NextSunday Worship


Sermons

  • May 14, 2017

    "When Jesus Stands"

    Year A – Fifth Sunday of Easter

    We used to have a secretary at the church I served in Simpsonville, South Carolina named Jackie Greene.  She always used to get real nervous around the end of November each year when we would start announcing the “Hanging of the Green” service.  Well, I always have a similar reaction when I hear that someone […]

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  • May 7, 2017

    “The Long and Winding Road”

    Year A - Fourth Sunday of Easter

    I have never been accused of having a sense of direction, and I get it honestly. My father’s father used to say that daddy was the only one of his children who had a college education, but couldn’t find his way to the depot and back.  So, as you might imagine, some of the most […]

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  • April 30, 2017

    “In the Breaking of the Bread”

    Year A - Third Sunday in Easter

    The walk to Emmaus is such a lovely story, so filled with nostalgia and pathos, so graced with details, that I feel privileged to write a sermon on a favorite passage. I write this with immense gratitude to St. Luke who is the only one among the evangelists who recounts it. Let us relive the […]

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  • April 23, 2017

    “Resurrection: Too Good Not to Be True”

    Year A: Second Sunday of Easter

    Let’s imagine Thomas this morning and try to understand him. He was known as the Twin, so I have wondered about the sibling who shared his birth. Was it possible that for Thomas nothing was completely real or acceptable unless he shared it with his twin? What happened to him or her? Did Thomas feel […]

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  • April 16, 2017

    “The glory of the lighted mind”

    Year A – Easter Day – The Resurrection of the Lord

    There is a stunning scene in a play called “the King Comes to His Own.” The playwright, Dorothy L Sayers, makes it clear that Jesus had left the tomb before the stone was rolled away from its opening. The molecules of the transformed body reassemble themselves outside the tomb taking the form of a person. […]

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  • April 9, 2017

    “He emptied himself”

    Year A: Sixth Sunday in Lent - Liturgy of the Passion

    Reading the story of the Passion in its entirety is a liturgy in itself. An act of worship and a participation of the people in a drama that continues through the ages. It is like listening to Bach who, inspired by this gospel’s account, composed the heart-breaking St. Matthew’s Passion. The drama unfolds in the […]

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  • April 2, 2017

    “Called from death to life”

    Year A - Fifth Sunday in Lent

    Lazarus. Even his name causes confusion with most English-speaking people who seem unable to pronounced all the consonants in it correctly. An elusive name, an elusive personality, he remains a man of mystery. So much so that great writers have been intrigued by his story, the seventh and final sign of Jesus in the gospel […]

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  • March 26, 2017

    “The Lord is My Shepherd.”

    Year A - Fourth Sunday in Lent

    In spite of the fact that we live in a world that increasingly confuses “wants” with “needs”, the 23rd Psalm continues to top the scriptural hit parade.  “The Lord is my shepherd,” and therefore I have all that I need!”  It is a bold claim and abiding affirmation of faith. Popular from generation to generation […]

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  • March 19, 2017

    “Jesus: the Living Water”

    Year A - Third Sunday in Lent

    Today we have the privilege of listening in on a conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. Some would say that she was a “nobody for nowhere.” Last Sunday, we considered a conversation reported in John chapter 3; between Jesus and a very important person from somewhere.  His name was Nicodemus, a Pharisee with roots […]

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  • March 12, 2017

    “Questions in the night that revealed the Light!”

    Year A - Second Sunday in Lent

    Regardless of your level of biblical literary, most likely you’ve heard of John 3:16.  Many of you can easily locate it in scripture and recite it from memory.  But the question is do you know what John 3:16 is all about?   The context for this verse is a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus.  Their dialogue […]

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