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.

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May 22, 2022 25 min
In a world where things never seem to change or to get better, it can be an act of resistance to dream that perhaps the world can become a better place after all. However, it may take a bit of wrestling, maybe even wrestling with God. Join Pastor Jacob as he tells the story of a Biblical dreamer named Jacob who thought that perhaps the vision of heaven might come to earth, but it wasn't as easy as he thought it would be.
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The Bible is full of dreams-- wild, profound, practical, and more. This stewardship season we will learn these dreamers' stories, and we will dare to dream ourselves!
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May 8, 2022 16 min
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May 1, 2022 25 min
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April 24, 2022 25 min
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After he rises from the grave, Jesus begins appearing to his disciples. In one tender scene, he cooks a group of them breakfast on the beach and asks Peter a very important question…three times. Join Pastor Jen as she explains why Peter needed this moment with Jesus and why the same question is asked of us all.
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April 15, 2022 8 min
Good Friday 2022
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April 14, 2022 17 min
Maundy Thursday Mediation
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Peter has messed up again, and this time, Jesus calls him Satan! Join Pastor Jen as she explores Peter’s mistake.
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The disciples are constantly trying to keep some people out and let others in. Obviously, Jesus teaches them that all are welcome in the Kingdom of God, but what deeper lesson does Jesus have for us about how we can work together with people different from us?
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This week’s (un)faithful disciple is Peter, who tries to walk on water but sinks like a Rock (pun intended). But is it really his sinking that indicates a lack of faith in Jesus, or the fact that he tried to climb out of the boat in the first place? Join Pastor Jen as she examines this dramatic story.
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James and John can't seem to get it right. A week after hearing about their quest to become the greatest among the disciples, now they want to pray to God to bring fire down on their enemies. Jesus' message to them is simple: stop looking to the past and set your face toward the future. How might we do the same?
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This week, James and John completely miss the mark when they ask Jesus to sit beside him in his glory. But don’t we also ask Jesus for what we want in life and expect him to deliver? What if following Jesus offers us no rewards, glory, or success? Is simply following Jesus for the sake of following Jesus enough for us?
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Our Lenten sermon series is entitled, "(un)faithful: When Even Disciples Miss the Mark," and we will be exploring the many stories of Jesus' disciples failing to live up to Jesus' hopes for them. We begin with Nathanael and his initial judgment of Jesus, "Can Anything Good Come from Nazareth." Even though Nathanael didn't believe the Messiah could come from a small town in Galilee, we quickly learn that ...
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March 3, 2022 13 min
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Have you ever wondered why we take Communion, and what it symbolizes? Pastor Jen delves into the history, controversy, and meaning behind this sacrament.
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The book of James encourages us to pray for the sick so that they may be healed. But can our prayers really heal the sick? What does it mean when our prayers aren't answered?
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On Sunday mornings in America churches now compete with a variety of other appealing activities from youth sports to nature walks to brunch. Why is worshipping as a community on a weekly basis still valuable and necessary for our spiritual development?
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We kick-off our exploration of the ancient traditions of Christianity by exploring baptism. Why are we supposed to be baptized? Is there a difference between being baptized as an infant or as an adult? Is there a difference between a full-immersion and a sprinkling? Join Pastor Jacob as he tries to answer these questions and more.
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This week, Pastor Jen tells a story she heard from a mission worker in South Sudan that is both powerful and heart-breaking. She then recounts The Parable of the Mustard Seed and asks how the kingdom of God might be growing quietly among us even now.
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