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Entering a Tunnel of Darkness with the Light of God – March 28

A sermon based on Mark 11:1-19 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 28, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott Today is both Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday. I read recently about a person being disappointed when they come to church on Palm Sunday and the Passion– that is the Holy Week suffering of Jesus– is […]

The Law of Love in Our Hearts – March 21

A sermon based on Jeremiah 31:31-34 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 21, 2021 * by Rev. Scott Elliott Today’s text reflects an understanding of God evolving. The catalyst for the evolution was the Babylonian Exile. Way, way back in 587 BC Babylon conquered Judah and Jerusalem and marched its leaders and elites into […]

Focusing on God – March 14

A sermon based on Numbers 21:4-9 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 14, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott On our first date Nancy and I went to a park with miles of trails in the densely wooded foothills near her home. We pretty much had the park to ourselves and stopped to sit and […]

Ten Commandments About Love – March 7

A sermon based on Exodus 20:1-17 * March 7, 2021 at Mount Vernon, OH by Rev. Scott Elliott As we just heard, the ten commandments are before us in our Lectionary text from the Hebrew Scriptures. While I’ve mentioned the Ten Commandments a number of times in church, it has been a long while since […]

A Prophetic Singer Came to Town…Twice – February 28

A sermon based on Exodus 15:19-22 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 28, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott A Prophetic Singer Came to Town…Twice – February 28 This morning’s reading from Exodus is not one of the Lectionary lessons for today. I’ve gone “off script” because FOR Black History Month I’d like to talk […]

An Ash Wednesday Sunday – February 21

A sermon based on Psalm 51 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 21, 2021* by Rev. Scott Elliott Lent began last week on Wednesday, Ash Wednesday. Because of the pandemic we decided not to have an Ash Wednesday service this year. But we thought we’d cover it a bit today the first Sunday in […]

God Shining in Our Hearts – February 14

A sermon based on 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 14, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott Out of the four Lectionary texts offered for this morning I chose the Second Corinthians text because it mentions hearts. I felt THAT heart full text was apt on Valentine’s Day. I did, though, also […]

The Pre-Easter Jesus’ Acts Led to Easter – February 7

A sermon based on Mark 1:29-39 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 7, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott I recently stumbled across sermon notes I made awhile back trying to summarize what we actually know about the Jesus of history, the person whom Prof. Marcus Borg’s refers to as “the pre-Easter Jesus.” It’s not […]

Casting Out What Casts Out – January 31

A sermon based on Mark 1:21-28 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 31, 2021 by Rev. Scott Elliott Stories like the one Laura just read with Jesus’ performing what sounds like a supernatural healing and exorcism give a lot of us modern folk trouble. I’ve mention this before, we generally hear these types of […]

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 […]