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Arley K. Fadness

Arley K. Fadness is a retired ELCA pastor who has served numerous Lutheran parishes in South Dakota and Minnesota. He is currently a member of Custer Lutheran Fellowship in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Pastor Fadness is a congregational consultant who coaches churches in visioning processes, and he also conducts leadership retreats and workshops on “Finding Your True Flair.” A graduate of Augustana College, Luther Theological Seminary, and McCormick Theological Seminary, Fadness is the author of several CSS titles, including Blueprints For Advent and Christmas, Blueprints for Lent, Six Spiritual Needs in America Today, Holy Moses, Hey Joseph!, and Where’s Noah? He is also a contributing author to Sermons on the First Readings (Series I, Cycle A).
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Who, Who, Who Is Jesus' Family? -- Mark 3:20-35 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - B -- 2018
“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (v.35)
Mother's Day -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Arley K. Fadness -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
“...blessed are you among women...” (V. 42b)
The Kingdom Grows -- Mark 4:26-34 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - B -- 2018
The kingdom of God... is like a mustard seed....” (v.31)
The Very Best Boating Companion of All -- Mark 4:35-41 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 2018
“And they were filled with great awe...who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey
Touch You First! -- Mark 5:21-43 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2018
“At this they were overcome with amazement.” (v. 42b)
Chosen and Sent -- Matched and Dispatched -- Mark 6:1-13 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B -- 2018
“He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over th
Truth Tellers -- Mark 6:14-29 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - B -- 2018
“It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” (v. 15b)
Sad to Glad -- Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - B -- 2018
“...all who touched it were healed...” (v. 56b)
Lunch for a Bunch -- John 6:1-21 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
“...the people saw the sign that he had done...”
Delicious Bread -- Good, Better, and Best -- John 6:24-35 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2018
“...I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry...” (v.
Forever Bread -- John 6:35, 41-51 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 2018
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven.” (v. 51a)
Rock Star Disciple -- John 6:56-69 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 2018
“You have the words of eternal life.” (v. 68b)
Follow me Kids!  -- Jesus -- John 1:43-51 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 2018
“Jesus said to Philip, 'follow me.'” (v. 43b)
What's Inside a Faithful Heart -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2018
“....from the human heart...” (v. 21a)
Let's Go Fishing -- Mark 1:14-20 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B -- 2018
“And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you fish for people.'” (v.
Looking For The Holy Spirit -- John 20:19-23 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Day of Pentecost - A -- 2017
When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, 'receive the Holy Spirit.' (v.
Go And Lo -- Matthew 28:16-20 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - A -- 2017
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations....and lo I am with you always...” (v.
Lost And Found -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23) -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2017
“As you go, proclaim the good news, 'The Kingdom of Heaven has come near”

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Listening Loudly -- Mark 9:2-9 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Transfiguration Sunday - B -- 2018
“This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” (v. 7b)
Great Greatness -- Mark 9:30-37 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B -- 2018
“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name, welcomes me...” (v.37a)
Sprinkle, Sparkle -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
“Salt is good; (v. 50a)

Good morning boys and girls,
Watching -- Luke 21:25-36 -- Arley K. Fadness -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
A Road For The King -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Good morning boys and girls,
Sad to Glad -- Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - B -- 2018
“...all who touched it were healed...” (v. 56b)
Lunch for a Bunch -- John 6:1-21 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
“...the people saw the sign that he had done...”



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 “Sir, let it alone for one more year...”

Happy day children,

It's lovely to see you today. How are you? (children respond)

I am so happy to have you join me for this message from the Bible.

First I want to ask you what is your favorite fruit? (children respond) Why is _____ your favorite fruit? (each child responds as he/she chooses)

My favorite fruit is ___________. Know why? It's because _______________.

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Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.

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