Sermons presented by our minister and guests are both intellectually and spiritually challenging while their style is casual and accessible. In addition to Biblical references and lectionary, speakers weave in commentary from theologians, contemporary writers and even pop-culture icons into their sermons. The message is always relevant and directed toward how we can follow the Word of Christ as we face the challenges of an ever-changing world. Sermons challenge us to work daily to improve ourselves, that we might spread Christ’s radical message of love and justice.

“Vetting”

Rev. Mark continues with the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Luke (7:18-35), discussing how followers of John the Baptist wondered if Jesus really was the one they were waiting for, and how the Pharisees and lawyers also questioned Jesus, as well as John. He goes into the epidemic of mistrust in our world right […]

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“The Power of Compassion”

On Caring Ministry Sunday at First Congregational UCC, Rev. Mark looks at the Gospel of Luke (7:1-17), and interprets two healing stories in the context of the caring ministry we engage in together as a congregation.

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“Living Happily Ever After”

In the conclusion to our summer sermon series on the Book of Job, Rev. Mark looks at the surprisingly short ending of the book, in chapter 42. He asks some questions about it, but also wonders if the happy ending is in fact the point of this epic story of struggle and theological angst. (Job 42:7-17)

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“Change Your Attitude”

Guest preacher Ms. Gracie Bates Davis, MDiv, continues our series on Job, exploring some of the later passages of Job, in which God confronts Job after his questions of God. (Job 38:25-27, 41:1-8, 42:1-6)

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“Divine Defense”

Continuing our Job sermon series, God finally presents a defense to Job. Rev. Mark dives into the beginning of God’s response to Job, and wrestles with what it might all mean. Is Job perhaps not thinking about God in the right way? Does God perhaps not work the way we want God to work? Job 31:35-37, […]

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“Re-Animation”

Former seminary intern, the Rev. Dr. Robyn Gray, was our guest preacher, and offered another installment of our Job series. She preached on Job 14:7-15, and 19:23-27.

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“Why Me?”

Continuing in the series from Job, Rev. Mark grapples with recent events–two more police killings of African American men, and the shooting of police in Dallas–and questions why it is we continue to blame victims in spite of all evidence of their innocence. The scripture text comes in three sections from the Book of Job, […]

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“Being Tested”

Rev. Mark begins a multi-week series on the Old Testament book of Job, the ancient story about a good man whose faith is tested by God. This sermon is on the first chapter of Job, and discusses the concept of being tested. Can you relate to Job? Have you ever had a time you felt […]

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“A Story of Generosity”

Rev. Mark concludes his three-sermon series on 2 Corinthians. Chapter 8 includes portions of Paul’s letter regularly used during church stewardship seasons, trying to encourage giving amongst disciples. But what is the purpose of generosity here? Where does it come from? Why do we talk about it as an aspect of faith? (2 Corinthians 8:1-15, […]

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