Text of the Pastor's sermons

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 […]

Live and Love Between the Steps – September 6

A sermon based on Romans 13:8-14 Given at Mount Vernon Ohio on September 6, 2020* by Rev. Scott Elliott As we just heard in our lesson that Laura just read so well, Paul tells Christians we owe a debt “to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” We also […]

Working to End Injustices – August 30

A sermon based on Romans 12:9-12 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 30, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott Many of you know that I left church as a teen and spent a couple of decades opposing the church and challenging Christians over what I felt was unloving treatment of others. I had seen and […]

Re-scripting Life – August 23

A sermon based on Matthew 16:13-20 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 23, 2020* by Rev. Scott Elliott We tend to see Jesus in a post-Easter sort of way as always the Messiah, but the Lectionary lesson for today suggests Jesus wasn’t always considered, even by himself, as the Messiah. As the ending verses […]

The Possibilities of Being Fully Human and Divine – August 16

A sermon based on Matthew 15:10-28 given at Mount Vernon, OH on August 16, 2020* 2011 by Rev. Scott Elliott In our lesson Jesus refers to eating rules, because he’d just been accosted by some religious folks for violating eating rituals they were obsessed with. They criticized Jesus and his followers for not performing a […]

Walking on Water Is Not What It Is Cracked Up to Be – August 9

A sermon based on Matthew 14: 22-31 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 9, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott Before the story of Jesus walking on water was told, at least two other religions already had stories of walks-on-water.  In a Greek story the god Hermes, who provides messages from heaven to the world, […]

Grappling with God – August 2

A sermon based on Genesis 32:22-31 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 2, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott   A couple of weeks ago we considered a Bible story about Jacob. The one where he flees Canaan after deceiving his brother and father.  We learned that on the first night of that flight Jacob […]

When Heaven Is Leaven and God Is a Woman – July 26

A sermon based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 KJV given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on July 26, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott   Two weeks ago, I mentioned that I think  words in the Gospels that scholars can trace back directly to Jesus are very Holy. They are literally a part of what Jesus taught and […]

God’s Always Beside and Within – July 19

A sermon based on Genesis 28: 10-19a given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on July 19, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott   Last week I preached on Jesus’ “Parable of the Sower.” And I suggested one meaning we can find in that parable is we are to be Jesus’ and God’s hands that toss love out […]