First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Greg Briggs,
Interim Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-547-9122


Sermons

Readings from April 14, 2019

Sunday                       Palm Sunday                                   Luke 19:29-40        p.1631   As Jesus came to Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he gave two disciples a task. He said, “Go into the village over there. When you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If… Read More »


Sermon- April 7, 2019

The House was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.  4/6/19  by Pastor Greg Briggs Prayer and Introduction “May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, our rock and redeemer. Amen” The House was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. Story of how grandma’s house smelled, and the Czech restaurant… Read More »


Sermon- March 31st, 2019

The Parable of the Prodigal Father – 3/31/19   by Pastor Greg Briggs Prayer and Introduction “May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, our rock and redeemer. Amen” The parable of the Prodigal Father Did you know there are no titles for stories and parables in the Bible Parable of the… Read More »


Sermon – March 3rd, 2019

Jesus Revealed 3/3/19   by Pastor Greg Briggs Prayer and Introduction “May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, our rock and redeemer. Amen” Jesus Revealed Part 1 – What happened up on that mountain? Flashback to 8 days before “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 They answered, “John the… Read More »


Sermon – February 24th, 2019

Sermon – by Pastor Greg Briggs Prayer and Introduction “May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, our rock and redeemer. Amen” “Slap A Pastor Sunday!” Or “What you give is what you get” Refresher from last Sunday Today’s reading is a continuation of the sermon on the plain. Last week… Read More »


Sermon – December 16, 2018

Sermon –December 16 2018   by Pastor Greg Briggs Prayer and Introduction “May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, our rock and redeemer. Amen” “From Anger to Joy” I wonder if John the Baptist has even been used in a communication or interpersonal psychology class? For the Sunday of Joy, both… 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 »