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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 […]

We are Loved and Matter Much and Need to Show Others They Are

A sermon based on Acts 11:1-18 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 19, 2019* by Rev. Scott Elliott The Lectionary Lesson that Megan just read so well can seem almost as strange as the images we covered last week from the book of Revelation. If you read the whole of the Cornelius story in […]

May the Force of Be With Us

A sermon based on Revelation 7:9-17 * given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 12, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott I have long been a fan of the Star Wars movies, not because my first child was born on “May the Fourth,” but because good and evil are embroiled in cosmic combat in a way […]

Spirit Driven

A sermon based on Mark 16:1-8 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott Once upon a time a group of preschoolers gathered for Sunday school the week before Easter and the teacher asked “Does anyone know what today is called?” One little girl raised her hand and […]

Spirit Driven

A sermon based on Mark 16:1-8 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott Once upon a time a group of preschoolers gathered for Sunday school the week before Easter and the teacher asked “Does anyone know what today is called?” One little girl raised her hand and […]

We Can’t Have Easter Without Holy Week and God in Us

A sermon based on Mark 11:1-19 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on April 14, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott Today is Palm Sunday, named for a day about two thousand years ago when palms were used to wave and pave a path for Jesus’ entering into Jerusalem in a jubilant parade. Today is also known […]

A Shameful Welcome and Love

A sermon based on Luke 15: 1-3, 11b-32 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 31, 2018* by Rev. Scott Elliott I thought about focusing on the fatted calf part of the lesson by uddering puns that steer us all toward having a steak in that meaty vein of humor. But I decided I didn’t […]

All Love Needs is You

A sermon based on Luke 4:1-13 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio March 17, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott In Luke Chapter 3 Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan and the Holy Spirit descended upon him and a voice from heaven declared “You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased.” Then […]

At Jesus Table the Meal and the Gathered Become Holy

A sermon based on Luke 9:28-43a given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 3, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott Welcome to our fifth Peace Sunday. The last time I preached on a Peace Sunday back in January it was Epiphany a Holy Day on the church calendar. Today it is Transfiguration Sunday another Holy Day. […]

At Jesus Table the Meal and the Gathered Become Holy

A sermon based on Luke 9:28-43a given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 3, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott Welcome to our fifth Peace Sunday. The last time I preached on a Peace Sunday back in January it was Epiphany a Holy Day on the church calendar. Today it is Transfiguration Sunday another Holy Day. […]