Text of the Pastor's sermons

Radical Hospitality – October 11

A sermon based on Matthew 22:1-10 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 11, 2020 * by Rev. Scott Elliott The story we just heard has invited guests failing to show up at a wedding banquet. Nancy and I sorta had the opposite occur at our wedding. My parents were going through a difficult divorce. […]

A Divine Duet – October 4

A sermon based on Psalm 19 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 4 , 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott   Now that I am in the fourth year of my sixth decade of my life I am finally beginning to comprehend things about memory that I have heard all my life but did not […]

Some Holy Nose Tweaks – September 27

A sermon based on Matthew 21:23-32 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 27, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott When we usually consider the Lectionary selection of the Gospel verses Laura just read, most of us probably tend to focus on who Jesus is talking to, how he outsmarts them, and gives them what I’d […]

A Promise That Will Lead to Peace – September 20

A sermon based on Mark 9: 33-37 (The Message) given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 20, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott Tomorrow is International Day of Peace. The United Nations declared it “a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace,” and the UN set the 2020 theme as “Shaping Peace Together.” The idea […]

Enter God’s Gates with Thanksgiving – September 13

A sermon based on Psalms 96 and 100 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 13, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott I am very glad to be here today with all of you beloved church sisters and brothers gathered in-person in this newly refurbished one-hundred-and-fifty-two-year old sanctuary. We have not met together up here since […]

Live and Love Between the Steps – September 6

A sermon based on Romans 13:8-14 Given at Mount Vernon Ohio on September 6, 2020* by Rev. Scott Elliott As we just heard in our lesson that Laura just read so well, Paul tells Christians we owe a debt “to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” We also […]

Working to End Injustices – August 30

A sermon based on Romans 12:9-12 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 30, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott Many of you know that I left church as a teen and spent a couple of decades opposing the church and challenging Christians over what I felt was unloving treatment of others. I had seen and […]

Re-scripting Life – August 23

A sermon based on Matthew 16:13-20 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 23, 2020* by Rev. Scott Elliott We tend to see Jesus in a post-Easter sort of way as always the Messiah, but the Lectionary lesson for today suggests Jesus wasn’t always considered, even by himself, as the Messiah. As the ending verses […]

The Possibilities of Being Fully Human and Divine – August 16

A sermon based on Matthew 15:10-28 given at Mount Vernon, OH on August 16, 2020* 2011 by Rev. Scott Elliott In our lesson Jesus refers to eating rules, because he’d just been accosted by some religious folks for violating eating rituals they were obsessed with. They criticized Jesus and his followers for not performing a […]

Walking on Water Is Not What It Is Cracked Up to Be – August 9

A sermon based on Matthew 14: 22-31 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 9, 2020 by Rev. Scott Elliott Before the story of Jesus walking on water was told, at least two other religions already had stories of walks-on-water.  In a Greek story the god Hermes, who provides messages from heaven to the world, […]