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Calls To Worship For Lent -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
L: Come!P: We come from lives of loneliness, pain and human loss to this
Prayers Of Confession And Pardon For Easter -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Holy God, before whom we kneel in awe, we confess that we have
Prayers of Dedication For Easter -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
O God, guide of the meek and helper of all persons, we come now
Ash Wednesday -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Reader 1: Beware of practicing your piety before others in order
Lent 1 -- Matthew 4:1-11 -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Reader 1: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness
Lent 2 -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Reader: Then Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must
Lent 3 -- John 2:13-22 -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Reader 1: The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to
Lent 4 -- Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Reader 1: Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him
Lent 5 -- John 12:20-33 -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Reader 1: Now among those who went up to worship at the festival
Palm Sunday -- Matthew 21:1-11 -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Reader 1: When Jesus and the disciples drew near to Jerusalem and
Maundy Thursday -- John 13:1-17, 31-35 -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Reader 1: Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew
Benedictions for Lent -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
M: Brothers and Sisters, go now to work in and for Jesus Christ alone.
Good Friday -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Reader 1: After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with
Easter -- Luke 24:1-2 -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Reader 1: But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they
Common Prayers for Lent -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Righteous God, searcher and reader of our hearts, create in us
Prayers Of Confession And Pardon For Lent -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Righteous God, our refuge and our strength; mightily we have
Prayers Of Dedication For Lent -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Out of the storms of life, you O God, have spoken to us and for
Lent -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
M: The Lord be with you.P: And also with you.M: Let us pray;
Calls To Worship For Easter -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
L: Adonai is my strength and my song, and Jesus Christ is my salvation!
Benedictions For Easter -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
M: Go out in joy to love and serve God in all that you do.
Common Prayers For Easter -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Glorious God, sovereign eternal, enlighten the eyes of our hearts

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Good Friday -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Craig M. Sweet -- 1994
Reader 1: After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with
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John Jamison
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(vv. 16-21)

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  • Second Thoughts: A Healthy Body by Tom Willadsen — Imagine the whole church being able to act in coordination, as a healthy body, because everyone recognizes the collective, communal health depends on the responsible choices individuals make.

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David Kalas
I’ve attended a lot of NFL games over the years. I lived in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1980s, when the Browns were often fielding an exciting and competitive team. And now, for the past decade, I have been living in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where the Packers have enjoyed a lot of winning seasons. And so, I’ve been fortunate to watch a lot of good football in person.
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
In a comment which explains a lot of what is happening in contemporary America, the Greek philosopher Aristotle observed, “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” Mahatma Gandhi is said to have observed that “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

Singer-songwriter Bono observed in a comment in accord with a Christian reading of this lesson (esp.vv.9-10): “To me a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor... it’s nothing.” The initiator of black theology James Cone made a similar comment: 

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Peter Andrew Smith
“No problem.” Carl held up his hands. “If you tell me as the senior minister that I need to wait to hold the session until later in the week, then that is what we’ll do.”

Pastor Luke frowned. “Jack told me you were adamant that you had to start on Tuesday night --otherwise nothing would work properly.”

“Well.” Carl rubbed his neck. “It would make things easier if we didn’t have to delay. I mean, we have the promotional material all done up for the rally and we are talking to speakers.”

“Yet it is not impossible for you to move to a different date?”

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
When Jesus chose that particular passage from Isaiah, he went to the heart of his gospel - an option for the poor. But the existence of large numbers of poor keep comfortable people comfortable, so he was immediately marked out as a dangerous person with dangerous ideas. And he was eventually executed for his beliefs.

Today's story is about Oscar Romero, who suffered a similar fate when he too chose an option for the poor.

The Christian gospel is a dangerous gospel when it's truth is really heard.

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Stephen P. McCutchan
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
-- Psalm 19:14

Richard A. Jensen
It was to be "Spiritual Gift" Sunday in Corinth of old. After all it was no lesser an authority than Paul himself who had said of these people that they were, "... not lacking in any spiritual gift" (1 Corinthians 1:7). Not lacking indeed! They were abounding in spiritual gifts and once every year they gathered in their worship service to honor the greatest among them.
Mary S. Lautensleger
One of the more colorful eras of our country's past is the old Wild West. We can visualize cowboys chasing stagecoaches over rough, barren terrain, and sheriffs swaggering down dusty main streets. Towns sprang up virtually overnight around regions rich in natural resources such as lumber, borax, silver, and especially gold, the glitter that inflamed a continent.
Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III
Sweat swarmed and beaded the palms of his hands as his heart thumped and pulse escalated. Bulging eyes blinked rapidly as his face twitched. His brown, swollen hands rumbled nervously through the inside pocket of his urine-stained tweed overcoat. "I got to find a match," he said to himself. "I got to find a match." Again he jerked through every pocket of his pants, jacket, and shirt. Still no match.

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