NextSunday Worship

Dr. Carlton Allen

  • October 7, 2018

    What are Your Intentions?

    Year B: Proper 22 (27)

    The wedding had been a beautiful and dignified service. The bride was gorgeous, the groom handsome and the ceremony perfect. Towards the end, the time came for the prayer. Everything else had been written out but the minister had wanted the prayer to have a spontaneous and heart-felt feel. Those gathered bowed their heads and […]

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  • July 26, 2015

    “When Needs Overwhelm Resources”

    Year B – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

    This past spring marked the fifth anniversary of the Deep Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. According to various reports, the disaster was not a serious as first thought or far worse than we could have imagined at the time. I suppose it depends on which publication you are reading. According to ScienceNews […]

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  • July 19, 2015

    “The Antidote to Fear”

    Year B – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

    The story is probably politically and otherwise incorrect but, in a strange way, it really does fit our topic for today. A congregation is in the middle of worship one Sunday morning when the doors of the church fly open and in walks the devil, trailing smoke behind him. People start screaming and running for […]

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  • July 12, 2015

    “The Fear of the Truth”

    Year B - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

    Have you ever gotten in trouble for telling the truth? When I was about six years old, I rode with my grandfather to pick up my grandmother for lunch from her job at Maxwell’s Department Store in Wrens. As we were walking to the car, another car pulled up and the person sitting in the […]

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  • July 5, 2015

    “I am Weak but He is Strong”

    Year B - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

    A truck driver was eating in a roadside diner when three burly guys on motorcycles roared up to the establishment and walked through the door. They walked up to the table where the driver sat and stared at him until he looked up and asked, “May I help you?” “That your 18 wheeler in the […]

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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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  • April 13, 2014

    "What Kind of Jesus Do You Want?"

    Year A- Liturgy of the Psalms

    There is a drawing you sometimes see in publications or books that feature optical illusions.  Some people see in the drawing a young woman with her head turned away, wearing a hat and a choker necklace.  Others see an elderly woman with a rather large nose, a chin tucked into her chest and a scarf […]

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  • April 6, 2014

    “Signs of the Spirit”

    Year A – Fifth Sunday in Lent

    One Children’s Sunday, members of our congregation were given a small tube of bubbles along with our worship bulletins when we entered the sanctuary.  Apparently, one of our church members couldn’t resist opening his bottle and blowing a few bubbles before the service had started.  Only afterwards did it occur to him that people in […]

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  • October 14, 2012

    It's Not About You or the Money!

    Lectionary Year B - Proper 23 (28) – 20th Sunday after Pentecost

    Come on, admit it. You could preach this sermon for me, couldn’t you? We all know the drill. The message is never more obvious than it is in this encounter between a rich man and Jesus. The problem is money. You can’t get into heaven if you’re loaded. That’s what Jesus says here isn’t it?  […]

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