peace

April 2022

Marching For Peace In The Face Of War Luke 19: 28-40

By | April 7th, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 10, 2022 We have an unfortunate habit of domesticating and sanitizing Jesus and his message. We being the main stream, middle class state sanctioned religion. People forget what events took place during Holy Week in Jesus's time as we celebrate. There is a disconnect with the word crucifixion and ...

December 2021

Stay Close to Jesus~ Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 4: 4-7

By | December 12th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 12, 2021 The message today is when times are hard, stay close to Jesus. Over the last few years, we have been tested. Life is hard for so many. Each person's understanding and relationship with Jesus is different and deeply personal.  Throughout our life, this understanding evolves and changes. ...

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 ...

August 2018

January 2018

Big Buttons and Little Boys ~ Job 24:9-14

By | January 14th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 14, 2018 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Recent events and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday  have inspired today's sermon. Not only was Martin Luther King Jr. known for his work for civil rights, he was also known for his work for peace. He protested against the ...

September 2016

August 2016

Courage To Hope

By | August 21st, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/180465045 Today's reading from Jeremiah talks about his call to ministry. It took Jeremiah time before he fully embraced his calling. At the beginning of his ministry, he is not yet bold or courageous. God had called Jeremiah to speak truth to power even before his birth. At first, Jeremiah tells God he has the ...

Two Hijabs and Mr. Triple-A

By | August 14th, 2016|sermons|

The reading today from John tries to imagine the calling of the first twelve disciples. It begins with Andrew and his brother, Simon-Peter, who are simple fisher-folk from Galilee. Next came Philip who then tries to persuade Nathanael.

April 2016

Are These the Last Days?

By | April 23rd, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/164854227 Today's reading comes from the book of Revelations which has inspired the imaginations of countless generations. The question, "Are these the last days?," has been asked by everyone in every civilization in some form or another. We wonder about the question of death. Everyone wants to know the answer for several reasons. Is there ...

March 2016

Whatever Happened to Jesus

By | March 27th, 2016|sermons|

The passage from Acts talks of the preachings of the disciples as a result of Jesus' resurrection. The conviction of the disciples that Jesus was still with them after his resurrection formed the basis for the early church.