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sermons

December 2017

The Year of The Woman (Again)~Luke 1: 26-38

By | December 24th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 24, 2017 On this Christmas Eve, we look at the role Mary plays in the Christmas story. Every year, month, and day is the moment of the woman. It is hard not to consider the essential contributions and role women play in everyday life. Many have tried. Historically, women ...

Joy Is In The Forecast~Isaiah 61: 1- 4

By | December 17th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 17, 2017 Rejoice! Our long period of suffering is over! Our punishment is over! This is the good news from our reading today. The spirit of the Lord was upon the prophet Isaiah. He brought a message of hope to the people of Israel. The oppressed will be relieved, ...

A Message for Hard Times-Isaiah 40: 1-6

By | December 10th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 10, 2017 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Hard times have come to everyone at some point in their lives. Everyone can relate. In today's reading, Isaiah offers the Israelites  comfort during their suffering . They have paid double for their sins. God had been upset that Israel ...

November 2017

I See You ~Matthew 25:31-46

By | November 19th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 19, 2017 Today is World AIDS Sunday. We are proud to participate in this important day. We refuse to stay silent and honor all those who are living with and have died from this terrible disease. We work hard to remove the stigma this disease still carries. The reading ...

Unmerited Grace~Deuteronomy 8:7-18

By | November 19th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 19, 2017 Grace is never earned. God is generous in giving grace and mercy. During this time of thanksgiving, let us contemplate all the things we are blessed with, big and small, that you are born with.  Some examples would be being tall, being born male, or being born ...

Funding the Resistance – The Gospel of Matthew 9:35-10:4

By | November 12th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 12, 2017 Jesus is known to have traveled the countryside healing, teaching and preaching the good news about the coming of the reign of God. This last aspect is often written off as something that happens after you die. Jesus's message was more present oriented though. The realm of ...

The Porcine Qualities of Men (Men are Pigs)

By | November 5th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/244172285 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 5, 2017 The recent cases of powerful men who are accused of sexual harassment and/or assault are increasing in the news this week. For every famous person who has come forward, there are millions of ordinary victims, both male and female. What is amazing is that upon hearing ...

October 2017

The Spirit In Our Midst

By | October 29th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/243354862 Given By Rev. Anna Runion on October 29, 2017 As the day of the dead draws near, we remember our loved ones who have passed. The reading today tells the story about when some of the disciples were out walking as they grieved Jesus's death. They were working through their sadness, anger, and confusion. ...

A Brief History of Rock: 60 years of Ministry

By | October 22nd, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/241108955 Given By Rev. Robert W. Lee IV on October 22, 2017 The sermon today takes its inspiration from the old hymn Rock of Ages. The Reverend Robert W. Lee IV offered us a bit of background. His mother is a nurse. Back in the early 1980's, she was on the front lines of the AIDS crisis. ...

Why the Church Should Lead the Fight for LGBQ Rights

By | October 15th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/240303527 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 15, 2017 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org On this coming out Sunday, we receive inspiration from both today's coming out story and the reading from the first letter of John. Our church has offered, and will continue to offer, leadership in the fight for the rights ...

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By | October 8th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/239194909 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 8, 2017 The events in Las Vegas, where 59 people lost their lives and more than 500 wounded, motivate today's sermon. The passage from Judges asks us if such an horrific event has ever happened. It asks us to think about what is going on in the world ...

World First

By | October 1st, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/237851887 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 1, 2017 Paul's letter to the Philippians offers us inspiration today. Today's reading is thought to be part of an early Christian hymn called Christ's hymn. Rev. Madison reminds us that the translation of Christ is anointed. When we say we are Christians, we are really saying, we ...

September 2017

A Luta Continua

By | September 24th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/236502836 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 24, 2017 Today's reading offers comfort for those who are struggling or under stress. Paul was writing this letter from his jail cell. He wrote to encourage his followers. His only crime was causing trouble. Some did not like his message so he was placed in jail. Prison ...

Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations

By | September 17th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/235485567 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 17, 2017 Due to technical difficulties, we lost the first five minutes of the sermon. Current events inspire the theme for today's sermon. We look to the past, specifically Nelson Mandela's actions in South Africa, to find a solution. Mandela knew that in order to move forward, they ...

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 ...