Text of the Pastor's sermons

Peace/ The Promise Unfolding – November 29

A sermon based on Luke 2: 1-18 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 29, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott As you can see by the Christmas tree and hanging of the greens, Advent is here! A part of me thought it would never arrive. Another part of me is somehow surprised it has arrived […]

The Man Who Feared the God He Imagined – November 15

  A sermon based on Matthew 25:14-30 (KJV) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 15, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott Last week in our lesson we heard the apostle Paul teaching that “Each . . . gives as [we] have made up [our] mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful […]

A Blizzard of Blessings in the Snow Globe of God – November 8

A sermon based on 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 8, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott I often bring up the words in Acts 17 (27-28) where Paul explains that God “is not far from each one of us. For ‘In [God] we live and move and have our being. […]

Our Church Angel – November 1

A sermon based on Psalm 34:1-10, 22 (Inclusive Bible) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 1, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott First of all, let me wish you all a Happy Anniversary. Seven years ago, this very day we started our ministry together. That’s longer than two thirds of the regular pastors who have […]

Christ in the Victim, Christ in the Hero – October 18

A sermon based on Luke 10:25-37 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 18, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott There’s a wonderful art display on the Good Samaritan going on right now over at the Schnormeier Gallery. The display is called “Who is My Neighbor.” I’ve checked it out a couple of times already. I […]

Radical Hospitality – October 11

A sermon based on Matthew 22:1-10 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 11, 2020 * by Rev. Scott Elliott The story we just heard has invited guests failing to show up at a wedding banquet. Nancy and I sorta had the opposite occur at our wedding. My parents were going through a difficult divorce. […]

A Divine Duet – October 4

A sermon based on Psalm 19 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 4 , 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott   Now that I am in the fourth year of my sixth decade of my life I am finally beginning to comprehend things about memory that I have heard all my life but did not […]

Some Holy Nose Tweaks – September 27

A sermon based on Matthew 21:23-32 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 27, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott When we usually consider the Lectionary selection of the Gospel verses Laura just read, most of us probably tend to focus on who Jesus is talking to, how he outsmarts them, and gives them what I’d […]

A Promise That Will Lead to Peace – September 20

A sermon based on Mark 9: 33-37 (The Message) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 20, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott Tomorrow is International Day of Peace. The United Nations declared it “a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace,” and the UN set the 2020 theme as “Shaping Peace Together.” The idea […]

Enter God’s Gates with Thanksgiving – September 13

A sermon based on Psalms 96 and 100 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 13, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott I am very glad to be here today with all of you beloved church sisters and brothers gathered in-person in this newly refurbished one-hundred-and-fifty-two-year old sanctuary. We have not met together up here since […]