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

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


Sermons

Sermon~June 30, 2019

Scripture:   Acts 11:1-18   The Message – Explaining One’s Self         Adapted/ credit Dr. Randy L. Hyde   When was the last time you were in a situation where you had to explain yourself? It does happen occasionally, doesn’t it?   “Honest, officer, I didn’t see that speed limit sign!”   “I know we don’t have the money, sweetheart, but the… Read More »


Sermon~June 23, 2019


Sermon~June 16, 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” Binaries, Trinaries, and the Elephant in the room Blindfolded people describing an elephant Described it as a snake, a tree, a wall, a rope, and a spear Elephant in the room – sticking too closely… Read More »


Sermon~June 9, 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” “What makes a miracle miraculous?” Power of language – Story of Goyo HS Spanish – Gregorio was my name Worked in an auto factory after college, asked what Greg was in Spanish ‘Goyo’ Seminary, interned… Read More »


Sermon~June 2, 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” We Listen for the Still Speaking God Right under your nose Looking for things and sometimes missing them Looking deeper and finding new things – stillspeaking God My Guilty Pleasure (or needed contrast) – Bible… Read More »


Sermon-May 19, 2019

We Are One at Baptism and the Table – 05-19-19 by Pastor Greg Briggs 1. Prayer and Introduction a. “May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, our rock and redeemer. Amen” b. We Are One at Baptism and the Table c. Visceral question – What’s a food that you dislike?… Read More »


Sermon- May 12, 2019

We are a people of covenant – May 12, 2019 by Pastor Greg Briggs 1. Prayer and Introduction a. “May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, our rock and redeemer. Amen” b. We are a people of covenant 2. Covenant? What is this word? a. Too churchy of a word?… Read More »


Sermon- May 5, 2019

We Belong to Christ – May 5, 2019 by Pastor Greg Briggs 1. Prayer and Introduction a. “May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, our rock and redeemer. Amen” b. We belong to Christ 2. Confirmation class pop quiz -Who is the head of the church? a. Jesus Christ b…. Read More »


Sermon- April 28, 2019

Extravagant Welcome – April 28, 2019 by Pastor Greg Briggs 1. Prayer and Introduction a. “May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, our rock and redeemer. Amen” b. Extravagant Welcome c. Sermon Series” We Are People of God’s Extravagant Welcome” 2. Sermon Series is inspired by the two visioning retreats… Read More »


Readings from April 14, 2019

Sunday                       Palm Sunday                                   Luke 19:29-40        p.1631   As Jesus came to Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he gave two disciples a task. He said, “Go into the village over there. When you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If… Read More »