Sermons

advent wreathOur churches liturgical calendar is rich and varied. Enjoy our recent sermons below.

 

Doubts

Posted August 14th, 2017 in in Sermons, Witness, Worship

Rev. Paula J. Elizabeth                                        August 13, 2017   Every day we are inundated with news from around the world, the country, our own community, our church and of course our own families.  Sometimes this news is joyful, and other times it…

Grace and Power

Posted July 23rd, 2017 in in Sermons, Worship

Rev. Paula  J. Elizabeth       July 23, 2017 Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19  (NRSV) I invite you to consider two concepts: Grace and Power.  How they are linked together, and how they often – unfortunately – are not. Whether it be a dancer, a gymnast, a rock or mountain climber, they defy gravity at almost every turn.  They move counter to…

Pride!

Posted July 18th, 2017 in in Sermons, Social Justice, Witness, Worship

Rev. Paula J. Elizabeth               July 16, 2017                              Pride Sunday Galatians 3:23-28   Yesterday was a grand day of celebration, exhilaration, and jubilation.  We walked, marched, whistled, shouted, whooped and hollered, waved our flags, twirled our umbrellas, shook our booties, and generally just had a thoroughly grand time at Pride Parade – San Diego…

  My Beloved!

Posted July 11th, 2017 in in Sermons, Worship

Rev. Paula J. Elizabeth                                      July 9, 2017 Song of Solomon 2:8-13   Today’s scripture – and message – perhaps could be rated R!   It is about love, passionate love, erotic love!  Those under age best leave now. While your ears and hopefully your heart are perked, listen to today’s scripture. Expansive Love – Divine & Human The voice of my…

Independence Day

Posted July 11th, 2017 in in Sermons, Worship

Rev. Paula J. Elizabeth            July 2, 2017           Communion/Independence Day Sunday   These days you have to wonder what it means to be an American.  And an American as a person of faith. I was talking to my sister yesterday about our ancestors, some of whom came from Russia at an early age in the late…

Change

Posted June 19th, 2017 in in Sermons, Worship

Rev. Paula J. Elizabeth              Mark 1:14-15 June 18, 2017   Let’s begin today with a story of old.  No, not Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, or even Esau and Jacob.  But with John and Jesus.  Seems Jesus, picked up the story line of John in today’s Gospel lesson – so…

A Familiar Story

Posted June 13th, 2017 in in Sermons, Social Justice

June 11, 2017 Brian C. Schimpf   I want to thank you for the warm welcome you’ve given my wife Cindy and myself. As you may know we moved to San Diego recently having lived for about forty years in suburban Boston, Massachusetts. During our time there we were members of the Acton Congregational Church, UCC. It was there that…

Strength, Courage and a Lot of Spirit:  The Call of Pentecost

Posted June 7th, 2017 in in Sermons, Worship

Rev. Paula J. Elizabeth                     June 4, 2017                   Acts 1:8, Romans 5:5   Spirit is loose folks!  Spirit is alive and well and hovering over us like tongues of fire. Holy Mystery is here in all its glory!  Is present! Is shining…

Voices of Our Mothers – Mothers’s Day Reflections

Posted May 17th, 2017 in in Sermons, Worship

  She found her baby out in the wilderness,         in an empty, windswept wasteland.     She threw her arms around her, lavished attention on her,         guarding her as the apple of her eye.     She was like an eagle hovering over her nest,         overshadowing her young,     Then spreading her wings, she lifted them into the air, and taught her babe’s to fly.…

Tired, Poor, and Huddled Masses

Posted May 16th, 2017 in in Message from the Pastor, Sermons, Social Justice, Worship

Rev. Paula J. Elizabeth Ephesians 2:19-22  (ILB)                                     May 7, 2017   The United Church of Christ has designated the 1st Sunday in May as Immigrant Rights Sunday.  Since at sometime or other we, or our ancestors were immigrants on this piece of global turf, it would be honorable for us to reflect on Immigrants in this time and place.…