Text of the Pastor's sermons

Follow Jesus’ Model of Self-Care – January 24

A sermon based on Luke 6:6-19 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 24, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott This year has started off in such a dynamic way. Already I have veered from the Revised Common Lectionary a couple of times. Today is one of those times. The Lectionary is a great tool for […]

Genuine Equality Was and Remains God’s Intent – January 17

A sermon based on Genesis 1:26-31 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 17, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott This is the weekend our nation has set aside to remember, celebrate and lift up the great American, pastor, theologian and civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 92nd anniversary of his birth […]

The Unmistakable Melody of a Divine Voice Singing – January 10

A sermon based on Mark 1:4-11 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 10, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott Thank you for a week of vacation. I read and rested and mostly had a nice quiet time with Nancy. Well, it was quiet until Wednesday, January 6th “The Day of Epiphany” on the church calendar. […]

Three Christmas Gifts for Everyone – December 27

A sermon based on Matthew 2: 1-12 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on December 27, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott There are twelve days of Christmas. Most of us are probably only aware of that because of the song that goes on and on listing gifts for each of those twelve days. Today is the […]

No One Should Be Surprised Christianity Is About Love – December 20

A sermon based on Matthew 1:18-23 (NRSV) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on December 20, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott This is our last Sunday in Advent– Christmas arrives Friday! Next Sunday when we meet it will already be the 3rd Day of Christmas. Amazing isn’t it? On this last Sunday in Advent we lit […]

A Joyful Me – Plus-the-World Salvation

A sermon based on Luke 1:39-56 (NRSV) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on December 13, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott It’s hard to believe that it is already the third Sunday in Advent. As we saw early this is the day that we light the special rose-colored candle. We do so because Rose is the […]

The Hope of Conceiving Christ – December 6

A sermon based on Luke 1:26-38 (The Message) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on December 6, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott Advent refers to the coming of the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ on Christmas day– the word “Advent” actually means arriving . . . coming. So, in the four Sundays before Christmas, we […]

Peace/ The Promise Unfolding – November 29

A sermon based on Luke 2: 1-18 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 29, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott As you can see by the Christmas tree and hanging of the greens, Advent is here! A part of me thought it would never arrive. Another part of me is somehow surprised it has arrived […]

The Man Who Feared the God He Imagined – November 15

  A sermon based on Matthew 25:14-30 (KJV) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 15, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott Last week in our lesson we heard the apostle Paul teaching that “Each . . . gives as [we] have made up [our] mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful […]

A Blizzard of Blessings in the Snow Globe of God – November 8

A sermon based on 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 8, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott I often bring up the words in Acts 17 (27-28) where Paul explains that God “is not far from each one of us. For ‘In [God] we live and move and have our being. […]