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June 2021

When Women Take Power~ The Gospel of Mark 5: 21-43

By | June 27th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 27, 2021 The passage today is about touch and ultimately, power. The woman was not allowed to touch or be touched as she was unclean. Having been through this pandemic, we too have been denied the ability to touch or be touched. The woman in the story takes back ...

A Covenant of Love~ 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5 ;18:10-16

By | June 20th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 20, 2021 Today we celebrate Father's Day and the return to in-person services. June is also Pride Month. Our reading talks about David and Jonathan feeling like their souls were bound to each other. Their love was greater than the love of women. This was a love story. When ...

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 ...

The Real Holy Family~ Mark 3: 19b-22, 31-35

By | June 6th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 6, 2021 Our reading today talks about who would be considered part of our family. The answer is anyone who does the will of God. Jesus redefined relationships. He broke down hierarchy, blood, and nationality. Faith is thicker than blood.  While we would like to think of ourselves as ...

May 2021

What A Year~ Isaiah 6: 1-8

By | May 30th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley May 30, 2021 This past year has been extraordinary. The passages from our reading are among the most well-known. This talks about the call of the prophet Isaiah. A prophet speaks truth to kings and leaders and to the people. After the death of a leader, it disorients the nation. Isaiah ...

There’s Some Judas In All Of Us~ Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26

By | May 16th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley May 16, 2021 Today's reading is a fascinating story of how after Jesus's death and resurrection, God's plan would be carried out by the followers of the church. Jesus had picked twelve people to be the leaders of the church. There was a problem though. Judas was one of those chosen ...

No Greater Love~ John 15: 9-17

By | May 9th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley May 9, 2021 Happy Mother's Day! The reading tells us there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for others. Love is the core of our faith. God is love. Mothers model love to their children. They teach us how to love. We learn to put others ...

April 2021

A Home for Righteousness~ 2 Peter 3: 1-4, 9-10, 13-14

By | April 25th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 25, 2021 We wait for a new righteousness for our world. This past Thursday was the 51st observance of Earth Day. On this day, everyone takes stock of the condition of the environment. It calls us to focus our attention on our personal, community, national, and international relationship with ...

Everything But A Child of God~1 John 3: 1-7

By | April 18th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 18, 2021 We are God's children. John's letter offers the most compelling reason to be a Christian. God is love. Because God has claimed us, we should love one another. John's message is a reflection of Christian life. Love is the beginning and end of Jesus' teachings. According to ...

What’s Resurrection Got To Do With It?~ Acts 4: 32-35

By | April 11th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 11, 2021 Luke continues the story of Jesus after the events of the crucifixion. The movement grows until it reaches the capital of the known world, Rome. Resurrection is a temporary state. Jesus does not come back from the dead to resume his life but just manifests for a ...

March 2021

Lift Up The Light~ John 3: 14-21

By | March 14th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley March 14, 2021 Our focus today is the idea "God so loved the world". This is the sentiment of the early church according to John and his community. It is a message of love. We need to hear this message now more than ever. We live in a love-infused universe. ...

The Mystery of Martyrdom~ 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25

By | March 7th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley March 7, 2021 Our message today comes from Paul's letter to the Corinthians. The message about the cross is about the power of God. Martyrs throughout history have inspired others to finish the task they sacrificed their life for. Lincoln was a martyr. Lincoln was killed by a white supremacist because ...

February 2021

In Order to Follow You’ve Got To Move~ Mark 8: 33-38

By | February 28th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 28, 2021 The further we go in the Lenten season, the higher the stakes become. Jesus is concerned with more profound dimensions of self-denial. He wants to know what you are willing to give up for your life and follow him. It is about your soul. Today, society is ...