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

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


Sermons

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 »


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 »


“How Do We Welcome One of These”

Sermon ~ September 23, 2018 ~ Pastor Greg Briggs James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37 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” How do we “welcome one of these?” Introduction – building relationships Having been here a whole, whopping, 19days, I’ve… Read More »


~Sermon ~ Sunday, September 16, 2018 ~

<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” Sermon Title “Who do people say we are?” Quest for Identity Today’s Gospel starts off with Jesus asking questions of his disciples that are probably familiar to many… Read More »