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  • The Immediate Word

    Thomas Willadsen
    Dean Feldmeyer
    Mary Austin
    Christopher Keating
    George Reed
    Katy Stenta
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  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Bill Thomas
    Mark Ellingsen
    Bonnie Bates
    Frank Ramirez
    Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)
    The IF-THEN command is essential in computer programming. IF the result of a calculation is “this,” THEN perform the next function. If not, then do something else. Or do nothing. And scripture has some interesting IF-THEN’s. In this passage from Isaiah people are asking what’s wrong with their programming. “Why do we fast, but you do not see? Why...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    David Kalas
    We have an idiom in our day that was born in the church but has worked its way into the broader culture. The idiomatic phrase is “preaching to the choir.” Within the church context, of course, the choir represented the faithful ones, the people who were always there. To preach to the choir, therefore, was to say things to people who didn’t really need to hear it. These are the people who were...
  • StoryShare

    John E. Sumwalt
    You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. (v. 13)

    Ruth Anderson, a long-time leader of Willow Valley United Methodist Church in Ithaca, Wisconsin, was struck and killed by a car while crossing the road to the mailbox in front of their farm home....
  • CSSPlus

    John Jamison
    Object: A flashlight or other light, and something to put it under. A basket or bucket, or even a piece of cloth could work.

    * * *

    Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) Are you ready to hear today’s story? (Let them respond.) Let’s get started!

    One day, Jesus was by the Sea of Galilee and a big crowd of people came to hear what he...
  • The Village Shepherd

    Janice B. Scott
    An abiding memory of my childhood is of my father in the garden. He was a great gardener, probably because his father before him was a nurseryman, so my father had grown up amongst plants and flowers. He particularly loved growing vegetables, so every summer we were swamped with tomatoes and runner beans, because they grew best in our type of soil, London clay.

    We ate to bursting...
  • SermonStudio

    Elizabeth Achtemeier
    In the church, we speak often of "salvation." But what do we mean by that term? Certainly several different meanings are given us in the scriptures. The Apostle Paul understood "salvation" to include our resurrection from the dead, our vindication in Christ at the last judgment, and our entrance into the eternal Kingdom of God. And certainly Third Isaiah's understanding is preparatory for that,...
  • SermonStudio

    Timothy J. Smith
    Many people have come to rely on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to travel from one place to another. GPS is especially helpful when you are traveling in an area that you are unfamiliar with. By typing in the address of your destination, the GPS will inform you where and when to turn. If you miss a turn it will recalculate your position and get you back on course. The GPS will get you to your...
  • SermonStudio

    Susan R. Andrews
    There is, in this congregation, a running conversation as to what to call this structural wonder that rises above my head. Is it a dome? Or is it a lantern? The answer, of course, is both/and, depending on your perspective. It is a modern dome - the 1960s version of those elegant Byzantine basilicas that grace much of Europe, reminiscent of glittery mosaics and luminous paintings proclaiming the...
  • SermonStudio

    Amy C. Schifrin
    Martha Shonkwiler
    Order For Confession And Forgiveness
    P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.
    C: Amen.

    P: God calls us from our rebellion, from our bondage of sin to seek him and to delight in his ways. He calls us to fast in humility, to serve our neighbor, to share our bread with the hungry, and to bring the homeless poor into our houses. He calls...

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