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

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


Sermons

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 »


Prophetic Reflection

Prophetic Reflection 9/9/18 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. ” Sermon Title “Prophetic Reflection” Brief note about sermons. From my point of view they aren’t a lecture, they are a flow between the preacher, the congregation, and God…. Read More »


Confirmation Sunday August 5 2018

This was Confirmation Sunday… Enjoy a view from our youth.    


Dining on The Living Bread

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, August 19th ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Dining on Living Bread Luke 11:2-4         John 6:25-35   I love bread . . . honey wheat, honey oat, French bread, multi-grain bread, cinnamon bread, English muffin bread, brown bread (a New England Church bean suppah staple!)  I love bread!  Donna likes to bake bread.  I’d say that’s a… Read More »


Love Is Our Defense

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, September 2nd ~ Patti Ulrich ~ Guest Preacher Love is Our Defense Many years ago, our church here in Charlevoix took on a huge expansion project. My feelings about the project were mixed, at best. We took up temporary residence at the Christian Science Church across the parking lot which was kind enough to let us… Read More »


CALLED TO COMFORT

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, August 5th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson ~ Original Sermon date:    April 28, 1985 by Pastor Neil Wilson CALLED TO COMFORT GOD USES MANY PEOPLE IN MANY WAYS TO SEE THAT HIS WILL IS DONE.  QUOTE FROM A SALADA TEA BAG:  “LIVE AND LET LIVE IS FINE, BUT LIVE AND HELP LIVE IS BETTER”. AS… Read More »