NextSunday Worship


Sermons

  • September 27, 2020

    “Emptying Ourselves”

    Year A - Proper 21 - Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    The influence of culture on the minds and hearts of citizens is surely one of the greatest challenges of Christian life, and not just in modern times.  When we read the gospels or the letters of Paul, we see early Christians struggling to keep their balance in an ancient world shaped by Greek, Roman, and […]

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  • September 20, 2020

    “Accepting Grace”

    Proper 20 (25) – Year A - Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    One of the basic patterns of divine-human interaction is shown early in the Bible:  God gives abundant goodness, and in response human beings complain about some feature of that gift. Whether it is Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden of Eden, Noah’s drunkenness after being saved from the great flood, the Israelites worshipping the […]

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  • September 13, 2020

    “Forgiveness: the Ability to Let Go”

    Year A – Proper 19 (24 )

    Few Sunday readings from the Common Lectionary share a theme as much as today’s, all of which speak to the mercy and forgiveness of God, though sometimes in unexpected ways.  These passages also show how a common theme can appear in surprisingly different literary forms. Today’s sermon will explore this theme of God’s forgiveness and […]

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  • September 6, 2020

    “Love is the Fulfillment of the Law”

    Year A: Proper 18 (23) - Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    A familiar claim of many Christians is that central to faith is the contrast between law and gospel, or a religion of laws, and a religion of love.  This claim tells us that the divide between the Judaism of the Old Testament and the gospel message brought by Jesus Christ could not be sharper, or […]

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  • 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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  • July 26, 2020

    “The Duel of the Duplicitous Duo”

    Year A - Proper 12 (17) - July 26, 2020

    In spite of the vast differences among cultures around our world today and even in spite of the great divide between the ancient world and the modern, there is one thing that connects us all: our love of stories. Stories are vital to holding us together as families, nations and as people-groups. Stories are the […]

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