NextSunday Worship


  • July 27, 2014

    “Praying Prayers You Cannot Keep”

    Year A – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

    Suppose you go to the mailbox tomorrow to pick up your mail. The black mailbox is crammed full. You pull the mail out and begin to walk back to your house, sorting it as you go. There is a bill from Belk. A plea from the Girl Scouts. There is a notice that your tags […]

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  • July 20, 2014

    "What Do We Do with the Weeds?"

    Year A – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

    It all began because Jesus’ critics were concerned. Furious, really. Jesus was calling people to follow him—disciples who did not even know the law. Newcomers. They had no unearthly idea how to observe the Sabbath. And so Pharisees, sometimes the Sadducees, sometimes the Essenes came with folded hands. They said: “These people, have no standing […]

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  • July 13, 2014

    “The Sower, The Seed and the Soil”

    Year A – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

    When Matthew wrote his book some time around 60AD the church’s eyewitnesses who knew Jesus were dying out one by one. So Matthew wanted to make sure that this new generation would know the story that had transformed his life and so many others. Our parable today comes at mid-point in Matthew’s 28 chapters. Matthew […]

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  • July 6, 2014

    "Better Than Flags and Fireworks"

    Year A – Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

    On this July Sunday, still fresh from our July 4th holiday, I want to talk about a July the 4th word: Freedom. The struggle to be free. The late Wayne Oates said this struggle is everybody’s journey and I think he was right. We want to be free to decide our own destiny, to express […]

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  • June 29, 2014

    “Practicing Loving-kindness”

    Year A – Third Sunday after Pentecost

    The reporter spoke with a sense of incredulity. A woman came up to a homeless man on the streets of New York City and gave him some food to eat. She had seen the scruffy man walking along, talking to himself, and rummaging through trash cans looking for food. She went into a restaurant, purchased […]

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  • June 22, 2014

    “Following God Is Hard!”

    Year A – Second Sunday after Pentecost

    I could not believe my eyes as I read the Baptist newspaper for the state. There was an advertisement for “The Jesus Watch” with the ad line “The Watch That Inspired Us All!!!” The advertisement continued with “This beautiful quartz watch is a constant reminder of our faith in Jesus Christ because our skilled watchmakers […]

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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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  • June 8, 2014

    “Fountains of Living Water”

    Year A – Day of Pentecost

    Do you remember how it felt? You had been outside working in the field in the middle of the summer. The heat boiled up around you, and you wondered if you could make it to the end of the row and get a drink of water. I agreed to help a church member and his […]

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  • June 1, 2014

    “Looking For Jesus?”

    Year A – Seventh Sunday of Easter

    You have heard the joke before: A drunken man wandered along the river one day and came upon an evangelist who was baptizing people in the river. As the drunk stumbled along, someone grabbed him and asked, “Brother, do you want to find Jesus?” Befuddled, the man mumbled agreement, and the evangelist proceeded to dunk […]

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  • May 25, 2014

    "Apologizing For the Kingdom"

    Year A – Sixth Sunday of Easter

    “I’m sorry for…” How often have we spoken these words? How difficult is it to say them with true conviction? It is often tough because when most people think of apologies, we think about saying that we are sorry for doing or saying something that hurts another. Sometimes we are seeking to show sympathy or […]

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