sermons

December 2019

A Tyrant, a Terror, and a Toddler~ Matthew 2: 13-23

By | December 29th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 29 2019 According to scripture, Jesus is in danger soon after he is born. The holy family must escape to Egypt from King Herod. We have a lot of historical information about Herod. He reigned for 40 years. Herod wanted to change the landscape of Israel in order to ...

Christmas Eve Meditation~ 2019

By | December 24th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 24 2019 On this holy night, we reflect on a child's birth. We seek the world envisioned by Isaiah. A world governed by justice and righteousness. This world must be accomplished in the real world by real people. Into a world filled with corruption and greed, a child is ...

What Is Joseph So Sad About?~ Matthew 1: 18-25

By | December 22nd, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 22 Having a child is complicated. Joseph should have been happy. He was male, reasonably successful, and respected in society. Yet, having a child is a big responsibility. A woman's health is in danger during a pregnancy. Joseph had the added stress that Mary was not pregnant by him ...

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, ...

Do You Know What Time It Is? ~Romans 13: 8-12

By | December 1st, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 1, 2019 During these dark winter months, we all need a little lift. Our reading from Paul gives us that lift. Love does no wrong. Now is the time to wake from sleep. Time is running out so put on the armor of the light. Paul continues that we ...

Moment of Concern~ World AIDS Day

By | December 1st, 2019|sermons|

Given by Lisa Lipsey December 1, 2019 We are reminded that our flame of hope must continue to shine bright. AIDS may not be in the headlines but it is still a devastating disease that millions fight every day. The battle for health justice is still going on. Have that talk with your children and grandchildren. ...

November 2019

Thank God For God ~ Psalm 146

By | November 24th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 24, 2019 Our reading this Thanksgiving week reminds us to be thankful for God. Praise music stimulates us spiritually. It takes us deeper into our soul. Studies shows if we focus on the positive in our lives, we tend to be happier. This is harder than it sounds though.  ...

The Goal Within Our Grasp~ 2 Corinthians 9: 6-12

By | November 17th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 17, 2019 On this Stewardship Sunday, we get straight to the point ,just like Paul did in our reading today. Those who sow bountifully will reap bountifully. When you give, do so with cheer. You must be willing though. As much as we kid, you are not under compulsion ...

From Fragments, A Feast~ Habakkuk 1: 1-3, 2: 1-3

By | November 3rd, 2019|sermons|

Given by Ann Runion November 3, 2019 It is not uncommon to wonder where God is when we see suffering in the world. Why does God not intervene? In today's reading, the prophet, Habakkuk, asked these same questions. He is clinging to the ramparts waiting for God to answer him. Like us, he has an ...

October 2019

Faith Never Faints~ Luke 18: 1-8

By | October 20th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 20, 2019 Faith is not what you know is going to happen but what you trust will happen. Today's parable is about the faith of a widow seeking justice from a judge.  She was persistent in her cause. There are many ways to interpret a parable. Today we ask, ...

The Only Thing That Counts is Faith Working Through Love~Galatians 5: 1-6

By | October 13th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 13, 2019 Today is Coming Out Sunday. Rev. Shockley shows us a video on a pre-Christian society that embraces non-binary individuals. There were many cultures before Christianity began. One of these is the Hawaiian culture. Non-binary individuals are Mahu. Hawaiians lived in harmony and the Mahu were valued members ...

The Hard Work Of Christian Fellowship~Colossians 3: 11-15

By | October 6th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 8, 2019 Making friends can be difficult once we leave school. Out in the real world, we are among people who may not shared our background, experiences, or interests. Many people join a church to connect with others. Today's scripture talks about this. Being one body of Christ, we ...

September 2019

Don’t Sell God Short~ Jeremiah 32: 1-3a, 6-15

By | September 29th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 29, 2019 Everyone understands the difficult and complicated process of selling a house. The reading today details such a sale. Jeremiah is offered some property by his cousin who needs the money. This was not a normal transaction though. During this period, Jerusalem was under siege by the Babylonians.  ...