Sermon Archives

01/22/2017

Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: Salvation as Transformation

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Jan. 15, 2017 “Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: Salvation as Transformation” II Cor. 5:17 & 6:2b There is a story about the great scientist Albert Einstein, when he was going on a train to an out-of-town engagement. The conductor stopped by to punch his ticket. Einstein, preoccupied with his […]

01/08/2017

Making Space–Progressive Christian Convictions: God

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Jan. 8, 2017 Making Space – Progressive Christian Convictions: God Acts 17: 28; Psalm 139:7-10 I was in 8th grade, and I was in love. This was not puppy love, but even if it was, puppy love is real to the puppy. Here I was at the ripe old age […]

01/01/2017

New Year Priorities

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Jan. 1, 2017 “New Year Priorities” Matt. 5:1-10 The poet writes: Another year, another chance To start our lives anew; This time we’ll leap old barriers And have a real breakthrough. We’ll take one little step And then we’ll take one more, Our unlimited potential We’ll totally explore. We’ll show […]

12/25/2016

The Gift–Christmas Day 2016

“The Gift” A Sermon for University Congregational Church Sunday, December 25, 2016—Christmas Morning Paul E. Ellis Jackson Traditional Word For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. –Isaiah 9:6 Contemporary Word It […]

12/18/2016

Advent Inverted: Love in the Ruins

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Dec. 18, 2016 “Advent Inverted – Love in the Ruins” Matt. 1:1-17 Madeline L’Engel wrote, “He did not wait till the world was ready, till men and nations were at peace. He came when the Heavens were unsteady, and prisoners cried out for release. We cannot wait till the world […]

12/11/2016

Advent Inverted–Joy!

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Dec. 11, 2016 “Advent Inverted – Joy” Matt 3:1-12 Rev. Dr. Thomas Long wrote, “If there had been in the middle of the 19th century, such things as iPods and MTV, pianist Franz Liszt would have been on them. Long before Elvis, the Beetles, Bono and J-Lo, there was Franz […]

12/04/2016

Advent Inverted: Finding Peace when War in Never-Ending

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Dec. 4, 2016 Advent Inverted: Finding Peace when War is Never-Ending Isaiah 11:6-8 We start this morning with a prophecy about peace. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child […]

11/27/2016

Advent Inverted: Hope for the Alien

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Nov. 27, 2016 “Advent Inverted – Hope for the Alien” Matt. 2:13-15a This week I was captured by the video of a boy in Aleppo who had survived a chemical attack. He was being treated in the hospital, but had no family there to comfort him. He asked the nurse […]

11/20/2016

The Heart of Christianity: The Heart of the Matter

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Nov. 20, 2016 “The Heart of Christianity – The Heart of the Matter” Psalm 122 “Home is where the heart is.” I’ve been thinking about home this week and where the home of my heart is. Maybe it’s because we are ready to start the holiday season and Eric and […]

11/13/2016

The Heart of Christianity: Transforming the Heart

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Nov. 13, 2016 “The Heart of Christianity – Transforming the Heart” Gal. 5:22-26 There was a family with a 3 year old girl who was the firstborn and only child until the couple was expecting again. The little girl was very excited about having a new brother or sister. Within […]

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