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

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


Sermons

Sermon and Weekly Bulletin ~ September 8, 2019

09-08-19 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” Are you the pot, or the clay? Dangers of context-less literalism No, he’s not saying all parents are bad, or all family members should hate each other Making a very important point,… Read More »


Sermon & Weekly Bulletin~ September 1, 2019

09-01-19 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” Circling towards a Greater Reward Initial clarifications and elucidations today’s readings fit together very well. Hebrews reads as a series of life tips, “words of encouragement for the faithful” Gospel shares a very… 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 & Weekly Bulletin~ August 18, 2019

08-18-2019 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” Conflating and Separating Conflation – the merging of two or more ideas into one, often in error Combining and confusing “Well, look who’s calling the kettle black?” “look who’s talking” and “the… Read More »


Sermon & Weekly Bulletin~ August 11, 2019

08-11-2019 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 is based on my hope for today’s sermon, I want to check in with all of you. It’s a rough time, and I’m worried about how you are doing Today’s readings… Read More »


Sermon & Weekly Bulletin~ August 4, 2019

08-04-2019 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” Fitting It All in Money and the church and the new life in Christ Take off the old human nature with its practices 10 and put on the new nature, which is… Read More »


Sermon ~ July 28, 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” “Teach us how to pray” Movie Bruce Almighty – answering prayers tells everyone yes Lottery winners only get $17 bucks. Challenge of self centered wishes The Good Place, the Lord’s Prayer, and God’s Kingdom Categorical… Read More »


Sermon ~ July 21, 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” Sermon Title – Selah Pausing to reflect You are going to be giving part of the sermon – pass out paper Write down what your regular spiritual practices are Prayer, Meditation, Bible study, giving back,… Read More »


Sermon ~ July 14, 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” Title – First Responders and Good Samaritans Takeaway – “Your life as a Christian should make non believers question their disbelief in God.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer What are your touch points to help make that… Read More »


Sermon – July 7, 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” Sermon title Dual Citizenship Two flags flanking the chancel, US flag and church flag Having celebrated the 4th, it’s a civic holy day, if not a religious one they can help emphasize what is best… Read More »