Gospel of John

January 2022

Back to the Future~ John 1: 1-10,14

By | January 2nd, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Mary Ferris January 2 2021 As we start a new year, we wonder if anything has changed. The church has its own calendar cycle. Each cycle brings all the events of the past while adding new memories. This cycle is a culmination of the past and sows the seeds for the future. ...

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 ...

May 2021

The Work of the Holy Spirit~ John 15: 26-27, 16: 4b-15

By | May 23rd, 2021|sermons|

Given by Jamie Romo May 23, 2021 Today is Pentecost and Safe Church Sunday. Pilgrim has strived to make this a welcoming and safe space for all. Our Safe Church policies are continuing to be reviewed and up-dated. Pentecost was a day that the disciples were touched by the Holy Spirit. They can be heard ...

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

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 ...

March 2021

The Past Isn’t Past~ John 1: 1-5 & 12: 31-36

By | March 21st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. David Hall March 21, 2021 The past is not dead or gone. It lives on and affects everyone. Our traditions and culture are shaped by the past. Our words originated in our past. Knowledge is past down from generation to generation. The concept of the division of something conceptually into two opposed ...

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. ...

February 2021

Risky Business~ John 8: 3-11

By | February 7th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 7, 2021 Being a Christian is risky business. It can be difficult to act on what we know. In today's reading, Jesus knew better than to think the woman was the only sinner there. By siding with her, he placed himself in danger with her.  Like Jesus, we must ...

January 2021

The Truth Will Make You Free~ John 8: 31-33, 44-47

By | January 17th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 17, 2021 Today is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. We are also getting ready to celebrate the inauguration of a new president.  In our reading today, Jesus tells his disciples that if they continue doing his work, then they are truly his followers. They will know the truth and ...

December 2020

A Case of Mistaken Identity~ John 1: 6-8, 19-28

By | December 13th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 13, 2020 According to our reading, John was sent by God as a witness so others could believe in the Light. Jesus and John the Baptist are linked. Many mistook John for the messiah. Both were prophets preaching redemption and the arrival of a new world order, the empire ...

May 2020

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 ...

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 ...

March 2020

Our Only Health is the Disease~ John 9: 1-11

By | March 22nd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Steve Meineke March 22, 2020 During this season of Lent, we are talking about our spiritual health. Since we are experiencing a global pandemic currently, health is on our minds already. The disease we are talking about today is guilt. Contrary to most people's belief, guilt is not always bad. According to Dr. ...

January 2020

In-Spirit-ed~ The Gospel According to John 1: 29-34

By | January 19th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 19, 2020 Inspirited...a new word to express what happens when one is inspired. It describes what happened when Jesus was baptized. The movement of the "spirit" is like a dove. John the Baptist was sent to baptize as many people as possible. One of those people would be special, ...

May 2019

Holy Now~John 5: 1-9

By | May 26th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Jaime Romo May 26, 2019 Today is Memorial Day. It is also Safe Church Sunday. We are reflecting on healing. We may be feeling a mixture of feelings; reverence, respect, anxiety, loss, and/or grief. Memorial Day began as a way to honor and grieve for the losses of the Civil War. It ...