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September 2021

How Good Is Good Enough?~ Mark 8: 27-38

By | September 12th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Steve Meineke September 12, 2021 Everyone tries to live up to expectations. These can be from parents, teachers, society, work, and even ourselves. This takes time and energy. What does God expect of us? Are we worthy of the divine gift of life? We feel guilty when we often fall short. We ...

August 2021

Shifting Traditions~ Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

By | August 29th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Neal Washburn August 29, 2021 Everyone has traditions they follow. Traditions are not laws but rules/rituals we follow. Traditions are past down from generation to generation. They are open to interpretation by individuals on how they are followed. Traditions can be welcoming or they can be alienating. Each new generation decides whether to ...

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 ...

“White Too Long” a conversation with the author, Dr. Robert P. Jones

By | August 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|

Given by Dr. Robert P. Jones August 1, 2021 This is the first meeting of our multi-racial community of anti-racist activists. The book, White Too Long, speaks to the legacy of white supremacy and American Christianity. The three churches involved in this gathering are Pilgrim UCC, Walker Chapel AME Church of Oceanside, and St. John's Church ...

May 2021

The Work of the Holy Spirit~ John 15: 26-27, 16: 4b-15

By | May 23rd, 2021|sermons|

Given by Jamie Romo May 23, 2021 Today is Pentecost and Safe Church Sunday. Pilgrim has strived to make this a welcoming and safe space for all. Our Safe Church policies are continuing to be reviewed and up-dated. Pentecost was a day that the disciples were touched by the Holy Spirit. They can be heard ...

From Judgement to Redemption~ Psalm 103

By | May 2nd, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Maxine Hall May 2, 2021 Today we are speaking on the topic of forgiveness. Peter asked Jesus how many times must we forgive our neighbor. Jesus replied 70 times 7 or basically, forever. We also must learn to forgive ourselves. These two concepts are difficult. Luckily, God forgives our transgressions. God is ...

April 2021

March 2021

The Past Isn’t Past~ John 1: 1-5 & 12: 31-36

By | March 21st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. David Hall March 21, 2021 The past is not dead or gone. It lives on and affects everyone. Our traditions and culture are shaped by the past. Our words originated in our past. Knowledge is past down from generation to generation. The concept of the division of something conceptually into two opposed ...

February 2021

A MOMENT IN BLACK HISTORY -Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler and Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Ethan and Sam Davis

By | February 28th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Given by Ethan and Sam Davis February 28, 2021 Today we celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler and the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Doctor Crumpler was the first African-American woman to become an American doctor. In addition, she was an accomplished nurse and author. She tore down walls of stereotypes and racial barriers. Artist Jean-Michel ...

A MOMENT IN BLACK HISTORY -Our Voices: African-American Poets- Wilma Owens

By | February 14th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Given by Wilma Owens February 14, 2021 We continue to celebrate Black History month by talking about the many African-American poets. James Weldon Johnson wrote Lift Every Voice and Sing, the national anthem to millions of black Americans. Langston Hughes wrote about the frustrations of being black in America. Amanda Gorman is currently America's youngest poet laureate. She speaks on ...

January 2021

December 2020

World AIDS Day 2020

By | December 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Hosted by Lisa Lipsey on December 1, 2020 Welcome to this year's World AIDS Day celebration. This year's theme is resilience and impact. Although we cannot gather in person, we gather through technology in community. We pray for all those impacted by this disease. We heard the personal story of a resident of Fraternity House. ...

November 2020

Ezekiel Man of God~ Ezekiel 18-19, 20, 30-32

By | November 15th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Carl Crider November 15, 2020 Our reading does not sound like it was made over 2,600 years ago. It describes events of both today and the past equally well. Ezekiel called the people of Judah to be accountable for their actions.  He also reminded everyone that God was concerned about all people. ...

October 2020