NextSunday Worship

Dr. David Rutledge

  • 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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  • September 23, 2018

    The Way of the Wise

    Year B: Proper 20 (25) Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    “…the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,             but the way of the wicked will perish.”   (Ps. 1.6)  The Way of the Wise The themes in this Sunday’s lectionary readings are remarkably similar, each reminding the reader that one part of faith is the continual effort to live a moral, responsible life.  […]

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  • September 16, 2018

    “The Wisdom of the Cross”

    Year B- Proper 19 (24) – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

    “The Wisdom of the Cross” “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  (Mark 8.34) Today’s scripture from the gospel of Mark is one of the most familiar, and one of the most important, in the entire New Testament; devout Christians read it often, […]

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  • September 9, 2018

    “Many Texts, One Message”

    Year B: Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 18 (23)

    It would seem that Protestants have a real problem when it comes to the Bible.  Ever since Martin Luther declared that the Bible alone was the source of authority in religious matters, his spiritual descendants, whether they be Baptists, Methodists, or Presbyterians, have agreed that the Bible needed to be not only read, but studied […]

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  • September 2, 2018

    “Born by the Word of Truth”

    Year B: Proper 17 (22) Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    It may not be the same for you, but occasionally there are times when I read a passage of scripture and cannot see any straightforward way to relate it to the present (take a look, for example, at the details of sacrifice described in Leviticus 3-11; or read the descriptions of the opening of the […]

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  • July 30, 2017

    “A Wise and Discerning Mind”

    Year A: Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

    “And Solomon said…. ‘Give thy servant therefore an understanding mind to govern thy people, that I may discern between good and evil…’  And God said to him….I now do according to your word.  Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind.” –  I Kings 3.6, 9, 11, 12   It was in a dream […]

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  • July 23, 2017

    “God: the First and the Last”

    Year A: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

    “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts: I am the first and I am the last;  besides me there is no god.” – Isaiah 44. 6-8 Every Sunday, millions of Christians around the world repeat the ancient words of the Apostles’ Creed: “I believe in God, the […]

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  • July 16, 2017

    “The Power of God’s Words”

    Year A: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

    “…the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth                and in your heart for you to observe.”  (Deuteronomy. 30.14) Sometimes it seems we live in a flood of words so loud that they threaten to wash us away.  Recently I was in the home of a neighbor who keeps the […]

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