Text of the Pastor's sermons

The Zero Always Contains The One.

A sermon based on Psalm 29 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 27, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott As most of you know this is my last Sunday for awhile. I am having surgery Thursday to fix a serious back problem. The plan is I will be on medical leave until July 14th. I […]

Jesus’ Ascension Lifts Us Up

A sermon based on Acts 1:1-11 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 13, 2018 * 2011 by Rev. Scott Elliott According to the Gospels Jesus lived and taught– and even came back from death to teach– his followers about the Reign of God, what the reading today calls “The Kingdom of God.” The Reign […]

Friends of Jesus

A sermon based on John 15:9-17 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 6, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott I have mentioned a few times how a couple of decades ago, on a Sunday morning while walking my dog I stumbled upon a UCC church and saw a respected friend through the church windows singing […]

Awe & Love

A sermon based on 1 John 4:7-21 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on April 29, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott The lesson that we just heard Sandy read has served a very personal role in my life. It allowed me to discover God IS love. It has heavily influenced my theology for almost half a […]

The Bible Wants a Shepherd to Lead us– Why Don’t We?

A sermon based on John 10:11-18 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on April 22, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott We heard two of today’s Lectionary texts, Psalm 23 and John 10. Both of them, you probably noticed, have shepherd and sheep themes. The Fourth Day of Eastertide has a long tradition in Christianity of being […]

The Breath of Forgiveness, the Face of God

An Eastertide sermon based on John 20:19 -23 given at Mount Vernon, OH on April 8, 2018 * by Rev. Scott Elliott VOICE 1: Jesus was born and raised in a religious tradition – Judaism– which long regarded forgiveness not just as an act reserved for God . . . VOICE 2: But, as a […]

Easter Surprises

A sermon based on Mark 13:15:37-47, 16:1-8 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on April 1, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott While planning for today our staff briefly discussed how this year Easter falls on April First. Devising April Fool’s surprises has been a ritual in my family for years. I did not ask for details, […]

A Holey Weakness to Holy Week

A sermon based on Mark 11:1-11 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on Palm Sunday March 25, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott As you know today is Palm Sunday. It is also Passion Sunday. Those two titles seem at odds with each other. The Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms notes that Palm Sunday commemorates “Jesus’ entry […]

Love Grows When We Act to Stop Evil

A sermon based on John 12:20-33 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 18, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott Our lesson this morning is a tough one. There are a number of troubling issues. It’s a story laden with a sense of foreboding regarding the cross and Jesus’ dark and scary death. Jesus’ soul is […]

For God So Loves The World

A sermon based on John 3:14-21 at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 11, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott In seminary I tried to be very careful and prayerful about what theological matters I focused my education on. If I felt particularly drawn to a topic I gave it the serious attention you might expect, but […]