NextSunday Worship


  • April 27, 2014

    “The Resurrection Message; a Challenging Message”

    Year A – Second Sunday of Easter

    The late columnist and champion of all things Southern, Lewis Grizzard, used to tell a story about his “boy-hood friend and idol” Weymann C. Wannamaker, Jr.  Now I don’t come close to possessing the Southern charm and panache of Lewis, so I can’t tell the story the way he told it, but here’s the gist […]

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  • April 20, 2014

    "The Day the Earth Trembled"

    Year A – Easter – Resurrection of the Lord.

    The Romans knew how to deal with this kind of thing.  A few years back there had been a Jewish revolt led by a man named Judas whose nick-name was Maccabee.  The nick-name literally meant “the Mallet-headed.”  Judas and the others in what became known as the Maccabean Revolt were as hard-headed as their leader’s […]

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  • April 13, 2014

    "What Kind of Jesus Do You Want?"

    Year A- Liturgy of the Psalms

    There is a drawing you sometimes see in publications or books that feature optical illusions.  Some people see in the drawing a young woman with her head turned away, wearing a hat and a choker necklace.  Others see an elderly woman with a rather large nose, a chin tucked into her chest and a scarf […]

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  • April 6, 2014

    “Signs of the Spirit”

    Year A – Fifth Sunday in Lent

    One Children’s Sunday, members of our congregation were given a small tube of bubbles along with our worship bulletins when we entered the sanctuary.  Apparently, one of our church members couldn’t resist opening his bottle and blowing a few bubbles before the service had started.  Only afterwards did it occur to him that people in […]

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  • March 30, 2014

    “Opening Blind Eyes”

    Year A – Fourth Sunday in Lent

    I once went on a mission trip to a home for people who were mentally retarded.  One of the residents of the home was an elderly blind lady.  As is sometimes the case, she had both physical and mental challenges, but also had a great gift.  She could play the piano by ear and had […]

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  • March 23, 2014

    “Rejected no more”

    Lectionary Year A – Third Sunday in Lent

    “What is this?” my friend asked me as he laughing dropped the Christmas present I gave him into the trash can.   I was in third grade.  When I told my mother that I wanted to buy a present for every kid in my class, she told me we didn’t have that kind of money.  She […]

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  • March 16, 2014

    “Born Again”

    Lectionary Year A – Second Sunday in Lent

    Mary Anne Hayes emailed me a riddle this past week.  In the text of the message it said that 80% of Kindergarteners were able to solve the riddle, but only 17% of Stanford University Undergraduates were.  Now this came off of the internet, so who knows whether it is true?  But it took me a […]

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  • March 9, 2014

    “The First Temptation of Christ”

    Lectionary Year A – First Sunday In Lent

    Do you remember the scandals that came with the Winter Olympics in 2002?  A French judge succumbed to the temptation of trying to stack the deck in favor of the French Ice Dancers.  She apparently agreed ahead of time to give the Russian figure skating pair higher marks than anyone else.  In return, the Russian […]

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  • March 2, 2014

    “Jesus Alone”

    Lectionary Year A - Transfiguration Sunday

    While thumbing through a catalog the other day I noticed a T-shirt that had a wonderful slogan on it.  It said in bold letters, “Gravity – It’s not just a good idea, it’s the LAW!”   Now gravity is something that we live with constantly.  It is so present in our lives; we don’t even stop […]

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  • February 23, 2014

    “Living Simply through Prayer”

    Year A – The Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

    A couple of months ago, my wife Tracy and I did something that we’d never done before; something we never thought we’d do; something we never considered doing before and may not ever do again. For this exciting and potentially life changing event, Tracy and I bought…Powerball tickets!            I am quite sure that a shudder […]

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