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Holy Arithmetic -- John 6:1-15 -- Donald Macleod -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1987
Basic education in America has been labeled the "3 R's," from the homespun rhyme:
When Is It Tolerable to Be Intolerant? -- Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 -- Donald Macleod -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1987
Two words in our vocabulary conjure up opposite types of persons: the tolerant and the intolerant.
How Can We Restore the Christian Home? -- Mark 10:2-16 -- Donald Macleod -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 1987
The Christian home, once the stable element in the structure of our Western society, is besieged tod
Holy Diet -- John 6:24-35 -- Donald Macleod -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1987
In a broadcast address in London, T. S.
Holy Believing -- John 6:41-51 -- Donald Macleod -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 1987
No one wants to die. Yet, who among us would like to live forever? This is our paradox.
Holy Living -- John 6:51-65 -- Donald Macleod -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B -- 1987
Years ago, Harry Emerson Fosdick, then at the height of his influence as minister of the Riverside C
Holy Friendship -- John 6:66-69 -- Donald Macleod -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 1987
Jesus said to the twelve, "Will you also go away?" Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we
How Do You Remain Religious? -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Donald Macleod -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1987
The most powerful questions Jesus asked were those that made the persons being addressed raise furth
How Does Religious Conduct Work? -- Mark 7:31-37 -- Donald Macleod -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B -- 1987
As churchgoers we talk about the worship service, but the Society of Friends has rightly cautioned u
What Does Jesus Expect of Us? -- Mark 8:27-38 -- Donald Macleod -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B -- 1987
This event at Caesarea Philippi is regarded as a watershed in Mark's gospel and, indeed, of Jesus' m
Are Greatness and Christianity Compatible? -- Mark 9:30-37 -- Donald Macleod -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B -- 1987
In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Malvolio comments: "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and
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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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Frank Ramirez
Road trip. Books, movies, and songs often center on a story about a journey in which someone finds out who they really are, what they really want, how to become what they were meant to be. The journey may be literal — discovering about ourselves through travel — or symbolic — an inward journey or experience that crystalizes self-discovery. In these passages, Jeremiah’s journey is an inward dialogue with God, in which, despite his protestations, it becomes apparent he is to be God’s prophet in the worst of times.
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost for His Highest, wrote, “'I have chosen you!' Keep that note of greatness in your creed. It is not that you have got God but that He has got you.” These words are powerful and, I think, reflect well the call of Jeremiah that we see in this passage. From before the time he was born, God had a plan for Jeremiah. He would be God’s prophet to the nations. 

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to worship:

Jesus grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him. As we grow, let us too become strong, with the favour of God upon us.

Invitation to confession:

Lord, we would grow inwardly strong, as you were strong.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, sometimes we are weak and do that which we later regret.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, may we hold fast to you and become filled with wisdom.
Lord, have mercy.



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Note: This installment was originally published in 2007.

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Gregory L. Tolle
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body -- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free -- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.... Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (vv. 12-14, 27)

James Evans
(See Proper 16/Pentecost 14/Ordinary Time 21, Cycle C, for an alternative approach.)

William G. Carter
I want to let you in on an industry secret. Ready? Most preachers have a difficult time preaching in the congregations where they grew up.
Steven E. Albertin
"The land of the free and the home of the brave." So ends our national anthem sung today at many large public gatherings in our society. It was originally penned in a time of war and has continually reminded us that this is a nation where people will bravely fight to defend their freedoms. But in this day of post-modern relativism, when there are very few causes left which anyone will bravely defend, "freedom" still remains as the great American ideal.

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