November 2021

Fighting for Jesus~ Gospel of John 18: 33-37

By | November 21st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 21, 2021 When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus if he was King of the Jews, Jesus replied that his kingdom was not from this world. If so, then his followers would be fighting to prevent Jesus from being handed over to Rome. Jesus was not trying to have a seat ...

True Gospel or Fake News ~Gospel of Mark 13: 1-8

By | November 14th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 14, 2021 Our reading talks about Jesus and the temple. He opposed what it had become. Many believe his assault on the temple lead to his crucifixion. This event is often sanitized and renamed the cleansing of the temple. This was not just about religion. It was political and economic ...

Jesus, A Widow, and Temple Economics~ Mark 12: 41-44

By | November 7th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 7, 2021 This passage is a familiar one. A rich man and a poor widow donate to the temple. The widow gave all she had to the temple. The text emphasized that God was concerned about the widows, orphans, and strangers in society. These three groups were the most ...

October 2021

Loving My Neighbor Gets Harder Every Day~ Mark 12: 28-34

By | October 31st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 31, 2021 Jesus tells us that we should love God with all our heart and love your neighbor as yourself. These are the greatest commandments. Jesus brought these two commandments together and made them one.  Simplified, we are commanded to love. In order to love God, you must love ...

Innocent Planet, Guilty People~ Isaiah 53: 4-9

By | October 24th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 24, 2021 The reading today is called the Passage of the Suffering Servant. The question is who is this suffering servant? They absorb on behalf of us, our pain and suffering. Traditional Christianity applies this to Jesus. This passage was from the Hebrew Bible. This was written 700 years ...

Stronger, More Generous~ The Gospel of Luke 10: 29-37

By | October 17th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. David Q Hall October 10, 2021 Luke viewed himself as a historian, recounting the events surrounding Jesus. Today's reading is taken from the Gospel of Luke. It tells the story of the Good Samaritan.  We were treated to a live reenactment of this story. Jesus instructed us to love our neighbor. Our ...

What’s in Your Cup~ I Corinthians 11: 23-26

By | October 3rd, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 3, 2021 The sacrament of communion is described by Paul in this week's reading. Through sacraments, we are able to experience the Divine. While some sacraments are done only once, communion is repeated. Since we make mistakes, this sacrament allows us to become right with God again. Communion is ...

September 2021

Can’t We All Just Get Along~ The Gospel of Luke 11: 1-4

By | September 26th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley September 26, 2021 War is devastating for those involved. The U.S. is fortunate to have had only one major war on its soil, the Civil War. On January 6th, a different kind of war impacted us, the Culture War. Dr. Donald Schneider wrote An Ethic for Enemies where he talks about forgiveness ...

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 ...