Text of the Pastor's sermons

Live Like God is Your Best Friend – October 10

A sermon based on Amos 5: 6-7, 10-15 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 10, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott I want to start by noting that at this church you do not have to check your brain at the door. You are free to think for yourself. This sermon may be one that […]

Deep Roots and Lasting Roots – October 3

A sermon based on Galatians 3:19-29 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 3, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott A couple of months ago I preached the sermon that I originally wrote for today, the day we dedicate the new bench commemorating the local Underground Railroad and anti-slavery efforts. I decided to preach that sermon […]

A History of Embracing Children and Youth – September 26

Mark 9:33-37 (The Message) A sermon given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 26, 2021* by Scott Elliott When Tristan, our oldest child, was about three or four years the two of us made a meal together while Nancy was out. As Tristan and I sat and ate I remember admiring how adorable Tristan was […]

Rededicating a Place of Radical Hospitality – September 12

A sermon based on 1 Kings 8: 1,6,10-11, 22-30, 41-43 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 12, 2021* by Rev. Scott Elliott I chose today’s Lesson because it is about the radical hospitality and   dedication of the Temple in Old Testament times and today we are rededicating this hospitable sanctuary which was renovated last […]

Love Lives Here – September 5

A sermon based on James 2:1-17 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 5, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott Almost two decades ago Rev. Eugene Peterson completed a modern paraphrase of the Bible, he named it The Message. Although it is not direct translation I find it a great tool to get a modern feel for […]

   The Revolution That Undefiled – August 29

A sermon based on Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 29, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott As we heard in Jesus’ day some religious people got uptight about others not following the traditions they thought put people in the right holy condition before a meal. The story mentions meal […]

Love Parries Evil – August 22

A sermon based on Ephesians 6:10-20 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 22, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott Although I mostly direct plays nowadays, I spent a good part of my earlier days in theatre training to be an actor. That training included things you’d probably guess, like speech and dance and singing. But […]

A Dream and a Prayer for Leadership – August 15

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14, 15 1a Psalm 72: 1-7, 11-14 Given at Mount Vernon, Ohio, August 15, 2021 * By Rev. Scott Elliott   As we just heard, the Bible reports that God showed up in a dream and asked Solomon what he wanted.  Solomon’s dream response was asking for “an understanding mind to govern […]

What’s in it for Me? God’s Reign Now – August 8

A sermon based on John 6:24-35 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 6, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott This is the last of three sermons I wrote on sabbatical. Last week we heard the John 6 account of Jesus’ feeding five thousand people fish and bread and then walking on water in a storm […]

Why Would God Create Us? – August 1

A sermon based on: John 6:1-21 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio, August 1, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott WOW! It still feels so good to be back from sabbatical. I missed all of you and this beautiful sanctuary and our worship together so much! My main goal on sabbatical was to complete a script for […]