NextSunday Worship


  • December 24-25, 2020

    “JOY: When Christ Breaks Through to Us”

    Year B: Christmas Day

    At what point during this season filled with all the glitter and wrappings, the frantic shopping, the non-stop Christmas radio stations blaring “Jingle Bell Rock” and “All I Want for Christmas is You” – did the humble and beckoning Christ finally break through to you?  At what point did you finally say—enough of the plastic, […]

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  • July 21, 2019

    “The Incredible Portrait of Jesus and God’s Ultimate Goal”

    Year C: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

    Before we turn to the incredibly elevated text about Jesus in Colossians, I want to call your attention to Psalm 15 which is one of the shortest texts in the Psalter. Its length, however, is no measure of its importance because this psalm deals with the crucial question of human integrity. Positioned immediately after Psalm […]

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  • June 4, 2017

    “My Water Is Better Than Your Water!”

    Year A - Day of Pentecost

    “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”  (John 4: 10) On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is […]

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  • December 24 or 25, 2016

    “Be not afraid!”

    Year A – Nativity of the Lord

    The Day we have anticipated during the 30 days of Advent has arrived, as it has done for more than two thousand years. Christmas Day, the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth who will be called the Christ of God. We count the years as two thousand and sixteen, but it took at least four centuries […]

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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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  • December 6, 2015

    “This Present Peace”

    Year C – Second Sunday of Advent

    A waiting room is never a destination. We make appointments to see the doctor in order to enjoy good health or have the oil changed in order benefit from a well-maintained car. But in order to do so we have to endure the waiting room which offers us the experience of a range of emotions […]

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  • October 12, 2014

    “Ambushed on the Road to Glory”

    Year A – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    Remember Mr. Rogers – the host of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood? His show, broadcast from 1968-2001, like cocoa puffs was a staple in children’s morning television diet. Fred Rogers, who died in 2003, was a television host, entertainer, educator, musician and a minister. Here in this morning time slot, my presentation parallels Saturday morning television for […]

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  • June 15, 2014

    “Harmony and Harmonious Diversity”

    Year A – Trinity Sunday – First Sunday after Pentecost

    The man was hurrying through the airport and saw another man carrying a Bible. “Are you a believer?” he asked. “Yes, answered the second man. Cautiously, the first man asked, “Virgin birth?” “I believe it,” said the second. “Deity of Jesus?” “Absolutely!” “Death on the cross and bodily resurrection?” “Hallelujah!” The first man was getting […]

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  • May 19, 2013

    It Just Might Be the Spirit

    Year C—Day of Pentecost

    “I can’t explain the power of prayer, but the older I get, the more I believe in it”, my friend Tom Dunn said during one of our long conversations.  I feel the same way about the Holy Spirit.  I cannot explain the Spirit, but I know that the Spirit is alive and well in our […]

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  • December 16, 2012


    Year C - Third Sunday of Advent

    In 1219 in the midst of the Fifth Crusade, a simple man, dressed in a brown wool robe, stood barefoot before the Sultan of Egypt to plead the cause of Christ.  The man was St. Francis, and he had come a long way from Assisi, Italy.  In the days before this encounter, Crusaders (who had […]

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