NextSunday Worship

Archive for May, 2016

  • June 12, 2016

    “We are in Christ!”

    Year C – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

    In my youth, I remember checking boxes on my offering envelope each Sunday.  On the envelope were boxes to check for Sunday school attendance, Church attendance, Bible brought, Bible read, offering brought etc. Even though we learned we were saved through faith, there was a lot of emphasis placed on works which brought us closer […]

    Read More
  • June 5, 2016

    “Funeral Crashers”

    Year C – Third Sunday after Pentecost

    When funeral processions pass by us on streets, the courteous thing to do is to pull your car over to the side of the road. We stop and clear a path for those mourning a loss to stay and travel together. There is a symbolic gesture of compassion given by cars pulling over to the […]

    Read More
  • May 29, 2016

    “A Man Set under Authority…”

    Year C – Second Sunday after Pentecost

    Authority — this idea is at the center of the Biblical witness. We humans are really interested in authority, are we not?  We live ordered lives in ordered societies with ordered institutions and we require authority to do anything.  Corporations, universities, government and churches play the authority game.  Woe be unto that person in some […]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • April 24, 2016

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

    Year C – Fifth Sunday of Easter

    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 last […]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More
  • 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 […]

    Read More