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

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


Sermons

Just Jesus (Nothing Else needed)

Galatians 2:15-21 Sunday ~ June 12, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and… Read More »


On the Outskirts of Town

1 Kings 17:8-16 Sunday, June 5th 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson It was supposed to have been a big day for the congregation of Rockhaven’s Old First Church on the Common.  Supposed to have been.  About a month ago Rev. Williams received word that the Rev. Sylvia Buckholt, Minister for Small Town and Rural Congregational Life from the national office,… Read More »


Will You Offer the Blessing?

Luke 7:1-10 Sunday ~ May 29th, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson I knew a pastor who said they didn’t have the gift of prayer.  “You call yourself a pastor and you say you don’t have the gift of prayer!  Preposterous!  How can you not!”  I mean after all, isn’t that a prerequisite for pastoral ministry?  And if you’re not blessed… Read More »


Street Wisdom

Sunday ~ May 22, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31   Wisdom.  We talk about it quite a bit.  We seem to know it when we see it or hear it.  We say that a person is very wise; or has a “wisdom beyond their years.”  We also use it dismissively, “He’s just a wise guy.” But just what… Read More »


Let Me Be There.

Sunday, May 15th, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil WilsonJohn 14: 7-12. 25-27 Wherever you go . . . Wherever you may wander in your life Surely you know . . . I always wanna be there Holding you hand . . . And standing by to catch you when you fall Seeing you through . . . In everything you do… Read More »


Don’t Just Stand There . . .

Sunday ~ May 8, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Acts 1:1-11 When was the last time you remember celebrating Ascension Day? Or heard sermon on the Ascension passage? (Actually it was June 1, 2014!) Ascension Day always falls on a Thursday (40 days after Easter) so it is often passed over in most Protestant congregations. In only one of the… Read More »


Faces in the Dirt

Easter Sunday ~ March 27, 2016 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Luke 24:1-12 There are places in the story of Jesus’ life where there are gaps. And the silence in these gaps can be at times intriguing and also frustrating. There are periods in his life about which it might be interesting if not helpful to know a bit more, like… Read More »


Caught in the Crossfire (of Blessings)

Sermon ~ Sunday, March 26th ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Luke 19:28-42 If I were to say “The peace of Christ be with you.” As a congregation how would you respond? What would you say? (Without consulting your worship program!) . . . . “And also with you.” This echo is created every Sunday in countless congregations across the world when… Read More »


A Long (un)Expected Party

Sunday, March 6, 2016 ~ Sermon ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a… Read More »