NextSunday Worship


  • November 23, 2014

    “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”

    Year A – Reign of Christ – Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

    INTRODUCTION With celebrities in movies and on television, you can go to the Internet and find pictures of them in various roles and at different stages of their lives. For example, the British actor Roddy McDowall was well-known in the 1940s as a child star in My Friend Flicka and Lassie Come Home. He survived […]

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  • November 16, 2014

    Lodged Useless or Found Useful?

    Year A – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

    INTRODUCTION John Milton was one of the best-known poets in England in the seventeenth century.  He also was a strong advocate of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.  He was a devout Protestant Christian.   Milton began losing his sight when he was in his early forties, and he was totally blind by […]

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  • November 9, 2014

    “Words of Comfort and Challenge”

    Year A – Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

    Louisa is a great grandmother who is Rapturous — with a Capital “R.” She eagerly awaits the end of her earthly life, confident this will also be the end of life as we know it for all Christians before the Great Tribulation begins. She writes “Rapturously” about swooshing through the air with the redeemed of […]

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  • November 2, 2014

    “Paul: The Father and Nurse”

    Year A – Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost

    INTRODUCTION A barefoot, freckle-faced, blue-eyed boy named Dooley Barlowe was wearing dirty overalls when he showed up Tim Kavanagh’s door. Dooley was with his grandpa who the janitor at the church where Tim was better known as Father Tim, the Episcopal priest. Dooley was an eleven-year-old semi-orphan who used mild “cussin’” and backwoods English. But, […]

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  • October 26, 2014

    "The life of the righteous and the way of the wicked: a study in contrasts and consequences"

    Year A – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

    If you are looking for Godly counsel, the place to begin is the book of Psalms. Here one finds open access to the Almighty along with a mirror that reflects both the heights of human aspirations and depths of mortal depravity. The Psalms were Israel’s hymnal and prayer book. The Psalms are a diverse collection […]

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  • October 19, 2014

    “A New Beginning!”

    Year A – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    “A New Beginning!” “Let’s begin”…is an invitation we have been waiting to hear. But how do we start, where are we going and who will be our guide? Those are some of the questions we face as we move out from the past, engage the present and anticipate the future. The Apostle Paul was a […]

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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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  • October 5, 2014

    The Core Curriculum: a transforming covenant of love and responsibility

    Year A – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

    In the rocky barren wilderness of Sinai, a mountain top experience awaits hearty pilgrims who rise before dawn to hike up Jebel Musa. This mountain in the Sinai Desert is known as the Mountain of Moses and it maybe the Biblical Mount Sinai. Rising some 7,500 feet above sea level, it is here, tradition states […]

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  • September 28, 2014

    “Downward Mobility: A Gospel Way of Life”

    Year A – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    The poster was different for a dormitory wall. It was not a centerfold angel, surfer, skier, star, or beer logo. Pictured was a stately mansion with white columns. Parked in the drive way was a Rolls Royce. The house and car are obvious status symbols of affluent elegance. The poster’s caption read, “I’ve been rich, […]

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  • September 21, 2014

    “God Guides and Provides”

    Year A – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    Introduction: Our scripture transports us to a sojourn in the desert. This is not the sand dunes of the Carolina coast, but a rocky barren wilderness. This wilderness trek begins in Egypt: the land nurtured by the River Nile, is fabled by its monumental pyramids, royal tombs, temples and treasure. Prompted by the rulers of […]

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