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God Is With Us In Times of Trouble

By |12/15/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on November 20, 2016

The reading today from Psalm 46 speaks so powerfully to our own lives. The voice is personal and intimate. Everyone has encountered trouble at some point in their lives. There is a deep human connection in the Psalms. Today’s reading is not just about natural disasters or

Winter is Coming; and This One Could Last for Years

By |11/21/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on November 13, 2016

Pulling from a scene from Game of Thrones, Rev. Shockley hopes to explain what we going through right now, post election. There are three groups in the T.V. show, the White Walkers, the humans, and the wild ones. the character of Jon Snow wants to make peace

How to Live on the Winning Side

By |11/21/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on November 6, 2016

On the eve of this latest election, we consider the fact that this election has brought us to a place of such division and anger that we have not seen before. It has divided us along ethnic lines, gender lines, and racial lines.  We are offered a

It’s Still About Love

By |10/30/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on October 16, 2016

On this Coming Out Sunday, the reading reminds us of the conflicts Jesus had with the religious authorities. He challenged them about how they lead the community. Jesus sought to not only expand the social and religious  boundaries but also break them down so everyone could be

How to live on the Losing side

By |10/22/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on October 9, 2016

The reading from Jeremiah concerns the delivering a message of defeat. Jeremiah had a difficult job.  He had to tell  the people of Israel that their government, social, and religious institutions had neglected the issue of social justice that only the outsider, Nebuchadnezzar, could dismantle it.  Only

You’re Invited

By |10/15/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on October 2, 2016

Today is World Communion Sunday. This is a way to show solidarity with our fellow Christians as we focus on the sacrament of Communion which binds us together. It is one of only two sacraments recognized by the Protestant church. A sacrament is an act which reveals,

Politics and Religion in the Past and the 21st Century

By |10/03/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on September 18, 2016

The reading from I Timothy 2:1-7 offers this advice. For those in high positions, offer prayers, thanksgivings, and supplications so that we may live in peace and dignity. During the first century, the audience lived under the authority of Roman Empire.  They were already praying for the

When Resurrection isn’t Enough

By |10/02/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on September 18, 2016

The inspiration for today’s sermon comes from two different readings, Amos 6 and Luke 16. One is from the prophet Amos and the other is a parable from Jesus. Both passages warns that those who find comfort in this life may find the next life more difficult.

Do The Right Thing

By |09/20/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on September 4, 2016

Spike Lee  has inspired the title of this week’s sermon. The reading from Philemon offers a unique perspective on race relations today. Although it is short, Rev. Shockley considers the letter from Paul to Philemon to be the most personal historical document of the New Testament. This

The Role of Religion in ending Terrorism

By |09/15/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on September 11, 2016

The reading from Psalm 10 expresses the laments of those effected by terrorism. How can God allow such suffering? On the anniversary of 9/11, we try to understand how a mistranslation of the word, virgin, can lead to terrorists believing they will be rewarded with 72 virgins