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Sermon Help for Proper 12 | OT 17
The Parables Of Jesus And Their Flip SideSmall Beginnings Which Produce Large Results
Commentary by Jerry L. Schmalenberger based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 excerpted from The Parables Of Jesus And Their Flip Side
There is a small Franconian village in the rolling hills of Bavaria, Germany, which never ceases to amaze all who learn of its fantastic history.
     In the mid-1800s, a young parish pastor came to this simple farming village named Neuendettelsau. Wilhelm Loehe is now known around the world for the work he was able to commence in his little "silent wilderness," as he called it. Pilgrims come yet today to visit from Brazil, the U.S., New Guinea, and other distant here for the full commentary

Free Children's Sermon for Proper 12 | OT 17

Janice ScottThe Big Influence Of Small Things
Children's sermon by Brett Blair & Tim Carpenter based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 from excerpted from The Big Influence Of Small Things.
Exegetical Aim: To teach that even though the Kingdom seems inconsequential it has ultimate influence.

Glass of water colored by dark food coloring. Another glass the same size with a small amount of liquid bleach. You may want to do this over a tray to avoid damaging the carpet. Please practice this before performing it. You want to use as little bleach as possible to achieve the desired results.

Good morning. Jesus said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that birds of the air come and perch in its branches."...
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Leah Lonsbury

What We Fail to Mention

Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11b, 45b

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -- Martin Luther King Jr.
     In this week’s passage from Genesis, Laban establishes a relationship of trust based on family ties and loyalty with Jacob, but it doesn’t last for long. The two men strike a bargain at Laban’s suggestion, and in a seemingly generous move he offers Jacob the chance to set the terms. Jacob gives of his labor and himself out of love for Rachel and trust in Laban. Laban answers Jacob’s earnest attempts to uphold their relationship and agreement with craftiness and betrayal, and it all hinges on what he fails to mention.
     Yeah... that’s not really the way we do things around here. If you really want Rachel, that’ll be another seven years of your life, please.
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Why We Need The Pledge Of Allegiance

When I was in high school, a new music teacher came to town. He was fresh out of college and full of ambition. But here he was, stuck in a very rural community where people didn't put up with (as they called it) "long-haired music," either from the Beatles or Beethoven.
     Still, he was determined to teach us good music. We were going to sing selections from Handel's Messiah for our Christmas concert. Most of us had never heard of George Frideric Handel, and when we first tried to sight-read through the selections we became convinced we didn't like his music. It was too hard, too complicated. More than that, Handel wouldn't allow us to sing simple harmonies; no, he created different parts for each voice, and we in the bass section weren't able to hide all our typical mistakes when Handel and our new director demanded that we sing alone....
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David Coffin

Kingdom Ambiguities

So a person believes they have gotten a job or are active in a community that calls itself "Christian." Is this place a snapshot of the Kingdom of God (or Heaven as St. Matthew calls it), or are we all in process of becoming the "Kingdom of God?" Today's texts provide ambiguities of how God's kingdom comes together with varying personalities and concerns....
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Sandra Herrmann

When We Cannot Pray

Romans 8:26-39

Jean lay in bed. Her hospital room was an isolation unit, so there was nothing to brighten it up. Even a greeting card might carry in bacteria, and flowers were absolutely forbidden. She felt restless, even though she could do hardly anything. Getting out of bed by herself was a "forbidden activity" -- she felt light-headed even laying down....
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Janice Scott


For all the moans and groans voiced by disgruntled motorists over the many speed cameras now apparent in the UK, there is a certain satisfaction when habitual speeders are caught and fined. There's even more satisfaction when these speeders who seem to think they are beyond the law, clock up so many points on their licence that they are prevented from driving for a certain period of time. It feels like justice is being done at last and that our roads are safer for it....
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Cynthia Cowen

Guide to Heaven

The Point: Jesus wants us to know what the kingdom of heaven is like.

The Lesson: Good morning boys and girls. Thank you for coming up to share this time with me. Have you ever wondered what another country might be like? (let children answer) I have always wondered what Italy is like. Some day I may have the opportunity to actually go and visit Italy. I went to the library and checked out this book about Italy. Even though I haven't been there, this guidebook on Italy has helped me to understand a lot about the country. Rome is the capital. Do you know what the ancient ruins of Rome are called? (let children answer)...
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