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sermons

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 Shockley considers the letter from Paul to Philemon to be the most personal historical document of the New Testament.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

A Phone Booth In The Wilderness

By |09/04/2016|

Given By Judith Johnson on Aug. 28, 2016

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,

Courage To Hope

By |08/28/2016|

Given By Anna Runion on Aug. 21, 2016

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,

Two Hijabs and Mr. Triple-A

By |08/18/2016|

Given By Rev. Jerry Stinson on Aug. 14, 2016

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. Nathanael had some doubt about anything good coming from

Faith as The Long Game

By |08/16/2016|

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 assurance of

The Landed and The Landless

By |08/07/2016|

Given By Rev. Kenneth Heintzelman on July 31, 2016

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

A Knock at Midnight By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1963

By |07/28/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on July 24, 2016

Today, Pilgrim Church welcomes the great Martin Luther King Jr. as our guest speaker. His past message might be of help to us as we deal with the present day crisis. The reading today is from the Gospel of Luke and concerns the power of persistent prayer. It also serves to

Loving One Another is not Optional

By |07/27/2016|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on July 17, 2016

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. In order to