sermons

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 ...

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 ...