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Gospel of Luke

January 2019

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian ~Luke 3: 15-22

By | January 20th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 13, 2019 The reading today talks of baptism.  There are many ways to get baptized;  a few drops of water or a damp hand to full immersion.  Many people today were baptized as children. Jesus was baptized as an adult by John the Baptist. He was immersed in the ...

December 2018

Don’t Throw The Baby Out With The Wrapping Paper~ Luke 2: 41-52

By | December 30th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 30, 2018 The secular Christmas and the religious Christmas have very different calendars. The secular Christmas starts right after Halloween while the religious Christmas starts on Christmas day. The Advent season prepares us spiritually for the arrival of Jesus but is not the actual Christmas season. As soon as ...

Born of God~ Luke 1: 26-31 34-35 John 1: 5-9 12-14

By | December 24th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 24, 2018 On this Christmas Eve, we contemplate Jesus's birth. The child born to Mary shall be holy. Those who believe in Jesus were given the power to be children of God. Each of us is a child of God. Our belief allows us to give birth to a brand ...

An Ordinary Woman~ Luke 1: 46b-55

By | December 23rd, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 23, 2018 Merry Christmas! Mary has had many doubters over the centuries. People doubted her story of the visit by an angel, doubted her story on how she became pregnant, and doubted she never slept with Joseph. In ancient times, it was not unusual for a god to impregnate ...

Don’t Be A Christmas Tree~ Luke 3 7 15

By | December 16th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley and Rev. Vernon Ummel December 16, 2018 Reverend Shockley returns to the pulpit today. In the text, John tells the crowd about trees. They must bear fruit or be cut down and thrown in the fire.  Christmas trees are beautifully decorated, stand tall, and may have a star or angel ...

What’s Your Story~ Luke 1: 68-79

By | December 9th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Jaime Romo December 9, 2018 There are many topics which relate to today's reading and current events. Sometimes we need to express what is going on in our lives that is powerful and life-changing. Stories are important and define who we are. There are three versions; founding stories, evolving stories, and sustaining stories. ...

Wait For It… ~Luke 21:25-36

By | December 2nd, 2018|sermons|

Given By Neal Washburn on December 2, 2018 Today is a busy Sunday. It is the first Sunday of Advent, World AIDS Day, and Communion Sunday. The reading talks about signs. Jesus gives a prophetic message concerning the future and the coming of the Son of Man. Many view this as a message of doom ...

November 2018

A Woman’s Place~ Luke 13: 10-16

By | November 18th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Carl Crider on November 18, 2018 Rev. Crider speaks to the issue of inequality for women as related to marriage and society. Matrimony is one of the sacraments. Historically, it celebrates the transferring of property. Luckily, things are changing. Women no longer are considered property. They do not need a man's permission ...

Learning From The Body~Luke 9: 10-17

By | November 11th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Anna Runion on November 11, 2018 On this Stewardship Sunday, we celebrate our congregation's use of their time and talents. We share with the entire North County community as well as the global community. It is a testament of our faith. Our reading speaks of the early church as they gather together ...

September 2018

Sacred Anarchy~Luke 6: 1-11

By | September 23rd, 2018|sermons|

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 ...

April 2018

Is Jesus Real? ~Luke 24:36-48

By | April 15th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 15 2018 In today's text, Luke goes into great detail to convince the reader concerning the reality of Jesus's resurrection. He describes his hands, feet, and how he is eating. By doing this, Luke is making a point. Jesus is not picking up where he left off in his ...

March 2018

The Great Wall of America ~The Gospel Luke 16: 19-26

By | March 18th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley March 18, 2018 Current events have inspired today's sermon. The President came to San Diego this week to view the prototypes for the wall to be built along our southern border. Upon reflection, the passage from Luke came to mind. It is a story of a rich man and a ...

February 2018

The Good Samaritan~ Luke 10 :25- 37

By | February 25th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Paul Stevens February 25, 2018 Our inspiration comes from the reading from Luke about the good Samaritan. This is one of the passages that the historical Jesus is credited with saying. Our guest, Paul Stevens, speaks to us about the importance of learning about the historical Jesus. The religion that Jesus taught is ...

January 2018

Gathering The Fragments. All the Broken Pieces ~ Luke 9: 10-17

By | January 7th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Ann Runion January 7, 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org According to the church calendar, we are suppose to talk about Jesus's baptism today. Baptism is connected to vocation. It marked the beginning of Jesus's ministry. When we affirm our own baptism, we are saying we are ready to follow in ...

December 2017

The Year of The Woman (Again)~Luke 1: 26-38

By | December 24th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 24, 2017 On this Christmas Eve, we look at the role Mary plays in the Christmas story. Every year, month, and day is the moment of the woman. It is hard not to consider the essential contributions and role women play in everyday life. Many have tried. Historically, women ...

Joy Is In The Forecast~Isaiah 61: 1- 4

By | December 17th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 17, 2017 Rejoice! Our long period of suffering is over! Our punishment is over! This is the good news from our reading today. The spirit of the Lord was upon the prophet Isaiah. He brought a message of hope to the people of Israel. The oppressed will be relieved, ...