Text of the Pastor's sermons

It’s Reigning Love

A sermon based on John 18:33-37 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 25, 2018 * by Rev. Scott Elliott Today’s Lectionary text depicts a portion of Jesus’ trial before Pilate with some religious elite serving as prosecutors. The story comes up today because it’s Reign of Christ Sunday the end of the church calendar […]

Is There Prophetic Proof of God?

A sermon based on 1 Samuel 2:1-10 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 18, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott Before we get to the Lectionary text, we need some theological groundwork beginning with the definition of three words. The first word is “prophet.” Many think that a prophet is someone who predicts the future, […]

Jesus’ Recipe for Peace With Others Cannot be Half-Baked

A sermon based on Luke 6:27-36 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on November 4, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott Let me begin by saying “Happy Anniversary!” Welcome to the beginning of our sixth year together. November 1, 2013 was my first day as your pastor and here we are five years and three days still […]

Jesus Disallows Shame.

A sermon based on Mark 10: 46-52 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 28, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott Jesus lived in a culture where honor and shame were central guiding forces to a person’s conduct and the esteem and place they held in their community. As Dr. Stephen Patterson puts it his book […]

The Answer is: Be Our Best Self

A sermon based on Job 38:1-11, 34-41 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 21, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott In seminary I took a course called “The Impact of Judaism on Christianity.” taught by Rabbi Howard Kaplansky. As a part of the class we studied the book of Job looking at it from a […]

The First Shall Be Last, and the Last Shall Be First

A sermon based on Mark 10:17-31 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 14, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott The Bible and a great deal of Jesus’ sayings reflect images of the character of people and cultures, and provide lessons for humnaity . . . many of them holding up through the test of time. […]

The Peace Project

A sermon based on John 14: 26-31 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on October 7, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott In the middle of July I preached a sermon about praying for peace and acting for peace. I mentioned our amazing interfaith community summer camp we do for children called Peace Village. And I noted […]

Esther a Heroic Female? Yes!

A sermon based on Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 7:20-22 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 30, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott We just heard a few excerpts from the the Book of Esther. One of the claims about the Book of Esther that I often hear or read is that it is the only book […]

An Embrace for Children

A sermon based on Mark 9:30-37 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 23, 2018 * by Rev. Scott Elliott We learn in Mark, the oldest gospel, that Jesus took a little child and placed her in the midst of his disciples who had been secretly arguing about which of them was the greatest. Jesus […]

The Voice of Wisdom Calls

A sermon based on Proverbs 1:22-33 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 16, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott There was a boat race between a team with wisdom and a team without it. Those with wisdom verses those who were unwise, the foolish. The foolish team lost the race big time. So they hired […]