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Rev. Dr. R. Mark Giuliano

I speak most Sundays at Cleveland’s historic Old Stone Church on Public Square in downtown Cleveland, as well as throughout the region and beyond. I would be very happy to welcome you anytime!

In the meantime, here is a selection of recent sermons that I pray are helpful to you. As always, it is my hope that my sermons do at least two things: strengthen your faith and glorify our God.


Featured 2017 – 2018 Messages

The Church that Cancelled Easter – Easter 2017


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.”