NextSunday Worship

Katerina K. Whitley

  • January 26, 2020

    The Kingdom of Heaven is like . . .

    Year A - Third Sunday after the Epiphany

    “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” “The  Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?” From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” “The kingdom of heaven” is Matthew’s choice for the new creation the other evangelists call “the […]

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  • January 19, 2020

    "Being Known and Being Called”

    Year A: Second Sunday after the Epiphany

    In both Testament lessons and in the gospel of this second Sunday in Epiphany we sense a strong line running through them, like a rope that pulls us up to the realization that God calls us. We surface to the light of Epiphany and pray that this light will assist us in understanding the meaning […]

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  • January 12, 2020

    "To Be God’s Chosen"

    Year A - Baptism of the Lord - First Sunday after the Epiphany

    Listen to the words from Isaiah: (Isaiah 42:1-9) “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.” And now listen to the words of Matthew at Jesus’ baptism: (Matthew 3:12-17) “And when Jesus had been […]

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  • January 5, 2020

    “In the beginning was the Word”

    Year A - Second Sunday after Christmas Day

    There may be more famous beginnings in literature but none can compare to the beauty and meaning found in the opening of St John’s gospel. No truth can equal its significance, no message can balance its weight. In both my native Greek and in its English translation I hear the awe in the voice of […]

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  • April 30, 2017

    “In the Breaking of the Bread”

    Year A - Third Sunday in Easter

    The walk to Emmaus is such a lovely story, so filled with nostalgia and pathos, so graced with details, that I feel privileged to write a sermon on a favorite passage. I write this with immense gratitude to St. Luke who is the only one among the evangelists who recounts it. Let us relive the […]

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  • April 23, 2017

    “Resurrection: Too Good Not to Be True”

    Year A: Second Sunday of Easter

    Let’s imagine Thomas this morning and try to understand him. He was known as the Twin, so I have wondered about the sibling who shared his birth. Was it possible that for Thomas nothing was completely real or acceptable unless he shared it with his twin? What happened to him or her? Did Thomas feel […]

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  • April 16, 2017

    “The glory of the lighted mind”

    Year A – Easter Day – The Resurrection of the Lord

    There is a stunning scene in a play called “the King Comes to His Own.” The playwright, Dorothy L Sayers, makes it clear that Jesus had left the tomb before the stone was rolled away from its opening. The molecules of the transformed body reassemble themselves outside the tomb taking the form of a person. […]

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  • April 9, 2017

    “He emptied himself”

    Year A: Sixth Sunday in Lent - Liturgy of the Passion

    Reading the story of the Passion in its entirety is a liturgy in itself. An act of worship and a participation of the people in a drama that continues through the ages. It is like listening to Bach who, inspired by this gospel’s account, composed the heart-breaking St. Matthew’s Passion. The drama unfolds in the […]

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  • April 2, 2017

    “Called from death to life”

    Year A - Fifth Sunday in Lent

    Lazarus. Even his name causes confusion with most English-speaking people who seem unable to pronounced all the consonants in it correctly. An elusive name, an elusive personality, he remains a man of mystery. So much so that great writers have been intrigued by his story, the seventh and final sign of Jesus in the gospel […]

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  • 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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