NextSunday Worship

Dr. Lee Carter

  • December 27, 2020

    "The Language of Christmas"

    Year B - First Sunday After Christmas

    I met him while I was doing my last-minute Christmas shopping and as we were standing in the checkout line. His face seemed so welcoming and friendly that I decided to strike up a conversation.  Right away I discovered that he didn’t know English very well.  He struggled to come up with the words and […]

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  • December 24-25, 2020

    “JOY: When Christ Breaks Through to Us”

    Year B: Christmas Day

    At what point during this season filled with all the glitter and wrappings, the frantic shopping, the non-stop Christmas radio stations blaring “Jingle Bell Rock” and “All I Want for Christmas is You” – did the humble and beckoning Christ finally break through to you?  At what point did you finally say—enough of the plastic, […]

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  • December 20, 2020

    “The Everlasting Covenant”

    Year B - Fourth Sunday in Advent

    Let’s face it.  When it comes to genealogies there is nothing more interesting than tracing your own and nothing more boring than having to listen to someone else’s. Of course, for many years, to be welcomed into certain social circles, such as the Daughters of the American Revolution or the Mayflower Society, one had to […]

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  • December 13, 2020

    “Eyes on the Lowly”

    Year B - Third Sunday in Advent

    “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first” (Matthew 19:30, 20:16; Mark 10:31 and Luke 13:30). We all are aware of this individual saying of Jesus, but he reiterated this theme throughout his ministry more often than just the few times the saying is recorded in the […]

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  • December 6, 2020

    “Longing for the Messenger”

    Year B - The Second Sunday in Advent

    How long, O Lord? How long do we have to endure the “new normal?” How much more can we endure the delay until a long-awaited messenger brings us the news that our season of anxiety and fear is over? Our patience is growing thin. Certainly, the antidote, the solution, the remedy is out there! How beautiful […]

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  • November 29, 2020

    “Now We Know the Grinch's Real Name!”

    Year B - First Sunday of Advent

    Let’s start with the good news.  This is the first Sunday in the Season of Advent and thus, it marks the beginning of the new church year.  Happy New Year!  I’ll bet that most of us are more than willing to see 2020 go. Church life has been disrupted since March.  Some churches have scrambled […]

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  • July 26, 2020

    “The Duel of the Duplicitous Duo”

    Year A - Proper 12 (17) - July 26, 2020

    In spite of the vast differences among cultures around our world today and even in spite of the great divide between the ancient world and the modern, there is one thing that connects us all: our love of stories. Stories are vital to holding us together as families, nations and as people-groups. Stories are the […]

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  • July 19, 2020

    “Where Else Could A Loser Go?”

    Year A - Proper 11 (16) - July 19, 2020

    Where does a loser turn when he has deceived his father? Where does a loser turn when he has cheated his own twin brother out of his inheritance? Where does a cowardly loser go when he has nowhere else to turn? To the city of Luz (LOOZ), of course! Jacob had loser written all over […]

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  • July 12, 2020

    “It's All in the Family”

    Year A: Proper 10 (15) - July 12, 2020

    The primary issue that divides Jews, Christians and Muslims today, as it has for centuries, is this: what does it mean to be the true children of Abraham? Is it a matter of ancestral DNA, whether through the line of Isaac or Ishmael or does it come through God’s adoption of those who live, like […]

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  • July 5, 2020

    Confessions of a Sin Addict

    Year A - Proper 9 (14) - July 5, 2020

    We human beings know that we are capable of great things. We have the ability to explore the depths of the seas to discover new forms of life never seen before. We can design powerful telescopes with such incredible ranges of magnification that we can now regularly discover new celestial phenomena in the night sky […]

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