NextSunday Worship


Sermons

  • 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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  • November 27, 2016

    Be Prepared!

    Year A - First Sunday of Advent

    There was a time when apocalyptic passages were the strong focus of Advent study and worship. Advent was a time for penitence. The emphasis on scriptures that proclaim comfort to the people was a later development as a response to worshipers who longed for words of anticipation and joy. What we now associate with the […]

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  • November 20, 2016

    “Which Spirit?”

    Year C- Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

    The hymn “Sweet, Sweet, Spirit” is a hymn which has a nostalgic hold on me but it also baffles me. The nostalgia is easy enough to diagnosis. It’s a reminder of the way the church sees itself or needs to be seen by others. It is always the ideal to have “sweet expressions on each […]

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  • November 13, 2016

    “We are waiting / He is waiting”

    Year C - Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

    “We are waiting / He is waiting” We are waiting for Jesus to show up, He is waiting for us to grow up! Before we proceed to the focal passage, take a moment to read the first 5 verses of 2nd Thessalonians 3:1-5. “Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us, so that the word of […]

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  • November 6, 2016

    “Jesus comes to Meet the Press”

    Year C - Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

    As the never-ending election comes to a close, or most likely a “temporary stay,” one thing is certain we have heard a lot of questions. We may disagree on whether we have heard answers but we have heard questions. “Did you send or forward classified emails?” “Are you prepared to separate families and deport 11 […]

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  • October 30, 2016

    “Get Shorty! The Man in the Sycamore Tree”

    Year C – Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

    A part of the core curriculum for children in Sunday school is the tale of the little man in the sycamore tree.  This story translated into song, drawn and colored on paper, has been the focus of attention by boys and girls over the generations.  Children of all ages can easily identi­fy with the little […]

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  • October 23, 2016

    “It's Hard to Be Humble”

    Year C – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

    The heart of the Gospel of Luke is the story of Jesus on a journey. In Luke 9:51, our Lord begins the journey as He “resolutely” sets His face to go to Jerusalem. The journey finishes in 19:28 with His entrance into the city of Jerusalem. It’s more than a geographical trip. In fact, it’s […]

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