NextSunday Worship


Sermons

  • May 6, 2018

    “What God Wants from Us”

    Year B - Sixth Sunday of Easter

    The Witness of Scripture: This morning we come to one of the most important texts in all of the Bible. It marks the turning point in the early church and most certainly the book of Acts. Interestingly enough, we are not as familiar with this text as we are others. Perhaps it’s because this experience […]

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  • April 29, 2018

    God is Love !

    Year B - Fifth Sunday of Easter

    I take as my text today the simple affirmation from the Epistle reading, “God is love.”  Of course, that’s not everything that can be said about God, otherwise I would have wasted years in seminary.  But sometimes, we need to say what’s important in words as short and succinct as possible. I think that’s why […]

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  • April 22, 2018

    “The Good Shepherd”

    Year B - Fourth Sunday of Easter

    I take as my text this Fourth Sunday of Easter, three verses from the Gospel according to St. John: I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have […]

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  • April 15, 2018

    “It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and our job to love.”

    Year B - Third Sunday of Easter

    Today I want to focus on the entire chapter of Acts 3, not just the appointed portion for the Third Sunday of Easter.  Hear it in Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase. – Acts 3 The Message 3 1-5 One day at three o’clock in the afternoon, Peter and John were on their way into the Temple for prayer meeting. At […]

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  • April 8, 2018

    "Heart and Soul plus UNITY"

    Year B - Second Sunday of Easter

    The readings for the Second Sunday of Easter seem to stress a common them of unity.  Acts describes early believers as “of one heart and soul.”  But not only heart and soul. The unity was so deep that it involved giving up private ownership of property and holding everything in common.  Their unity for a […]

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  • April 1, 2018

    “Where is Jesus? - Hiding in plain sight!”

    Year B – Resurrection of the Lord

    “Where’s Waldo” is an immensely popular series of children’s books.  Each volume since 1986 offers a dazzling visual puzzle with tons of people, buildings, and even mythical beasts.  In the midst of all that complexity is Waldo, a simple little boy, looking a bit like Harry Potter, who is always wearing his red and white […]

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  • March 25, 2018

    “Arriving at John’s Different View of Palm Sunday”

    Year B: Sixth Sunday in Lent; The Liturgy of the Palms

    Though out the world on this very special day Christians in many cultures and languages are joining the psalmist of 118:25 and proclaiming their “Hosanna(s)”—“Save us now!”  Indeed, to reenact and remember what took place many years ago when Jesus entered Jerusalem many are waving palm branches.  Yes, Psalm 118 has become an important part […]

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  • March 18, 2018

    “Arriving at John’s Agonizing View of Purpose”

    Year B: The Fifth Sunday in Lent

    The Fifth Sunday of Lent represents for many the difficult task of facing the painful questions posed by human reality, purpose and destiny.  The Psalmist struggled with life’s frailty in Psalm 51, while Jeremiah in Chapter 31 was bewildered with the nature of human disobedience from God’s covenant people and the actual coming of a […]

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  • March 11, 2018

    “Arriving at John’s Unique View of the Fiery Serpents”

    Year B - The Fourth Sunday in Lent

    In the ancient Mesopotamian cultures good and evil, light and darkness were represented by two mythological creatures Ahurimazda (light) and Ahriman (darkness).  According to this macro-myth, these two figures were locked in an eternal struggle or wrestling match represented by day and night.  But since the night was followed by day, the match was regarded […]

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  • March 4, 2018

    “Arriving at John’s Striking View of the Temple”

    Year B - Third Sunday of Lent

    During the month of March, I invite you join me in reflecting seriously on four strategic events in the life of Jesus which are treated in the Gospel of John. Studying these stories along with related texts selected in the lectionary can be very illuminating for Christians.  Moving through these four Sundays of March 2018 […]

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