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  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Easter Day - C
    Illustration
    Mark Ellingsen
    Ron Love
    Bonnie Bates
    Bill Thomas
    Frank Ramirez
    Bob Ove
    Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18
    In many European countries, early on Easter Monday, the girls come out of their homes wearing traditional red, black and white folkloric dress. The young men walk down the streets, also in traditional dress of high black boots, black hats, white shirts and cream-colored trousers. The men follow the girls playing instruments and the older women of...
  • The Immediate Word

    Easter Day - C
    Children's sermon, Illustration, Preaching, Sermon, Worship
    Dean Feldmeyer
    Mary Austin
    Christopher Keating
    Ron Love
    Thomas Willadsen
    George Reed
    Bethany Peerbolte
    For April 21, 2019:
    • Why Are You Weeping? by Dean Feldmeyer — One of the reasons it’s so hard to visualize a risen Christ is that we’ve hidden him behind a mountain of hollow, milk chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chickens.
    • Black Holes and Empty Tombs...
  • CSSPlus

    Easter Day - C
    Children's sermon
    Arley K. Fadness
    “I have seen the Lord.” (v. 18)

    Happy Easter morning boys and girls,

    Today I have the best news ever to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond) First, notice I have a container (box or can) with a lid on it. Inside we will find ____________.  (for example: oreo cookies, legos etc.)

    So let's see what...
  • StoryShare

    Easter Day - C
    Stories
    C. David Mckirachan
    Frank Ramirez

    This Doesn’t Make Sense

    by C. David McKirachan
    Acts 10:34-43

    Resurrection is weird, to say the least. It violates the basic rule of life. Rules are easy to break. A simple lapse or a conspiracy, we’ve known both. We’ve experienced both. We’ve been a part of both. Perhaps with glee, perhaps with anxiety and pain, the boundaries of rules are...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Easter Day - C
    Commentary
    Frank Ramirez
    It can not only be hard, but in some cases not possible to say much at all on Easter morning, what with Easter Breakfast, perhaps a cantata, a children’s choir, and an Easter egg hunt swallowing up any space you might have for preaching. But this is the central message of our faith. Jesus is Risen. This changes everything.

    Now do not despair. You can preach Easter every Sunday. For...
  • The Village Shepherd

    Easter Day - C
    Sermon
    Janice B. Scott
    We Christians are often reckoned to be a sad bunch, at least in the opinion of non-Christian western society. And sometimes, I think they're right. We must seem a bit pathetic to normal red-blooded human beings as we go to church each Sunday, singing hymns and indulging in all kinds of odd rituals, when we could be cleaning the car or shopping or playing sport or otherwise enjoying...
  • SermonStudio

    Easter Day - C
    Preaching
    Carlos Wilton
    Theme For The Day
    Our culture still "seeks the living among the dead" as it pursues security, comfort, and pleasure.

    First Lesson
    Acts 10:34-43
    Peter's Easter Testimony
    This passage occurs in all three annual cycles of the lectionary for this day. There was a famous series of guest columns in the journal, The Christian Century, titled...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Good Friday - C
    Illustration
    Bonnie Bates
    Bob Ove
    Frank Ramirez
    Mark Ellingsen
    Ron Love
    Bill Thomas
    Isaiah 52:13--53:12
    The prophet’s words in Isaiah speak volumes about Jesus. If you read the words through our lens from the 21st century, it is clear these words describe the humble birth and beginnings of the life of Jesus, the humble life of ministry he shared, the scorn and ridicule her received from the powerful, and the tortuous end of his life. Be from our...
  • StoryShare

    Good Friday - C
    Stories
    Keith Hewitt
    David O. Bales
    Contents
    "Reflections of Grief" by Keith Hewitt
    "Bearing Our Infirmities" by David O. Bales
    "Abandoned?" by David O. Bales


    Reflections of Grief
    by Keith Hewitt
    John 18:1--19:42

    In my dream, the world is a twilight place of indifferent light and long shadows that lie about like litter, carelessly cast to the ground...
  • CSSPlus

    Good Friday - C
    Children's sermon
    Arley K. Fadness
    “When Jesus had received the wine, he said,'it is finished,' then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.'”

    Good Friday morning (evening) children,

    Today I am feeling very quiet. You know why? It is a holy day, a somber day.

    How are you feeling? (children respond) We call it Good Friday. That's a strange name for a sad day isn'...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Good Friday - C
    Commentary
    David Kalas
    From time to time, I’ll hear someone ask a speculative question that begins, “If a space alien showed up on earth, what would he think about...” The idea is to try to imagine what an outsider sees. If we could find someone without any familiarity or preconceived notions, what would he or she see and think.

    With some matters, we may not need a space alien. In the increasingly “post...
  • SermonStudio

    Good Friday - C
    Sermon
    Donald Charles Lacy
    So much happening in so little time! We are left gasping for breath. We stagger under the weight of the mighty arm of historical occurrence. You and I praise God because we know the rest of the story. Those present did not know how things would turn out. They must have been like awestruck children nearing exasperation.

    Those of us who have read and perhaps studied the great writers...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Maundy Thursday - C
    Illustration
    Ron Love
    Bonnie Bates
    Bill Thomas
    Bob Ove
    Frank Ramirez
    Mark Ellingsen
    Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14
    The Pittsburgh Pirates had their last great baseball season in 1979. The Pirates had 98 wins and 64 losses that year and captured the National League East Division title by two games over the Montreal Expos. The Pirates then beat the Cincinnati Reds to win their ninth National League title, and they defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win their...
  • StoryShare

    Maundy Thursday - C
    Stories
    Keith Wagner
    Contents
    "Love Conquers All" by Keith Wagner
    "Being together gives us Hope" by Keith Wagner



    Love Conquers All
    by Keith Wagner
    Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

    For me, the heart of the psalmist’s message is his willingness to be a faithful servant, making commitments to God through sacrifice and love. It takes courage to...
  • CSSPlus

    Maundy Thursday - C
    Children's sermon
    Arley K. Fadness
    “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.” (v. 14)

    Good morning beautiful children,

    Did you notice? I called you “beautiful children?” (children respond) Well I meant it. And I have a reason to call you “beautiful.”  But first, if you were playing outside on a hot summer day and you...
  • Emphasis Preaching Journal

    Maundy Thursday - C
    Commentary
    Wayne Brouwer
    In the blackness, in the bleakness, we need to sense God’s presence. We need to know that God is there, even if, like Job, we do not understand what is happening around us and inside of us. “The restless millions wait for the Light,” says George Bernanos, “Whose dawning maketh all things new.”

    This is the dilemma of Israel in Egypt. This is the struggle of life in Corinth. This is the...
  • SermonStudio

    Maundy Thursday - C
    Sermon
    David Kalas
    We have a table before us. It is a familiar table; we have gathered around it together countless times before. It features the cherished elements of bread and wine; and taken together, those elements on this table form a sacrament.

    Across the many traditions within the Christian church, we call this sacrament by different names. The Roman Catholics refer to the Mass, while the Eastern...

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