NextSunday Worship

Archive for November, 2016

  • December 24 or 25, 2016

    “Be not afraid!”

    Year A – Nativity of the Lord

    The Day we have anticipated during the 30 days of Advent has arrived, as it has done for more than two thousand years. Christmas Day, the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth who will be called the Christ of God. We count the years as two thousand and sixteen, but it took at least four centuries […]

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  • December 18, 2016

    “The Drama of the Incarnation”

    Year A - Fourth Sunday of Advent

    Fourth Sunday in Advent!  What more is there left to say? How can one tell the story of Jesus’ birth without falling into cultural clichés? How can the familiar become exciting again? It is so difficult to preach on the Birth Narratives that most pastors and priests prefer to have the children of the parish […]

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  • December 11. 2016

    “Despair and Hope: the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand”

    Year A – Third Sunday of Advent

    Last Sunday we looked at the strong and popular John the Baptist confronting his opponents with courage and urging those who came to him to repent and be baptized.  We also recognized his humility as he started pointing his disciples away from himself toward the one who was to come, the one whose sandals he […]

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  • December 4, 2016

    “A Call to Repentance — A Call to Humility”

    Year A – Second Sunday of Advent

    On this second Sunday in Advent we continue with the theme of preparation with added emphasis upon repentance. We are confronted with the question of who are the chosen ones and meet John the Baptizer, a prophet in his rough attire and raw, severe preaching and begin the use of the word baptizo—to baptize. John […]

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