NextSunday Worship

Dr. James Pitts

  • August 30, 2020

    “Breaking News”

    Year A – Season after Pentecost - Proper 17 (22) -Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

    We live in a wired world!  Wherever you look people are looking and listening to their I-Phone.  They are constantly disconnected from conversation, distracted driving and inattentive to the immediate moment. Breaking news is often heart breaking, disorienting, and a source of sadness. While not carrying a cell phone on their hip and walking with […]

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  • August 23, 2020

    “If the Lord had not been on our side!”

    Year A – Proper 16 (21)

    If the Lord had not been on our side— let Israel say— if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us, they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us; the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have […]

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  • August 16, 2020

    “Listen and Understand!”

    Year A - Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost - (Proper 15}

    Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they […]

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  • August 9, 2020

    “Mountain Tops and Valleys”

    Year A - Tenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 14

    Always it seems that Jesus and his disciples were on the move.  As an itinerant rabbi, Jesus was on the road with his twelve disciples.  They were chosen and enrolled into an awesome travel study experience.  One that literally had highs and lows, mountain tops and valleys. The trip reported in Matthew 14:22-33 began with […]

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  • August 2, 2020

    “Supper Time at the Shore!”

    Year A - Season after Pentecost - Proper 13

    Our scripture today transports back to a special moment in the life and ministry of Jesus.  Jesus not only taught and healed people, he fed them.  He responded to their needs spiritually, emotionally and physically.  His was a holistic ministry embracing the totality of life. Jesus was real and present.  He connected with people in […]

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  • April 26, 2020

    “Breaking Bread Together”

    Year A - Third Sunday of Easter

    Shadowed by a storm fueled by an unholy alliance of political force and religious certainty, two travelers walked away from Jerusalem. They left behind their hopes of a new day and a better way for all people.  Their aspirations had centered on Jesus.  Now he was crucified, died, and buried.  It was all over! Disappointed […]

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  • April 19, 2020

    “The Disciple who Missed Easter”

    Lectionary Year A – Second Sunday of Easter

    Our scripture lesson today transports us back to Sunday evening of the first Easter.   The followers of Jesus were crowded together in a room with the door locked, shades drawn, scared sick that they would be next to feel the wrath of the religious zealots and occupying military forces.  Jesus was crucified, dead and buried.  […]

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  • April 12, 2020

    “The Week that was; A New Day has dawned”

    Year A: Easter – Resurrection of the Lord.

    Introduction What a week!  It started off with a parade and from there it literally went downhill. The Palm Sunday procession followed a dinner with friends and followers in Bethany. Jesus descended down the Mount of Olives with shouts of joyful praise. The hallelujahs and hosannas of welcoming praise soon shifted from affirmation to rejection.   […]

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  • April 10, 2020

    “It is Finished”

    Year A - Good Friday of Holy Week

    Introduction: It’s Friday during the week of the Passover in Jerusalem. Outside the city wall on the Hill of the Skull Three men hang on crosses. The hot afternoon sun beats down on them and their pain-filled bodies sink toward painlessness and peace of death. As the sun drops toward the West… And His life […]

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  • April 5, 2020

    “The Road Ahead”

    Year A – Liturgy of the Palms – Sixth Sunday in Lent.

    Today the scripture takes us to the Mount of Olives.  Looking back toward the east, we see the Jordan Valley, the City of Jericho, the Judean Wilderness and the Dead Sea.  Jesus and his disciples, like travelers across the ages, had made the long trek down from Galilee, up the long winding road to Bethany […]

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