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LGBTQ Bible Study This Wednesday, July 11

Our Bible study series on the Gospel of Mark continues on Wednesday, July 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Music Suite. We will reflect on some parables about planting and growing found in Mark 4:1-32. Please come and join us. All are welcome!

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John Nothaft in Recital This Friday, June 29

Please join us for our final Music at Midday concert of the 2017 – 2018 season this Friday, June 29, at 12:15 p.m. We are delighted to be welcoming back organist John Nothaftto perform this Friday. John has just completed his master’s degree in organ performance at...

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Lynn Trapp in Recital This Friday, June 22

Please join us at National City Christian Church this Friday, June 22, at 12:15 p.m., for our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Organist Lynn Trapp will perform works by Nadia Boulanger, Niels Gade, and Albert Alain, along with a composition by Dr. Trapp himself....

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Colin MacKnight Performs Works of British Composers

lease join us this Friday, June 15, at 12:15 p.m., when organist Colin MacKnight will perform organ works of British composers C. Hubert H. Parry, Percy Whitlock, and David Goode. Colin MacKnight is a second year C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School,...

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LGBTQ Bible Study This Wednesday, June 13

Please join us this Wednesday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m., for our monthly LGBTQ Ecumenical Bible Study, led this month by Rev. Steven Baines. Jesus shocked and angered religious leaders of his own time by not adhering strictly to the “rules.” How do Jesus’ actions and...

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Rev. Dr. William Barber II Preaching This Sunday at 11!

We are excited to welcome Rev. Dr. Barber to our pulpit on Pride Sunday, June 10, at our 11 a.m. service. Rev. Dr. William Barber II is a preacher, author, and professor, he is the architect of the "Forward Together Moral Movement." Rev. Dr. Barber has most recently...

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Pride Recital: David Houston, “Franck-ly Speaking”

Organist David K. Houston will perform a program of works by César Franck (1822-1890), "Franck-ly Speaking," this Friday, June 8, at 12:15 p.m.. Come and join us for our weekly free Music at Midday concert as we join in this weekend's Pride celebration. David Houston...

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Reclaiming Jesus

On Thursday, May 24, we were honored to host the Sojourners Reclaiming Jesus, a call to answer candlelight procession and vigil, featuring Bishop Michael Curry. Here is the live stream of the Reclaiming Jesus service. You can find more information at the Sojourners...

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Organist Christopher Betts Performs on Friday, June 1

Please join us on Friday, June 1, at 12:15 p.m., when organist Christopher Betts performs a recital of works spanning several centuries. Chris recently relocated from the Washington area to Houston, Texas, where he currently serves as Director of Music at St. Paul's...

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Carol Feather Martin in Recital This Friday, May 25

Please join us this Friday, May 25, at 12:15 p.m., when Carol Feather Martin will perform a program entitled,  "A Century of French Organ Music": Fête - Jean Langlais; Le Banquet Celeste - Olivier Messiaen Prélude et Danse Fuguée - Gaston Litaize Huit Images de...

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Benjamin LaPrairie in Recital on Friday, May 18

Please join us on Friday, May 18, at 12:15 p.m., for our free weekly Music at Midday recital. We are delighted to be welcoming Benjamin LaPrairie to perform organ works by French composer Louis Vierne. Benjamin LaPrairie serves as Associate Director of Music at the...

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Poor People’s Campaign coming to National City

Broadcasting from National City Christian Church on Sunday, May 13, 6:00-7:30 p.m., the Poor People's Campaign will launch its first nationwide event of the season with nonviolent moral direct actions in over 30 state capitals and the District of Columbia.  ...

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LGBTQ Ecumenical Bible Study on Wed, May 9

Please come and join us for the next installment in our series of Bible studies based on this shortest of the Gospels, which we (along with churches of many denominations) are reading during worship on most Sundays of this year. This month’s session will be held in...

