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Where To Go When You Grieve -- Matthew 14:12 -- Barbara Brokhoff, Charles Cammarata -- 2006
For a forty-year-oldWhere To Go When You Grieve
Fasting In A Fast-food World -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17a -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 1991
If I told you that I have a sure-fire, effortless plan whereby you can lose 25 pounds, with no exerc
Easter - Fact And Fiction! -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Easter Day - C -- 1991
A Family Circus comic strip shows the children of the family on Easter morning.
Obedience Is An Ugly Word! -- Acts 5:27-32 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
A man, bragging on his dog, said, "He's a fine dog. He's so smart, and obedient, too.
"Because Of You," Or "In Spite Of You?" -- Acts 9:1-20 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
Saul's conversion is important to us because we are always wanting detailed accounts of the journey
A Word Of Encouragement! -- Acts 13:15-16, 26-33, [38-39] -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
There are a lot of folks around these days who seem to be ready to unload a bit of their discouragem
Beware! Caution! Danger! -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
We may not always heed warning signs, but we still like to feel we have been told of approaching dan
Grace Is An 'Inside Job!' -- Acts 15:1-2, 11, 22-29 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
We live in a high-gloss, fix-the-outside, cover-up-the-spots world.
The "Ups And Downs" Of The Ascension -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Ascension of the Lord - C -- 1991
Roller coasters are becoming more and more popular in America; they are being built taller, and long
Death Of A Dream - Birth Of A Church -- Genesis 11:1-9 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 1991
This Old Testament lesson is a story of failure, but there is a great truth for all of us in it.
Are You A Basket Case? -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- First Sunday in Lent - C -- 1991
We have a large, cylindrical basket by our fireplace which holds firewood.
The Problem With A Promise -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1991
You have all made promises; and kept them, but some you have broken.
A Fireside Chat -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 1991
Radio and television have introduced the nation to the fireside chat: dignitaries who sit down befor
Healing For The Past -- Joshua 5:9-12 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1991
Occasionally I hear a senior citizen complain, "I just can't remember names like I used to," or, "I
A "New And Improved" Jesus? -- Isaiah 43:16-21, 25 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1991
Next to "love," the word "new" is one of the most overworked words in our world.
Not "If" - But "How"? -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Passion Sunday - C -- 1991
There is no use in worrying needlessly. Some things you absolutely cannot change.
Fresh Bread And New Wine -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 1991
Stories of holy communion events abound.
The S & L That Didn't Fail! -- Isaiah 52:13-53:1-12 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Good Friday - C -- 1991
A Peanuts cartoon strip shows Charlie Brown and Linus as they summarize their team's baseball season
And You Thought God Didn't Care! -- Exodus 3:13-20 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A
Proper 12 (July 24-30)Ordinary Time 17Exodus 3:13-20
God of the Ordinary -- Exodus 14:19-31 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A
Some folks can look at something extraordinary, and write it off as commonplace.
So Soon We Forget! -- Exodus 16:2-15 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
So soon we forget!
Is God With You, Or Not? -- Exodus 17:1-7 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
A mortician tells of an incident on the way to a funeral one day.
Familiarity Breeds Contempt -- Exodus 19:16-24 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A
Our "take-it-or-leave-it" attitude concerning God is evidence that we do not always fully appreciate
One Commandment is Enough! -- Exodus 20:1-20 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Rules, commandments, and laws are nothing new.
Trouble on the Mountain -- Exodus 32:1-14 -- Barbara Brokhoff -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
A man was riding on a train.
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“There were so many people involved in the project I’m not sure I deserve to be singled out,” Jenny said.

“You deserve it and more,” Carl said from beside her. “Don’t be humble. You worked hard and should be thanked.”

“Thanked I can handle but all of this?” Jenny nodded toward the lavish reception which followed the surprise presentation. “Like I said in my speech there were many hands and gifts that went to make this outreach effort possible.”


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Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. (vv. 1-4)

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Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (vv. 11-12)

I have a few questions for you.

Have any of you ever been sick? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel lucky? (Let them respond.)

Have any of you ever gotten hurt? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel happy? (Let them respond.)


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Theme of the Day
Inspired by the saints and the love of God.

Collect of the Day
Acknowledging that God has knit His people together in one body, petitions are offered that the faithful might follow the saints in lives of faith and commitment and know the inexpressible joys prepared for those who love Him. Doctrines of Sanctification (construed as a Work of God), Church, and Eschatology are emphasized.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
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Pharisees Today

The Pharisees were real "good news/bad news" guys!

They were the undisputed authorities on the Jewish Scriptures, and the recognized spokespersons for Moses himself. "Do whatever they teach you and follow it," Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples (Matthew 23:3a). We hear so much about Jesus in conflict with the Pharisees, that sometimes we forget Jesus respectfully acknowledged their academic accomplishments and religious leadership.

The Village Shepherd

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Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

The Church of Christ

Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority

The local community

Those who suffer

The communion of saints

These responses may be used:

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

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