NextSunday Worship

Jeffrey C. Hayes

  • December 24, 2014

    “The Light of the World”

    Year B – Nativity of the Lord – Christmas Eve.

    The following is a model service which can be adapted as the worship leader sees fit. Walking in darkness is not an easy task. It is especially difficult when you are in unfamiliar territory. I remember the first night my wife and I stayed at her mother’s house. Around 2AM the multiple glasses of sweet […]

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  • December 21, 2014

    “Surprised Thinking”

    Year B – Fourth Sunday of Advent

    For me the best part about Christmas are the surprises. I’ve never been one to sneak around in the weeks prior to Christmas morning looking for my gift. I much rather enjoy the wondrous surprise of tearing open my present having no idea what to expect inside the box. Imagine my response much like the […]

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  • December 14, 2014

    “Obedient Thinking”

    Year A – Third Sunday of Advent

    I love playing games on long car trips. It helps pass the time and spurs conversation. One of my favorites is Twenty Questions. The game works by asking a series of “Yes” or “No” questions to reveal the identity of another player. Questions such as, “Were you born in the nineteenth century?” “Do you play […]

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  • December 7, 2014

    “Repentant Thinking”

    Year B – Second Sunday of Advent

    It may seem the lectionary has lost her marbles. Last week we read how the people in Isaiah were coming out of captivity but today we take a step backwards and find them still in exile. From deliverance back to captivity—what gives? Let me offer a reminder that the first Sunday of Advent always begins […]

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  • November 30, 2014

    “Forward Thinking”

    Year B - First Sunday of Advent

    I love everything about the Christmas season—the colorful decorations, lights on every tree, festive music, delicious food, and, of course, the television specials. I still enjoy watching the classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street. And Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without my grandfather’s boiled custard—it’s […]

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