NextSunday Worship


  • January 12, 2020

    "To Be God’s Chosen"

    Year A - Baptism of the Lord - First Sunday after the Epiphany

    Listen to the words from Isaiah: (Isaiah 42:1-9) “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.” And now listen to the words of Matthew at Jesus’ baptism: (Matthew 3:12-17) “And when Jesus had been […]

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  • October 27, 2019

    “Two guys walked into a church…”

    Year C: Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

    The phone rang.  My answer was followed by a familiar voice from a church volunteer who asked if my wife and I would come and lead the weekly chapel service at the nearby jail.  I paused before answering.  I didn’t really want to do it.  In my mind, there was far too much going on.  […]

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  • September 23, 2018

    The Way of the Wise

    Year B: Proper 20 (25) Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    “…the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,             but the way of the wicked will perish.”   (Ps. 1.6)  The Way of the Wise The themes in this Sunday’s lectionary readings are remarkably similar, each reminding the reader that one part of faith is the continual effort to live a moral, responsible life.  […]

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  • August 5, 2018

    “The Penitent Will Pass”

    Year B - Proper 13 (18) Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

    In the movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones attempts to get past several traps that have been set to keep people from stealing “the Holy Grail,” the cup of Christ. His father has just been shot by the Nazis, and attaining the cup is the only way to save him. Indiana must […]

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  • July 9, 2017

    “The Easy Yoke of Humility”

    Year A - Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

    “Lo, your king comes to you;                         triumphant and victorious is he,                                     humble and riding on a donkey….”                                                                                (Zechariah 9.9) One of the benefits of using a lectionary to guide our scripture readings is the unexpected surprise we sometimes find when we connect various Bible passages to one another.  This morning […]

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  • January 29, 2017

    “Poor in Spirit”

    Year A - Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

    How wonderful it would be to sit at the feet of Jesus – to hear him teach the truths of God with authority and wisdom!  As disciples, we’re to go forth and teach others to obey everything Jesus has taught and commanded us in his word (Matthew 28:20). I’ve heard it said that preaching helps […]

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  • January 31, 2016

    “The Problem with Super Christians”

    Year C – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

    If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. […]

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  • December 20, 2015

    “A Meeting for the Ages”

    Year C – Fourth Sunday of Advent

    In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are […]

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  • December 13, 2015

    “Now is the Time for Change”

    Year C – Third Sunday of Advent

    Coming home from South Carolina is about an hour and forty-five minute drive up and then back down the mountain to Cullowhee.  When we first moved up here, I used to love to watch the GPS and the compass.  The road doesn’t just go up and down, but road twists and turns.  In my mind […]

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  • September 28, 2014

    “Downward Mobility: A Gospel Way of Life”

    Year A – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

    The poster was different for a dormitory wall. It was not a centerfold angel, surfer, skier, star, or beer logo. Pictured was a stately mansion with white columns. Parked in the drive way was a Rolls Royce. The house and car are obvious status symbols of affluent elegance. The poster’s caption read, “I’ve been rich, […]

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