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

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720


Crossing the Barrens

Sermon ~ Sunday, April 30th, 2017 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Crossing the Barrens Luke 24: 13-35 The Blaisdell boys, Doug and Caleb, were down at Longmeadow’s Wharf in Wally’s Fish Market & Bait shop picking up a barrel of pogies last week. “Pogies?” You might call them herring but round here they’re pogies. Oily, smelly, nasty business, a barrel of… Read More »

Chance Encounter at High Noon

Sermon ~ Sunday, March 19, 2017 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson  Chance Encounter at High Noon John 4:5-42 Word had gotten back to him about a rumor going around among the “establishment” that he was “baptizing” more than that wandering prophet John. John had been enough of a thorn in their side now there was this fellow breaking with the customs… Read More »

In the Darkness Light

Sermon ~ Sunday, March 12th, 2017 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson In the Darkness, Light John 3:1-17 I’ve seen it on signs at sporting events, on t-shirts, on bumper stickers, I believe even once on a license plate! JOHN 3:16 One of the best known and best loved verses of the Bible. Can you say it with me? “For God so… Read More »

Where Are They Going?

“Where Are They Going?” Sermon ~ Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Matthew 17: 1-9   Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.   And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. … Read More »

When Tempers Flare

Sermon ~ Sunday, February 19, 2017 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson When Tempers Flare Matthew 5: 38-48 Just as we thought we were going to squeak by this winter, mother nature and her sister Ellie Nino reminded us of just who is in charge! Rockhaven got blasted this past week with not one but two 18” snow storms. We still call… Read More »

Straight to the Heart

Sermon ~ Sunday, February 12, 2017 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Straight to the Heart Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Matthew 5:21- 37 “For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus – Sermon on the Mount Matt. 5:20 This is one of those hard teachings of Jesus. Exceed the… Read More »

My Fellow Galileans . . .

Sermon ~ Sunday January 29, 2017 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Matthew 5:1-12 Last week I may have mentioned that in each of the gospels there is what many scholars refer to as Jesus’ inaugural event. This interpretive approach to life of Jesus has been around for a while and not new to this year and the recent presidential inauguration. Yet… Read More »