Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition
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Truth What Is It, Who Is It

Charleston native and TV personality Stephen Colbert is said to have coined the word “truthiness” on his show the night of October 17, 2005. The word is said to mean “claiming to be true, irrespective of facts or reality. This concept is consistent with the views of many contemporary writers and, indeed, many of our…

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Stop Fighting God

Hannah Learns That Gentleness Means, “Stop Fighting God” On Sunday, we look at Mother’s Day through the lens of Hannah from 1 Samuel. It’s an amazing story that details the power of the fruit of the spirit of true gentleness with a firm center. I am defining gentleness through the phrase… “STOP FIGHTING GOD,” something…

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Great is MY Faithfulness ?

Great is thy faithfulness,’ we sing. We know God is faithful. It may surprise us that faithfulness is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit the Lord promises His people. Sunday morning we will look to the famous ‘doubting Thomas’ to see what true faithfulness looks like, and what it means to walk faithfully…

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Do You Need Jesus

As your Rector and Shepherd, I can’t emphasize enough how critical Palm Sunday and Holy Week are both to our spiritual lives and to our understanding of Jesus. I urge you therefore, whatever you have planned that would take you away from worship on Palm Sunday and Holy Week, reschedule it! I promise you will…

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Can We Be Good Without God ?

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness….Goodness Here we are on the 6th fruit of the Holy Spirit: Goodness. For some the word goodness conjures up such images as the Church Lady from Saturday Night Live; the living symbol of the hypocritical and judgemental but “good” Christian person. It might bring to mind the image of the…

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How to Make Disciples Jesus’ Way

“How can we be a light to the world rather than a mirror of the world? There is probably no greater foundational challenge from Western culture today than the challenge of living our lives as Jesus would, so that people see light rather than darkness and confusion. We call it discipleship, and it is a…

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Rebuilding Broken Lives

Nathanael said to Philip, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When God’s people embrace the challenge to “come and see,” God shows up and His people are blessed beyond measure. Even the most broken of lives can be rebuilt when they are brought to Jesus. Spread the…

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The Call To Followship

We often talk about fellowship, we rarely talk about followship. When we look at Matthew 4, we find one phrase repeated three times in six verses, and that phrase is follow-me, or followship. There are many great leaders, but practicing followship isn’t all that easy! Today we will highlight Andrew. Andrew lived as a follower…

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A Plunge in the Depths

Sermon on Sunday A Plunge in the Depths Baptism. Most of us reading this have either been baptized or seen a baptism. Christian baptism is something different from the baptism which Jesus experienced, yet his baptism and ours have a couple of remarkable parallels. But the very fact of Jesus presenting himself to John for…

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Putting Skin on the Ineffable

Sunday, December 25 10:30 am Sermon Putting Skin on the Ineffable On Christmas morning, we celebrate a great mystery – a monumental revelation set forth in the fullness of time and by some of the most unimaginable, description-defying events mankind has ever experienced or known. The Incarnation of the Son of God… In many ways…

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Christmas Eve Go Tell It on the Mountain

We hope you leave these services not just with the beauty of the music and sanctuary, but with the deepest, and most profound JOY you could ever imagine. This kind of JOY doesn’t depend on circumstances or situations, but only comes when Jesus is birthed into our hearts. Some of you might remember the birth…

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Show Me a Sign, Lord

How many of us have ever uttered those words? Perhaps you face a major decision in your life and need to know which way to turn, or even find yourself interceding for another and again, looking for a sign on their behalf. As we continue our Advent journey in the book of Isaiah, we realize…

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The Return of the Ransomed

Have you ever felt like you were walking through a dry and barren desert, a wilderness, a wasteland? Have you ever felt weak and anxious and sensed that you’ve somehow wandered off the path and can’t find your way back? In Isaiah 35 the prophet looks to a day of restoration and healing, when the…

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We are Victorious

8:00 am, 10:30 am, & 6:00 pm Sermon We Are Victorious CTCT-20160923_052906_1 How do we stand in the evil day? How do we find peace in a tumultuous world? In Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul gives us the answer. It is by right wearing and right wielding of the armor of God that we can…