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Composer Carson Cooman Performs This Friday, May 4

Please join us this Friday, May 4, at 12:15 p.m., when organist Carson Cooman will perform organ works by three living European (British, Swedish, and Italian) composers. An accomplished composer and organist, Carson Cooman has held the position of Composer in...

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German Organist Axel Flierl Performs This Friday, April 13

Please join us this Friday, April 13, at 12:15 p.m., when German organist Axel Flierl will perform "Improvisations and Transcriptions" at our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Dr. Flierl is the titular organist and conductor at St. Peter’s Basilica in “Dillingen an...

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Worship on April 8

Join us for the Second Sunday of Easter at 8:30 and 11 a.m. -- "In Defense of Doubt" from John 20:19-31. Bulletins for Sunday:  8APR830...

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LGBTQ Bible Study on Wednesday, April 11

Even if you missed our March overview of the Gospel of Mark, come and join us for the next installment in our series of Bible studies based on this shortest of the Gospels, which we (along with churches of many denominations) are reading during worship on most Sundays...

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Devotion – No Fooling!

Easter Sunday, April 1 Today is the First day – the Lord’s Day – or Resurrection day. The Lord’s Day celebrates the beginning of the new creation – the First day – in the resurrection of Jesus. On this Sunday, we join with the communion of saints all around the world,...

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Devotion – Is This the Place?

Holy Saturday, March 31 Scripture: Mark 15:42-46 We have a pretty good idea where Jesus was buried. Maybe you have been to the site in Jerusalem, within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Just in the past year, a team of scientists from National Geographic and the...

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Devotion – Who Do We Put First?

Good Friday, March 30 Scripture: Mark 15:22-39 As Jesus hung on the cross, the soldiers cast lots to divide up his clothes among them. What do we take from Jesus? Wealth, fame, possessions, power, and comfort. As he hung there people verbally abused and mocked Him....

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Devotion – When Passions Collide

Maundy Thursday, March 29 Scripture: Mark 15:1-20 Pontius Pilate came to Judea as the new Governor to bring some order to this troublesome province. He finds himself thrown into a trial involving religious turmoil that has captivated the people but brought the ire of...

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Devotion – Surely Not I?

Holy Wednesday, March 28 Scripture: Mark 14:17-31 Isn’t it remarkable that the people gathered with Jesus at the table are the very ones that would one day betray and desert him? During what would become known as the “last supper,” Jesus announces that one of those...

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Devotion – Is It I?

Holy Tuesday, March 27 Scripture: Mark 14:17-31 The scene is set - there is a buzz in the air; streets are packed with citizens and strangers alike; preparations are being made in the temple; Roman guards are on heightened security; tensions are high; and twelve men...

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Devotion – Take the First Step

Holy Monday, March 26 Scripture: Mark 14:17-31 In spite of being betrayed, Christ shared his love with all of the twelve. After alerting them that he was aware of what would occur, he did not demonstrate any disfavor to the one who would betray him. He shared himself...

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Devotion – Singing Through the Sadness

Palm/Passion Sunday, March 25 Note: We asked our writers on Sundays to address the power of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in their lives. Music, like Lent, sometimes takes us where we prefer not to go. In “South Pacific,” sophisticated South Sea planter Emile de...

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Devotion – Get Ready

Saturday, March 24 Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 We are all familiar with the story of Jesus riding a colt into Jerusalem for Passover. It was told in all four gospels. Jesus had been out in the countryside with his disciples teaching the people, healing the sick, and even...

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Devotion – Humble & Honored

Friday, March 23 Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 This is a momentous occasion. For the first time Jesus is permitting His followers to honor him as a King. His earlier habit of avoiding unnecessary publicity is negated. He requested a colt (baby donkey) that had never been...

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Devotion – Follow the Path

Thursday, March 22 Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 As many of you may know and for those who do not know I am a convicted felon as of 2004. I was ashamed and humiliated at the arrest but eventually was glad it happened. I recall the anguish and heartache at the thought of my...

