NextSunday Worship


Sermons

  • February 5, 2017

    “Reflecting the Heart of God”

    Year A – Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

    The people of Israel were confused. Weren’t they seeking after God? Weren’t they bringing offerings to the temple every time they were supposed to, reciting the prayers they were supposed to recite, and celebrating the holidays they were supposed to celebrate? They were righteously indignant about all the right issues, and they were making sure […]

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  • January 29, 2017

    “Poor in Spirit”

    Year A - Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

    How wonderful it would be to sit at the feet of Jesus – to hear him teach the truths of God with authority and wisdom!  As disciples, we’re to go forth and teach others to obey everything Jesus has taught and commanded us in his word (Matthew 28:20). I’ve heard it said that preaching helps […]

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  • January 22, 2017

    “A Spiritual Epiphany”

    Year A - Third Sunday after the Epiphany

    An epiphany is a moment in time when you suddenly understand or become aware of something that is very important to you.  Can you recall your very first epiphany?  As a second grader, I was the youngest student in the classroom.  Due to my cognitive immaturity, I sometimes struggled with newly introduced concepts.  Mrs. Chandler, […]

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  • January 15, 2017

    “Gully Theology”

    Year A - Second Sunday after the Epiphany

    I imagine David the psalmist recalled his shepherding days when he had to pull a few stray sheep out of the gullies.  Just perhaps those memories inspired him to write this beautiful psalm oozing like a filled pastry, full of the wondrous truths of God.  If your current life situation makes you feel like a […]

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  • January 8, 2017

    “New Things I Declare”

    Year A - First Sunday after Epiphany

    Do you like new things?  New things can be exciting as well as frightening.  With new things come change and responsibility.  In the past year, my wife and I have gone from having no grandchildren to have two healthy grandsons, born just four months apart.  During the pregnancies of our son’s wife and our daughter, […]

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  • January 1, 2017

    “Reaching Out and Blessing the Future”

    Year A: First Sunday after Christmas Day

    Immediately following the Christmas story in the Gospel of Luke, there is an interesting scene that is generally ignored. I cannot recall ever hearing a sermon on the powerful and profound episode reported Luke 2:21-40. The shepherds return to their flocks in the field. The angelic musicians, once their praise chorus was completed, fluttered out […]

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  • December 24 or 25, 2016

    “Be not afraid!”

    Year A – Nativity of the Lord

    The Day we have anticipated during the 30 days of Advent has arrived, as it has done for more than two thousand years. Christmas Day, the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth who will be called the Christ of God. We count the years as two thousand and sixteen, but it took at least four centuries […]

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  • December 18, 2016

    “The Drama of the Incarnation”

    Year A - Fourth Sunday of Advent

    Fourth Sunday in Advent!  What more is there left to say? How can one tell the story of Jesus’ birth without falling into cultural clichés? How can the familiar become exciting again? It is so difficult to preach on the Birth Narratives that most pastors and priests prefer to have the children of the parish […]

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  • December 11. 2016

    “Despair and Hope: the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand”

    Year A – Third Sunday of Advent

    Last Sunday we looked at the strong and popular John the Baptist confronting his opponents with courage and urging those who came to him to repent and be baptized.  We also recognized his humility as he started pointing his disciples away from himself toward the one who was to come, the one whose sandals he […]

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  • December 4, 2016

    “A Call to Repentance — A Call to Humility”

    Year A – Second Sunday of Advent

    On this second Sunday in Advent we continue with the theme of preparation with added emphasis upon repentance. We are confronted with the question of who are the chosen ones and meet John the Baptizer, a prophet in his rough attire and raw, severe preaching and begin the use of the word baptizo—to baptize. John […]

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