NextSunday Worship

Kelly Belcher

  • July 31, 2016


    Year C: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

    Today is the birthday of Harry Potter, and also his creator, J. K. Rowling.  She tells of the time in her life when she was a single mother and virtually homeless, detailing how her own desperation caused her to sit down in cafés and put to paper the stories and characters swirling magically in her […]

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  • July 24, 2016

    “Eat, Pray, Love”

    Year C - Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

    Some of the most thrilling moments of my adult life have recurred every year on Christmas Eve.   As parents blessed with two children we have taken great pleasure in the preparing of the annual presents for our son and daughter under the tree. Before Santa Claus ever arrives [and I add that as a cautionary […]

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  • July 17, 2016

    “Being There”

    Year C: Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

    Old Blue Eyes Sinatra sings a lot of my favorite music, do-be-do-be-doing his way into my head almost daily.  But whether I want to remember it or not, I must confess that a jazzy commercial jingle from decades ago buzzes me when I least expect it:  I can bring home the bacon, (ba ba ba […]

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  • July 10, 2016


    Year C: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

    A middle school kid was headed down the block after class to the 7-Eleven for a corn dog and a smoothie, on her way to babysit for the neighbor’s girls.  At an alley a couple of high school dropouts pulled her around the corner, yanked her book bag off her, threw the books at her, […]

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  • July 3, 2016


    Year C: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

    When I was little our family celebrated Independence Day by returning to the small town where my grandparents lived, partly because it felt appropriate to be in Independence, Virginia on July 4th.  There was a big parade down the main drag.  Participants threw candy. Nothing says Independence like high school kids sweating it out in […]

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