Text of the Pastor's sermons

Yes, There is Proof of Heaven – May 14

A sermon based on Revelation 21:1-7 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 15, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott This mornings’ lesson from Revelation that Ian just read so well is often heard at funerals because it offers promises of a better place where God (the Alpha and Omega) is fully sensed from the beginning […]

Tabitha’s a Hero We Can Be – May 8

A sermon based on Acts 9:36-43 Inclusive Bible given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 8, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott I am hoping, especially on this secular holiday that lifts up some very important women– mothers– that we all noticed that Tabitha, the woman at the center of the Lectionary text for today is […]

Here I Am God – May 1

A sermon based on Acts 9:1-20 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 1, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott The lectionary text that Ann just read so well is pretty famous. It’s one of the sections of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles that discusses what most of us probably know as “Paul’s […]

A Scriptural Love Shield – March 27

A sermon based on 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 27, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott A few weeks ago, just before I was about to start work on this sermon, I received hate email from a preacher regarding the pamphlet you can find in the entry hall and on-line called […]

Thank Goodness God Is the Gardener of Our Lives – March 20

A sermon based on Luke 13:1-9 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 20, 2022* by Rev. Scott Elliott There’s a sense by many that God punishes those who have sinned, and rewards those who are righteous. This punishing-rewarding God, can be found in some parts of the Bible and challenged in other parts. The […]

Brave and Unflinching about Love – March 13

A sermon based on Philippians 3:17-4:1 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 13, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott Our Lectionary reading is a snippet from a letter Paul wrote to the church in Philippi from prison. When he wrote it Paul had reason to believe it might be his last letter before being executed. […]

Models of Radical Inclusiveness and Care – March 6

A sermon based on Deuteronomy 26:1-11 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 6, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott Our religion, Christianity, has deep, deep roots in Judaism. Jesus was born into a Jewish family in a Jewish town in a Jewish country.  He grew up Jewish, he went to Temple, he went to synagogue, […]

Transfiguration, a Kind of Lent Eve – February 27

A sermon based on Luke 9:28-43 given at Mount Vernon,. Ohio on February 27,  2022 * by Rev. Scott Elliott Today is Transfiguration Sunday, the day on the Church calendar when we remember a mountain top story, the one where Jesus is transfigured and shines like the sun with dazzling white clothes.  It’s the story […]

Time to Remember Two Forgotten First Settlers of Knox County – February 20

A sermon based on Luke 6:27-38 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 20, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott Imagine if mega-churches and televangelists and other prominent Christian writers and leaders promoted doing what Jesus commands in our reading.  What a wonderful world it would be if those commandments were just taken to heart by […]

“I (Heart) Jesus” Means I (Heart) Everyone – February 13

A sermon based on Jeremiah 17:5-10 (The Inclusive Bible) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 13, 2022 by Rev. Scott Elliott I chose the Lectionary selection that Bobbie just read from Jeremiah because it has the word “heart” in it.  Since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow I thought it a happy coincidence and it’d be […]