Sermon for World AIDS Day 2008 - Uncommon Hope

First Sunday in Advent by Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

Mark 13: 24-37:

But in those days, after that time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will fall from the sky and the powers in heaven will be shaken. Then they will see the Promised One coming in the clouds with great power and glory; then the angels will be sent to gather the people of God from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

Shaking The Foundations!

by The Reverend Nancy L. Wilson
Delivered at The Fellowship's Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas, on June 25, 2008.

Scripture: Acts 16: 25-34

It is my joy and honor to be with brothers and sisters from The Fellowship and the UCC Coalition here in Dallas, Texas today. Thank you for your incredible hospitality.

Bishop Flunder, as you celebrate eight years, and as Metropolitan Community Churches prepares to celebrate our 40th anniversary in October of this year, isn't it amazing what God is doing?

Everywhere I go, there is a buzz about the relationship between The Fellowship and MCC. I talked to a news reporter earlier today who asked, "What is happening with MCC and the Fellowship?"

Joseph's Dreams

Christmas Sermon 2007
By The Reverend Nancy L. Wilson, Moderator Metropolitan Community Churches
Text: Matthew 1:18-25, Advent IV

When I was 12, I was chosen to play Mary in the Christmas pageant at Hicksville United Methodist Church on Long Island, New York, where I grew up. That meant I sang two short solos and had a few speaking lines while seated by the manger, dressed in the blue and white of all church pageant Madonnas. (Sorry, no pictures or home movies survive!)
The part of Joseph was played by Richard -- a blonde, shy, bright, nerdy boy with glasses, whose only role was to stand stoically beside me, and stay silent. Of course, the rowdy shepherds rolling down the center aisle in their burlap bags decided it was their role to make him laugh. So Richard spent an agonizing 45 minutes during the pageant shaking and suppressing his great giggle. Makes you just want to slap those shepherds...

Pressing On In Faith: To 40 and Beyond!

by The Reverend Nancy L. Wilson

This month, MCC congregations around the world are observing Fellowship Sunday, marking the 39th anniversary of the founding of Metropolitan Community Churches.
On October 6, 1968, 12 worshipers gathered in Troy Perry's living room in the Los Angeles suburb of Huntington Park, California, to worship God.

The Prophet Elijah, Paris Hilton, and the Still Small Voice

Sermon delivered by Rev Elder Nancy Wilson at King of Peace MCC St. Petersburg, Florida on June 24, 2007  

If you know your MCC history, you know that from the very beginning, almost 40 years ago, Rev. Troy Perry, preached a three part gospel in MCC  the gospel of Salvation, the gospel of Community and the gospel of Christian Social Action.

From the earliest days of MCC, Rev. Perry was involved in fighting for civil and human rights, especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The first time he was arrested for civil disobedience was in 1969 -- and the Board of MCC Los Angeles was so terrified, they fired him! Then the congregation became angry – they supported Rev. Perry's activism – so in turn, they fired the Board! And at that very tumultuous congregational meeting, the 29-year-old Pastor Perry asked the congregation to re-instate the members of the Board, as "we are all in a learning process; and we need to forgive and move on!"
Rev. Perry later became involved in AIDS activism, and he's been a strong opponent of the death penalty, especially in the racist and classist ways it has been implemented in the U.S.

No Place Like Home

This sermon was delivered by Rev. Nancy L. Wilson, on May 13, 2007 (Mothers Day) at Hicksville United Methodist Church, Hicksville, New York

Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 16

Hicksville United Methodist Church, in this location, this building, is the same age as I am. My parents attended the very first service in this building, Palm Sunday 1950, about four months before I was born. So I first attended church, this church, in my mother's womb.
My brother Dave and I were talking the other evening about how we knew every nook and cranny in this big church building, with all of its classrooms, corners and staircases. We reminisced about all the basketball games, volleyball games, church dinners, and scout meetings that took place in this church. 

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