NextSunday Worship


  • December 31, 2017

    “Reaching Out and Blessing the Future”

    Year B – 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 can not 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 […]

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  • December 24, 2017

    “God’s Will: Adapted by Mary”

    Lectionary Year B – The Fourth Sunday of Advent

    The Witness of Scripture: Angel visits are not all that they are cracked up to be. Far from being sweet meetings of assurance, those divine sojourners tend to disrupt our worlds in ways that can be frightening. After all, their first words are nearly always, “Fear not.”   This morning we come to the most […]

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  • December 17, 2017

    “Jesus, A Thief?”

    Year B – The Third Sunday of Advent

    The Witness of Scripture: Do you remember how anxious the world was just before the beginning of the new millennium? People were really worked up, almost to the point of widespread hysteria. What was going to happen about computers? And if things went wrong with computers just think of the domino effect with planes in […]

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  • December 10, 2017

    “When Heaven Isn’t What We Expect”

    Year B - The Second Sunday of Advent

    The Witness of Scripture: Mark’s gospel does not begin with angels whispering in Mary’s ear. There are no shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night, no wise men from the east following a star, no big-eyed animals standing around a straw-stuffed manger. Mark either did not know about those things or else he did […]

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  • December 3, 2017

    “Asleep at the Wheel”

    Year B – The First Sunday of Advent

    The Witness of Scripture: Today marks an interesting time in the church, the beginning of Advent, that time when our pulse quickens and anticipation heightens. Strangely enough, the church has become more and more interested in Christmas than Advent. Like Holy Week we love the pageantry of Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday but tend to […]

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  • November 26, 2017

    “Sheep Expectations”

    Year A - 25th Sunday after Pentecost

    Sheep are frequently mentioned in Scripture; in fact, sheep are referenced more than 500 times throughout the Bible! Some of these references describe the agricultural system or the sacrificial system of ancient Israel. But many of these references to sheep refer to the relationship between the sheep and their shepherd as an image for our […]

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  • November 19, 2017

    “Abundance of Talents”

    Year A - 24th Sunday after Pentecost

    “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.” I imagine most of us have heard this expression.  When the person is charge is not present, often times other people will not do what they are supposed to do. I remember when I was in first grade, every day after lunch we would come back to […]

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  • November 12, 2017

    “From Worship to Justice”

    Year A: Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27)

    Recently I was involved in a minor car accident.  Thankfully, there were no serious injuries, but there is something about in incident like a car accident that helps us put our lives in perspective.  It was just after noon on a Friday; I was making a quick trip to the post office before lunch.  I […]

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  • November 5, 2017

    “An Old New Thing”

    Year A – Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 26)

    When I was in seminary, I did an internship at a church where we spent a month involved in different aspects of church ministry – one month was youth ministry, one was children’s ministry, one was worship, one was senior adults, one was pastoral care, and so on.  One of the rotations was building and […]

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  • October 29, 2017

    “Be the Blessing”

    Year A - Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost Proper 25 (30)

    A man by the name of Bryan Anderson was driving home late one night along a lonely stretch of highway when he noticed a woman standing by a car at the side of the road. She was an older woman and looked like she needed help. Bryan pulled his old truck over and got out […]

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