NextSunday Worship


  • March 17, 2019

    "Trust in the Lord!"

    Year C – Second Sunday in Lent

    The phrase “In God We Trust” appeared on US coins and currency beginning in 1855. A hundred years later on July 30, 1956, “In God We Trust” became the national motto of the United States. In recent years the motto “In God We Trust” has been challenged. The challenge was rejected by the federal courts, […]

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  • March 10, 2019

    “Our Lord knows the way through the wilderness”

    Year C - First Sunday in Lent

    So, on fire for God, Jesus returned from his baptism. Then in this spirit he was moved to go into the back woods for forty days, where the Confuser took some cracks at him. During that time, he didn’t eat anything, so he was hungry when the time was up. Then the Confuser said to […]

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  • March 3, 2019

    “A Preview of the Resurrection”

    Year C - Transfiguration Sunday (Last Sunday before Lent)

    Peak experiences form the spiritual references points of life.  Within the scripture, many peak experiences are recorded.  Some are literally associated with mountaintops.  Moses received the Law on Mount Sinai.  The Risen Christ told his disciples on a mountain in Galilee, “I am with you always.”  Another peak experience is the Transfiguration. Christian tradition places […]

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  • February 24, 2019

    “The Windshield or the Rearview Mirror”

    Year C: Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

    People who know me know that I went to Wake Forest University.  They know that I bleed Black and Gold, pull for them win or lose (more time than not, lose, especially this basketball season!)  Stories are told how I have been known to roll my own yard after a big victory.  I am a […]

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  • February 17, 2019

    “Learning What’s Important”

    Year C: Sixth Sunday after The Epiphany

    It is an expression that every parent hears.  It is usually during homework time, or right before a test.  You hear this gigantic sigh, and then the words of absolute frustration.  “I don’t know why I have to learn this.  I am never going to need to know this.” What “this” is depends on the […]

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  • February 10, 2018

    “A Lesson in Evangelism”

    Year C – Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

    February 10, 2018 It was another spring day in my home town.  Spring was the time of the year when the baseball team began to practice with great hopes.  Cherryville, North Carolina is and always has been a baseball town.  In a town that has seen cotton mills and trucking companies move away baseball is […]

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  • February 3. 2019

    “Learning to Love”

    Year C - Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

    In our continuing move to be of service to you, we bring you this important reminder.  This is February 3.  I know that this is Super Bowl Sunday, but don’t be lulled to sleep. There are only 11 more days before Valentine’s Day.  Don’t wait till the last minute.  Get out there and get those cards […]

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  • JANUARY 27, 2019

    "How God Speaks”

    Year C: The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

    Do you ever wish that God would just speak to us audibly and dramatically as God seems to have spoken to some of the characters in the Bible?  “Go here, do this, do not do that, make this choice, go in that direction . . .”  Life would be so much easier if God would […]

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  • January 20, 2019

    “The LORD’s Delight”

    Year C - Second Sunday after the Epiphany

    There are a lot of reasons why people give up on God. They prayed, and nothing seemed to happen. They were dealt a crushing blow. They loved and were hurt. They tried to live a good life, but it just seemed to do no good. Someone they loved died. They lost their health, their home, […]

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  • January 13, 2019

    “The Next Chapter”

    Year C - First Sunday after the Epiphany – Baptism of the Lord

    One of the most memorable experiences I had in seminary took place in a Christian Education class.  The professor asked us to imagine that we were writing a book about our lives.  What title would you give to the book?  It’s a good question. What title would you give to the story of your life […]

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