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

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


Sermons

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 »


Seven Essential Questions: What Brings Fulfillment?

Sermon ~ Sunday, March 18th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Seven Essential Questions: What Brings Fulfillment? John 13:1-5, 12-17   In our Essential Questions of Faith series we’ve asked “Who Is Jesus?”  “What Matters Most?” and “Am I Accepted?” Today we probe the question:  What brings fulfillment?  Perhaps you would choose other descriptive term: contentment, joy, satisfaction, or as Pastor… Read More »


Lost Boys of Sudan – Special Speaker

Lual Awan Deng, a friend of Dr. Bill & Betty Wadland,  shared both during worship and after about his experience as one of the “lost boys of Sudan.” In 1987, Sudan’s Muslim government pronounced death to all males in the Christian south: 27,000 boys fled to Ethiopia on foot. In 1991, they were forced to flee to Kenya a journey… Read More »


Seven Essential Questions: Am I Accepted?

Sermon ~ Sunday, March 4th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Seven Essential Questions: Am I Accepted? John 8:1-11 What makes a person (you or me) acceptable to God?  Is it a life of great deeds?      Great commitments to worthy causes?  Perhaps it is a life of simple humility with wisdom?      Is it being a person of unshakeable trustworthiness?  Or a… Read More »


Seven Essential Questions: What Matters Most?

Sermon ~ Sunday, February 25th, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Seven Essential Questions: What Matters Most? Mark 12:28-34   Continuing with our “Seven Essential Questions” based on Pastor Martin Thielen’s “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian”, today’s question is simply, “What Matters Most?”  Of all the things we discuss and do as people of faith… Read More »


Seven Essential Questions: Who Is Jesus?

Sermon ~ Sunday, February 18, 2018 ~ Pastor Neil Wilson Seven Essential Questions: Who Is Jesus? Matthew 16:13-16 During this season of Lent, I am going to be considering a series of seven questions are essential questions to our faith regardless of where you believe you fall on the religious spectrum.  My idea for this came from a blog by… Read More »