NextSunday Worship

Archive for April, 2014

  • May 18, 2014

    “Heavenly Hospitality”

    Year A – Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 18, 2014

    In this part of the United States – the South – we are famous for many things. We are known, of course, for our accents. We are renowned for our “home-style country cooking.” And we are especially famous for our hospitality. People all over the U.S. are familiar with the term: “southern hospitality.” Southern hospitality […]

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  • May 11, 2014

    “The Lord Is My Shepherd”

    Year A – Fourth Sunday of Easter.

    In spite of the fact that we live in a world that increasingly confuses “wants” with “needs,” the 23rd Psalm continues to top the scriptural hit parade. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want!” It is a bold claim and abiding affirmation of faith. Popular from generation to generation with both young and […]

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  • May 4, 2014

    “Breaking Bread Together”

    Year A - Third Sunday of Easter

    Shadowed by a storm fueled by an unholy alliance of political force and religious certainty, two travelers walked away from Jerusalem. They left behind their hopes of a new day and a better way for all people. Their aspirations had centered on Jesus. Now he was crucified, died, and buried. It was all over! Disappointed […]

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  • April 27, 2014

    “The Resurrection Message; a Challenging Message”

    Year A – Second Sunday of Easter

    The late columnist and champion of all things Southern, Lewis Grizzard, used to tell a story about his “boy-hood friend and idol” Weymann C. Wannamaker, Jr.  Now I don’t come close to possessing the Southern charm and panache of Lewis, so I can’t tell the story the way he told it, but here’s the gist […]

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  • April 20, 2014

    "The Day the Earth Trembled"

    Year A – Easter – Resurrection of the Lord.

    The Romans knew how to deal with this kind of thing.  A few years back there had been a Jewish revolt led by a man named Judas whose nick-name was Maccabee.  The nick-name literally meant “the Mallet-headed.”  Judas and the others in what became known as the Maccabean Revolt were as hard-headed as their leader’s […]

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