NextSunday Worship


  • 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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  • August 25, 2019

    “The Journey to Perfection”

    Year C - Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

    In the spring, sudden storm on the upper reaches of the world’s highest mountain trapped some of the best climbers in the world, and the slopes of Mt. Everest are littered with more bodies. In 1921 the British explorer, George Mallory, made the first extensive attempt on the summit which the “Sherpa people of northern […]

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  • August 18, 2019

    “The Balcony Is Full!”

    Year C: The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

    I know enough about him to know that I wish I had known Carlyle Marney. He was for many years the Pastor of Myers Park Baptist Church here in Charlotte. Though deceased, he remains a well-known and well-respected preacher, theologian, and pastor. He had great influence on this church because he had great influence on […]

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  • August 11, 2019

    “Confident Wandering”

    Year C – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

    My entire senior year of High School was spent yearning for the day when I would leave home–with all of its rules and regulations and curfews–and head to Clemson University. My blood did “runneth orange,” and I absolutely couldn’t wait to be “on my own.” (Or at least as “on my own” as one can […]

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  • August 4, 2019

    “Things That Are Above”: A Down-to-Earth Theology"

    Year: C – The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

    He was called St. Alypius. He lived in the sixth century in Paphligonia, a territory now occupied by the modern state of Turkey. His country must have been beautiful. It was a mountainous region that ran along the coast. And what a view he must have enjoyed, from the top of that stone pillar which […]

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  • July 28, 2019

    “Living into Your Baptism”

    Year C - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

    Before I turn to our third study of Colossians, I want to pause and reflect with you on another of the specially assigned readings for today—Psalm 85. It contains one of the Psalter’s priceless poems concerning the plight of Israel and it should set an important tone for our further thinking. If we human beings […]

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