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Grappling with God – August 2

Grappling with God 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 […]

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

When Heaven Is Leaven and God Is a Woman 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 […]

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 […]

Listening to the Historic Jesus in a Very Holy Parable

A sermon based on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on July 12, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott When I first saw what Lectionary lesson from Matthew was up for today, I was a little disappointed. The parable is in the play Godspell and I like it, but I have read, rehearsed and […]

In 1776 a Genie Was Let Out

A sermon based on: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio, on July 5, 2020* 2010 by Rev. Scott Elliott I LOVE THE FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND! Every year, as far as I can remember, it has been full of great feasts and celebration. Tastes. Smells. Sights. Sounds. Parades. Colors. Unified exaltation by many […]

We Hold the Rheostat of God-Light

A sermon based on Psalm 13 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on June 28, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott The scripture I an using to frame this sermon is the Lectionary Psalm for today. Psalm 13 is short. It starts with a lament over not sensing God’s presence in the midst of deep sorrow. The […]

A Father and God’s Love for a Child and Children

A sermon based on Genesis 22: 1-14 Given at mount Vernon, Ohio on June 21, 2020 * by Scott Elliott The traditional interpretation of our lesson today is that Abraham prepares to cruelly sacrifice his son because he believed God’s voice told him to do so. While preachers and teachers have long lauded this interpretation […]

Here’s What We Are to Do . . . and Are Doing

A sermon based on Matthew 6:24-33 Given at Mount Vernon Ohio on June 14, 2020* by Rev Scott Elliott Today’s scripture is most often heard as an instruction to just have faith God will take care of you, because, look, God takes care of the birds and the flowers and we are of even more […]

Finding the Trinity in the Sacraments and in Our Brother, George Floyd

A sermon based on Matthew 28:16-20 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on June 6, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott In our last two worship services we discussed the Luke/Acts narratives of the Ascension and Pentecost. You may recall that the end story for Jesus – as a resurrected man– in that narrative is quite different […]

The Promises of Jesus and the Spirit Get Met

A sermon based on Acts 2:1-11 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 31, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott Last week we considered how The Book of the Acts of the Apostles reports in Chapter one that forty-days after Easter Jesus told his followers that they would be baptized by the Holy Spirit in a […]