First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Rev. Toby Jones, Pastor

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


Sermon Transcripts- when available

Sermon: “Getting In Tune with God’s Spirit” 08-14-2021

                                      Getting In Tune with God’s Spirit                                Based on Romans 8:5-17 and John 15:1-17     A Message Offered by Toby Jones to the People of FCUCC on Aug 15, 2021               A long, long time ago, in ancient Israel, the Hebrew people had a noble notion that they should build God a house, and not just… Read More »


Sermon: “A Mighty Wind – The Arrival of the Spirit” 08-08-2021

                   A Mighty Wind – The Arrival of the Spirit                       Based on Ezekiel 36:24-28 & Acts 2:1-21 A Message Offered by Toby Jones to the People of FCUCC on 8/8/21             “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place…” I love that line, that notion of everyone together in one place –… Read More »


Sermon: “A Preview of Coming Attractions; The Holy Spirit Part 1” 08/01/2021

              A Preview of Coming Attractions: The Holy Spirit Part 1                       (Based on John 14:15-20, 26-27 & John 16:5-15) A Message Offered by Toby Jones to the People of FCUCC Charlevoix, 8/1/21             For the entire month of July, we explored what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. We established that a disciple of… Read More »


Sermon: “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done ON EARTH” 07-11-2021

“Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done ON EARTH!” Based on Matthew 6:6-15 & Romans 12:1-2 A Message Offered by Toby Jones to the People of FCUCC on July 11, 2021 As we continue to explore the true meaning of discipleship as followers of Jesus – NOT fans but followers – it’s time we consider one of the most misunderstood… Read More »


Sermon: The Road to Knowing God 07/04/2021

                                     The Road to Knowing God                           Based on Philippians 3:7-11 & I John 4 7-12 A Message Offered by Toby Jones to the People of CHXUCC – 7/4/21               You may remember our series during Lent back in March on Brian McLaren’s Faith After Doubt book, when we examined the 4 stages of faith. When I… Read More »


Sermon: “Taking Care of One Another- the 4th Lesson from Lockdown” 06/27/2021

“Taking Care of One Another – the 4th Lesson from Lockdown” Based on Mark 12:28-31 & Luke 10:25-37 A Message Offered by Toby Jones to the People of FCUCC on 6/27/21 We’ve been exploring the lessons we learned during the Covid lockdown of the past year. We’ve realized that we really did learn some important things that can help us… Read More »


Sermon: Slowing Down: Another Lesson Covid Taught Us – June 20, 2021

                    Slowing Down: Another Lesson Covid Taught Us                          Based on Psalm 46:1-10 & Luke 10:38-42      A Sermon Offered by Toby Jones to FCUCC of Charlevoix on 6.20.21         As we move into our 3rd week of this series on “Better than Back to Normal – Living the Lessons of the Covid Pandemic,” we turn to… Read More »


Sermon: “The GREAT Outdoors” 06-13-2021

                        The GREAT Outdoors        (Based on Psalm 8 and Job 12:7-12) A Message Offered by Toby Jones to FCUCC of Charlevoix on June 13, 2021             While we all have plenty to complain about where Covid-19 is concerned, the pandemic did a few things for which we can be truly grateful. We… Read More »


Sermon: “The Gift of Gathering”

                                                The Gift of Gathering                         Based on Romans 1:7-14 and Hebrews 10:24-25       A Message Offered by Toby Jones to FCUCC of Charlevoix on 6/6/21             If you ask most anyone what they have missed the most during the Covid-19 pandemic, the number one answer will be being together with the people they love. All of us heard… Read More »


Sermon: “The Good News and Bad News of the Gospel: The Kingdom Principles at Play in the Parable of the Prodigal Son” 05/30/2021

  The Good News and Bad News of the Gospel: The Kingdom Principles at Play in the Parable of the Prodigal Son                        (Based on Genesis 4:1-12 and Luke 15:11-32)    A Message Offered to the People of FCUCC by Toby Jones on 5/30/21 The parable of the Prodigal Son is perhaps the best known of Jesus’s parables. It’s… Read More »