NextSunday Worship


  • 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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  • September 4, 2016

    “Selective Listening”

    Year C – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    A young couple living in a foreign country left early one Saturday morning to visit a local national park.  Locals told them about the beauty of the green rain forest with trees thousands of years old and the pristine streams that flowed from nearby glaciers.  Needless to say they were excited to set foot upon […]

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  • August 28, 2016

    “Foundational Requirements for Christian Living”

    Year C – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    Thanks to industrial growth, affluence and an insatiable appetite for more and more, ecologist warn of cosmic halitosis.  The world, they say, is suffering from bad breath!  Some laugh away the smoke and fumes and poisonous vapor that choke the common breath of all.  They smile and say, “Bad breath is better than no breath […]

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  • August 21, 2016

    “A Religious Objection and Healing Correction.”

    Year C – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    The Bible is big book with many stories.  It traces the history of salvation from creation to redemption; beginning with Adam and concludes with Jesus as the Risen Lord. The Bible takes us on a tour through time and into eternity.  The Bible invites us to worship God and remember that great cloud of witnesses […]

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