sermons

August 2020

Blessed And Broken People~Matthew 1-4, 13-21

By | August 2nd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 2, 2020 Today's lesson is inspired by the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand on the hillside. This is Jesus having church outdoors. The meal that Jesus shared with the people was a sacrament. Jesus did not need a pandemic in order to show compassion to the poor, ...

July 2020

Repent~ Isaiah 1: 21-31

By | July 26th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley July 26, 2020 Most prophets were fire and brimstone preachers. Isaiah was a prophet in the 7 century CE. The Black Lives Matter movement might be considered the 21st century's prophet. Today, we are doing a remix of Isaiah's message. We speak to America today. Some have forsaken our values ...

We Dare To Hope~Paul’s Letter to the Romans 8:22-25

By | July 19th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. Carl Crider July 19, 2020 During the month of July, we are looking at what has formed our assumptions, our language, and our thinking. Each of us are starting at different places on this journey. We are asking hard questions about race in our community of faith. Racism is built into ...

Loamy Christians~ Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

By | July 12th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley July 12, 2020 Our parable today asks the question of what word is being sown. It is implied that it is Jesus's message about the arrival of the Empire of God. There are different interpretations of what the Empire of God means in different theological frames. The Individual frame believes ...

The Usual Suspects~ Romans 7:15-25a

By | July 5th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Michael Vaughn July 5, 2020 The writings of Paul in Romans is densely packed and exacting. He uses so many "I"s, "me"s, and "my"s. This hyper-focus on these words represents our personal struggles. Today, current events bring us to the edge of cultural awareness. Things are changing and we must think anew. ...

June 2020

You’re Welcome~Matthew 10: 40-42

By | June 28th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 28, 2020 Those who welcome you are welcoming me. Those that welcome me are welcoming the One who sent me. The lesson we learn from Jesus is that, sometimes, welcoming someone is not always easy. By reading the entire 10th chapter, we can better understand the true meaning of ...

No Longer ~Galatians 3: 23-28

By | June 21st, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 21, 2020 We are all one. On June 15th, the Supreme Court ruled that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal. In 56 CE, the apostle Paul ruled that discrimination was not Christian. No longer does race, gender, or class matter in the sight of God. ...

Help Wanted, Hard Work~ Matthew 9: 35 – 10:1

By | June 14th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 14, 2020 Today, our theme is help wanted. The message from Jesus is that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. As we are healing from COVID-19, we can help by wearing masks and social distancing. Pilgrim is doing its part by being cautious concerning opening. We ...

I Can’t Breathe~Genesis 1: 26-27 2: 4-7

By | June 7th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 7, 2020 This week has been exhausting. Around the world, people have been protesting. Two of our youth organized the three Carlsbad protests this weekend. We are so proud. Being black in America is stressful. As our passage tells us breath is life. God breathed into a lump of ...

May 2020

Dialogue Sermon Child Friendly Faith Foundation Campaign Against ‘Conversion Therapy’ ~Genesis 22: 1-12

By | May 31st, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley, Sarah Henry and Jaime Romo May 31, 2020 Today, we are discussing the topic of the mistreatment of children based on religious beliefs. One example of this is conversion therapy. While this therapy has been discredited, there are still a few who still practice it. Its roots are from traditional religious ...

Truth~ The Gospel According To John 14: 15-17

By | May 24th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley May 24, 2020 As the reading today tells us, truth is in us. Truth is defined as being according to fact or reality. There is a second definition. It is a judgement or idea that is true or accepted as true. These two definitions can be in conflict. A truth ...

Compassionate Christianity~ 1 Peter 4: 12-14 5 :6-11

By | May 17th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley May 17, 202 During these times, the world needs compassionate Christianity. Few turn to 1 Peter due to its conservative patriarchal perspective. The writers had turned away from the wide acceptance preached by Jesus and the first generation Christians. Gone were the revolutionary thoughts of equality. The early church was ...

Embracing (In) Isolation~John 14:1-14

By | May 10th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Jude Johnson May 10, 2020 Happy Mother's Day to all! During this period of reflection, we examine our relationship with God and each other. This is an extraordinary time. Many are dealing with the fear of being sick. Many have lost income and/or jobs. Some are dealing with death and grief. Anxiety is ...

April 2020

The Worst Funeral Ever ~The Gopspel of John 20: 1-18

By | April 12th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 12, 2020 Our reading today tells the story of Mary visiting Jesus's tomb. This resurrection story was a funeral story. Jesus was dead. As was the custom, his followers prepared to mourn Jesus. The mourners planned to weep and tell the story of Jesus's life. Jesus was killed for ...

The Passion of the Pandemic~ Matthew 26: 14-23

By | April 5th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 5, 2020 On this Psalm Sunday, we are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. This also marks the beginning of the passion narrative recalling Jesus's suffering and death. After the celebration of his arrival in Jerusalem, Jesus sat with the disciples for dinner.  He tells them that ...