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Church Office Closed

Due to inclement weather expected on March 21, the church offices are closed and all activities are canceled. Be safe and enjoy your day.

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Devotion – Embracing Humility

Wednesday, March 21 Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 Being a disciple of God isn’t all glory. Imagine, you just devoted your life to Jesus for two to three years, and spent the last nine months travelling through 35 locations en route to what promises to be a glorious return...

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Devotion – Be A Dependable Force

Tuesday, March 20 Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 As with most biblical passages, there are so many messages that can be deciphered. One of the commentaries (The Interpreter’s Bible, Volume 7, 1989) that I read suggested that the actions like the colt being untied and taken...

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March 23 Concert Canceled

With predictions of a winter storm for Tuesday night and Wednesday, and with a performer needing to travel from out of town, we have made the decision to cancel this Friday's Music at Midday recital. There will be no concert this Friday, March 23, or next Friday,...

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Devotion – Hosanna!

Sixth Week in Lent The Hour Has Come Monday, March 19 Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 Jesus traveled to Jerusalem knowing the trip would lead to his sacrificial death. Agony and suffering are looming, and yet great joy and celebration surround Jesus. He’s on a death march,...

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Devotion – Now Thank We All Our God

Sunday, March 18 Note: We asked our writers on Sundays to address the power of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. The Lutheran minister Martin Rinkart arrived in Eilenberg, Saxony, in the seventeenth century. By 1636, war and plague left him, as the town’s only...

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Devotion – Now My Soul is Troubled

An elderly aunt was driving her car, which she had long ago named “Has Been,” as she entered the parking lot with nary an empty space in sight. Just then backup lights indicated the car nearby was readying to leave. But before “Has Been” could be driven into the now...

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March 16 Concert Canceled

We regret to announce that today's Music at Midday concert has been canceled. Our performer, Clara Gerdes, was traveling from Philadelphia by Amtrak. Because of a bridge closure in New Jersey, service has been delayed by several hours, and there is no way that she...

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Devotion – A New Life

Friday, March 16 Scripture: John 12:20-33 Of John 12:20-33, the significance may seem a little illusive, but it essentially (verses 24- 25) represents an important part of the spirit and reasoning describing the Christian religion. It raises some problems, probably...

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Devotion – Give Me Jesus

Thursday, March 15 Scripture: John 12:20-33 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus… While reading, meditating, and praying about the...

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Devotion – Bittersweet

Wednesday, March 14 Scripture: John 12:20-33 Now my soul is troubled. And what shall I say – "Father save me from this hour?” No, it is for this reason I have come to this hour. John 12:27 None of us likes to go through a trial or a test. We think that having a...

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Devotion – The Power of Promise

Tuesday, March 13 Scripture: John 12:20-33 Jesus shares the parables to illustrate that we must sacrifice in life to death. That's heavy stuff. The promise He makes is the most powerful thing I can imagine; in death, we will be reborn into someone forever enduring....

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Clara Gerdes in Recital on Friday, March 16

Please join us this Friday, March 16, at 12:15 p.m., when organist Clara Gerdes will perform at our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Clara Gerdes, from Davidson, North Carolina, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2014 and studies with organ faculty member...

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Devotion – Be Careful What You Ask For!

Fifth Week in Lent Troubled Hearts Scripture: John 12:20-33 Monday, March 12 Scripture: John 12:20-33 In all likelihood the Greeks in this story were Gentiles who had been attracted to Judaism but hadn’t quite gone all-in. They had traveled to Jerusalem to worship at...

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Devotion – O God, Our Help

Sunday, March 11 Note: We asked our writers on Sundays to address the power of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in their lives. While I'm sure that I sang "Happy Birthday" and various nursery songs in pre-school, the first real memory that I have of singing was at...

