NextSunday Worship


Sermons

  • May 22, 2016

    “The Intruding God”

    Year C: Trinity Sunday

    One of the great questions of life and faith concerns both the nature of the One whom we call God, as well as our relationship to this God.  What is God like and how do we encounter and understand this Being who is so far above and beyond us in scope and reality?  How can […]

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  • May 15, 2016

    “In the Power of the Spirit”

    Year C – Day of Pentecost

    Pentecost…Holy Spirit…we Christians are notorious for avoiding these words, are we not?  Far too many times we have heard some of the most outlandish claims come because someone said that “the Spirit told me to do this…” Last Sunday the traffic was stopped on a thoroughfare as two women with two small children all strolled […]

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  • May 8, 2016

    What Jesus Really Wants for You

    Year C: Seventh Sunday of Easter

    The story is told about some Princeton Theological Seminary students at the lunch line. The chef had propped a sign on a big bowl of big, juicy oranges that said:  “Take only one…Jesus is watching you.” At the other end of the lunch line, there was a large plate of freshly baked, steaming hot, chocolate […]

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  • May 1, 2016

    Hearing the Cries of the World

    Year C - Sixth Sunday of Easter

    What are you going to do with the rest of your life?  That’s the usual way sermons start out for graduating seniors—as if 18 year olds have any idea of what lies before them.  Take it from one who is just a little further down the road—you have no idea.  This is not a reflection […]

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  • April 24, 2016

    “Hope: a picture of the future that sets in motion the powers of the present”

    Year C – Fifth Sunday of Easter

    INTRODUCTION It’s the end!  It’s the end of the World!  When you tune in; the breaking news is trouble here, there and everywhere.  The sound track of contemporary life is one of destruction, despair and doom.  How do you keep hope alive when life seems to be falling apart?  For believers across the ages, the […]

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  • April 17, 2016

    “The Lord is My Shepherd.”

    Year C – Fourth Sunday of Easter

    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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  • April 10, 2016

    “Come to Breakfast”

    Year C – Third Sunday of Easter

    This is a time to remember. I want you to think back, before the rocky coastline of Alaska and the sandy beaches along the Gulf Coast shores were covered with a black tide of oil. Recall those bright days before the shore was littered with garbage and warning signs were posted announcing the waters were […]

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  • April 3, 2016

    “Do not doubt but believe!”

    Year C – Second Sunday of Easter

    Our scripture lesson today transports us back to Sunday evening of the first Easter.   The followers of Jesus were crowded together in a room with the door locked, shades drawn, scared sick that they would be next to feel the wrath of the religious zealots and occupying military forces. Jesus was crucified, dead and buried. […]

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  • March 27, 2016

    “The Empty Tomb”

    Year C – Easter - Resurrection of the Lord

    The women who arrived at the tomb on Sunday were navigating their way through a period of profound grief. They had witnessed as their beloved Jesus was crucified the previous Friday. After watching him die slowly, shamefully, and painfully on a heinous cross, they were probably in shock. Adding to their trauma was the perfunctory […]

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  • March 20, 2016

    “Pressed, but Pressing On”

    Year C: Liturgy of the Passion; Sixth Sunday in Lent

    The Jerusalem sun greeted us early one morning back in 2000. It was the first full day of our study abroad, and we college students were jet-lagged but wide-eyed, eager to see the sites of the Holy Land. Our first stop was the Mount of Olives, just outside Jerusalem. We took what is called the […]

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