NextSunday Worship


  • July 26, 2015

    “When Needs Overwhelm Resources”

    Year B – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

    This past spring marked the fifth anniversary of the Deep Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. According to various reports, the disaster was not a serious as first thought or far worse than we could have imagined at the time. I suppose it depends on which publication you are reading. According to ScienceNews […]

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  • July 19, 2015

    “The Antidote to Fear”

    Year B – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

    The story is probably politically and otherwise incorrect but, in a strange way, it really does fit our topic for today. A congregation is in the middle of worship one Sunday morning when the doors of the church fly open and in walks the devil, trailing smoke behind him. People start screaming and running for […]

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  • July 12, 2015

    “The Fear of the Truth”

    Year B - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

    Have you ever gotten in trouble for telling the truth? When I was about six years old, I rode with my grandfather to pick up my grandmother for lunch from her job at Maxwell’s Department Store in Wrens. As we were walking to the car, another car pulled up and the person sitting in the […]

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  • July 5, 2015

    “I am Weak but He is Strong”

    Year B - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

    A truck driver was eating in a roadside diner when three burly guys on motorcycles roared up to the establishment and walked through the door. They walked up to the table where the driver sat and stared at him until he looked up and asked, “May I help you?” “That your 18 wheeler in the […]

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  • June 28, 2015

    “A Dying Daughter and a Desperate Woman”

    Year B – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

    I have spent the past week with two women I didn’t know. Even after many hours together, I still don’t know their names. The gospel writers – Matthew, Mark and Luke – tell us about them, but did not get their names. I did discover a clue in an apocryphal writing (Acts of Pilate 7). […]

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  • June 21, 2015

    “Another Storm Story”

    Year B - Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

    Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters; they saw the deeds of the LORD, his wondrous works in the deep. For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their […]

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  • June 14, 2015

    "The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed.”

    Year B – Third Sunday after Pentecost

    Teaching is a challenge, especially when the student is limited in their perceptual ability and faces difficulties in seeing and hearing. A childhood illness left Helen Keller both blind and deaf. Her young life was locked into loneliness. Unable to communicate in the world of sight and sound, she was filled with frustration and rage. […]

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  • June 7, 2015

    “The Blessing and Burden of Family”

    Year B – Second Sunday after Pentecost

    Here we are in June, a season of celebration. After months of planning, making list and checking them twice, finally the long awaited day and date of the wedding has arrived. Perhaps as a veteran of celebratory moment of expectations and promises, you know well the mountain tops and valleys of that journey. The vows […]

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  • May 31, 2015

    “God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”

    Year B - Trinity Sunday – First Sunday after Pentecost

    I should tell you that I have been warned against what I’m about to do. This is risky- I’m going to talk about the doctrine of the Trinity in a sermon. A told a friend who is an Episcopal priest this week about this sermon- he told me I was crazy and probably dumber than […]

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  • May 24, 2015

    “Gathered, Scattered”

    Year B – Day of Pentecost

    You probably have heard someone say, “I don’t need to go to church; I really experience God’s presence out when I’m out in nature.” I assume you don’t say this very often, because here you are in church in late May. Not too long ago, I was talking to a church member about this, coming […]

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