Claremont United Church of Christ

Claremont United Church of Christ

Join Pastors Jen and Jacob at Claremont United Church of Christ for sermons that are engaging, inspiring, and challenging. Claremont UCC is an open and affirming congregation that welcomes ALL people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability.


December 3, 2023 21 mins
Matthew's story of the birth of Jesus begins with a genealogy listing the names of all of Jesus' ancestors from Abraham to Joseph. This year, rather than skipping over the hard to pronounce names, we are going to take a closer look at Jesus genealogy and lift up the five women that are strangely included to see what they might teach us about the Savior who enters the world this Christmas. First up: Tamar and Rahab.
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Pastor Jen finishes our “Villains” sermon series with the tale of Delilah, but asks us to consider whether she is a true villain, or if the real saboteur of the story lives inside Samson’s own heart.
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November 20, 2023 21 mins
Goliath is a larger-than-life figure in our imaginations as the giant who towers over David striking fear in the hearts of all who see him. But did you know that according to the earliest Hebrew manuscripts, Goliath was only 6 feet, 6 inches tall. Not so much of a giant after all. Join Pastor Jacob as he debunks the myth of the insurmountable, giant challenges in our lives and in our world and as he tries to make a seemingly insurm...
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November 13, 2023 20 mins
Rev. Dr. Jennifer Strickland delves into the timeless narrative of Genesis 3:1-19. In her sermon titled "The Snake," Rev. Dr. Strickland unravels the profound lessons embedded in the story of Adam and Eve's encounter with the serpent in the Garden of Eden. With wisdom and eloquence, she explores the nuances of temptation, the consequences of disobedience, and the enduring relevance of this biblical account in our liv...
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November 7, 2023 21 mins
Judas is the Bible's persona non grata for his betrayal of Jesus. But why did he do it? Should Judas take all the blame for Jesus' death? And what happened to him afterward? Did Jesus forgive him? As our Villains series continues, Pastor Jacob suggests that not even Judas is beyond redemption. And if Judas can be forgiven, then perhaps we can be too
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October 30, 2023 21 mins
Pastor Jen examines the story of Cain, one of one the Bible’s most notorious villains. We may wonder why Cain was so angry at his brother, but Pastor Jen asks us instead to consider Cain’s rocky relationship with God. How do we respond in moments of bitter disappointment in our own lives?
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October 23, 2023 22 mins
Pastors Jen and Jacob kick-off their new sermon series on villains in the Bible with a look at the quintessential villain in Scripture: Pharaoh! When Pharaoh refuses to let the Hebrew people leave their captivity in Egypt, the Bible says that Pharaoh hardened his heart. But sometimes it says that God hardens Pharaoh's heart! What is going on here? And how might we, and even Pharaoh, try to soften our hearts?
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Join Pastors Jen and Jacob as they celebrate Open and Affirming Sunday. Our Scripture reading today emphasizes how God intends for all people to flourish! When we publicly declare our love for and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community, we allow our church, ourselves, and our LGBTQ+ siblings to flourish in the ways God desires. When we don't, we sure are missing out
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Just when you think the world is a hard, unkind place, community comes through. Join Pastor Jen as she shares stories of loving acts performed around the world and invites us as followers of Christ to lead the movement of compassion
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In John 17, Jesus prays for unity for all of humanity as one of his final requests before his arrest. But was Jesus just engaging in wishful thinking? In today's installment of "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words," Pastor Jacob looks at one of the most famous photographs taken of a march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery that was led by Dr. King. If we look closely, perhaps we can see Jesus among the crowd ...
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