Text of the Pastor's sermons

A Time of Expectation – November 28

A sermon based on Luke 3:3-18 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 28, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott The First Sunday of Advent is here! So much expectation is already in the air. It’s the start of the time of year when throughout our culture we let the Christmas Spirit motivate us to be […]

Christ Is Sovereign of the Heavenly Way – November 21

A sermon based on John 18:33-37 (Inclusive Bible) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 21, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott “The central claim of Christianity is that Jesus is the divine revelation of God. He reveals, discloses, what can be seen of God in human life.”1 There’s always been a scandal that comes with […]

Sincere Gratitude and Response – November 14

A sermon based on I Samuel 1:4-20 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 14, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott I read that a man searching for a perfect community of faith came to see Charles Spurgeon the famous 19th century British preacher.  Pastor Spurgeon reportedly told the man that there were many saintly people […]

Despite Commandments to the Contrary We Can Marry Moabites – November 7

A sermon based on Ruth 3: 1-5, 4:13-17 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 7, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott I want to add a short scripture reading to the Lectionary lesson that Mearle just read so nicely. It comes from Torah, the law. It’s found at Deuteronomy 23 verse 3 “No Ammonite or […]

Being Close to the Reign of God Isn’t Enough – October 31

A sermon based on Mark 12:28-34 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 31, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott This month the theme has been justice. And we’ve had a number of themes lately so I’ve wandered a bit away from the Lectionary lately, but today was lined up as the day to get back […]

The Lowly Widow’s as the Voice of God – October 24

A sermon based on Luke 18:1-8 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 24, 2021* by Rev. Scott Elliott The Theme for October in worship and activities has been Justice. The Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms defines justice as “the concept of each person receiving what is due . . .” 3. The dictionary goes […]

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 […]