Text of the Pastor's sermons

Holy Actions Are What Matter

A sermon based on: Luke 16:19-31 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 29, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott A preacher looked out over the congregation from the pulpit at the start of a sermon and said “Someday every member of this church will die!” A man from out of town (wearing blue and maize) […]

The Balm is Always There . . . Always

A sermon based on Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 22, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott When I was a small child, way, way back in the day, if any of us smaller kids got a splinter, cut, scrape or any other kind of open wound short of disabling gigantic gash there […]

All Alone We Are of Concern to God

A sermon based on Luke 15:1-10 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 15, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott A police car pulled up in front of Grandma Bessie’s house. She was very surprised to see her husband, Morris, step out of the car while the police officer held the door open. The officer walked […]

Starry Mud, the Breath of God and the Remolding of Nations

A sermon based on Jeremiah 18:1-11 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 8, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott The Bible has this great old set of verses early in Genesis that reports God made humankind from the very stuff God made the earth out of. Remarkably those verses were written long before our modern […]

The Least Eating at Banquets

A sermon based on: Luke 14:7-14 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio, September 1, 2019 * by Rev. Scott Elliott I am pretty sure I have mentioned before that Nancy and I moved to LA in 1980 so that I could make it big in show business. I humbly note that I think we all know […]

A Divine Promise For All Creatures

A sermon based on Genesis 8:1-19; 9:8-17 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 25, 2019 *2011 by Rev. Scott Elliott Do you know what Noah said as he began to load the Ark? “Now I herd everything.” And when he was herding Noah thought at first the horses didn’t want to get on board […]

Peace Work is Unrestful

A sermon based on Luke 12:49-56 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 18, 2019 * by Rev. Scott Elliott There’s a cartoon of a stick outlined church. Outside it is a stick figure of Jesus struggling to open the church door. Inside the church is a crowd of stick figures desperately holding that door […]

As Free as the Air We Breathe

A sermon based on Romans 5:1-5 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on June 16, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott Today is Trinity Sunday. Every time it rolls around I have to smile. It reminds me how far I am from what I once thought I was, and how close I am to what I aspired […]

Words and Deeds Understood in Any Language

A sermon based on Acts 2:1-21 (NIV) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio, June 2, 2019* by Rev. Scott Elliott Fifty days after Easter we celebrate the day that the Spirit came down and filled mortals so that we might gather in community, as Church, and be the Body of Christ on earth after Jesus’ ascension […]

Christ’s Blessings Are Everywhere

A sermon based on Luke 24:44-53 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on June 2, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott Jesus offers a blessing in the reading this morning. So I thought we’d talk a little about blessings. As I was preparing this sermon I wondered when most blessings are offered. The strangest answer came to […]