NextSunday Worship

Dr. Roger Lovette

  • July 27, 2014

    “Praying Prayers You Cannot Keep”

    Year A – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

    Suppose you go to the mailbox tomorrow to pick up your mail. The black mailbox is crammed full. You pull the mail out and begin to walk back to your house, sorting it as you go. There is a bill from Belk. A plea from the Girl Scouts. There is a notice that your tags […]

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  • July 20, 2014

    "What Do We Do with the Weeds?"

    Year A – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

    It all began because Jesus’ critics were concerned. Furious, really. Jesus was calling people to follow him—disciples who did not even know the law. Newcomers. They had no unearthly idea how to observe the Sabbath. And so Pharisees, sometimes the Sadducees, sometimes the Essenes came with folded hands. They said: “These people, have no standing […]

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  • July 13, 2014

    “The Sower, The Seed and the Soil”

    Year A – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

    When Matthew wrote his book some time around 60AD the church’s eyewitnesses who knew Jesus were dying out one by one. So Matthew wanted to make sure that this new generation would know the story that had transformed his life and so many others. Our parable today comes at mid-point in Matthew’s 28 chapters. Matthew […]

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  • July 6, 2014

    "Better Than Flags and Fireworks"

    Year A – Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

    On this July Sunday, still fresh from our July 4th holiday, I want to talk about a July the 4th word: Freedom. The struggle to be free. The late Wayne Oates said this struggle is everybody’s journey and I think he was right. We want to be free to decide our own destiny, to express […]

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  • February 24, 2013

    “We Are Jerusalem”

    Year C—Second Sunday in Lent

    James Sanders, a great New Testament scholar says that the mistake that most of us Christians make is that when we read the Bible we usually identify with good guys and not the bad guys. In doing so, he said we usually miss the point. I think he is right. Most of us are like […]

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  • February 17, 2013

    “On Listening to the Wrong Voices”

    Year C—First Sunday in Lent

    Jesus’ disciples came to him one day. It was obvious that they were frustrated. “Lord,” they said, “we’ve got some problems. Real problems.” “Yes,” he listened. “Well, you told us to follow you. To leave it all behind. You told us about this kingdom of God. But it is getting complicated. My family doesn’t understand […]

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  • February 10, 2013

    Don’t Miss the Trip

    Year C – Transfiguration Sunday

    Have you ever missed a trip? At one time or another we all do. But my question today is more far-reaching than that. Will you miss the trip? Max Lucado tells of sitting on a plane waiting to take off. He was in 14D. She was in 14E. She was obviously country with her velour […]

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  • February 3, 2013

    “Why Don’t We?”

    Year C – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

    Howard Thurman, the great African-American preacher, told a story about a man who had a dream. He was on a train. The train stopped. He found himself in a large city. It was very cold. He got off the train in the early morning. The streets were covered in snow. The redcaps and the baggage […]

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