NextSunday Worship


  • November 24, 2019

    “God Is Our Refuge”

    Year C: Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

    What is the Christian approach to threats that shake our world? At the moment it may seem that we are busy creating a most unfriendly place with poor decisions that lead to disturbances in nature, pressures on the most vulnerable in society, and divisive relationships. We feel so vulnerable and frightened. But the psalmist says, […]

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  • November 17, 2019

    “Standing Firm”

    Year C: Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost

    After living and working in San Diego for four years, our son moved to Los Angeles last summer to take a new job. At the end of the first week in his new apartment, he felt the strong tremors of the Ridgecrest, Calif., earthquake and crouched under a table as a precaution. The shaking was […]

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  • November 10, 2019

    “God of the Living”

    Year C: Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost

    Can you remember when someone came to you with what seemed to be an honest question, seeking your perspective on an issue, but you discovered that they already had their mind made up? They just wanted to tell you their convictions or maybe make you look ignorant. This happened to Jesus in a confrontation with […]

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  • November 3, 2019

    “Down From the Tree Branches”

    Year C: Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

    Born in Sweden in 1833, Alfred Bernhard Nobel became a brilliant chemist and inventor. In 1867 he invented a new explosive by incorporating the unstable nitroglycerin into an absorbent inert substance, rendering it safer and more convenient to handle. He called this new mixture “dynamite,” drawing on the Greek word for “power.” This new substance […]

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  • October 27, 2019

    “Two guys walked into a church…”

    Year C: Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

    The phone rang.  My answer was followed by a familiar voice from a church volunteer who asked if my wife and I would come and lead the weekly chapel service at the nearby jail.  I paused before answering.  I didn’t really want to do it.  In my mind, there was far too much going on.  […]

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  • October 20, 2019

    “The Power of Praise”

    Year C; Nineteeth Sunday after Pentecost

    I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at […]

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  • October 13, 2019

    “Gratitude matters”

    Year C: Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

    I once led a youth mission trip to New Orleans, LA.  We set up to minister each day in a grassy median between two busy streets in the St. Roch community.  As soon as our tailgate tents went up, the neighborhood children came out eager to engage and play.  The intermittent thunderstorms and muggy weather […]

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  • October 6, 2019

    “Good things!”

    Year C: Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

    Good things begin with small things.  A newborn baby brings joy to all who welcome it into the world.  Its gentle coo can melt even the hardest of hearts.  It began with a grouping of cells which multiplied again and again until its tiny body was completed within the womb and delivered into the world.  […]

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  • September 29, 2019

    "A Good Foundation for the Future”

    Year C: Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    “Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,           who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them;   who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed…” (Psaalm. 146.5-7) No matter how fortunate our personal […]

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  • September 22, 2019

    “He Raises the Poor from the Dust”

    Year C: Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    “Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, Who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash-heap, To make them sit with princes….”    (Psalm 113.5-8)  The scripture readings appointed for this Sunday contain powerful images that […]

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