First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Rev. Toby Jones, Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720



~ Sermon ~ Sunday, August 5th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson ~ Original Sermon date:    April 28, 1985 by Pastor Neil Wilson CALLED TO COMFORT GOD USES MANY PEOPLE IN MANY WAYS TO SEE THAT HIS WILL IS DONE.  QUOTE FROM A SALADA TEA BAG:  “LIVE AND LET LIVE IS FINE, BUT LIVE AND HELP LIVE IS BETTER”. AS… Read More »

July 28, 2018 Why Am I here? Why Are You Here?

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, July 28th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Why Am I Here?  Why Are You Here? John 6: 1-21   Believe it or not I spend a fair amount of time and effort selecting the hymns that we sing on Sunday morning.  First, I try to match the hymns to the scripture I will be speaking on,… Read More »

A Song of Trust

~ Sermon ~ July 22nd, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson A Song of Trust Psalm 23   “Love is patient, love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude . . . And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is . . .” (1 Cor. 13:4)  Where do these… Read More »

You Are Blessed

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, July 15th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson ~ You Are Blessed Ephesians 1:3-14   Reading and hearing this passage from Ephesians can be a bit challenging in the best of times.  But to subject you to it in the midst of the summer season in Charlevoix can be a bit like sitting down to a picnic… Read More »

Thus Says the Lord…But Who is Listening?

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, July 8th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson ~ “Thus Says the Lord . . . But who is listening?” Ezekiel 2:1-5   It is always an interesting worship service at Old First Church on the Common on a Sunday after Rev. Williams attends one of those Spiritual Revival in Leadership conferences.  Especially if it is one… Read More »

Grace & Power in Weakness

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, July 1st, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson ~   Grace and Power in Weakness The Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9   “My grace is sufficient for you.” Here we are on the weekend before the Fourth of July where in the United States of… Read More »

Touching Bottom

~ Sermon ~ June 24th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson “Touching Bottom” Mark 4:35-41 Did you hear about Jerome Jordan walking on water last week? You didn’t!  Well, maybe it didn’t happen exactly like the gospel account of Jesus; or even as it has been retold a dozen times over at Joe’s Barber Shop, but still a pretty good story… Read More »

Where Is God?

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, June 10th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson ~ “Where Is God?” 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1 Let me start with a “simple” question. . .   Where is God?  I’m not asking in the sense of a spiritual crisis as in “Where is God when a child dies because her house is hit with artillery shells?” (We… Read More »


~ Sermon ~ Sunday, June 17th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson “Seeds” Mark 4:26-34   I was driving down County Road 700 North in Ripley County, Indiana, when I saw this solitary form out in the middle of what appeared to be a recently planted field of about 100 acres.  I slowed down and could tell that it was our… Read More »

Guest Speaker ~ Patti Ulrich ~ June 3rd, 2018

~ Sermon June 3rd, 2018  ~ Guest Speaker Patti Ulrich ~ Unfortunately we do not have a written version. Click below to listen to the audio version of Patti’s Sermon.