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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
Comments on the Service
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
Comments on the Service
Memorial Day Weekend -- Roger Prescott, Anthology -- 1988
Comments on the Service
Fourth of July Weekend -- Charles Michael Mills, Anthology -- 1988
Comments on the Service
Flower Sharing Sunda -- Leonard H. Budd, Anthology -- 1988
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