NextSunday Worship


  • 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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  • October 16, 2016

    “The Call to Remember”

    Year C – Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.

    This scripture passage is a call to stick with the old things. I know people are getting more nostalgic these days, but do you really think people want their minister using every Sunday’s sermons to reminisce about the old ways? In fact, churches where I preach these days are into the new. Do you remember […]

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  • October 9, 2016

    “Changed in Unexpected Ways”

    Year C – Twenty-First Sunday of Pentecost

    This is a fascinating story. Like all good stories, it has surprise, resistance, resolution, a captivating plot and wonderfully intriguing characters. In fact, one way to approach a narrative in the Bible is to ask, “With which character do we most identify?” Then, we try to tell the story through the eyes of that figure. […]

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  • October 2, 2016

    “Simple Surprises”

    Year C – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

    When he was translating the Bible, J. B. Phillips was asked, “What is it like to work that intimately with the biblical text?” Phillips responded, “Translating the Bible is like rewiring your house with the electricity still on. You never know when you’ll be shocked.” Phillips’ response reminds us that the Bible is sometimes jarring. […]

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  • September 25, 2016

    “This land is your land”

    Year C – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    Land is a prize to be had.  As a farmer’s wife once told me, “Buy it at every occasion, for it’s the only thing they are not making more of.”  I wish it was as easy as it sounded.  Land is costly in general, and depending on where you live, it can be quite expensive […]

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  • September 18, 2016

    “Cheaters never prosper!”

    Year C – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    Have you ever been cheated?  It’s no fun.  In fact, it down right stinks, especially if you have no possible recourse for justice. The teller gave me crisp dollar bills in a bank in South America.  My wife and I wanted to take a trip to nearby Argentina.  When we arrived our first order of […]

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  • September 11, 2016

    “Tragedy to Triumph”

    Year C – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    In life we will experience tragedy.  So powerful is tragedy that many can recall where they were and who they were with upon receiving the news.  Take for instance the national tragedies of our great nation.  My grandfather remembered when he learned about Pearl Harbor, my dad Kennedy’s assassination, and my older brother The Challenger […]

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