where Jesus searches for meaning and a purpose in life.

February 2017

Sistering Towards Solidarity

By | February 26th, 2017|sermons|

Our reading brings us news that Jacob's family is now vast and strong. Unfortunately, the new king feels threatened that the Hebrews, foreigners, are now more numerous than his people. He orders his people to treat them harshly, hoping to decrease their numbers.

“Geez, Jesus…Love Your Enemies??”

By | February 19th, 2017|sermons|

Continuing with the lessons of Jesus, we learn more from the Sermon on the Mount. Last week, we are instructed to love our neighbor. This week, we are instructed to love our enemies. It is hard to imagine a more difficult task given the current divide in America.

A Matter of Life and Death

By | February 12th, 2017|sermons|

Our reading today is one of the most well known from the Hebrew text. It tells us of Moses' words to the people as they were about to enter the promised land. The myth says that God told his people to go into Canaan and take it for themselves. As history has shown, the people just moved into a country with other people still living there. There are still Canaanites still living in Israel today. They call themselves Palestinians.

Saving the Soul…of America

By | February 5th, 2017|sermons|

February is the beginning of Black History Month. Over the course of this month, we will explore the contributions of Blacks to our religious life. These contributions take many forms; breaching, biblical scholarship, liturgy, music, and social and spiritual transformation (now known as social justice).

January 2017

It’s Time to Get Evangelical

By | January 22nd, 2017|sermons|

After an eventful week, Rev. Shockley was inspired to speak on the subject of being evangelical. The word, evangelical, has received a bad reputation in today's society. Let us not consider the word as it has come to be understood but as the dynamic and progressive presentation of the Good News of Jesus to a hurting world.

What Would MLK Say On This Inauguration Day?

By | January 15th, 2017|sermons|

On the eve of our presidential inauguration, we consider the question of what would Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. say to the nation. Rev. Shockley uses King's own words from his 1968 sermon titled The Drum Major Incident. King used passages from Mark in his sermon. We can relate these to Trump.