Text of the Pastor's sermons

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 […]

Getting the Temple Back

A sermon based on John 2:13-22 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on March 4, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott For those of us who picture Jesus like Hollywood usually portrays him , as always very calm and sweet and gentle, today’s lesson can be a bit of shock. It portrays a very different Jesus. In […]

A Key To Holy Thresholds

A sermon based on 2 Kings 2:1-12 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on February 11, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott A few years ago one of us broke a key off in the driver door of one of our vehicles. Every once in awhile when we take it in for an oil change or repairs […]

Jesus Makes Clean All Cultural Uncleanliness

A sermon based on Mark 1:21-28 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio, January 28, 2018 * by Rev. Scott Elliott A man fell into a pit and couldn’t get himself out. A new age guru came along and said “My friend, you only think that you are in a pit.” A fire and brimstone pastor also […]

Peace Keeps Its Distance From Fishy People

A sermon based on Jonah 3:1-5,10 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 21, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott Three years ago this Lectionary text came up and I preached on it. The story as a whole is a pretty funny and back then I focused on the humor because American Christians and churches seem […]

Unstrapping the Weight of Injustice

A sermon based on Samuel 3:1-20 given at Mount Vernon, Ohio on January 14, 2018 by Rev. Scott Elliott Some men rookies to boating couldn’t get their brand new 22 ft. power boat up to speed in the water. The engine sounded good but the boat was very sluggish. They putted over and docked it […]