sermons

September 2021

A Just Peace~ Matthew 5: 1-9

By | September 19th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley September 19, 2021 In Europe, church is more associated with war. Rev. Shockley traveled to Germany during his vacation and gained some insight into this association. Matthew differs from Luke on the Beatitude, blessed are the peacemakers. Matthew may have wanted to reflect on the devastating impact of war. He ...

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 ...

Are We There Yet?~ Romans 8:31-39

By | September 5th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Adrienne Armes September 5, 2021 Everyone has asked the question. Every parent dreads the question. Are we there yet? Life is about the journey, not the destination. Sometimes, that journey seems so difficult. Surprises occur. Detours are needed. The journey is not simple. Sometimes the goal changes. There can be loss. Sometimes ...

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 ...

Words and Deeds Matter~ Ephesians 4: 25-32

By | August 8th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 8, 2021 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA We began today's service by looking into what kind of political bubble we might live in around this area. What kind of neighbors do you have? This letter to the Ephesians reminds us that it is ok to get angry but ...

Breaking The Curse of White Supremacy~ Genesis 9: 18-27

By | August 1st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 1, 2021 Our reading is the story of how the world became populated. It has been used to justify the enslavement of blacks since the seventeenth century. Noah cursed his son, Canaan, to be the lowest of slaves to his brothers. There is no further biblical reference to Canaan actually ...

July 2021

Does God Need A House~2 Samuel 7: 1-14a

By | July 18th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley July 18, 2021 Today, we talk about housing. In the reading, David lives in a fine palace but the Ark of God stays in a tent. It felt wrong to David that God was homeless. The prophet, Nathan, has a message from God. God has been house-less for quite a ...

Dirty Dancing~2 Samuel 6: 1-5, 12b-19

By | July 11th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley July 11, 2021 Today our theme is dancing. Dance is the highest form of engagement. It involves your whole being, mind, heart, and body. King David heard of the blessings given by the Ark of the Covenant on the house of Obed-Edom. King David brought the Ark to the City of ...

A Prophet For The Nation~ The Gospel of Ezekiel 2: 1-7

By | July 4th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley July 4, 2021 Those of us today must understand the prophetic traditions of ancient Israel. We cannot understand Jesus unless we understand the traditions that produce him and in which he stood. Jesus read about the ancient prophets when he went to the synagogue. After his call at the Jordan river, ...

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 ...