NextSunday Worship

Dr. David Rutledge

  • September 27, 2020

    “Emptying Ourselves”

    Year A - Proper 21 - Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    The influence of culture on the minds and hearts of citizens is surely one of the greatest challenges of Christian life, and not just in modern times.  When we read the gospels or the letters of Paul, we see early Christians struggling to keep their balance in an ancient world shaped by Greek, Roman, and […]

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  • September 20, 2020

    “Accepting Grace”

    Proper 20 (25) – Year A - Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    One of the basic patterns of divine-human interaction is shown early in the Bible:  God gives abundant goodness, and in response human beings complain about some feature of that gift. Whether it is Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden of Eden, Noah’s drunkenness after being saved from the great flood, the Israelites worshipping the […]

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  • September 13, 2020

    “Forgiveness: the Ability to Let Go”

    Year A – Proper 19 (24 )

    Few Sunday readings from the Common Lectionary share a theme as much as today’s, all of which speak to the mercy and forgiveness of God, though sometimes in unexpected ways.  These passages also show how a common theme can appear in surprisingly different literary forms. Today’s sermon will explore this theme of God’s forgiveness and […]

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  • September 6, 2020

    “Love is the Fulfillment of the Law”

    Year A: Proper 18 (23) - Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    A familiar claim of many Christians is that central to faith is the contrast between law and gospel, or a religion of laws, and a religion of love.  This claim tells us that the divide between the Judaism of the Old Testament and the gospel message brought by Jesus Christ could not be sharper, or […]

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  • September 29, 2019

    "A Good Foundation for the Future”

    Year C: Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    “Happy is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,           who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them;   who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed…” (Psaalm. 146.5-7) No matter how fortunate our personal […]

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  • September 22, 2019

    “He Raises the Poor from the Dust”

    Year C: Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    “Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, Who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash-heap, To make them sit with princes….”    (Psalm 113.5-8)  The scripture readings appointed for this Sunday contain powerful images that […]

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  • September 15, 2019

    “Is There No God?”

    Year C: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

               “The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God.’”      (Ps. 14.1a) The Psalms — the “hymnal” of ancient Israel — is such a rich resource that it is probably the part of scripture that is most frequently used today, by both Jews and Christians.  At weddings, at funerals, in worship, in private devotions, […]

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  • September 8, 2019

    “Making the Difficult Choice”

    Year C: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    “For this commandment which I command you this day is not too hard for you,neither is it far off … But the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.” (Deut. 30.11,14) Growing up in the South, in a middle-class, Baptist home, I […]

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  • September 1, 2019

    “No Other Gods”

    Year C -Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

    “Thus, says the Lord: What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, And went after worthlessness, and became worthless?” Let’s face it:  sometimes the words of scripture read during worship seem so strange, so remote from the concerns of contemporary Christians, that we feel a little embarrassed by them, […]

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  • September 30, 2018

    “Whoever is Not Against Us, Is for Us”

    Year B: Proper 21 (26)

     Whoever is Not Against Us, Is for Us” Your being here this morning affirms that this is the Lord’s day.  And yet outside these walls, people go about their business without thinking about God or church at all:  they are getting ready for their soccer match, or for the football game later on; they are […]

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