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King Thrushbeard -- Matthew 10:40-42 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2004
Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. (v.
You Give Them Something To Eat -- Matthew 14:13-21 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 2004
Jesus said to them, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." (v. 16)
The Rescuers -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2004
"Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no
Rest For The Weary -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2004
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Been Baptized -- Matthew 3:13-17 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A -- 2004
And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were op
Thanksgiving -- Deuteronomy 8:7-18 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2004
For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs
If Not Higher -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2004
"And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of thes
How Big Is He? -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2004
While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voic
Breaking The Stone -- Matthew 28:1-10 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Easter Day - A -- 2004
After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary we
Come, Thou Almighty King -- 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - A -- 2004
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with
Out Of Africa -- 1 Peter 1:3-9 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so tha
Identifying With Suffering -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A -- 2004
For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham.
Shocked From Recognition -- Luke 24:13-35 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Easter Day - A -- 2004
Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Je
Welcome To The Family -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2004
He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure
Calling By Name -- John 10:1-10 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
"The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
Silent Night, Holy Night -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Gregory L. Tolle -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2004
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see - I am bringing you good news of a great j
The Perfect Imperfect Pageant -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his
Ice Cream In Heaven -- John 14:1-14 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.
The Legend Of Thud -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?
Blessing Or Bane? -- 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of grace, who has called you to his etern
Old Times -- John 1:29-42 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2004
When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said


First -- John 12:20-33, Hebrews 5:5-10, Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Frank R. Fisher, Constance Berg, Cynthia E. Cowen, Gregory L. Tolle -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B
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Living The Kingdom -- Mark 4:26-34, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13) 14-17, 1 Samuel 15:34--16:13, Psalm 20 -- Frank R. Fisher, Gregory L. Tolle, John E. Sumwalt, Paul Lintern -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - B
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It's All Heart -- John 6:24-35, Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Constance Berg, Charles Cammarata, Gregory L. Tolle, B. Kathleen Fannin -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
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The Painting -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Charles Cammarata, Constance Berg, Gregory L. Tolle, Henry Scholberg -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
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John Jamison
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (vv. 16-18)
John Jamison
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (vv. 50-53)

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Frank Ramirez
The resurrection of Jesus takes center stage, rightfully so, in the church calendar. By contrast, Ascension Day often falls by the wayside, unless it happens to fall on a Sunday. It’s something Jesus did, but it’s not necessarily a significant event in the lives of many churches. These three texts, however, illustrate the central importance of this event, which is the capstone of the ministry of Jesus.
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Acts 1:1-11
There is still a lot to be in despair about in America. Racism is not gone, as the families who lost loved ones to wanton police shootings continue to mourn. Those who lost jobs, incomes, and businesses in the pandemic continue to suffer and remain in despair. It is all so tragic, as the German-born philosopher Theodor Adono once wrote: “But he who dies in despair has lived his life in vain.” Martin Luther saw this text and its account of the ascension as a time to preach on faith and the comfort from despair that that Word brings:

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Janice B. Scott
Many years ago I met a churchwarden who had grown up within a Jewish background but who had converted to Christianity quite late in life. She had had an amazing conversion experience which had affected her deeply and as a result had become an ardent Christian. She was particularly zealous about Christian mission to the Jews, wanting to convert all Jews to Christianity. When I asked whether she thought Jesus was the only way to God, she looked astonished and said yes, of course!


Constance Berg
Brian could feel the heat of anger rising in his neck. His left hand curled into a fist and he hit the palm of his right hand. He felt dizzy as he looked around.

Clothes, towels, and sheets were scattered all over the living room. A glass of orange juice was empty, the contents still dribbling down the side of the coffee table. A towel landed at his feet. His one-year-old looked up at him and giggled, making Brian even more angry.
E. Carver Mcgriff
We Americans have long had a love affair with winners. Successful undertakings of nearly every sort quickly receive the admiration of those around us. As a group, we take great delight in banquets and other ceremonies at which honors are distributed. People who come in second are rarely remembered in our culture. The runner-up usually receives a brief word of recognition and then is quickly forgotten. If you happen to be a sports enthusiast, you'll remember the poor old Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
Paul E. Robinson
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John W. Clarke
Ascension Day is a good time for the Christian community to assess where it has been and where it is going. We need to ask ourselves why we are here and exactly what is it we are supposed to be doing. Our lesson for this day provides us with much needed information on what we should be doing and what our final destination as we travel this road in ministry with Jesus is.
Erskine White
When people are confused or afraid, when they feel that things are out of control, or when they feel helpless to overcome the problems which confront them, they often resort to "pie in the sky" religion. They look for Jesus to come and fix what they can't fix for themselves. They figure that one day, as if by magic, Jesus will make everything right for them in the "sweet bye and bye."


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Not the Hour or the Day
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Acts 1:1-11

“God, I know that I’m supposed to have faith and trust,” Paul said softly as he sat on the bench outside of the nursing home. “Yet a part of me wishes you would tell me when.”

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