Text of the Pastor's sermons

Striving to Make the Best of Messes

A sermon based on Genesis 50:5-21 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 17, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott We are going to talk about Joseph this morning. You may not have thought of this before but Joseph played in the first tennis match mentioned in the Bible, because the Bible says he SERVED in […]

Remembering the Start and the Finish

A sermon based on Matthew 3: 1, 5-6, 10, 11 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 10, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott An American minister on sabbatical at an Anglican church in England had the opportunity to meet with a member of the royal family and the Bishop to discuss plans for a royal […]

Communion: Intentionally Mindful Moments of God’s Presence

A sermon based on Exodus 3:1-15 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on September 3, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott Today we celebrate the Last Supper, the Lord’s Supper. The Eucharist, communion, is one of two sacraments in our church. The other is baptism, which it just so happens we will experience next Sunday. Baptism we […]

Early in Exodus Opposition to Racism Matters

A sermon based on Exodus 1:1-2:10 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 27, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott Since we are at the start of a new football season I thought I’d begin with a short football story that even non-fans can appreciate. An American college student took a newly arrived foreign exchange student […]

Let Us Discover God in Creatures

A sermon based on Genesis 8:1-19 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on August 20, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott I have a word problem for us to consider this morning . . . You are on a horse, galloping up and down at a constant speed. On your left side is a sharp drop off, […]

Christ Incarnate in All of Our Stories

Matthew 25:31-46 Arrangement and Comments by Scott Elliott for service August 6 2017 in Mt Vernon Ohio * 08 -MATTHEW 25: 31-40-mj Preacher A: “When the Son of man comes in all his glory . . . all nations will be gathered before him and he will separate the people . . . and he […]

WE LOVE YOU MUSTARD!

A sermon based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on July 30, 2017* by Rev. Scott Elliott Jesus’ parable has mustard in it and I am not sure how relevant you may find it at first, but I have a story about mustard that I am quite certain no other congregation in […]

Unending Waves of Justice

A sermon based on Genesis 25:19-34 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on July 16, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott A dad sternly pulled his oldest, a four year old boy, aside and pointed to his crying brother and said “You ate all the cookies and your little brother got none. What does that tell you?” […]

At the Well of Well Being

A sermon based on Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on July 9, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott Whenever my mom asked why one of us kids did something and we came back with a halting “Well . . .” during that pause she’d say “That’s a deep subject” . . . […]

Feeling the Equality Set Out By God Long Ago

A sermon based on Genesis 22:1-14 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on July 2, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott The Fourth of July weekend was coming up, and a nursery school teacher took the opportunity to tell her class about patriotism. “We live in a great country,” she said. “One of the things we should […]