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Devotion – What Wondrous Love

Saturday, March 10 Scripture: John 3:14-21 What wondrous love is this oh my soul, oh my soul… Have you ever pondered while singing this familiar Lenten song, how one describes God’s love? Do the overused and insufficient words of “super,” “great,” “wonderful,” and...

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Devotion – A Constant Love

Friday, March 9 Scripture: John 3:14-21 Indeed, God [sent his son into the world] in order that the world might be saved through him… John 3:17 Those who participate in sports know that in the final moments, one often wishes the game could be extended – other days you...

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Devotion – Do The Right Thing

Thursday, March 8 Scripture: John 3:14-21 This Gospel of John 3:14-21 is a bit challenging for me. In this encounter the Gospel of John has sharp divisions between believers and non-believers, saved and condemned, people who love darkness rather than light do evil and...

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Devotion – Take Action

Wednesday, March 7 Scripture: John 3:14-21 This week’s passage is challenging, even though portions have been held up as a beacon of hope for a challenging world, particularly at sporting events. I see God’s love and a call to responsibility, though it can read like...

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Friday Music at Midday Presents Joby Bell

Don't miss this week's exciting Music at Midday concert on Friday, March 9, at 12:15 p.m. We are delighted to welcome back organist Joby Bell, who teaches organ and church music studies in the Hayes School of Music, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina....

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Devotion – Forever?

Tuesday, March 6 Scripture: John 3:14-21 Forever. That's a hard word for us - humans - to wrap our brains around. In our lives, nothing lasts forever. All good things must come to an end: vacations, Christmas, dessert. We lose jobs, relationships, loved ones. Letting...

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Devotion – Love Forever

Fourth Week in Lent Love Forever Scripture: John 3:14-21 Monday, March 5 Scripture: John 3:14-21 A biblical verse many children first commit to memory is the essence of Christianity found in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that...

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Devotion – It Pays to Serve Jesus

Sunday, March 4 Note: We asked our writers on Sundays to address the power of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in their lives. Each time I thought that the hymn choices had been narrowed down, a different song came to mind. About twenty years ago, when I decided to...

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Devotion – Righteous Anger

Saturday, March 3 Scripture: John 2:13-22 The Passover celebration took place yearly at the temple in Jerusalem. Jewish males were expected to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem during this time. The temple was always crowded with out-of-town visitors. The religious...

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OPEN today

Church is OPEN today. Music at Midday is at 12:15 p.m. and the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses Festival will continue as scheduled with their two concerts. Because National City follows the schedule of the Federal Government and it is closed, I'm encouraging staff and...

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Devotion – Due Reverance

Friday, March 2 Scripture: John 2:13-22 As I approach Thomas Circle and our beautiful church comes into view, it is with great anticipation knowing that I will soon enter this sacred place where I have been worshipping, singing, learning, and serving for many years...

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Devotion – Righteous Indignation

Thursday, March 1 Scripture: John 2:13-22 Many Jews expected the Messiah to lead an armed rebellion against the Roman Empire and the Jewish authorities who helped that empire. Jesus, instead, taught his followers to love God, to love their enemies, and to turn the...

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Devotion – Looking for Solid Ground

Wednesday, February 28 Scripture: John 2:13-22 I always find this scripture interesting as I try to visualize the temple with all of this commerce in a place supposedly built for worship. How should God’s house be used outside of a worship service? Jesus was clearly...

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Organ Recital by Wayne L. Wold on Friday, March 2

Please join us this Friday, March 2, at 12:15 p.m., when organist Wayne L. Wold will perform at our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Dr. Wold is Chair of the Music Department at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland; Director of Music and Organist at First Lutheran...

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Devotion – Take Action!

Tuesday, February 27 Scripture: John 2:13-22 Our scripture this week is one that stands out among the other stories we hear about Jesus’ life. We often see Jesus as a mild-mannered teacher, speaking in parables, or performing miracles. Rarely do we see Jesus lose his...

