Sermon Archives

01/27/2019

“Giving Yourself Grace” or “#You Too”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Jan. 27, 2019 “Giving Yourself Grace” or “#You Too” Matt. 11:28-30; Philippians 4:6-7; Romans 8:1-2 For the last several weeks, Paul and I have preached on racism. Our original plan was to go right into a series on the topic of gender equality. And we will get to that topic. […]

01/20/2019

“Same as You and Me: The Challenge”

Same as You and Me: The Challenge A Sermon for University Congregational Church Sunday, January 20, 2019 Rev. Paul E Ellis Jackson One of the Apostle Paul’s more challenging letters is his letter to Philemon. Written about the year 55 in the Common Era, roughly 20 years after the events that led to Jesus of […]

01/13/2019

“A Lot Like You and Me”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Jan. 13, 2019 “A Lot Like Me & You” Gal. 3:28 Today, I want to talk about race. In August, 2018, Paul, Michael and I sat down to plan out worship themes for the academic year and we agreed to make this a year about justice. The theme for January […]

01/06/2019

“Light Bulb Moments”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Jan. 6, 2019 “Light Bulb Moments” Matt. 2:1-12 Remember the commercials from a few years ago about the little gadget you plugged in called “the clapper”? You clapped twice and it turned on whatever you had plugged into it… or turned it off if you clapped again? There was a […]

12/30/2018

“All Beautiful the March of Days”

“All Beautiful the March of Days” A Sermon for University Congregational Church Sunday, December 30, 2018 Rev. Paul E. Ellis Jackson Traditional Word 14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and […]

12/23/2018

“Jesus as Love”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Dec. 23, 2018 “Jesus as Love” Matt. 1:18-25 The following is a portion of the poem, “Praise Song for the Day,” written by Elizabeth Alexander Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each other’s eyes or not, about to speak or speaking. All about us […]

12/16/2018

“Jesus as Joy”

Jesus as Joy Luke 1:46-55 On Dec. 2nd, country musician Garth Brooks played a sold out concert at Notre Dame’s stadium. It was broadcast on CBS. At the end of the concert, Garth played his iconic #1 hit, “The Dance.” The song contains some of the most poetically beautiful lyrics, and people in the audience […]

12/09/2018

“Jesus as Peace”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Dec. 9, 2018 “Jesus As Peace” Isaiah 11:1-10 I have an elderly friend who lives in an assisted living apartment. She is an introvert, and has at times even struggled with social anxiety. But she also loves her church and does all she can to attend every Sunday…. Except in […]

12/02/2018

“Jesus as Hope”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Dec. 2, 2018 “Jesus As Hope” Jeremiah 33: 14-16 I Thessalonians 4:13b Hanukkah begins at sunset on Sunday. It dates back to 150 BCE. The historical context for the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah is one of war, mass-murder, torture, kidnapping, slander, and assassination. After Alexander the Great died, the Persian […]

11/25/2018

“Practicing Gratitude”

Robin McGonigle University Congregational Church Nov. 25, 2018 “Practicing Gratitude” Excerpts from Psalms 107; 118; 136 Excerpts from John 11; Ephesians 1 & 5; Colossians 3; Thessalonians 5 On this first Sunday after Turkey Day, I want to talk about gratitude that goes beyond Thanksgiving. This kind of gratitude is not simply giving thanks when […]

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