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

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


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Sermon & Weekly Bulletin ~ October 06, 2019

10-06-2019 Bulletin PDF 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” Applying Faith in a time of anxiety Reflections from last Sunday’s questions What do you need to be content? What do you need to be persuadable? Memories (of a deceased loved one)… Read More »


Sermon & Weekly Bulletin~ August 25, 2019

08-25-2019 Bulletin PDF 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” Title – Double Blessing of Sabbath Growing up in West Michigan – Apocryphal stories about Sundays Only McDonalds closed on Sundays in the state, sprinklers would be turned off, lawn mowers would… Read More »


Sermon~June 9, 2019

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” “What makes a miracle miraculous?” Power of language – Story of Goyo HS Spanish – Gregorio was my name Worked in an auto factory after college, asked what Greg was in Spanish ‘Goyo’ Seminary, interned… Read More »


Sermon – December 2, 2018

Sermon ~ December 2, 2018 ~ 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” Sprouting Hope and Worshipping Fully Lots of links between time and plantlife Seasons as timekeepers   Signs of the times “On the earth, there will be… Read More »


November 18th, 2018 – Sermon

11/18/18   by Pastor Greg Briggs   (Audio version is at the bottom of this post) 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” Is this a time for Apocalypse or Thanksgiving? How much time do you set aside to give thanks on Thanksgiving? Hannah’s… Read More »


November 4th 2018 Sermon

November 4th 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” “the get out of church free card” Blacksmithing class – first class, teacher said to get away from the “only do it the way your grandpa did nostalgia”… Read More »


Sermon ~ October 28, 2018 ~ Pastor Greg Briggs

“Restoration, Refusal, and Reformation: finding comfort in the ashes and dust” – 10/28/18   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” Restoration, Refusal, and Reformation: finding comfort in the ashes and dust Two scripture stories about restoration – about… Read More »


Sermon ~ October 21, 2018 ~ Pastor Greg Briggs

sermon title – date   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” Mysterium Tremendum et fascinans Driving by the Baptist church “beyond doubt” on their marquee I really wonder what they are talking about All about doubt, and limits… Read More »


Sermon ~ October 14, 2018 ~ Pastor Greg Briggs

“Too bad we aren’t literalists…” or “sitting-with instead of explaining-away” 10/14/18 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” “Too bad we aren’t literalists…” or “sitting-with instead of explaining-away” Interesting lectionary scriptures for stewardship season Job – lamenting God… Read More »


October 7 ~ Sermon ~ Pastor Greg Briggs

Sermon, Oct. 7 2018  “Why I hope we aren’t Biblical Literalists and Prooftexters” 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” “Why I hope we aren’t Biblical Literalists and Prooftexters” Mini Sermon series Job and integrity Mini sermon series… Read More »