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

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720


Touching Bottom

~ Sermon ~ June 24th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson “Touching Bottom” Mark 4:35-41 Did you hear about Jerome Jordan walking on water last week? You didn’t!  Well, maybe it didn’t happen exactly like the gospel account of Jesus; or even as it has been retold a dozen times over at Joe’s Barber Shop, but still a pretty good story… Read More »

Where Is God?

~ Sermon ~ Sunday, June 10th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson ~ “Where Is God?” 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1 Let me start with a “simple” question. . .   Where is God?  I’m not asking in the sense of a spiritual crisis as in “Where is God when a child dies because her house is hit with artillery shells?” (We… Read More »


~ Sermon ~ Sunday, June 17th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson “Seeds” Mark 4:26-34   I was driving down County Road 700 North in Ripley County, Indiana, when I saw this solitary form out in the middle of what appeared to be a recently planted field of about 100 acres.  I slowed down and could tell that it was our… Read More »

Guest Speaker ~ Patti Ulrich ~ June 3rd, 2018

~ Sermon June 3rd, 2018  ~ Guest Speaker Patti Ulrich ~ Unfortunately we do not have a written version. Click below to listen to the audio version of Patti’s Sermon.  

A Wild Goose Community

Sermon ~ Sunday, May 20, 2018 “A Wild Goose Community” Pentecost Sunday   As some of you may know I am a bit of a student of Celtic Christian Spirituality.  One reason I am draw to it is the way historic Celtic spiritualty viewed the created order.  For the Celts creation is a “second gospel.” Creation is another means alongside… Read More »

I’m Praying For You

Sunday ~ May 13, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson “I’m Praying for You” John 17:6-19   Just a little bit of trivia before we begin: The historic motto of our denomination, the United Church of Christ, comes out of this chapter, verses 11 and 21 “that they may be one.”   It reflects our denomination’s striving to be a united and… Read More »

Fearlessness of Love

Sermon ~ Sunday, April 29, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Fearlessness of Love 1 John 4:7-21 I took the commentary off the bookshelf and opened it to the page where todays Epistle reading is discussed and you might imagine my surprise when the first thing I read was: “Caution: Handle with Care!”  I thought, “Really?  Isn’t this about love? How… Read More »

The Incident at the Beautiful Gate

Sermon ~ Sunday, April 22, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson The Incident at the Beautiful Gate Acts 3:1-19   It was in October of 1958, some segregationists slipped into the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation Temple in Atlanta, Georgia carrying with them a considerable amount of dynamite.  Shortly after 3:30 in the morning an explosion ripped through the oldest Jewish synagogue in… Read More »

Do Not Doubt But Believe

~ Guest Sermon ~ April 8, 2018 ~ The Reverend Barbara Hoig Scriptures: Psalm 133                   Acts 4:32-35                   John 20:19-35 KEY TEXT: John 20:27a: “Put your finger here and see my hands.  Reach out your hand and           put it in my side.  Do not doubt but believe.” Sermon Title:  “Do Not Doubt But Believe” Prayer:  O Lord,… Read More »

Just You Wait

Sermon ~ Sunday ~ March 25  ~ Pastor Neil Wilson  Just You Wait John 12: 12-19 Like his recounting of the evening of the Last Supper, in John’s account of Jesus’ “triumphal” entry in to Jerusalem John seems to take a different vantage point than those of Matthew, Mark and Luke.  In his version of the Last Supper John focuses… Read More »