NextSunday Worship

Dr. Brett Patterson

  • December 30, 2012

    “The Book of Life”

    Year C - First Sunday after Christmas Day

    Perhaps at some point, you have read a biography.  In our time biographies tend to be massive books, with many pages.  We expect to invest a good bit of time studying the family tree of the individual in question.  We understand that a person’s grandparents and even great grandparents have influence.  As we make our […]

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  • December 23, 2012


    Year C - Fourth Sunday of Advent

    When you were younger, you might have kept a count of the number of days until Christmas.  I know that we are keeping a count in our household this year; we even have a little calendar with an official count, marked by cotton balls.  Dad, how many days until Christmas?  We are only two days […]

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  • December 16, 2012


    Year C - Third Sunday of Advent

    In 1219 in the midst of the Fifth Crusade, a simple man, dressed in a brown wool robe, stood barefoot before the Sultan of Egypt to plead the cause of Christ.  The man was St. Francis, and he had come a long way from Assisi, Italy.  In the days before this encounter, Crusaders (who had […]

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  • December 9, 2012

    “United in Christ”

    Year C - Second Sunday of Advent

    I grew up in a Baptist church in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.  My earliest memories are of this church, of its pews, and the bright sun coming in the windows, as I sat there with my parents and grandparents.  I remember the beautiful, ornate sanctuary, originally built in 1844.  I remember the people who […]

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  • December 2, 2012

    “Signs of the Time”

    Year C - First Sunday of Advent

    You may use a phrase without realizing the full meaning of it.  It often comes out when weather patterns change significantly–when we experience an unusually warm winter, a wide-scale drought, or the largest storm in recorded history.  In these moments we again have to come to terms with how small we are and how little […]

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    April 29, 2012

    What Would Jesus Do?

    Year B: The Fourth Sunday of Easter

    Every Sunday when we gather here for worship; we have certain expectations about how we are to spend our time together. We sing our hymns, we lift our prayers, and we study the Bible. How would we respond to someone who interrupted the liturgy, the schedule that we follow each Sunday? What would we do […]

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    April 22, 2012

    What I Have I Give You

    Year B: The Third Sunday of Easter

    Have you ever been in a situation when you needed something from someone else? Did you have the courage to ask for it? Life is full of complicated situations. Perhaps you were at the dinner table and you needed more iced tea. The pitcher was sitting on the other side of the table next to […]

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