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A Prophetic Singer Came to Town…Twice – February 28

A sermon based on Exodus 15:19-22 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 28, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott A Prophetic Singer Came to Town…Twice – February 28 This morning’s reading from Exodus is not one of the Lectionary lessons for today. I’ve gone “off script” because FOR Black History Month I’d like to talk […]

An Ash Wednesday Sunday – February 21

A sermon based on Psalm 51 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 21, 2021* by Rev. Scott Elliott Lent began last week on Wednesday, Ash Wednesday. Because of the pandemic we decided not to have an Ash Wednesday service this year. But we thought we’d cover it a bit today the first Sunday in […]

God Shining in Our Hearts – February 14

A sermon based on 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 14, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott Out of the four Lectionary texts offered for this morning I chose the Second Corinthians text because it mentions hearts. I felt THAT heart full text was apt on Valentine’s Day. I did, though, also […]

The Pre-Easter Jesus’ Acts Led to Easter – February 7

A sermon based on Mark 1:29-39 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 7, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott I recently stumbled across sermon notes I made awhile back trying to summarize what we actually know about the Jesus of history, the person whom Prof. Marcus Borg’s refers to as “the pre-Easter Jesus.” It’s not […]

Casting Out What Casts Out – January 31

A sermon based on Mark 1:21-28 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 31, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott Stories like the one Laura just read with Jesus’ performing what sounds like a supernatural healing and exorcism give a lot of us modern folk trouble. I’ve mention this before, we generally hear these types of […]

Follow Jesus’ Model of Self-Care – January 24

A sermon based on Luke 6:6-19 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 24, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott This year has started off in such a dynamic way. Already I have veered from the Revised Common Lectionary a couple of times. Today is one of those times. The Lectionary is a great tool for […]

Genuine Equality Was and Remains God’s Intent – January 17

A sermon based on Genesis 1:26-31 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 17, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott This is the weekend our nation has set aside to remember, celebrate and lift up the great American, pastor, theologian and civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 92nd anniversary of his birth […]

The Unmistakable Melody of a Divine Voice Singing – January 10

A sermon based on Mark 1:4-11 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 10, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott Thank you for a week of vacation. I read and rested and mostly had a nice quiet time with Nancy. Well, it was quiet until Wednesday, January 6th “The Day of Epiphany” on the church calendar. […]

Three Christmas Gifts for Everyone – December 27

A sermon based on Matthew 2: 1-12 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on December 27, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott There are twelve days of Christmas. Most of us are probably only aware of that because of the song that goes on and on listing gifts for each of those twelve days. Today is the […]

No One Should Be Surprised Christianity Is About Love – December 20

A sermon based on Matthew 1:18-23 (NRSV) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on December 20, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott This is our last Sunday in Advent– Christmas arrives Friday! Next Sunday when we meet it will already be the 3rd Day of Christmas. Amazing isn’t it? On this last Sunday in Advent we lit […]