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Walking and Living as Children of God

8:00 am, 10:30 am, & 6:00 pm Sermon Imitating Jesus on the Four Corners: Walking and Living as Children of God CTCT-20160923_052906_1 On this All Saints’ Sunday and with the Presidential election coming up in 3 days, and the trials of Michael Slager and Dylann Roof underway across the street, there is no greater need…

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The Living Tide Commerical

8:00 am, 10:30 am, & 6:00 pm Sermon The Living Tide Commercial CTCT-20160923_052906_1 Quick quiz. What is the most Biblically minded city in America? By contrast, which city in America is least Biblically minded? The answers will come in today’s sermon. These are critical questions because they remind us that when Christians live out their…

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Gifts that Keep On Giving

8:00 am, 10:30 am, & 6:00 pm Sermon Gifts that Keep on Giving CTCT-20160923_052906_1 Gifts are meant to be given. And while we give gifts for all sorts of reasons and occasions, when they are given there is the expectation that they will be opened and then either utilized or enjoyed. It is disappointing to…

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You Are Heard by God for a Purpose

8:00 am, 10:30 am, & 6:00 pm Sermon You Are Heard by God for a Purpose CTCT-20160923_052906_1 This Sunday, we pray for those still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, from Haiti to the Northeastern United States, and for those those who lost lives and livelihoods. As we continue our autumn walk through the beautiful pages of…

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When the Sky Falls

Sermon on Sunday When the Sky Falls One of the greatest challenges to faith is the reality of evil. How can an all-powerful God who is also completely good and loving allow evil to exist and devastate so many lives? Today, as we remember the evil that was manifest at the Twin Towers fifteen years…

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Knowing Your Place

When Jesus noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. We live in a world of constant evaluation. The value of something is measured beside a fixed principle or standard or a set of expectations of some kind. In this world the question “who am I and what is…

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Un-privatizing the Gospel

Too often we have adopted the culture’s premise that religion is a private matter that doesn’t belong in the public square. The threats of radicalism and the nuisance of fundamentalism only further this idea. But true religion is always outwardly focused. It turns up to God and then out toward others. We have heard in…

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Setting Fire To The Earth

‘I came to cast fire on the earth.’ Yikes! What does Jesus mean by this? It sounds like he has more in mind for this fire than just birthday candles or roasting marshmallows. For he then continues ‘Do you think I have come to give peace on earth? No I tell you, but rather division.’…

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God of the Covenants

Sermon on Sunday God of the Covenants Ancient man and woman having a child; a virgin conceiving; a Savior bearing the sins of the world on a cross. Faith not only believes that God can and will do what He promises, but it leans into those promises as if the fulfillment of the promises is…

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What’s In Your Wallet

Sermon on Sunday What’s In Your Wallet? Capital One Credit Card Services has that great tag phrase, “What’s In Your Wallet?” Well if your heart can be compared to a wallet, a place where we store valuable things, then “What’s in your wallet (heart)?” What is it that you hold dear to and find value…

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The Currency of Grace

Sermon on Sunday The Currency of Grace “….And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’” (Luke 10:35 ESV) The value of the Euro against the Pound. The Pound against the…

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Searching for a Center that Holds

From the Garden of Eden onward, mankind has ever gravitated toward egocentrism: putting self at the center of everything. No surprise that Ptolemy’s view of the earth as the center of the universe held sway for 1500 years. No surprise that Protagoras’ “Man is the measure of all things,” was picked up by the voices…

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Called to Freedom

How do we win the battle between the flesh and the spirit? Great saints have wrestled with this dilemma. Many of them suggested complete withdrawal from the world, while others have given up on sainthood altogether and settled for spiritual and moral mediocrity. Is there really a way to remain “in” the world, but not…

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Lay it Down

The Word Sabbath means different things to different people, but the one thing it is not is vacation! Sabbath means laying life down as we know it, so that Jesus can pick it up and transform it! Today’s question, what do you need to lay down today? A worry? An anxiety? A relationship? Jesus is…

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