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sermons

October 2016

You’re Invited

By | October 2nd, 2016|sermons|

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.

September 2016

When Resurrection isn’t Enough

By | September 18th, 2016|sermons|

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. To those who are rich yet take no notice of the poor, this is a dire warning.

The Role of Religion in ending Terrorism

By | September 11th, 2016|sermons|

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 for these violent acts.

Do The Right Thing

By | September 4th, 2016|sermons|

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 Shockley considers the letter from Paul to Philemon to be the most personal historical document of the New Testament.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 letter deals with the question of slavery. Today, slavery is considered in most places of the world to be a crime. Back in Paul's time, it was a common practice.  In order to properly understand this letter, we must understand who is writing it and who is receiving it.

August 2016

A Phone Booth In The Wilderness

By | August 28th, 2016|sermons|

The sermon today concerns God's call to each of us. The reading from Jonah 1 recounts the story of Jonah as he tries to avoid God's call to Him. Judith shares her story of how she was called to ministry. Instead of being a defining moment of clarity, the process was more of a wandering through a forest.

Courage To Hope

By | August 21st, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/180465045 Today's reading from Jeremiah talks about his call to ministry. It took Jeremiah time before he fully embraced his calling. At the beginning of his ministry, he is not yet bold or courageous. God had called Jeremiah to speak truth to power even before his birth. At first, Jeremiah tells God he has the ...

Two Hijabs and Mr. Triple-A

By | August 14th, 2016|sermons|

The reading today from John tries to imagine the calling of the first twelve disciples. It begins with Andrew and his brother, Simon-Peter, who are simple fisher-folk from Galilee. Next came Philip who then tries to persuade Nathanael.

Faith as The Long Game

By | August 7th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/178761443 Given By Rev. Steve Meineke on Aug. 7, 2016 With all the demands on our time and attention, sometimes you can feel emotionally drained. Today's sermon hopes to strengthen your faith and allow you to continue being the kind of person you are deep down. The reading today begins by describing faith as the ...

July 2016

The Landed and The Landless

By | July 31st, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/177822179 Our guest speaker is Rev. Kenneth Heintzelman from the Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix. As Pilgrim Church goes on its journey to decide whether or not to become a sanctuary church, our brothers and sisters of Shadow Rock offer their support. Today, the Reverend is speaking on the subject of sanctuary. This ...

Loving One Another is not Optional

By | July 17th, 2016|sermons|

Jesus continues the lesson from last week's reading of the Good Samaritan. In order for his followers to continue being part of the community and stay in the relationship Jesus had established with them as they traveled, they need to stay in my love.

And Who Is My Neighbor

By | July 10th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/175168268 This week's reading from Luke 10:25-37 fits right in with recent current events. The parable of the Good Samaritan brings home Jesus's message of who is our neighbor. It challenges us to break stereotypes and to acknowledge in today's society that we are conditioned to fear or hate those who are different from us. ...

All People Are Created Equal

By | July 3rd, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/173300680 Many people do not realize that the Book of Genesis contains two different creation stories. Each gives a different vision of humanity and our relationship with God. Despite their irreconcilable differences, many people have harmonized them. In the first story, God simply created humanity, both male and female, at the same time. They are ...

June 2016

Spiritual Leadership for the 21st Century

By | June 26th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/173197065 Today's sermon comes from 2 Kings 2. We have been talking about Elijah, one of the greatest prophets. He lived during a time of great idolatry. Great times call forth great people. God called prophets to challenge, confront, and contest those in power, whether it be a king or a priest. A prophet went ...

The Gun – The True American Idol

By | June 19th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/172264565 Today's reading from Exodus 20:1-5a talks the Commandments. In spite of being a Christian nation, we have a fickle relationship with our faith regarding the First Commandment. Our strong devotion to guns seems to conflict with not worshiping anything other than God. The gun is the true American idol. We have more guns per capita ...