Sermons

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Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano

Most Sundays you can find me preaching at Cleveland’s historic Old Stone Church on Public Square in downtown Cleveland. I hope you’ll join us in person or stream live! Other times I speak throughout the region and beyond. You can check out past and upcoming events here.

In the meantime, here is a selection of featured and recent sermons that I pray strengthen your faith and glorify our God.

Peace,
Mark

Featured 2017 – 2018 Messages

The Church that Cancelled Easter – Easter 2017

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Old World, New VisionEphesians 1:15-23 (June 6, 2019). How can see our old world with hope, or the blessings of God at work in our lives even during the tough times? Through the eyes of our hearts enlightened.

Handing On or Hanging On Acts 2:1-21 – Pentecost Sunday 2019 (June 9, 2019). Faith isn’t the worship of ashes, but the handing on of the flame. And it all started on the very first Pentecost.

Close Encounters of the Emmaus KindLuke 24:13-35 (May 5, 2019). Imagine the couple who journeyed the Emmaus Road the first evening of Easter. Who was the stranger in their midst? Why did the moment feel so transcendent . . . and hopeful?

That Which Doesn’t Break Us . . . can break us open. Easter 2019 (April 21, 2019). Easter is proof that God takes what is broken in our lives and breaks it open to the new and abundant life through Jesus Christ.

O Lord, It’s Hard to Be HumbleLuke 6:17-26 (February 17, 2019). Be sure not to miss the wonderful ending. It’s sure to leave you smiling!

I See, Said the Blind Man – Luke 4:21-30 (February 3, 2019).
Are you expecting miracles? Why not?

A Blessing of Joy Luke 2:1-20 (December 24, 2018 – 8:00pm Christmas Eve)
ARE YOU USING YOUR GOD GIVEN GIFTS AND TALENTS? Never be ashamed to share the gifts that God has given you. They are unique to you. And they are yours and yours alone to offer. God has a divine purpose for them!

ADVENT 2018

Advent Two – “Ugh! Not the ‘R’ Word!” Luke 3:1-6, Malachi 3:1-4 (December 9, 2018). There’s no candle on the Advent wreath for “repentance” yet every year on the second Sunday of Advent, John the Baptist hits us with a heavy call to repent. 

Advent One – “House Sitter” Mark 13:24-37 (December 2, 2018). Are you living in fear or in hope?

Walk in the Light. John 12:20-36 (March 18, 2018).
Somebody will be blessed today, and that somebody will be you! Learning to walk in the light.

Keeping the Good News Good. John 3:13-21 (March 11, 2018)
Had enough bad news for one day? I had a lot of fun preaching on the “rock star” of Christian scriptures, John 3:16, and the good news of God’s love for the world.

Between a Rock in a Hard Place. Mark 8:27-38. (February 25, 2018)
“My yoke is easy. My burden is light,” say Jesus. Does that include the weight of the cross? Here, on the second Sunday of Lent, we wrestle with the holy dilemma of saying “I believe” on the one hand, and the demands that faith places upon us, on the other. Together, we discover the blessings and the power of carrying cross of Jesus.

Reset. Reboot. Restore. Mark 1:9-15 (February 18, 2018)
This message was preached the week after the mass shooting of students and teachers in Parkland, Florida. I had another sermon for the first Sunday of Lent all prepared to go, but the Holy Spirit awakened me at 3:00am Sunday, as the Holy Spirit is often known to do, and said, “Mark, I have another message I want you to bring Sunday morning . . . and this is it!

Are You Afraid of the Light? – Mark 9:2-10 (February 11, 2018)
Transfiguration Sunday is one of my favorite Sundays of the year. It’s easy to be holy on top of a mountain . . . try doing it in the real world!

Not another Mother-in-Law Joke – Mark 1:29-39 (February 4, 2018)
Simon’s mother-in-law was the first deacon and the first one to serve Jesus at the table. How did I miss that before?

When Jesus Goes to Church – Mark 1:21-28 (January 28, 2018)
It’s interesting to me that the first place Jesus casts out demons is in the church (synagogue). It’s also the place he brings healing.

Catch and Release – Mark 1:14-20 (January 21, 2018)
Jesus catches his first followers, folks who are busy fishing, and releases them into a new kind of life.

Great Bowels of Mercy – Not a Typo – Colossians 3:14-17 (January 14, 2018)
How did the apostle Paul deal with conflict in his church? He wrote them a letter. Paul reminded members that they had been baptized and, therefore, had died to all their old ways and needed to clothe themselves in “bowels of mercies” – aka compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience . . . and above all, with love, which binds everything together in perfect maturity. 

Wise Men Still Seek Him (and so do wise women) – Matthew 2:1-12 (January  7, 2017)
Wise men and women still seek Jesus, but what makes them so wise? Probably the same wisdom of the Magi.

This Little Light of Mine (Christmas Day 2017 Regional Broadcast) – Luke 2:1-20
Since 2013, we’ve been doing a Christmas Day broadcast on Fox 8 Cleveland (pre-recorded the previous Christmas Eve). I can’t begin to tell you what it means to me to receive calls, notes, and emails of appreciation from those who tune in on Christmas morning!

A Ministry of Encouragement – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
(November 26, 2017, Reign of Christ Sunday)
This was supposed to be my last Sunday at the Old Stone Church. Who knew the road would turn the way it did? Well, God. But who else? Not me!

A Heart Full of Gratitude
(November, 19, 2017, Thanksgiving Sunday)

Supper’s Ready!
(October 1, 2017, World Communion Sunday)

Last Minute Gift
(September 24, 2017, 197th Anniversary Sunday) Matthew 20:1-16
Thank you to Fred Craddock and to my mentor, David Buttrick, two giants of preaching in whose very large footsteps I attempted to walk as I wrote this particular message, and who both taught me more than a thing or two about the amazing grace of God.

A Seditious Word Colossians 1:15-20 (July 17, 2016) – Republican National Convention
What does one preach on the eve of what was potentially one of the most volatile political convention of the decade? The Republican National Convention was on our doorsteps. I elected to preach on the supremacy of Christ.

For CEOs (Christmas and Easter Only attenders)

Hope is a Star
Our first annual Christmas Day broadcast on Fox 8 Cleveland – December 25, 2014 (pre-recorded Christmas Eve 2013).

Easter According Zamboni 1 Corinthians 1:1-11
Easter is the Zamboni of life! But what did Paul mean when he called himself “untimely born.”