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Jesus' Grief And Yours -- Isaiah 61:1, Psalm 121 -- Anthology -- 1998
for an elderly church memberCharles J. Lopez, Jr.
A Time To Be Born, A Time To Die -- John 14:1-6, 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13, Psalm 23 -- Anthology -- 1998
for an elderly church memberCharles J. Lopez, Jr.
Life's Short Circuit -- Revelation 14:13 -- Anthology -- 1998
for an elderly electrician and church memberLawrence H. Craig
Fishing With A Harmonica -- Matthew 4:18-20 -- Anthology -- 1998
for an elderly outdoorsman and church memberLawrence H. Craig
Jesus Called To He -- Luke 13:12 -- Anthology -- 1998
for an active church member who had a long struggle with cancerT. A. Kantonen
Amazing Grace -- Anthology -- 1998
for a charter member of the churchJames W. Robinson
The Victory -- Anthology -- 1998
for a church member who suffered a heart attackRobert S. Kinsey
When A Christian Dies -- Anthology -- 1998
Sunday sermon after a member's death in church the previous Sunday
Loaned Or Owned? -- 2 Samuel 12:18-23 -- Anthology -- 1998
for an infantOle Winter
God Promises, Promises! -- John 14:2-3 -- Anthology -- 1998
a funeral meditationJohn R. Brokhoff
Death Shows No Partiality -- Anthology -- 1998
for a little childJames W. Robinson
No Easy Words Of Comfort -- Matthew 18:10 -- Anthology -- 1998
for a six--year--old child struck by a carDavid A. MacLennan
Lean On God -- Isaiah 40:3-11 -- Anthology -- 1998
for a non--ChristianJoe BaroneCALL TO WORSHIP
God Provides -- Matthew 14:13-21 -- Anthology -- 1998
for a person the minister did not knowJoe BaroneCALL TO WORSHIP
The Predictables Of Life In The Midst Of Death -- Anthology -- 1998
for a nominal church memberJames W. Robinson
God's Wonderful Plans -- Anthology -- 1998
for a young war veteran who died in a motorcycle accident near his home
Finding Support -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Psalm 129, Romans 8:31-39, John 14:1-14 -- Anthology -- 1998
for a young mother who fought cancer for six yearsElizabeth E. Conroy
When We See Death -- 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 -- Anthology -- 1998
sermon to college studentsHarold C. Warlick, Jr.
We Remember And Anticipate -- Psalm 23 -- Anthology -- 1998
for a neighbor, friend, and momMichael B. Brown
Reservations For God's Children -- Hebrews 11:13-16 -- Anthology -- 1998
for one who loved the LordFrank H. Seilhamer
Wedding Prayer -- Kenneth E. Crouch, Anthology -- 1994
After the prayer of invocation:
Your Gifts To Each Other -- Ephesians 5:33 -- Ronald K. Brooks, Anthology -- 1994
I love weddings! I love everything about them.
A Couple Who Do Feet -- Anthology -- 1994
(Adapted from imagery created by Harry Wendt of Crossways International)
Dressing For The Marriage -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- Mary Venema Swierenga, Anthology -- 1994
For A Protestant--Catholic Marriage
From Two To One -- B. David Hostetter, Anthology -- 1994
(May be read when the marriage candle is lit from two individual or family candles.)

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Labor Day Weekend -- Roger Prescott, Anthology -- 1988
Comments on the Service
Rally Day -- James Weekley, Anthology -- 1988
Comments on the Service
Cheerful Giving -- Anthology, B. David Hostetter -- 1988
Order of Service"Cheerful Giving"CALL TO WORSHIP
The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- John H. Krahn, Anthology, Michael L. Sherer -- 1988
Comments on the Service, the Order of Worship, and the Children's Message were prepared by Michael L
Week of Prayer For Christian Unity -- Leonard H. Budd, Anthology -- 1988
Comments on the Service
James Weekley, Anthology -- 1988
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Mother's Day -- B. David Hostetter, Anthology -- 1988
Order of WorshipPRELUDE Songs My Mother Taught Me - Dvorak
The Celebration of Confirmation -- Heth H. Corl, Anthology -- 1988
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Memorial Day Weekend -- Roger Prescott, Anthology -- 1988
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Fourth of July Weekend -- Charles Michael Mills, Anthology -- 1988
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Flower Sharing Sunda -- Leonard H. Budd, Anthology -- 1988
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Call to Worship:
Jesus told the people to report what they saw; that the blind were receiving their sight, the lame were walking, the deaf were hearing and poor were hearing good news. In our worship today, let us explore whether that is still true in our society today.
Invitation to Confession:
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Charles L. Aaron, Jr.
How different things must have looked for John behind prison walls. If ever the word "free spirit" applied to anyone, it applied to John. He said what he wanted to say, without holding back. If the scholars are correct that he was an Essene, then he had gone into the wilderness specifically to get away from everyone. The Essenes wanted to worship their way, with no interference from anyone. Now, those prison walls confined John.

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Tony S. Everett
Our text centers on God's promised action in the wilderness. Have you ever seen photographs of the wilderness areas in the land of the Bible; for example today's Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Iran? The wilderness is a rocky, dry, and barren space. In the same day, temperatures may vary from a blazing 100 degrees Fahrenheit to nearly freezing. Food and water are scarce. Wild beasts and even bandits prowl around seeking to devour unsuspecting travelers. The wilderness can be a very scary and lonely space.
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Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (UM216, PH48, NCH211, NCH127)
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Psalter 146 (UM858, PH254)
My Soul Gives Glory To My God (UM198, PH600, CBH119)
Prepare The Way, O Zion (PH13)
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (UM196, PH1, NCH178, CBH122)
O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing (CBH110, PH466, NCH110, CBH42)
Santo, Santo, Santo (CBH400, NCH400, UM65)

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