NextSunday Worship

Dr. R. Dale McAbee

  • November 8, 2020

    “Ten Bridesmaids Waited for the Time”

    Year A: Proper 27 (32) Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

    Matthew 25:1-13 25“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all […]

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  • November 1, 2020

    "All Saints Day"

    Year A - All Saints Day - November 1, 2020

    We are celebrating All Saints Day today and we are just two days away from a presidential election.  Over the last year, we have learned a new term “social distancing,” although to be honest, I prefer to think of it as “physical distancing.” We can still stay connected socially and spiritually if we are intentional […]

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  • December 29, 2019

    “Herod’s Song”

    Year A - First Sunday after Christmas Day

    13Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14Then Joseph got up, took the child […]

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  • December 22, 2019

    “Joseph’s Song”

    Fourth Sunday of Advent Year A

    Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah* took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. […]

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  • December 15, 2019

    “Mary’s Song”

    Third Sunday of Advent - Year A

    Many Protestants don’t quite know what to do with Mary.  If we get too close or talk about her too much some fear we’re being too Catholic.  I grew up hearing, “Catholics worship Mary,” Actually, that is not true at all.  Catholics and many Protestants honor Mary and find in her a model for Christian […]

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  • December 8, 2019

    “Welcome Home”

    Year A – Second Sunday of Advent.

    Whenever I visit my friend “Aunt Beth” she always says, “Welcome, welcome, welcome, now you make yourself at home.”  How good those words feel? Paul knew something about how good the word “welcome” can feel. Before he was “Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles”, he was “Saul, persecutor of Christians.”  Acts reports that he was […]

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  • December 1, 2019

    “The First Coming of Jesus”

    Year A: First Sunday of Advent.

    Happy New Year!  Now lest you think you’ve missed a month or that I have lost my calendar, no it’s not January 1st.  It is December 1st.  But for us who follow the Church Year, it is a new year.  For Christians who follow the church’s calendar and with it frequently, the three-year set of […]

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  • November 25, 2018

    "Christ the King"

    Year B - Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. Reign of Christ - Proper 29 (34)

    Today is Christ the King Sunday and the readings move us to reflect on the nature of Kingship, which is sometimes difficult for us. We’re Americans and we don’t trust monarchs. As Protestants we tend to resist undue imposed authority.  On this last Sunday of the church year I want to examine the Old Testament […]

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  • November 18 2018

    "The Old and the New"

    Year B – Proper 28 (33)

    Several years ago, a young man lingered after the service and greeted me and asked if he could speak with me.  We sat down.  He was very excited about his new church and the preaching he was hearing. He told me that he had been baptized as an infant and confirmed in this church.  He participated […]

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  • November 11, 2018

    “From Moab to Bethlehem”

    Year B: Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 27 (32)

    Once upon a time, a long time ago, before there were any kings in Israel, back when there were Judges who ruled the land, there lived in Bethlehem of Judah, a woman Naomi and her husband Elimelech and their two sons Mahlon and Chilion.  A famine ravished the land so this family journeyed to live […]

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