hope

August 2021

Living In Hope~ We Hold Hope Close- Theresa I. Soto

By | August 22nd, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson August 22, 2021 Our guest speaker is from Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vista. In this troubled world, we must band together. By doing so, we find hope. Hope can show up even in the face of despair. Hope is waiting to be found. It shows up in small ...

June 2021

What You See Is Not What You Get~ Mark 4: 30-33

By | June 13th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 13, 2021 Our reading talked about Jesus teaching the crowd with a sermon of parables. Jesus always had a revolutionary message in his parables. He taught against the status quo. One of these parables was about the mustard seed, a small seed that grows into a large plant. Parables ...

January 2021

Why We Love New Year’s Day~ Jeremiah 31: 7-14

By | January 3rd, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 3, 2021 Happy New Year everyone! Never has there been a more anticipated new year than 2021. Quoting the poet, Kahlil Gibran, Rev. Shockley describes how our sorrow relates to joy. The deeper the sorrow, the greater the feelings of joy. New Year's Day is a turning point. We ...

December 2020

A Case of Mistaken Identity~ John 1: 6-8, 19-28

By | December 13th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 13, 2020 According to our reading, John was sent by God as a witness so others could believe in the Light. Jesus and John the Baptist are linked. Many mistook John for the messiah. Both were prophets preaching redemption and the arrival of a new world order, the empire ...

Our Term is Almost Over-Comfort is on the Way~ Isaiah 40: 1-5

By | December 6th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 6, 2020 This time last year, we had no idea of the coming pandemic and what we would need to endure as a result.  We have missed family gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, funerals, and religious celebrations. Our social connections have been limited. Too many have been robbed of their ...

May 2020

Embracing (In) Isolation~John 14:1-14

By | May 10th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Jude Johnson May 10, 2020 Happy Mother's Day to all! During this period of reflection, we examine our relationship with God and each other. This is an extraordinary time. Many are dealing with the fear of being sick. Many have lost income and/or jobs. Some are dealing with death and grief. Anxiety is ...

March 2020

Life in the Valley of Death~ Ezekiel 37: 1-14

By | March 29th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley March 29, 2020 Today's scripture speaks of a valley of dry bones. As Ezekiel prophesied to the bones, they came alive. They represented the House of Israel who were homeless and without hope. God will bring you home and give you hope. The words from the prophet, Ezekiel, are just ...

December 2019

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, ...

June 2018

A Home For Body and Soul~2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

By | June 10th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Steve Meineke June 10 2018 Our reading from 2 Corinthians has Paul assuring the church in Corinth that the power of God is in the spirit of the community and provides them with hope that will outlast any problems. Paul understood the power of community to create hope. Everyone deserves a physical ...

December 2017

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, ...

October 2017

July 2017

A House Divided Cannot Stand

By | July 23rd, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/226575986 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 16, 2017 Today's reading describes the confrontation between Jesus and the scribes and Pharisees which originated the saying, " A house divided cannot stand."  Casting out demons was a common part of Jesus's ministry.  This passage describes how many, even his pwn family, had thought he had lost ...

Is There A Ram In The Bush

By | July 2nd, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/224382316 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 ...

December 2016

I must Be Dreaming

By | December 25th, 2016|sermons|

Jesus' birth is told from two different perspectives. The Gospel of Luke is told from the perspective of Mary while Matthew speaks from the perspective of Joseph. Today, we are looking at Matthew's version.