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Refocus ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | John 1:29-42 | Wayne Brouwer |
The only way to defeat pride is to make it irrelevant. Once, when conductor Arturo Toscanini was preparing an orchestra and chorus for a performance, he was forced to work with a rather temperamental soprano soloist. His every suggestion was turned aside by her haughty opinions. At one point she loudly proclaimed: “I am the star of this performance!”

Toscanini looked >> More


Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 (2017) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | John 1:29-42 | Bob Ove | Mark Ellingsen |
Isaiah 49:1-7
Teresa of Avila was born to very devout parents. After her mother died, Teresa had no maternal guidance during her teen years. She became close friends with her cousin, who led her into frivolous interests. In despair over how to control Teresa, her father placed her in an Augustinian convent. After three months she became very ill and returned >> More


Show Me Jesus ... from StoryShare | Stories | John 1:29-42 | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Peter Andrew Smith |
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"Show Me Jesus" by Peter Andrew Smith

Show Me Jesus
by Peter Andrew Smith
John 1:29-42

“I want to believe, Pastor,” Jay said. “Can you show me Jesus?”

“Come with me.” Pastor Lyle led Jay through the door to the church hall where people were setting up tables and chairs.

“This is a meal we host for anyone who >> More


What's My Name? ... from CSS Plus | Children's sermon | John 1:29-42 | Mary Kay Eichelman |
How many of you know my name?  But do you know all my names?  I'm also known as Aunt ________.  or Uncle _______ and cousin ________.  Some people call  me by a nick name ______.

So I have several names. Some of you might have more than one name.  (Ask the children their nicknames.) 

In our Gospel story today we find >> More


Called to Serve ... from StoryShare | Stories | John 1:29-42 | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Keith Wagner |
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"Called to Serve" by Keith Wagner
"Using Our Gifts" by Keith Wagner


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Called to Serve
by Keith Wagner
Isaiah 49:1-7

Isaiah, servant of Yahweh, was really feeling his oats. "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing," he said. He had given all his energy to leading the nation of Israel but little had changed. >> More


What's in a Name? ... from CSS Plus | Children's sermon | John 1:29-42 | Anna Shirey |

First Thoughts: In this passage we see lots of names and titles being handed out. John calls Jesus "Lamb of God," and the disciples call him "Rabbi" and "Messiah." Jesus even calls Simon "Cephas" or "Peter." Names >> More



Called to be faithful witnesses ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | John 1:29-42 | Sandra Herrmann |
Isaiah 49:1-7
The Servant's Mission (NRSV)
The Old Testament selection describes what it is to be called to be a prophet. Scholars refer to this author as Second Isaiah, the middle section, which begins with chapter 40. It was written during the exile, for the purpose of holding the Jewish captives in a community of faith, whereas the first part of Isaiah >> More


Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 (2014) ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | John 1:29-42 | Bob Ove | Mark Ellingsen |
Isaiah 49:1-7
Does God go back before we are born to make us his servant? My mother prayed that I would be a pastor and a missionary before I was born! I didn't get the message until I was about thirty! When I was ordained, my mom said to the lady next to her, "This is what I have prayed for >> More


A lamb was slaughtered... ... from Emphasis | Illustrations | John 1:29-42 | Bob Ove |
A lamb was slaughtered in remembrance of the escape from Egypt. It was also an emblem of patience, meekness, and suffering. It symbolized a willingness to die for others. It was a fitting symbol for Christ. He was sacrificed for us and our sin.

When John says "before" him, he meant long before and not just birth order. He hadn't seen >> More


Suffering and Serving, One and All ... from The Immediate Word | John 1:29-42 | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | Mary Austin | Ron Love |
We have all been stunned and horrified by the shooting rampage this past weekend in Arizona, which left a congresswoman critically wounded and killed a federal judge. That such an attack happened at a routine constituent event outside a supermarket is particularly troubling, as it strikes a blow at our ability to interact with the government officials who represent us >> More


Follow ... from CSS Plus | Gospel reading | John 1:29-42 | Leah Thompson |
The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. (v. 37)


Good morning, boys and girls! How are you this morning? (allow answers) How many of your parents go to vote every fall? (allow answers) Do you know what it means to vote? (allow answers) In the United States, we have elections to choose our leaders. We elect everyone >> More


Follow ... from CSS Plus | Activity | John 1:29-42 | Leah Thompson |
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME
AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME


Materials:
Construction paper
Colored pencils, pencils, markers, crayons
Examples of campaign signs, buttons, and stickers


Directions:
Have children create campaign signs for Jesus. If desired, have the class work as a group to come up with a campaign slogan, theme, and posters that they think reflects Jesus' mission. >> More


Becoming what we were meant to be ... from Emphasis | Charting the Course | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | John 1:29-42 | Wayne Brouwer | Schuyler Rhodes |
Mine is a family of book lovers. Early on, my wife and I encouraged our daughters to read and bought them books we thought they'd enjoy. It was no surprise to us that in their younger years the girls often chose books by the look of their covers. But as they grew to love the quality of the stories they >> More


... from Emphasis | Illustrations | Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 | John 1:29-42 |
Isaiah 49:1-7
So many of us fail to live up to our potential. We may get by, even contribute to some degree, but we simply do not perform as well as we can or perhaps should. Remember Sam Bowie? He had a decent career in the NBA, but in the draft class of 1984, he was taken ahead of (and perhaps >> More


... from Emphasis | Illustrations | John 1:29-42 | Craig Kelly |
Former Nazi concentration camps, such as the ones in Auschwitz and Birkenau, are now open to the public, with guided tours allowing visitors to see everything those prisoners had to endure. There have been many reports of people leaving those camps profoundly affected by what they saw, feeling the impact of those images long after they left.

Contrast that experience with >> More

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