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sermons

June 2018

A Home For Body and Soul~2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

By | June 10th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Steve Meineke June 10 2018 Our reading from 2 Corinthians has Paul assuring the church in Corinth that the power of God is in the spirit of the community and provides them with hope that will outlast any problems. Paul understood the power of community to create hope. Everyone deserves a physical ...

May 2018

God is Calling ~ Isaiah 6: 1-8

By | May 28th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on May 27 2018 Today's reading is one of the call narratives. Isaiah has am amazing vision of God. When God asks who will go out and do God's work, Isaiah tells God to send him.  While experiencing this vision, Isaiah feels the full weight of his humanity. He knows ...

Believe In Me~I Samuel 1: 4-18

By | May 26th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Mitra Zarinebaf, Dakota Castro, and Maria Walsh on May 20 2018 On this Youth Sunday, we will hear 3 sermons.  Their theme is believe in us. The first sermon reminds us that today's youth are capable of standing up for their rights. After the Parkland shooting, the students energized a nation. While Pilgrim ...

Safe Church:From Crazy Dancing to a Movement John 15: 9-17

By | May 6th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Jaime Romo May 6 2018 The church community, 90 years after Jesus's death, was evolving. Today's reading speaks to this transformation. This Sunday is both Safe Church Sunday and communion. Both are about community and connection. The reading from John touches on love, friendship, and the commandments. John speaks about going out ...

Love One Another~ 1 John 4: 7-21

By | May 5th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Neal Washburn April 29 2018 Love one another. Sounds simple. We learned that the early church may have had a problem with this. John reminded them that God is love and that his followers could be known since that love would be demonstrated.  This is different from erotic love or emotional affection. This ...

April 2018

Is Jesus Real? ~Luke 24:36-48

By | April 15th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 15 2018 In today's text, Luke goes into great detail to convince the reader concerning the reality of Jesus's resurrection. He describes his hands, feet, and how he is eating. By doing this, Luke is making a point. Jesus is not picking up where he left off in his ...

The Fire That No Water Could Put Out~Excerpts form MLK Final speech “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop”

By | April 8th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Anna Runion April 8, 2018 Recently, we have seen women, teens, immigrants, people of color, LGBT community, and their allies march for our lives. These marches have been powerful. Some people are reminded of the civil rights marches.  Some of us felt at ease while marching with those who share our views. Others ...

The Case of the Empty Tomb~Mark 16: 1-8 10:00

By | April 1st, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 1 2018 Happy Easter! The Gospel of Mark was the first to be written and stand as a foundation for the other gospels. The story of the empty tomb is a simple one. Several women arrive to prepare Jesus for burial and find an empty tomb. A white-robed man ...

The Case of the Empty Tomb~ Mark 16: 1-8 7:30

By | April 1st, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 1 2018 Happy Easter! The Gospel of Mark was the first to be written. Today's reading is rather anti-climatic. We just have an empty tomb. Throughout the gospel, we know a bit about the disciples. They were powerless, selfish, a bit power-hungry, treacherous. and cowardly. We know how they ...

March 2018

The Great Wall of America ~The Gospel Luke 16: 19-26

By | March 18th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley March 18, 2018 Current events have inspired today's sermon. The President came to San Diego this week to view the prototypes for the wall to be built along our southern border. Upon reflection, the passage from Luke came to mind. It is a story of a rich man and a ...

What Would Jesus Protest ~John 2: 13-15

By | March 4th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley March 4 18, 2018 Our inspiration comes from John's account of Jesus causing trouble at the temple.  This story appears in each of the four gospels. Only John's account involves a whip of cords. Jesus uses the whip to drive out the oxen, sheep, and other animals but there is ...

February 2018

The Good Samaritan~ Luke 10 :25- 37

By | February 25th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Paul Stevens February 25, 2018 Our inspiration comes from the reading from Luke about the good Samaritan. This is one of the passages that the historical Jesus is credited with saying. Our guest, Paul Stevens, speaks to us about the importance of learning about the historical Jesus. The religion that Jesus taught is ...