NextSunday Worship


Sermons

  • May 10, 2015

    “Commanding Love”

    Year B – Sixth Sunday of Easter

    I was thinking about our text from John 15 and Mother’s Day, of course thinking of my own dear mom and all the ways I’ve disappointed her. And I realized a deep similarity between my mom and Jesus. Before my family would go anywhere, my mom would sit my sister and me down to talk. […]

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  • May 3, 2015

    “Abiding in Christ”

    Year B – Fifth Sunday of Easter

    If someone asked you to sum up your life in a picture, what would that picture be? A Christian retreat leader in North Carolina asked people this question when they sign up for a retreat and asks that everyone actually bring that picture with them. It’s apparently a good way to get strangers talking and […]

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  • April 26, 2015

    Why Do You Do What You Do?

    Year B - Fourth Sunday of Easter

    It happens to me all the time, and I hate it! I am sitting at home surfing through the channels, and there is that movie that I have wanted to see! It is on! There’s just one problem. It started 20 minutes ago! I have no idea who these people are—I mean in the movie. […]

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  • April 19, 2015

    “Hands, Feet and Faith”

    Year B - Third Sunday of Easter

    Imagine for a moment that someone was going to write your biography. This is going to be the comprehensive authoritative story of your life. What stories are they going to tell? I got to thinking about that question this past week. There are some details that someone would have to include in my life story—if […]

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  • April 12, 2015

    “The Goodness of Doubt”

    Year B - Second Sunday of Easter

    I have to confess, I miss it! (I’m not sure Anita does, but I do!) I miss the good old days of grocery store news! There, while you are waiting for the lady that has 58 items to find that coupon for $.25 off the price of detergent, trying to keep your calm, you secretly […]

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  • April 5, 2015

    “The First Word”

    Year B – Easter – Resurrection of the Lord

    That is what we came for, isn’t it? Hallelujah! We came to hear and to sing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Alleluia!” This is the day of the church year when we really celebrate, when we just let go and make a joyful noise unto the Lord! Hallelujah! Lent is over! We don’t have […]

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  • March 29, 2015

    “Why?”

    Lectionary Year B – Liturgy of the Palms

    Brian was one of my best friends in high school. He had one sibling, a brother named Eric, about four years younger than us. Brian, Eric and their parents, Mike and Denise, were members of the same church as my family in Abilene, Texas. In the early morning hours of September 1998, Eric drove down […]

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  • March 22, 2015

    “The Covenant Continues”

    Year B – Fifth Sunday in Lent

    “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19 NRSV) If your church had an Ash Wednesday service, you probably heard these words before receiving ashes in the sign of the cross on your forehead. Perhaps you haven’t heard these words before. The verse comes from Genesis chapter three and Christians often […]

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  • March 15, 2015

    “Keep Looking Up”

    Year B – Fourth Sunday in Lent

    The story from the Hebrew Bible this week comes from Numbers. We find the Israelites wandering in the wilderness under Moses’ leadership. After 400 years they are delivered from slavery in Egypt but they are discontent and begin complaining about their situation. “And the people spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why have you brought […]

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  • March 8, 2015

    “No Human Wisdom”

    Year B – Third Sunday in Lent

    Over the years, I have heard people give up a range of things for Lent including TV, Facebook, desserts, chocolate, alcohol, smoking, shopping. After a children’s sermon several years ago, an eight year old boy named Harold said he gave up Ranch dressing for Lent. What are we trying to gain (or lose) by giving […]

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