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October 2017

World First

By | October 1st, 2017|sermons| Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 1, 2017 Paul's letter to the Philippians offers us inspiration today. Today's reading is thought to be part of an early Christian hymn called Christ's hymn. Rev. Madison reminds us that the translation of Christ is anointed. When we say we are Christians, we are really saying, we ...

August 2017

Monuments Of Hate

By | August 20th, 2017|sermons| Given By Rev. Madison Shockley August 20, 2017 The events in Charlotteville and Trump's response inspires today's sermon. This began with the decision to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park.  There are 731 Confederate monuments across America. The reading today speaks of Jacob using a stone as a pillow, dreaming ...

July 2017

I Dreamed a Dream

By | July 23rd, 2017|sermons| Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 23, 2017 Today's inspiration comes from a show tune from Les Miserable.  Our reading today is appropriate because our church has visitors from Hands of Peace. This passage and many others are part of the root of the Palestinian and Israeli Conflict. In today's reading, Jacob has a ...

Is There A Ram In The Bush

By | July 2nd, 2017|sermons| Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 2, 2017 The saying "There is always a ram in the bush" is a piece of folklore. One has to be familiar with the story of Abraham and his son, Isaac, to understand the meaning of this saying. This story follows last week's passage where Abraham sends Hagar ...

June 2017

Hagar’s Children or God’s Second Family

By | June 25th, 2017|sermons| Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on June 25, 2017 In our culture, there are men who have more than one family. Sometimes the first family is unaware of the existence of this other family. Most of the time, it is simply due to divorce. Fifty years ago, this would have been a source of ...

May 2017

What Do We Owe Each Other?

By | May 14th, 2017|sermons| Given By Rev. Madison Shockley May 14, 2017 Today's reading from Genesis tells the story of Cain and Abel. From this passage comes the phrase, "my brother's keeper." This phrase has shaped our culture. It touches on what it means to be in human community, to live together. Unfortunately, some have used this passage's ...

December 2016