NextSunday Worship


  • December 20, 2015

    “A Meeting for the Ages”

    Year C – Fourth Sunday of Advent

    In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are […]

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  • December 13, 2015

    “Now is the Time for Change”

    Year C – Third Sunday of Advent

    Coming home from South Carolina is about an hour and forty-five minute drive up and then back down the mountain to Cullowhee. When we first moved up here, I used to love to watch the GPS and the compass. The road doesn’t just go up and down, but road twists and turns. In my mind […]

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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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  • November 29, 2015

    “Hope-pocalypse Now!”

    Year C – First Sunday of Advent

    I am a fairly reasonable person. If I disagree with what you have to say, I will still listen to you and try to understand your point of view. But there are a scant few corners in my beliefs where I am not so agreeable. One of those places is when the following question pops […]

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  • November 22, 2015

    “Christ the Question?”

    Year B – Reign of Christ Sunday

    I find the variety of languages and the way in which they interact to be fascinating. People from around the world can look at the same object and what we call pants will be called pantalones (a word that my two sons think is the highest of high comedy) by someone from Argentina or suruali […]

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  • November 15, 2015

    “Our Déjà Vu, Our Déjà Vu”

    Year B - Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.

    A few years back I was watching an episode of the medical sitcom Scrubs when I realized that the show was playing a bit of an interesting trick on the viewer. The main character, a young doctor named John “J. D.” Dorian, made the observation that life in a hospital seems to go in cycles. […]

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  • November 8, 2015

    “Look at Me!”

    Year B – Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

    One time I was working on a sermon and there were some people playing cornhole across the room. Cornhole, for the uninitiated, is a game similar to horseshoes. The object is to throw beanbags at a board with a hole drilled into it. People typically play cornhole at the beach or when they tailgate at […]

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  • November 1, 2015

    “Let the Saints Free”

    Year B: All Saints Day

    We live in a culture that holds death at arm’s length. We do not like to think about death and we seem to chase youth at all costs. We don’t even like to talk about death in the church, which is odd seeing as death plays an important role in the story of the Christian […]

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  • October 25, 2015

    “The Journey of Seeing”

    Year B: Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.

    This summer in Greenville, SC, where I live, our local paper, The Greenville News, hosted a forum and invited people to come share and hear ideas for progress in our city that would benefit not only the leaders and the and the economically stable, but also those on the margins of society. The project, known […]

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  • October 18, 2015

    “God is great; God is good”

    Year B: Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

    God is great; God is good. Let us thank him for our food. By his hand we shall be fed. Give us Lord our daily bread. Amen. God is great; God is good. Let us thank him for our … food? This was my family’s standard blessing when I was growing up. It is short […]

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