NextSunday Worship


Sermons

  • 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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  • July 21, 2019

    “The Incredible Portrait of Jesus and God’s Ultimate Goal”

    Year C: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

    Before we turn to the incredibly elevated text about Jesus in Colossians, I want to call your attention to Psalm 15 which is one of the shortest texts in the Psalter. Its length, however, is no measure of its importance because this psalm deals with the crucial question of human integrity. Positioned immediately after Psalm […]

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  • July 14, 2019

    “Confronting the Plumb Line of Christian Baptism”

    Year C - The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

    In contrast to the basic way we in the western world think, the people of Israel were very eastern. They loved to think in word-pictures and in stories. While we in the west also love stories and become entranced with movies, we usually prefer to draw our conclusions to problems and issues on the basis […]

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  • July 7, 2019

    “Gaining God’s Perspective”

    Year C: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

    Getting the perspective of God clearly in mind has always been a difficult task for people. Skewing the divine perspective to fit our human wishes and perspectives has always been a problem. In the Old Testament story from 2 Kings 5:1-16 Naaman, the Syrian General, who had leprosy came with a great entourage to be […]

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  • June 30, 2019

    “Called to Liberty”

    Year C – Third Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8 (13)

    Freedom – let it ring out to all people.  Freedom is a precious word, one that I cherish so very much.  All people do not know the freedom that we have in America.  America was founded on the very premise of liberty.  Our forefathers struggled and fought against oppression, tyranny, and the harsh hand of […]

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  • June 23, 2019

    “Painful Moments”

    Year C: Second Sunday after Pentecost.

    Is there something in your life that you are running away from or would like to escape?  Is there something in your past that is troubling you and you’d do anything to get away from it?  Perhaps there’s something that has happened to you recently which makes you want to just disappear. During my Junior […]

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  • June 16, 2019

    “Faith Leads to Hope”

    Year C - Trinity Sunday - First Sunday after Pentecost

    I was very blessed to have been raised in a family that believed in Jesus Christ and practiced that faith and attended church regularly.  My grandfather was a Baptist minister and I recall sitting in his home office and making my profession of faith in Christ.  At the age of seven he baptized me in […]

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  • June 9, 2019

    "Something New"

    Year C - Day of Pentecost

    Do you remember as a kid getting a new pair of sneakers?  Every year in late summer, my mother would take my brothers and me to the department store to fit us for new school clothes and sneakers.  I especially loved getting new red Converse sneakers!  I promise you, when I put them on and […]

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