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Devotion – Voice for the Voiceless

Third Week in Lent Turning the Tables Scripture: John 2:13-22 Monday, February 26 Today’s passage may be uncomfortable for some; it should be. In it we find what some might call an upset or angry Jesus; I just see him as being real. You see, when Jesus enters the...

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Devotion – Peace! Be Still!

Sunday, February 25 PEACE! BE STILL! Page 221 (African American Heritage Hymnal) Master, the tempest is raging! The billows are tossing high! The sky is over shadowed with blackness, No shelter or help is nigh; Carest Thou not that we perish? How canst Thou lie...

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Devotion – How to Save a Soul

Saturday, February 24 Scripture: Mark 8:31-38 Verse 36 has been a part of my life seemingly forever, but this version is not the way it is in my consciousness. For that version, I had to search my home for a King James Bible with the familiar verse “For what shall it...

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Devotion – Suffering Servant

Wednesday, February 21 Scripture: Mark 8:31-38 Too many times in the gospels, the disciples are only looking at the most obvious effects of Jesus' ministry. They don't want to upset the existing religious order and yet they seem to think that Jesus will walk right...

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Devotion – Let Go-Let God

Tuesday, February 20 Scripture: Mark 8:31-38 If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Mark 8:34. Early one morning my phone rang waking me up from a sound sleep. It was a request for a ride to a doctor's...

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Organist James D. Hicks: Nordic Journey, Friday, Feb 23

Please join us this Friday, February 23, at 12:15 p.m., when organist James D. Hicks will perform works of Scandinavian composers as part of his Nordic Journey project. James D. Hicks lives and works out of Califon, NJ, USA. He holds degrees in music from the Peabody...

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Devotion – Good News?

Second Week in Lent Incredible News Monday, February 19 Scripture: Mark 8:31-38 When we think of the gospels as “good news,” we rarely think what it must have been like for Jesus’ followers before they knew about his death and resurrection. How would they have coped...

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Devotion – Sing A New Song

Sunday, February 18 Note: We asked our writers on Sundays to address the power of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in their lives. Sing unto the Lord a new song, For the Lord has done marvelous things. Psalm 98:1 When our congregation was celebrating the 500th...

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Devotion – Passion of the Spirit

Saturday, February 17 Scripture: Mark 1:9-15 Do you remember the time you were passionate about a particular moment in your life? Perhaps starting a new career, moving to a new location, or seeking more understanding. I remember many passion moments in my life and one...

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Devotion – The Gift of the Wilderness

Friday, February 16 Scripture: Mark 1:9-15 In this passage, Jesus is baptized by John and then unceremoniously banished into the wilderness. In his baptism, Jesus is readying himself to do God’s work and God wastes no time in immediately sending Jesus into temptation...

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Devotion – The Test

Thursday, February 15 Scripture: Mark 1:9-15 And there will be a test. What will your answer be? The voice of God said “This is my Son, with you I am well pleased.” Then, Jesus went into the desert, and was there for 40 days and nights. The test came there, and the...

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Devotion – A Forceful Spirit of Protection

Ash Wednesday, February 14 Scripture: Mark 1:9-15 Forehead ashes on Valentine’s Day? Resurrection celebrations on April Fool’s Day? It has been 73 years since Lenten season started and ended on such cultural holidays. Yet perhaps such juxtapositions are spiritually...

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Pianist Christopher Schmitt to Perform on Feb 16

Pianist Christopher Schmitt will be ​perform​ing​ this Friday, February 16, at 12:15 p.m., at our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Christopher holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School and performs regularly in small ensembles at the White...

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2017 Annual Report

You can pick up a copy of National City's 2017 Annual Report at the Congregational Luncheon and Meeting this Sunday, February 11, or you can read it right here! 2017 Annual Report...

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Lenten Devotional

Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday. In preparation National City members have contributed daily devotions to help you prepare for Easter. You can download your own copy here.

