Text of the Pastor's sermons

A Psalm of Love

Given at Mount Vernon Ohio on May 3, 2020 * 2007 By Scott Elliott I had a friend in high school who heard me describe a cut-throat event as part of the “dog-eat-dog world.” He made me say the phrase again and started laughing. He told me he thought that the saying was “a doggie-doggie […]

The Beacons Beckon

A sermon based on Genesis 1: 26-31 (The Message); Psalms 139 given at Mount Vernon, OH April 26, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott This past Wednesday was the 50th celebration of Earth Day, a day set aside to honor our planet, and the concept of world-wide peace. Earth Day focuses on support for the whole […]

An Unending Circle of Love

A sermon based on Acts 2: 14a, 22-32 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on April 19, 2020 *2011 by Rev. Scott Elliott This morning I am going to start by talking about an amazing animal that can literally live forever. I am not making this up. The turr-i-top-sis nu-tri-cula species of jellyfish may be the […]

God Is Good . . . Good Is God

A sermon based on Matthew 28: 1-10 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on April 12, 2020 * by Rev. Scott Elliott Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed!!! HAPPY EASTER from First Congregational United Church of Christ in Mount Vernon, Ohio! If you have attended our church in the past half dozen years or so, […]

The Scary Bridge to Easter

A sermon based on Matthew 21:1-11* given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on April 5, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott Palm Sunday is, as I have pointed out before, also Passion Sunday. It’s a day that traditionally lifts up the beginning of Holy Week with Jesus’ leading a parade into Jerusalem and being greeted by “Hosannas” […]

God with Us Will; We with God Can

A sermon based on Ezekiel 37:1-14 March 29, 2020 at Mount Vernon, Ohio by Rev. Scott Elliott We just heard Ezekiel’s very strange vision of a valley full of bones in the Hebrew Scriptures Lectionary reading for today. I selected the text months ago thinking I’d use to it complete my Lenten sermon series on […]

Stopping and Listening to God Makes All the Difference

A sermon on line based on 1 Samuel 16:1-13 given on-line at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 22, 2020by Rev. Scott Elliott During Lent I have been taking the Old Testament Lectionary texts and expanding them to include a macro view of the major figures in the lessons. So far we have covered Sarah and […]

Wandering Up and Down with God

A sermon based on Exodus 17:1-7 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 15, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott A couple of weeks ago on the first Sunday in Lent we discussed Jesus’ forty day wilderness experience and how it echoed Exodus experiences. As a part of that sermon I noted Jesus quoted some of […]

The Arc of Noah’s Progeny . . . and God

A sermon based on Genesis 12:1-4a given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 8, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott This morning I am going to preach about how God’s call to Abram and his wedded life partner Sarai plays out. But I am going to call them by names God gives them later on, Abraham […]

How to Pass Wilderness Tests

A sermon based on Matthew 4:1-11 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 1, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott We are in the season of Lent and among my personal practices for Lent I have given up refined sugar. I feel I need to let you know I am replacing it with sermon puns. So […]