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.
Luke’s parable about the Rich Man and Lazarus is a somewhat foreboding. A rich man dies and is condemned, the poor, sick man Lazarus, dies and goes to paradise. But is this a story about death, or life? Is the point of this story to get us into heaven, or to get us to live better […]
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 […]
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.
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)
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)
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, […]