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

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720


Fearlessness of Love

Sermon ~ Sunday, April 29, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Fearlessness of Love 1 John 4:7-21 I took the commentary off the bookshelf and opened it to the page where todays Epistle reading is discussed and you might imagine my surprise when the first thing I read was: “Caution: Handle with Care!”  I thought, “Really?  Isn’t this about love? How… Read More »

Do Not Doubt But Believe

~ Guest Sermon ~ April 8, 2018 ~ The Reverend Barbara Hoig Scriptures: Psalm 133                   Acts 4:32-35                   John 20:19-35 KEY TEXT: John 20:27a: “Put your finger here and see my hands.  Reach out your hand and           put it in my side.  Do not doubt but believe.” Sermon Title:  “Do Not Doubt But Believe” Prayer:  O Lord,… Read More »

Seven Essential Questions: What Brings Fulfillment?

Sermon ~ Sunday, March 18th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Seven Essential Questions: What Brings Fulfillment? John 13:1-5, 12-17   In our Essential Questions of Faith series we’ve asked “Who Is Jesus?”  “What Matters Most?” and “Am I Accepted?” Today we probe the question:  What brings fulfillment?  Perhaps you would choose other descriptive term: contentment, joy, satisfaction, or as Pastor… Read More »

Lost Boys of Sudan – Special Speaker

Lual Awan Deng, a friend of Dr. Bill & Betty Wadland,  shared both during worship and after about his experience as one of the “lost boys of Sudan.” In 1987, Sudan’s Muslim government pronounced death to all males in the Christian south: 27,000 boys fled to Ethiopia on foot. In 1991, they were forced to flee to Kenya a journey… Read More »

Seven Essential Questions: Am I Accepted?

Sermon ~ Sunday, March 4th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Seven Essential Questions: Am I Accepted? John 8:1-11 What makes a person (you or me) acceptable to God?  Is it a life of great deeds?      Great commitments to worthy causes?  Perhaps it is a life of simple humility with wisdom?      Is it being a person of unshakeable trustworthiness?  Or a… Read More »

Seven Essential Questions: What Matters Most?

Sermon ~ Sunday, February 25th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Seven Essential Questions: What Matters Most? Mark 12:28-34   Continuing with our “Seven Essential Questions” based on Pastor Martin Thielen’s “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian”, today’s question is simply, “What Matters Most?”  Of all the things we discuss and do as people of faith… Read More »

Seven Essential Questions: Who Is Jesus?

Sermon ~ Sunday, February 18, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Seven Essential Questions: Who Is Jesus? Matthew 16:13-16 During this season of Lent, I am going to be considering a series of seven questions are essential questions to our faith regardless of where you believe you fall on the religious spectrum.  My idea for this came from a blog by… Read More »

The One that Didn’t Get Away

Sermon ~ Sunday, January 28, 2018 The One That Didn’t Get Away 1 Cor. 8:1-33   Last Saturday dawned seasonably cold in Rockhaven.  I believe I heard that out at the University Extension Field office on the blueberry farm (one of the coldest spots around) it was about -5.  Here in town it was about zero.   But the sun was… Read More »

HARBOR LIGHT February/March 2018

HL FEB MARCH 2018 online version

Bearer(s) of the Kingdom

Sermon ~ Sunday, January 21st ~ 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Bearer(s) of the Kingdom 1 Cor. 7:29-31    Mark 1: 14-20   The one thing I have discovered over the years is that it doesn’t matter how long you have been a Christian or how long you have attended church or how many sermons you may have slept through (oops… Read More »