Text of the Pastor's sermons

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 […]

Vows Keep Messiness at Bay

A sermon based on Genesis 21:1-21 give at Mt Vernon, Ohio on June 25, 2017* by Rev. Scott Elliott It’s been a while since I have preached a homily at a breakfast service in this space. Last year we had a hymn sing in June and in July I read some notes from the past […]

Begetting Generations of Those Who Care

A sermon based on Genesis 18:1-15 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on June 18, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott A church member was talking to his pastor about prayer, and when the topic turned to the best prayer the member had ever heard without skipping a beat he said it was “Dear God, please help […]

Creator, Christ & Spirit, All Good Stuff, All God Stuff

A sermon based on Genesis 1: 1- 2:4a given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on June 11, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott A little girl asked her mother, “Mommy where did the first people come from?” Her mom answered, “God made the first humans and they had children and they grew up and they had children […]

A Loud and Jarring Awakening

A sermon based on Acts 2:1-21 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on June 4, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott As we heard in the Pentecost story wind and flames wake folks up in a house. It dawned on me when I was preparing this sermon that I have two stories; one of wind and one […]

A Threshold Moment

A sermon based on Acts 1: 1-11 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 28, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott A few weeks back I was in Seattle visiting my children, but I also saw my sister Samantha who lives in nearby Port Orchard. We took wonderful ferry commutes to her lovely little home. While […]

Paul’s Education on the Reality of God

A sermon based on Acts 17:22-31 given at Mount Vernon, OH on May 24, 2017* by Rev. Scott Elliott I read some interesting theological perspectives expressed by young children in letters to God. Here three of my favorites: Dear God: Where does yesterday go? Do you have it? Stanley Dear God: There was no clouds […]

Stephen Steps Off the Loving Way and Back On

A sermon based on Acts 7:55-60 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 14, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott A new pastor was appointed by a bishop to his first church. As often seems to be the case, several of the older saints of that church had waited for their new pastor to arrive before […]

Church and the Priesthood of All

A sermon based on Acts 2:42-47 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on May 7, 2017 by Rev. Scott Elliott A pastor’s sermon emphasizing how not just ordained ministers, but all Christians need to provide service and witness to their neighbors inspired a church family. The mom really took it to heart and invited their next […]