NextSunday Worship


Dr. Russ Dean

  • January 28, 2018

    Beyond the Boundaries: The Soil of the Good Word

    Year B – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

    “It’s all a matter of where you draw your lines.” So, says one of my best friends from seminary days. Theology is a continuum.  It’s where you draw your line. Ethics is a continuum. Where you draw your line. Politics, economics, social and cultural mores… all, where you draw your lines. In the ancient world […]

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  • January 14, 2018

    “Sound Seeing”

    Year B – Second Sunday after the Epiphany

    She has been blind from birth. She has never seen her mother’s face, her father’s smile, a sunset at dusk or the opening of a flower in bloom. But now, she “sees” in stereo sound.   The glasses she wears look a little like something out of Star Trek. There are no lenses in these glasses. […]

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  • June 30, 2013

    Asking for Twice as Much

    Year C – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost - (Proper 8)

    How much is too much? At the Baptist boys’ camp where I worked for nine years, the Craft Hut was just up the path from Unit #2 Bathhouse. The summer of 1983 when I ran the place I called it “Dino’s Depot,” and it was a place of learning and creative exploration, a place where […]

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  • June 23, 2013

    Speaking in Fine Silence

    Year C – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 7

    In the days following the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center, reporters and native New Yorkers spoke of the change that had fallen over the city: In the place of rush-hour traffic there were empty streets. In the place of strangers, rushing by, hardly noticing one another, there were smiles, and strangers who […]

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  • June 16, 2013

    Letting Your Hair Down

    Year C: Proper 6 (11) - Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

    Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and […]

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  • June 9, 2013

    Three Cows, the Zero-Sum Game, and the Myth of Scarcity

    Year C - Proper 5 (10) - Third Sunday after Pentecost

    Three Cows.  The old preacher went to visit one of his parishioners who owned a small farm. The farmer had worked hard, but just scraped by to make a living. The preacher was greeted warmly and on the porch was offered a glass of lemonade, a cane-bottom chair, and a conversation. As it always did […]

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  • June 2, 2013

    The God Who Wins For Us

    Year C - Proper 4 - Second Sunday after Pentecost

    Several years ago we spent a season reflecting on the biblical narrative as “story,” and the importance of story to our lives. As a response, we changed the call-and-response for our scripture reading in worship from the traditional: “This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.” to “You have heard the ancient […]

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