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

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720


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 »

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 »

A Wild Goose Community

Sermon ~ Sunday, May 20, 2018 “A Wild Goose Community” Pentecost Sunday   As some of you may know I am a bit of a student of Celtic Christian Spirituality.  One reason I am draw to it is the way historic Celtic spiritualty viewed the created order.  For the Celts creation is a “second gospel.” Creation is another means alongside… Read More »

The Incident at the Beautiful Gate

Sermon ~ Sunday, April 22, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson The Incident at the Beautiful Gate Acts 3:1-19   It was in October of 1958, some segregationists slipped into the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple in Atlanta, Georgia carrying with them a considerable amount of dynamite.  Shortly after 3:30 in the morning an explosion ripped through the oldest Jewish synagogue in… Read More »

Just You Wait

Sermon ~ Sunday ~ March 25  ~ Pastor Neil Wilson  Just You Wait John 12: 12-19 Like his recounting of the evening of the Last Supper, in John’s account of Jesus’ “triumphal” entry in to Jerusalem John seems to take a different vantage point than those of Matthew, Mark and Luke.  In his version of the Last Supper John focuses… Read More »

How Can This Be?

Sermon ~ Sunday ~ December 24th 2017 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson How Can This Be? Luke 1:26-38   Our little town sorely needed a bit of Christmas cheer this year.  Maybe even a little miracle if its not too much to ask? It’s been a rough one with the recent storm that took the power out and left us isolated… Read More »