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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
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.
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
Fasting In A Fast-food World -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- 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
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.
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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During the time of the Reformation, John Foxe of England was impressed by the testimony of the early Christians. He gleaned the pages of early historical writings, and wrote a book that has become a classic in the church: Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

One story he tells is about an early church leader named Lawrence. Lawrence acted as a pastor for a church community. He also collected the offerings for the poor each week and that led to his death.

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Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we aren't good witnesses to you.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, forgive us for all those things we think and do which we know are wrong.


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The theme of 1 John all along has been the love of God. The author now expands that love in the phrase, "the children of God," and for the first time he considers what it means to be the children of God. Earlier, he presented love within the fellowship and now he speaks of the meaning of God's love for us and its implications for the future. The consequences and proof of the love of God are evident in being called "the children of God." He is careful to point out that the love of God is a gift; we do not earn it.
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Here's the scene. The disciples are huddled together and they have just heard Simon's account of experiencing the risen Christ when Cleopas and his companion enter and add word of their encounter with the risen Christ. Luke describes the scene like this: "While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' They were startled and terrified, and thought they were seeing a ghost" (v. 36).
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Theme: Responding to God with repentance

Call To Worship
Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!


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