NextSunday Worship

Dr. Gerald L. Borchert

  • June 28. 2020

    “Abraham and Meeting the Test”

    Year A - Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

    Among the best-known stories of the Old Testament is the account of Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac. Yet scarcely did I realized what an impact it would make upon me when I first read the story in Hebrew as a seminary student, Light bulbs of revelation began flashing in my head and I could hardly […]

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  • June 21, 2020

    “Desperate and Calling for Help”

    June 21, 2020—Year A: Third Sunday after Pentecost

    Have you ever felt a sense of despair? Have you ever thought that everyone, even your closest friends, had seemingly turned against you? Have you ever wondered—when you were trying to do God’s will—why everything went haywire? Have you ever considered that even God may have abandoned you? Have you ever pled that the Lord […]

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  • June 14, 2020

    “Anxiety and Learning the Way of God”

    Year A - June 14, 2020—Proper 6 (11) Second Sunday after Pentecost

    Whether we like it or not there may come times for any and all humans when we experience points of desperation. They may involve concerns over health, frustrations over unrealized expectations, attacks from unexpected sources, outright threats to what we hold dear, even the potential loss of our very lives. In such times our hopes […]

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  • June 7, 2020

    “The Magnificent God and what is Trinity Sunday?”

    June 7, 2020—Trinity Sunday; First Sunday after Pentecost

    Today is Trinity Sunday, the Sunday after Pentecost. While most Protestant churches focus their Church Calendar celebrations primarily on Advent, Christmas, Easter and perhaps on Lent and Pentecost, there are other important dates in the historic calendar to which Christians should at least give attention. One of those days relates to the Triune God, a […]

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  • July 28, 2019

    “Living into Your Baptism”

    Year C - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

    Before I turn to our third study of Colossians, I want to pause and reflect with you on another of the specially assigned readings for today—Psalm 85. It contains one of the Psalter’s priceless poems concerning the plight of Israel and it should set an important tone for our further thinking. If we human beings […]

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  • July 21, 2019

    “The Incredible Portrait of Jesus and God’s Ultimate Goal”

    Year C: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

    Before we turn to the incredibly elevated text about Jesus in Colossians, I want to call your attention to Psalm 15 which is one of the shortest texts in the Psalter. Its length, however, is no measure of its importance because this psalm deals with the crucial question of human integrity. Positioned immediately after Psalm […]

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  • July 14, 2019

    “Confronting the Plumb Line of Christian Baptism”

    Year C - The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

    In contrast to the basic way we in the western world think, the people of Israel were very eastern. They loved to think in word-pictures and in stories. While we in the west also love stories and become entranced with movies, we usually prefer to draw our conclusions to problems and issues on the basis […]

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  • July 7, 2019

    “Gaining God’s Perspective”

    Year C: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

    Getting the perspective of God clearly in mind has always been a difficult task for people. Skewing the divine perspective to fit our human wishes and perspectives has always been a problem. In the Old Testament story from 2 Kings 5:1-16 Naaman, the Syrian General, who had leprosy came with a great entourage to be […]

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  • March 25, 2018

    “Arriving at John’s Different View of Palm Sunday”

    Year B: Sixth Sunday in Lent; The Liturgy of the Palms

    Though out the world on this very special day Christians in many cultures and languages are joining the psalmist of 118:25 and proclaiming their “Hosanna(s)”—“Save us now!”  Indeed, to reenact and remember what took place many years ago when Jesus entered Jerusalem many are waving palm branches.  Yes, Psalm 118 has become an important part […]

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  • March 18, 2018

    “Arriving at John’s Agonizing View of Purpose”

    Year B: The Fifth Sunday in Lent

    The Fifth Sunday of Lent represents for many the difficult task of facing the painful questions posed by human reality, purpose and destiny.  The Psalmist struggled with life’s frailty in Psalm 51, while Jeremiah in Chapter 31 was bewildered with the nature of human disobedience from God’s covenant people and the actual coming of a […]

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