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sermons

August 2018

A Parable of Perilous Power~ 2 Samuel 11:26-12:9a

By | August 5th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on August 5 2018 The reading today is a powerful parable. The prophet, Nathan, came to King David to confront him on the taking of Bathsheba after murdering her husband. Nathan told David a parable then revealed that he was the man in the parable who has committed a horrendous ...

July 2018

Profane Lips and Sacred Tears~ Isaiah 6: 1-8

By | July 22nd, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Dennis Alger on July 15 2018 The inspiration for today's sermon comes from Isaiah's call to prophecy. The duty of a prophet is to tell the truth in times where the truth may not be apparent and give hope when society is in despair. We can relate to this today.  There are ...

The Paradox of Power~2 Corinthians 12: 5b-10

By | July 9th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on July 8 2018 Paul preaches that power is a paradox. Where we think it is, it is not. Where we least expect it, it is there. One of the greatest examples is the story of David and Goliath. That power is a paradox is one of the fundamental beliefs ...

Why Are We Here~Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagon

By | July 2nd, 2018|sermons|

Given By Mr. Tom Boggs on July 1 2018 Today's sermon does not come from the lectionary but from the author, Carl Sagan. A picture was taken of Earth from the Voyager I probe on February 14, 1990. Sagan wrote about the meaning of that picture and why it was important to capture this image.  ...

June 2018

Learning To Let Go~ Romans 1:18-32

By | June 17th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Judith Johnson June 17 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Today's reading is a difficult text. The Bible brings good news but this text brings only bad. This interpretation of Paul is used to condemn homosexuality. Scholars believe that this text is inconsistent and contradictory.  Readers are left to come up ...

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 ...