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People Over Plans -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2013
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Worth the Effort -- Luke 4:1-13 -- Anna Shirey -- First Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
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Who's in Front? -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2013
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Gathering Under God's Wings -- Luke 13:31-35 -- Anna Shirey -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
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Counting the Cost -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2013
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Waiting for Fruit -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Anna Shirey -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
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The Lost Is Found! -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2013
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A Tale of Two Brothers -- Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 -- Anna Shirey -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
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The Kindness Wheel -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2013
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Love Begins at Home -- John 12:1-8 -- Anna Shirey -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
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We Remember -- Luke 22:14--23:56 -- Anna Shirey -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2013
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The Greatest Abyss -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2013
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Resting in Green Pastures -- Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - B -- 2012
First Thoughts: Our passage from Mark shows Jesus doing something he did frequently, but also
Who's the Main Attraction? -- John 6:1-21 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2012
First Thoughts: This passage from John has a lot in it, and it is tempting for us to focus on
Bread that Makes Hungry -- John 6:24-35 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2012
First Thoughts: Often we hear faith described as a solution to a problem, such as helping us
Wearing the Right Glasses -- John 6:35, 41-51 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 2012
First Thoughts: This passage from John is a continuation of Jesus' earlier discourse on being
My Father's Business -- Luke 2:41-52 -- Anna Shirey -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2012
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Feasting on Wisdom -- John 6:51-58 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B -- 2012
First Thoughts: We're going to examine this passage from John through the lens of the other l
Christ Is Born! -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Anna Shirey -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2012
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Sticking With It! -- John 6:56-69 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 2012
First Thoughts: In this passage from John we see an interesting dynamic among those who are f
Making Room -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Anna Shirey -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
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Shaking Things Up -- Mark 7:14-15, 21-23 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2012
First Thoughts: In this Mark passage we see Jesus struggling once again with his old debate p
Waiting for God -- Luke 25:25-36 -- Anna Shirey -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
First Thoughts: Advent gives us a great opportunity to participate in the spiritual practice
Open Your Ears! -- Mark 7:24-37 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B -- 2012
First Thoughts: Here we have an interesting combination of healing stories.
Keep Your Eyes Open! -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Anna Shirey -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
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Waking Up to Racism
by John Sumwalt
Psalm 98

Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.
(vv. 8-9)

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In the mid-1960s, a popular song declared, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of.”1 It was an era of both national and international unrest. And the American landscape was reeling from the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and opposition to both. Amidst headlines so marked by unrest and division, therefore, the sentiment of the song struck a chord with an American audience. 
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Acts 10:44-48
Prejudice is always wrong. Nat King Cole is a well-known artist who was the first African American to host his own national television program. In 1948, he purchased a beautiful home in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood. When the local neighborhood association confronted him and informed him it didn’t want any undesirables to move in, Cole responded, “Neither do I. If I see any coming in here, I’ll be the first to complain.” He lived in that house until his death in 1965.

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John Jamison
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

Hi, everyone! (Let them respond.)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.

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John E. Sumwalt
Jo Perry-sumwalt
One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
God's love brings us together.

Collect of the Day
It is noted that God has prepared great joy for those who love Him. Petitions are then offered that such love may be poured into the hearts of the faithful so that they may obtain these promises. Justification as a reward for our deeds (love) is communicated by this prayer.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 98
Stan Purdum
(See Christmas Day, Cycles A and B, for alternative approaches.)

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Once upon a time a great and powerful king ruled over a vast territory. There was something very strange about this kingdom, however -- everything was the same. The people ate the same food, drank the same drink, wore the same clothes, and lived in the same type of homes. The people even did all the same work. There was another oddity about this place. Everything was gray -- the food, the drink, the clothes, the houses; there were no other colors.

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