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B. David Hostetter

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PROPER 6 -- 1 Kings 19:1-8, Psalm 42, Galatians 2:15-21 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - C -- 1985
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PROPER 7 -- 1 Kings 19:9-14, Psalm 43, Galatians 3:23-29 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1985
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FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-10, Luke 21:25-36 -- B. David Hostetter -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
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PROPER 8 -- 1 Kings 19:15-21, Psalm 44:1-8, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 1985
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CHRISTMAS EVE -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- B. David Hostetter -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1985
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PROPER 9 -- 1 Kings 21:1-3, 17-21, Psalm 5:1-8, Galatians 6:7-18, Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 1985
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CHRISTMAS DAY -- Isaiah 62:6-7, 112, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:8-20 -- B. David Hostetter -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1985
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PROPER 10 -- 2 Kings 2:1, 6-14, Psalm 139:1-12, Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10:25-37 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 1985
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FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS -- 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26, Psalm 111, Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:41-52 -- B. David Hostetter -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 1985
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PROPER 11 -- 2 Kings 4:8-17, Psalm 139:13-18, Colossians 1:21-29, Luke 10:38-42 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP(Responsively)Hear the proclamation of Christ,
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS -- Jeremiah 31:7-14, Psalm 147:12-20, Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18, John 1:1-18 -- B. David Hostetter -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIPSing out your praises and say,GOD HAS SAVED HIS PEOPLE.
SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Malachi 3:1-4, Psalm 126, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- B. David Hostetter -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP
THE EPIPHANY -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-14, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany of the Lord - C -- 1985
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PROPER 12 -- 2 Kings 5:1-lab, Psalm 21:1-7, Colossians 2:6-15, Luke 11:1-13 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP(Responsively)Human as we are, let us intercede with God
Baptism of Our Lord -- Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 29, Acts 8:14-17, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 -- B. David Hostetter -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 1985
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PROPER 13 -- 2 Kings 13:ll-20a, Psalm 28, Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP(Responsively)Hear this, all you people,
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, John 2:1-11 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1985
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PROPER 14 -- Jeremiah 18:1-11, Psalm 14, Luke 12:32-40 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP(Responsively)Have reverence for the Lord, all the earth!
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19:7-14, Luke 4:14-21 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1985
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PROPER 15 -- Jeremiah 20:7-13, Psalm 10:12-18, Luke 12:49-56 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1985
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FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Jeremiah 1:4-10, Psalm 71:1-6, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 4:21-30 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1985
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PROPER 16 -- Jeremiah 28:1-9, Psalm 84, Hebrews 12:18-29, Luke 13:22-30 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP(Responsively)Come,everyone.COME TO BOW DOWN BEFORE GOD,
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13), Psalm 138, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Luke 5:1-11 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1985
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PROPER 17 -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29, Psalm 15, Hebrews 13:1-8, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP
SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, Luke 6:17-26 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - C -- 1985
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From Two To One -- B. David Hostetter, Anthology -- 1994
(May be read when the marriage candle is lit from two individual or family candles.)
Hallowed Ground -- B. David Hostetter, Anthology -- 1994
This is hallowed groundCreated from nothingBut the thought of God

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NEW YEAR'S EVE/DAY -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-13, Revelation 21:1-6a, Matthew 25:31-46, Psalm 8 -- B. David Hostetter -- New Year's Day - C -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPWorship God, our Sovereign, with reverence for the majesty of
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Jonah 3:1-5, 10, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, Mark 1:14-20, Psalm 62:5-12 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPLet your heart wait silently before God; our hope of salvation is
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Deuteronomy 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28, Psalm 111 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPHappy is the person who takes delight in the word of the Lord and
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Isaiah 40:21-31, 1 Corinthians 9:16-23, Mark 1:29-39, Psalm 147:1-11, 20c -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPO praise the Lord. How good it is to sing psalms to our God!
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- B. David Hostetter -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPWait expectantly for our Lord Jesus Christ to reveal himself. He
SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- 2 Kings 5:1-14, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Mark 1:40-45, Psalm 30 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPRejoice and be glad, good people, sing aloud before our
SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 -- B. David Hostetter -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPHear the words of the Lord. Are they not words of peace, peace
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Isaiah 43:18-25, 2 Corinthians 1:18-22, Mark 2:1-12, Psalm 41 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPIn Christ Jesus every one of God's promises is a "Yes." For this
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 -- B. David Hostetter -- Third Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPTell out the greatness of the Lord. Rejoice in God your Savior.
EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Hosea 2:14-20, 2 Corinthians 3:1-6, Mark 2:18-22, Psalm 103:1-13, 22 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPBless God from your innermost heart and hallow God's name,
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16, Romans 16:25-27 -- B. David Hostetter -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPHappy are the people who have learned to give acclaim to God, and
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT -- Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15, Psalm 25:1-10 -- B. David Hostetter -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPLook for signs of the covenant which God makes with us and our
ALL SAINTS' -- Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 24, Revelation 21:1-6a -- B. David Hostetter -- All Saints Day - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPGod has spoken. Let us be glad and rejoice in the salvation of
THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT -- Exodus 20:1-17, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:13-22 -- B. David Hostetter -- Third Sunday in Lent - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPGod calls us to faith in the Christ nailed to the cross, as
ASCENSION DAY -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53, Psalm 47 -- B. David Hostetter -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIP and INVOCATIONLet us worship God.Let us pray
FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT -- Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10, John 3:14-21, Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 -- B. David Hostetter -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPDo not avoid the light of God but expose yourself to it. Come to
CHRIST THE KING -- 2 Samuel 23:1-7, Revelation 1:4b-8 -- B. David Hostetter -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPHoliness is the beauty of God's temple while time shall last.
FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT -- Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12:20-33 -- B. David Hostetter -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPCome to see Jesus, even though his glory is a cross and to follow
EASTER -- Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- B. David Hostetter -- Easter Day - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIP (responsively)This is the day on which the Lord has acted:
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, John 1:43-51, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIP (responsively)God's face shines upon us in Christ.
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER -- Acts 4:32-35, Psalm 133 -- B. David Hostetter -- Second Sunday of Easter - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPHear and read what is written down in the gospel of John in order
NINTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Deuteronomy 5:12-15, 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6, Psalm 81:1-10 -- B. David Hostetter -- Transfiguration Sunday - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPWorship the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER -- Acts 3:12-19, Psalm 4, 1 John 3:1-7 -- B. David Hostetter -- Third Sunday of Easter - B -- 1993
*CALL TO WORSHIPGod is everywhere. Pause here to be armed with the power from
ASH WEDNESDAY -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, Psalm 51:1-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- B. David Hostetter -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIP Take joy in your salvation and be willing to
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER -- Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23, 1 John 3:16-24 -- B. David Hostetter -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPApproach God with confidence. Do what God approves and ask what
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If we must suffer, let it be for Jesus. If we are mocked, let it be for the Lord. If we are excluded, or hunted, or cast out from the midst of friends and family, let it be because our service to God upsets the comfortable order and calls all to repentance and service! Let us be God's people today.

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Be present with us, Lord, today,
In all your minister might say,
In all your songs call from our heart,
In all your children's scribbled art.
In all the adults' restlessness,

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