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  • The Immediate Word

    First Sunday of Advent - B
    Thomas Willadsen
    Dean Feldmeyer
    Mary Austin
    Christopher Keating
    George Reed
    For November 29, 2020:
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    First Sunday of Advent - B
    David Kalas
    For all the years that I have been a parent, I have taken pleasure in buying Advent calendars for our family. Most years, I have bought the simple, two-dimensional types, featuring some seasonal picture and twenty-five paper “windows” that can be opened, revealing perhaps other pictures, scripture verses, or song lyrics. I find Advent calendars so irresistible, in fact, that some years I have...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    First Sunday of Advent - B
    Bill Thomas
    Frank Ramirez
    Bonnie Bates
    Mark Ellingsen
    Ron Love
    Isaiah 64:1-9
    With all the trials Americans endured in 2020, there is a sense of hopelessness floating in the air. A University of Chicago poll in April that found two in three Americans felt hopeless. A June Pew Research Center poll reported almost the same results on the question of fear about the state of the nation. The presidential election has not changed the American...
  • StoryShare

    First Sunday of Advent - B
    David O. Bales
    Peter Andrew Smith
    Contents
    “Responding To Signs Of The End” by David O. Bales
    “Preparation For More Than A Marathon” by David O. Bales
    “Waiting with Hope” by Peter Andrew Smith


    Responding To Signs Of The End
    by David O. Bales
    Mark 13:24-37

    On Sunday, October 14, 1935, Glenn would r ather have been in worship. But he...
  • CSSPlus

    First Sunday of Advent - B
    John Jamison
    Objects: You will need three objects:

    1) A box with the word “WAIT!” written on the side of it in big letters. The box should be big enough to hold a collection of “gifts” you will give the children when you do finally open it. Fun gifts might be things like noisemakers or other party-favors so you can all celebrate the fact that the box has been “finally” opened. You...
  • The Village Shepherd

    First Sunday of Advent - B
    Janice B. Scott

    Jane was in her sixties, looking forward to the time when her husband finally retired and they could begin to do more things together. They lived in a remote Norfolk village without even a shop, with almost no bus service and with no other means of public transport, but thankfully, they had their own car. Jane had never learned to drive, but with Raymond around all the time...

  • SermonStudio

    First Sunday of Advent - B
    Michael D. Wuchter
    Advent is the time of waiting, of wishing, and of wanting an intervention. Advent is a whisper, or a cry, or a prayer of "Come, Lord Jesus!"

    As our member and artist, Teri, stated visually and verbally on our bulletin cover this morning, "Oh, that you would burst forth from the skies and come down ..." (Isaiah 64:1 TLB) or as the New Revised Standard Version translated the Hebrew of...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Thanksgiving Day - A
    David Coffin
    Three generations of family are gathering for their traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. They serve a potluck style dinner with the foods on the kitchen counters, with people filling their plates and sitting at respective places around the house. Some eat at the kitchen table, while others eat in the dining room. Still another group chooses to take their plate to the living room and sit in front of...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Thanksgiving Day - A
    Mark Ellingsen
    Ron Love
    Bill Thomas
    Frank Ramirez
    Bonnie Bates
    Deuteronomy 8:7-18
    After reviewing all the things wrong with America during the election cycle, some of us are likely not to be as thankful for our nation and our lives as we should. Thanksgiving then comes as a good antidote this year. But it seems problematic, perhaps, to identify the holiday with this text that seems to relate giving thanks to keeping the Ten...
  • CSSPlus

    Thanksgiving Day - A
    John Jamison
    One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him — and he was a Samaritan.

    Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?
    (vv. 15-17)

    Hi everyone! I have a question for you. Have you ever forgotten to say “Thank you” to someone? Maybe someone did something nice for...
  • StoryShare

    Thanksgiving Day - A
    C. David Mckirachan
    Frank Ramirez
    Contents
    “Tangled Up in Stuff” by C. David McKirachan
    “Foundations of Our Gratitude” by C. David McKirachan
    “Cheerful Givers” by Frank Ramirez


    Tangled Up in Stuff
    by C. David McKirachan
    Deuteronomy 8:7-18

    Here we are on Thanksgiving Day. But who are we thanking? That is the central question for us...
  • SermonStudio

    Thanksgiving Day - A
    David G. Rogne
    On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned...

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