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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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Preaching on Sunday, September 17, 2017, The Rev. Lori Tapia is the National Hispanic Pastor of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and co-founder of the Wings of Salvation Church, a Bilingual Church in Chandler, Arizona. A graduate of Claremont School of...

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Sunday, September 24

Sunday’s Message: God’s ways are not always our ways and the teachings of Jesus can sometimes rub us the wrong way. Such is the teaching of Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the landowner who had the audacity to pay all of his workers the same wage -- regardless of how...

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German Organist to Perform on Friday, September 22

Please join us at National City Christian Church on Friday, September 22, at 12:15 p.m., for our weekly Music at Midday concert. This week we are welcoming back long-time friend Hans Uwe Hielscher from Wiesbaden, Germany, where he has served since 1979 as organist at...

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Update on Harvey, Irma and Maria from Week of Compassion

Hurricane Irma: Week of Compassion partners are assessing the extensive damage in Cuba. We have set aside funds to support the coming appeal, once response plans are in place. Power outages and flooding continue in Florida and along the southeast coast. Week of...

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Organ Recital by Mary Mozelle on September 15

Come and join us on Friday, September 15, at 12:15 p.m., for a spectacular recital by organist Mary Mozelle. A distinguished concert organist, harpsichordist, and recording artist, Mary has appeared throughout the United States and in the cathedrals of Great Britain....

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