Sermon Archives

05/20/2018

“The Prayer Wheel: Your Will Be Done”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church May 20, 2018 The Prayer Wheel: Your Will Be Done Luke 9:23 If I were a betting person, I would bet that this morning when you woke up, the first thought that many of you had was: “It’s Pentecost Sunday! I’m so excited to go to church and hear what […]

05/13/2018

“The Prayer Wheel–Your Kingdom Come”

The Prayer Wheel: Your Kingdom Come A sermon for University Congregational Church Sunday, May 13, 2018 Rev. Paul E. Ellis Jackson Traditional Word Mark 1:14-15 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news[i] of God,[j] 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come […]

05/06/2018

“The Prayer Wheel: Holy is Your Name”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church May 6, 2018 The Prayer Wheel: Holy is Your Name Romans 8:14-17 In 2015, a group of rare manuscripts from medieval monasteries went on exhibit at the New York gallery Les Enluminures. The crown jewel of the collection, originally from an abbey in Liesborn, Germany, was a massive handmade book […]

04/29/2018

“Jesus and ‘the Kingdom'”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church April 29, 2018 Jesus and ‘the Kingdom’ Mark 6:6-12 “On earth as it is in heaven.” Just what are we praying for when we say these words? “On earth as it is in heaven.” The vision of Jesus was that the Kingdom of God – or the will of God […]

04/22/2018

“A God of Justice or a God of Mercy: Building on the Foundation”

“A God of Justice or a God of Mercy: Building on the Foundation” A Sermon for University Congregational Church Sunday, April 15, 2018 Rev. Paul E. Ellis Jackson Traditional Word 9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And […]

04/15/2018

“A God of Justice or a God of Mercy: The Search for a Foundation”

“A God of Justice or a God of Mercy: The Search for a Foundation” A Sermon for University Congregational Church Sunday, April 15, 2018 Rev. Paul E. Ellis Jackson Traditional Word 6 The Lord passed before him, and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast […]

04/08/2018

“Kintsugi: Putting It All Together”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church April 8, 2018 “Kintsugi: Putting It All Together” Romans 5:1-5 At the beginning of Lent – in February – I spoke about brokenness. The communion table was filled with various broken things – pots and computer screens and china – all broken. The word “break” has a negative connotation to […]

04/01/2018

“New Life Bursting Forth”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church April 1, 2018 “New Life Bursting Forth” 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 and went to Simon Peter and the other […]

03/25/2018

“Lent Through the Ages: Palm Sunday”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church March 25, 2018 “Lent Through the Ages –Palm Sunday” Luke 22: 14-34 I don’t know how you feel about Palm Sunday, but I am here to tell you that for me it is always the most confusing day in the church calendar. It has the festive feel of a prelude […]

03/18/2018

“Lent Through the Ages: Jesus Christ Superstar”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Mar. 18, 2018 “Lent Through the Ages: Jesus Christ Superstar” John 18: 33-38 Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar set the world buzzing when it first appeared on vinyl in 1970 and on Broadway in 1971. The executives at MCA Records were terrified by it. In reaction […]

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