Given By Rev. Dr. Mike Vaughn April 28, 2019 There is power in asking good questions. Better questions bring better answers. Great questions can lead to stronger faith. Pilgrim is a bucket full of questions about how God's teachings are being enacted in this world. This week's reading is about someone who was not there ...
Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 3, 2019 Jesus's first sermon was short but powerful. He told the crowd he is bringing good news. At first, the crowd was excited. Soon after, they wanted to throw him off a cliff. Jesus reminded them that during a famine, Elijah was sent to only a widow in ...
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 ...
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 ...
Our reading today is typically known as "The Sermon on the Mount" or the "Beatitudes." Scholars of the Jesus Seminar believe the true translation equivalent is not "blessed are..." but "congratulations." These are strange congratulations though.
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.
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.
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 ...
Today's sermon brings to our attention to the message from Acts 9:36-43. Even though Jesus has died, his resurrection has empowered those are now the leaders of the church.
https://vimeo.com/162454482 Today's sermon follows the one of the narratives of the Apostles and their actions following the death of Jesus. Peter challenges the authorities as he continues to teach Jesus' message in the temple in Jerusalem. It represents the conflict between Judaism and the new Christian movement. Peter preached at great risk. If Christianity were ...
The author of the Psalms would praise God for his faith and in almost the same breath lament his weary soul (Psalm 42). In honor of National Recovery Month, Pilgrim UCC asks 'what happens when faith isn't enough to sustain you?' Audio: Video: