NextSunday Worship


Sermons

  • 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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  • May 17, 2015

    “Sanctified in Truth”

    Year B – Seventh Sunday of Easter

    We go to church so we can avoid God. To avoid God? Does that sound right? Surely, we go to church to be with God. In 1966, Clyde Reid wrote a book called The God Evaders, talking about church people like us! He said, “We structure our churches and maintain them so as to shield […]

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  • 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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