NextSunday Worship

Dr. Gerald L. Borchert

  • 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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  • March 11, 2018

    “Arriving at John’s Unique View of the Fiery Serpents”

    Year B - The Fourth Sunday in Lent

    In the ancient Mesopotamian cultures good and evil, light and darkness were represented by two mythological creatures Ahurimazda (light) and Ahriman (darkness).  According to this macro-myth, these two figures were locked in an eternal struggle or wrestling match represented by day and night.  But since the night was followed by day, the match was regarded […]

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  • March 4, 2018

    “Arriving at John’s Striking View of the Temple”

    Year B - Third Sunday of Lent

    During the month of March, I invite you join me in reflecting seriously on four strategic events in the life of Jesus which are treated in the Gospel of John. Studying these stories along with related texts selected in the lectionary can be very illuminating for Christians.  Moving through these four Sundays of March 2018 […]

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