NextSunday Worship

Dr. James Pitts

  • March 17, 2019

    "Trust in the Lord!"

    Year C – Second Sunday in Lent

    The phrase “In God We Trust” appeared on US coins and currency beginning in 1855. A hundred years later on July 30, 1956, “In God We Trust” became the national motto of the United States. In recent years the motto “In God We Trust” has been challenged. The challenge was rejected by the federal courts, […]

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  • March 10, 2019

    “Our Lord knows the way through the wilderness”

    Year C - First Sunday in Lent

    So, on fire for God, Jesus returned from his baptism. Then in this spirit he was moved to go into the back woods for forty days, where the Confuser took some cracks at him. During that time, he didn’t eat anything, so he was hungry when the time was up. Then the Confuser said to […]

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  • March 3, 2019

    “A Preview of the Resurrection”

    Year C - Transfiguration Sunday (Last Sunday before Lent)

    Peak experiences form the spiritual references points of life.  Within the scripture, many peak experiences are recorded.  Some are literally associated with mountaintops.  Moses received the Law on Mount Sinai.  The Risen Christ told his disciples on a mountain in Galilee, “I am with you always.”  Another peak experience is the Transfiguration. Christian tradition places […]

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  • February 25, 2018

    “Take up YOUR Cross!”

    Year B: Second Sunday in Lent

    Rabbi Jesus in his school of discipleship was at mid-term.  His students had been recruited and oriented.  They had observed Jesus heal, teach through sermons, tell stories, respond to critics, feed thousands and perform various wonders.  Seated at his feet, walking along the road, conversing over meals, the twelve had listened and learned about God […]

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  • February 18, 2018

    “A Costly Invitation”

    Year B: First Sunday inh Lent

    Invitations are important. A lot of time and energy is devoted to efforts that will find us recognized, accepted and included. We want to belong and to be affirmed. Relationships often are the way that we are personally identified and valued. A bid to belong, an invitation to a party, an opportunity to join; are […]

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  • 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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  • March 26, 2017

    “The Lord is My Shepherd.”

    Year A - Fourth Sunday in Lent

    In spite of the fact that we live in a world that increasingly confuses “wants” with “needs”, the 23rd Psalm continues to top the scriptural hit parade.  “The Lord is my shepherd,” and therefore I have all that I need!”  It is a bold claim and abiding affirmation of faith. Popular from generation to generation […]

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  • March 19, 2017

    “Jesus: the Living Water”

    Year A - Third Sunday in Lent

    Today we have the privilege of listening in on a conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. Some would say that she was a “nobody for nowhere.” Last Sunday, we considered a conversation reported in John chapter 3; between Jesus and a very important person from somewhere.  His name was Nicodemus, a Pharisee with roots […]

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  • March 12, 2017

    “Questions in the night that revealed the Light!”

    Year A - Second Sunday in Lent

    Regardless of your level of biblical literary, most likely you’ve heard of John 3:16.  Many of you can easily locate it in scripture and recite it from memory.  But the question is do you know what John 3:16 is all about?   The context for this verse is a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus.  Their dialogue […]

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  • March 5, 2017

    “Our Lord knows the way through the wilderness”

    Year A - First Sunday in Lent

    The scripture translation is from Clarence Jordan’s Cotton Patch Gospel (Smyth & Helwys Publishing, 2012) Then Jesus was taken by the Spirit into the country, to be given a test by the Confuser. And after a forty-day fast he was plenty hungry. Well, the Confuser came around and said to him, “So you’re God’s Head […]

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