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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 […]

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. […]

God Rescues and Reconciles Through Us

A sermon based on Genesis 45:3-11, 15 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 24, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott When I selected our lesson from the Lectionary readings for today my intent to write a different sermon that the one you are about to hear. That’s not unusual, I often plan to write about […]

May We Feel Woe and Go and Bring Blessings

A Black History Month Sermon A sermon based on Luke 6:17-26 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 17, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott I grew up in the Bay Area and was raised a diehard San Francisco Giants fan. In the baseball era of my younger days one had to be “diehard” because the […]

Hospitality Throughout Hotel Earth

A sermon based on John 2:1-11 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 20, 2019 by Rev. Scott Elliott Over the years I have read a number of books and articles and even studied in seminary about ways to welcome visitors to church. The books and classes and studies show what probably will sound obvious, […]