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Rev. Dorsey returns to NCCC pulpit

The Reverend Chris Dorsey, president of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries, will return as our pulpit guest on Sunday, January 14, for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Rev. Dorsey's message is titled "Call and Response." Join us at 8:30 or 11...

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GMP speaks to comments re: Haitian, African immigrants

As a follower of Jesus Christ, as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I must speak to repudiate the comments from the President of the United States on Jan. 11, 2018. As Christians, we believe that all humans are made in the image of God and therefore worthy of...

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Come and join our open and inclusive congregation in a Christmas Eve candlelight worship service. Hear the story of God's love, bask in the joyous music, and lift your heart to the God who sends us love incarnate. The prelude of music for congregation, choir,...

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Service of Lessons and Carols Next Sunday, December 17

Join us next Sunday, December 17, at 11:00 a.m. for our annual Service of Lessons and Carols. Come to rejoice and prepare for Christmas at this festive service that includes scripture readings, congregational carols, and a richly varied program of choral music by the...

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Come to Breakfast with Santa This Saturday, December 2

Our annual Breakfast with Santa -- inviting children in the community -- will take place Saturday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children not only get to meet Santa (and get a picture), but to enjoy a great breakfast, participate in crafts, and hear the story of...

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Chuyoung Suter in Recital on Friday, December 1

Please join us this Friday, December 1, at 12:15 p.m., when organist Chuyoung Suter will perform our free weekly Music at Midday concert featuring these works: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847): Sonate Nr. 3 A-Dur op. 65, Nr. 3 César Franck (1822-1890): Prélude...

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Derrick Ian Meador to Perform This Friday, November 17

Please join us this Friday, November 17, at 12:15 p.m., when organist Derrick Ian Meador will perform our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Currently the Organist-Choirmaster at St. John's Episcopal Church in Laurel, Mississippi, Derrick is an active recitalist...

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Phillip Lamb to Perform November 3 for Music at Midday

Please join us this Friday, November 3, at 12:15 p.m., when organist Phillip Lamb will perform at our free weekly Music at Midday concert. Phillip Lamb has been lauded as a “dynamic performer, loaded with talent and flair.” He holds degrees in Organ Performance from...

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Sunday, October 22

Sunday’s Message: Where do you place your loyalty? If it is in God, then God’s will shall be done. If it is in the world, then other matters deserve our highest loyalty. Idolatry occurs when the distinction is blurred. To help us maintain our priority, we should ask:...

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Michael Batcho to Perform on October 13

Please join us this Friday, October 13, at 12:15 p.m.​, when organist Michael Batcho will perform at our weekly Music at Midday concert. Michael is the Director of Music for the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee, where he serves as the principal...

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Gospel Choir 15th Anniversary Concert and Celebration

Join us this Sunday, October 8th at 3:00 pm in the sanctuary, for the 15th anniversary concert and celebration of the National City Christian Church Gospel Choir. This amazing group of talented singers, led by Minister Valeria Foster, will lift their voices and sing...

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October 11 Bible Study: What Does the Bible Really Say?

Come and join us on Wednesday, October 11, at 7:00 p.m., for the third session in our Bible Study series on LGBTQ persons and the Bible. We will focus our study this month on New Testament passages that are frequently interpreted as having an anti-LGBTQ meaning. Come...

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James Mellichamp in Recital on Friday, October 6

Please join us this Friday, ​October 6, at 12:15 p.m.​, when organist James F. Mellichamp will perform at our weekly Music at Midday concert. With a performance career spanning forty-five years, James Mellichamp ​has made prominent appearances as an organist...

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Pope to Perform on Friday, September 29

Please join us this Friday, ​September 29, at 12:15 p.m.​, when organist Patrick Pope will perform at our weekly Music at Midday concert. ​Patrick has made concert appearances throughout the eastern United States, including engagements in New York, Cambridge, Boston,...

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