NextSunday Worship


  • December 21, 2014

    “Surprised Thinking”

    Year B – Fourth Sunday of Advent

    For me the best part about Christmas are the surprises. I’ve never been one to sneak around in the weeks prior to Christmas morning looking for my gift. I much rather enjoy the wondrous surprise of tearing open my present having no idea what to expect inside the box. Imagine my response much like the […]

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  • December 14, 2014

    “Obedient Thinking”

    Year A – Third Sunday of Advent

    I love playing games on long car trips. It helps pass the time and spurs conversation. One of my favorites is Twenty Questions. The game works by asking a series of “Yes” or “No” questions to reveal the identity of another player. Questions such as, “Were you born in the nineteenth century?” “Do you play […]

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  • December 7, 2014

    “Repentant Thinking”

    Year B – Second Sunday of Advent

    It may seem the lectionary has lost her marbles. Last week we read how the people in Isaiah were coming out of captivity but today we take a step backwards and find them still in exile. From deliverance back to captivity—what gives? Let me offer a reminder that the first Sunday of Advent always begins […]

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  • November 30, 2014

    “Forward Thinking”

    Year B - First Sunday of Advent

    I love everything about the Christmas season—the colorful decorations, lights on every tree, festive music, delicious food, and, of course, the television specials. I still enjoy watching the classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street. And Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without my grandfather’s boiled custard—it’s […]

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  • November 23, 2014

    “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”

    Year A – Reign of Christ – Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

    INTRODUCTION With celebrities in movies and on television, you can go to the Internet and find pictures of them in various roles and at different stages of their lives. For example, the British actor Roddy McDowall was well-known in the 1940s as a child star in My Friend Flicka and Lassie Come Home. He survived […]

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  • November 16, 2014

    Lodged Useless or Found Useful?

    Year A – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

    INTRODUCTION John Milton was one of the best-known poets in England in the seventeenth century.  He also was a strong advocate of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.  He was a devout Protestant Christian.   Milton began losing his sight when he was in his early forties, and he was totally blind by […]

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  • November 9, 2014

    “Words of Comfort and Challenge”

    Year A – Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

    Louisa is a great grandmother who is Rapturous — with a Capital “R.” She eagerly awaits the end of her earthly life, confident this will also be the end of life as we know it for all Christians before the Great Tribulation begins. She writes “Rapturously” about swooshing through the air with the redeemed of […]

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  • November 2, 2014

    “Paul: The Father and Nurse”

    Year A – Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

    INTRODUCTION A barefoot, freckle-faced, blue-eyed boy named Dooley Barlowe was wearing dirty overalls when he showed up Tim Kavanagh’s door. Dooley was with his grandpa who the janitor at the church where Tim was better known as Father Tim, the Episcopal priest. Dooley was an eleven-year-old semi-orphan who used mild “cussin’” and backwoods English. But, […]

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  • October 26, 2014

    "The life of the righteous and the way of the wicked: a study in contrasts and consequences"

    Year A – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

    If you are looking for Godly counsel, the place to begin is the book of Psalms. Here one finds open access to the Almighty along with a mirror that reflects both the heights of human aspirations and depths of mortal depravity. The Psalms were Israel’s hymnal and prayer book. The Psalms are a diverse collection […]

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  • October 19, 2014

    “A New Beginning!”

    Year A – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    “A New Beginning!” “Let’s begin”…is an invitation we have been waiting to hear. But how do we start, where are we going and who will be our guide? Those are some of the questions we face as we move out from the past, engage the present and anticipate the future. The Apostle Paul was a […]

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