Gospel of Luke

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December 2019

Christmas Eve Meditation~ 2019

By | December 24th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 24 2019 On this holy night, we reflect on a child's birth. We seek the world envisioned by Isaiah. A world governed by justice and righteousness. This world must be accomplished in the real world by real people. Into a world filled with corruption and greed, a child is ...

Why Was Mary So Happy~ Luke 1: 46b-56

By | December 15th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 15, 2019 The question today is why is Mary so happy?  Her joy is so great that her very soul magnifies the Lord. Few have felt such deep joy. Looking at her life, she should have been miserable. She was a young teenager, set to marry an older man, ...

October 2019

Faith Never Faints~ Luke 18: 1-8

By | October 20th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 20, 2019 Faith is not what you know is going to happen but what you trust will happen. Today's parable is about the faith of a widow seeking justice from a judge.  She was persistent in her cause. There are many ways to interpret a parable. Today we ask, ...

September 2019

August 2019

Right Place, Right Time~ Luke 13: 10-17

By | August 25th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley August 25, 2019 There are many stories of healing by Jesus. Today, healing is done through science. Humans have always suffered and sought relief. We have tried almost everything to gain relief. Jesus was known as a healer. Our reading tells of Jesus healing a woman on the Sabbath causing ...

Divided We Stand???~Luke 12: 49-53

By | August 18th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley August 18, 2019 Our theme is the reverse of an old saying. Aesop told us, united, we stand, divided, we fall. This conventional wisdom has echoed throughout history. Even the Gospel of Mark tells us that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus offered a different view in the Gospel of ...

July 2019

Knock, Knock~Luke 11: 1-10

By | July 28th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 28, 2019 Our reading is referred to as a passage on prayer but it also includes a parable called the friend at midnight. Most people think the neighbor was a terrible friend for not getting up to lend his neighbor some bread. This is not a parable about friendship ...

Beyond Radical Welcome~ Luke 7: 36-50

By | July 14th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Jude Johnson July 14, 2019 Happy Pride weekend! Today we celebrate action. Justice-seeking action that springs from love and courage. It all began 50 years ago at Stonewall. From our reading, the line rings out, "Do you see these women?"  A woman washes Jesus's feet with her tears, dries them with her hair, ...

March 2019

Lost In Temptation~ Luke 4: 1-13

By | March 10th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley March 10, 2019 On this first Sunday of Lent, we recount the story of Jesus's time in the wilderness. He was tempted several times by the force which vies for our allegiance. Temptation distracts us from the primary purpose that God has for our lives. If we are not careful, ...

February 2019

When Good News Goes Bad~Luke 4: 21-30

By | February 3rd, 2019|sermons|

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 ...

January 2019

WWJD About SOTW~ Luke 4: 14-21

By | January 27th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 27, 2019 Today, we will talk about what would Jesus do about the state of the world. God is concerned about the entire world, not just the U.S.. Luke tells us about Jesus's first sermon. Jesus brings good news to the poor, releases the captives, and heals those in ...

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

By | January 13th, 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 ...