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

 

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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.…

Welcoming the Stranger  

Posted May 1st, 2017 in in Sermons, Worship

Rev. Paula J. Elizabeth April 30, 2017 Hebrews 13:1-3 (ILB) Continue to love each other as sisters and brothers.  Don’t neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it.  Keep in mind those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them. And be mindful of those who…

The Alleluia’s are back… Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!!!

Posted April 17th, 2017 in in Sermons, Worship

Rev. Paula J. Elizabeth         April 16, 2017 Easter Sunday                       John 20:1-18   Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran…

Palm Sunday, A Day of Celebration!!

Posted April 10th, 2017 in in Sermons, Worship

Rev. Paula J. Elizabeth April 9, 2017  Palm Sunday           Matthew 21:1-11 Welcome to Palm Sunday!  A day of celebration!  A day of festivities! Lent is over – almost.  Easter is only a week away – and for most that is the focus.  Maybe a few folk look forward to the Maundy/Tenebrae Thursday tradition of Communion and Readings of the…

Be Patient! Trust in the Lord…

Posted April 10th, 2017 in in Sermons, Worship

Rev. Paula J. Elizabeth April 2, 2017                                 Psalm 130 “Out of the depths I cry to you, In your mercy, hear my voice!” Thus begins the cry for healing that is Psalm 130, a cry that continues in deep belief and trust, “…I wait for you, my soul waits, and in your Love I place my trust.” Grief, depression, illness,…

“Two Paths” Lessons from Psalm I

Posted March 19th, 2017 in in Sermons, Social Justice, Worship

Shelby Condray                                                          March 19, 2017 Third Sunday of Lent We take our text this morning from the book of Psalms chapter 1 Blessed are those     who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread,     or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of God,     and on God’s…