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.

Episodes

January 22, 2023 22 min
In the story of Joseph, he experiences mishap after mishap and yet still is able to do good in the world. Pastor Jacob explores how God does not cause the misfortunes in our lives but still works through us in the midst of tragedy to bring something good into the world just like Joseph.
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The story of Moses is full of plot twists before he is even able to walk! Join Pastor Jen as she paints a vivid picture of one of the most powerful stories in the Old Testament.
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January 8, 2023 18 min
In our current sermon series, we are exploring the big reveals and plot twists of Scripture, beginning with perhaps the biggest one of all: the conversion of Saul, the great persecutor of the Christian faith. Pastor Jacob helps to walk us through the story as we get to know Saul and invites us to open ourselves up to the constant self-discovery we experience in our own lives.
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December 24, 2022 7 min
CUCC Candlelight service, 2022
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"The angels' final appearance in the Nativity story is to a group of shepherds watching their flocks at night. But it's an interesting choice since shepherds were not even allowed to give eyewitness testimony in a court of law. Why would God choose them to be among the first to share the Good News of Christ's birth?
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When Joseph receives the news of Mary’s unplanned pregnancy, he wants to quietly extricate himself from the story. But an angel tells him not to be afraid, and he decides to roll with it. What if we all did the same with the unexpected news in our lives?
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In today's Scripture passage, Gabriel shows up at Mary's home and declares, "Greetings favored one! The Lord is with with you!" It's a strange message, especially when the angel informs her that she will bear God's son into the world. In a situation where Mary could easily run away in fear, she embraces this calling with faith. Pastor Jacob explains how we all have the same calling as Mary to be Theotokos, b...
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This Sunday we begin our journey to discover the Gospel According to Gabriel by looking at the parts of the Nativity story where Gabriel and the other angels burst onto the scene with an important message: "Be Not Afraid." Join Pastor Jacob as he explores the story of Jesus' birth from the cosmic perspective of the angels and encourages us to remember that we too are part of God's wider plan for all of humanity. Tod...
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November 20, 2022 22 min
Why does eating matter so much in our lives? Why does sharing a meal nourish s both in body and spirit? Pastor Jen tells the story of the prophet Elijah and his journey, during which he is fed by and angel and encounters God inside the sheer sound of silence.
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November 13, 2022 22 min
Genesis 16 is classified as a "text of terror" for how horrifically Abram and Sarai treat their servant Hagar. But this story is not just about Abram and Sarai. Instead, Hagar takes control of her own life and learns that God has been with her all along. So too, in our darkest moments, when all seems lost, God is working in the midst for tragedies and trauma to bring new life, new paths, new hope.
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Pastor Jen kicks off the new sermon series with the story of Jacob and Esau. Are we unnecessarily running from our past mistakes?
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The 2022 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition will be featured at a special service next Sunday, October 30 at 10am, along with a homiletic solo performance by the composer. Free admission. Earlier this year, Raven Chacon became the first Native American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for his Voiceless Mass. The piece, which was premiered by Present Music in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 21, 2021, is a meditation o...
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October 23, 2022 15 min
Pastor Jen reminds us of the perfect balance God intended for creation and invites us to make small choices every day to restore that balance in ourselves and in our world.
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October 16, 2022 19 min
Rev. Dr. Jacob Buchholz: God knows that sometimes we need to be reminded of our identity, we need to be reminded of who we are. On this Open and Affirming Sunday, hear these words from Isaiah: You have been created by God, redeemed by God, named by God, and claimed by God. You are God's beloved. Rev. Dr. Jennifer Strickland Pastor Jen explains why it is crucial for churches to teach children (and adults) that God loves them,...
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October 10, 2022 20 min
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Our Scripture reading today is one of the most religion-shattering, mind-expanding, belief-challenging statements in the Bible. It reminds us on this World Communion Sunday, that when we come to God's table, we will be sitting by those we least expect to see, because in God's Kingdom, all are welcome.
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Pastor Jen closes our sermon series on the parables of Jesus by considering the meaning of the Parable of the 10 Wedding Attendants. What can we learn from the 5 foolish and 5 wise attendants? What might it mean for us to always have some extra lamp oil in our back pocket? And is Jesus really coming back? Because we’ve been waiting a long time...
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Jesus encourages his listeners to dig deeper into the parables, and indeed, some of the parables are confusing and seem to have multiple interpretations. Join Pastor Jacob as he proposes two different ways to understand the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard and invites us to keep digging deeper on our own.
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Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan to illustrate how our faith should compel us to perform acts of kindness and compassion, not avoid them. The love of the Other invites us to consider how we are called to put our faith into action.
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