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

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


Sermons

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 »


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 »