Sermon Archives

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 […]

11/06/2016

The Heart of Christianity: Opening the Heart

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Nov. 6, 2016 “The Heart of Christianity – Opening the Heart” Eph. 3:16-17 The early Celtic people who lived in the British Isles believed that you could go to certain places to be closer to God. These places have long been called “thin places.” For them, thin places were geographical […]

10/30/2016

The Heart of Christianity: The Heart of Justice

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Oct. 30, 2016 “The Heart of Christianity – The Heart of Justice” Matt. 6:9-13 “The Bible is political…” says Marcus Borg, “It combines sharp political criticism and passionate political advocacy: radical criticism of systems of domination and impassioned advocacy of an alternative social vision.” I thought that might make all […]

10/23/2016

The Heart of Christianity: The Way of the Heart

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Oct. 23, 2016 “The Heart of Christianity – The Way of the Heart” Matt. 22:37-40 This week, in disbelief and a growing sick feeling in my stomach, I read a comment written by one of my acquaintances on Facebook. It said… Evil is doing its best to come into our […]

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