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The perilous prospects of a prophet -- Luke 13:31-35 -- Dennis Koch -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The perilous prospects of a prophetGospel Note:
God's relentless revelation -- John 16:12-15 -- Dennis Koch -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:God's relentless revelationGospel Note:
God's patience and punishment -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Dennis Koch -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:God's patience and punishmentGospel Note:
The value of Christmas nurture -- Luke 2:41-52 -- Dennis Koch -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The value of Christmas nurtureGospel Note:
Lord versus the law -- Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 -- Dennis Koch -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Lord versus the lawGospel Note:
The enlightening, enlivening Word -- John 1:1-18 -- Dennis Koch -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The enlightening, enlivening WordGospel Note:
The rejected stone has become the head of the corner -- John 12:1-8 -- Dennis Koch -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The rejected stone has become the head of the corner
The Communicating Word, the Illuminating Light -- John 1:1-14 -- Dennis Koch -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The Communicating Word, the Illuminating Light
Symbolic food for a shared future -- Luke 22:7-20 -- Dennis Koch -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Symbolic food for a shared futureGospel Note:
A birth bringing a blessing -- Luke 2:1-20 -- Dennis Koch -- 1994
Gospel Theme:A birth bringing a blessingGospel Note:
The compassion and the Passion of the Christ -- Luke 22:14--23:56 -- Dennis Koch -- Passion Sunday - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The compassion and the Passion of the ChristGospel Note:
Status given versus status gained -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:Status given versus status gainedGospel Note:
The pedagogy of the Paraclete -- John 14:8-17 (25-27) -- Dennis Koch -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 1994
Gospel Theme:The pedagogy of the ParacleteGospel Note:
The puzzling identity of Jesus -- Mark 4:35-41 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: Mark constructs his narrative of this storm-stilling incident
Be prepared -- Mark 13:24-37 -- Dennis Koch -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: Having uttered two parables that urge watchfulness, Jesus here
Compassionate faith -- Mark 5:21-43 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: Mark tells of a healing and a resurrection. The stories are
Confession and repentance, cleansing and renewal -- Mark 1:1-8 -- Dennis Koch -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: In this beginning to his Gospel, Mark uses (with some
Divine activity, demonstrable authority -- Mark 2:1-12 -- Dennis Koch -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: Mark here records Jesus' forgiveness of a paralytic as well as
Those who know Jesus best may know him least -- Mark 6:1-13 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: Mark places the rejection of Jesus by people in "his own
Waiting and witnessing -- John 1:6-8, 19-28 -- Dennis Koch -- Third Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: These two passages are John's prose interpolations into the
All things made new in Christ -- Mark 2:13-22 -- Dennis Koch -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: The issue in this pericope is clearly fasting, but the real
The astonishing event of resurrection -- John 20:1-18 -- Dennis Koch -- Easter Day - B -- 1993
Gospel Note:
The birth of the Messiah -- Luke 1:26-38 -- Dennis Koch -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: Our theme focuses on Mary's immediate, positive response to

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Restrictive religion versus redemptive righteousness -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1993
Note: There is no content for Proper 4 / OT 9 / Pentecost 2 from The Village Shepher
Self-serving versus self-giving -- Mark 12:38-44 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 1993
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Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13), Psalm 138
One of the consistent elements in the ancient mythologies is conflict in the heavens. In the Greek pantheon, Gaia and Kronos are supplanted by the Titans, who in turn are overthrown by the Olympian gods that we are familiar with through the Iliad, Odyssey, and other ancient stories. There is conflict between the gods, grudges that are nursed, and revenge that wreaks havoc in the heavens that like ripples from a stone thrown in a pond create upheaval on earth.

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John E. Sumwalt
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
   and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
   and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her...
(vv. 3-4b)

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Janice B. Scott
"I'm never going to get married," declared Molly. Her parents had divorced the previous year, and her mum was now living with a new boyfriend. Molly didn't like him, and he made it fairly clear he didn't like Molly either. It was fine when her mum was around, he was all sweetness and light then. But whenever her mum was absent, he was quite nasty to Molly.

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For those who like to preach from all three lectionary texts, the stated readings for this Sunday could cause a preacher great perplexity. How on earth do they all fit together? The Epistle lesson deals with the variety of gifts given by the Spirit to the church. The Gospel lesson recounts Jesus' first "sign" at the wedding at Cana, when the water turned into wine, became the symbol of his blood poured out for us all. Our Isaiah text concerns the eschatological future of Jerusalem. Other than the reference to a wedding in John and here in Isaiah, the texts seem to have nothing in common.
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Recently on a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, a middle-aged and apparently quite wealthy South African woman found herself sitting next to a black man. As the passengers were filing in and taking their seats she called a member of the cabin crew to ask about her seating. "What seems to be the matter, madam?" asked the attendant.

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This homily was prepared for and preached at the wedding in Norfolk, Virginia, of Kathryn Johnson and David Cameron, both ordained Presbyterian ministers.

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