NextSunday Worship

Katerina K. Whitley

  • 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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  • 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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  • November 27, 2016

    Be Prepared!

    Year A - First Sunday of Advent

    There was a time when apocalyptic passages were the strong focus of Advent study and worship. Advent was a time for penitence. The emphasis on scriptures that proclaim comfort to the people was a later development as a response to worshipers who longed for words of anticipation and joy. What we now associate with the […]

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