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James H. Bailey

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It's Hard For God to Get Through to Us -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- James H. Bailey -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
Advent requires us to experience a vision from God in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, and
Burned Out -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- James H. Bailey -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1985
A man said to me recently, "I'm just plain 'burned-out' after Christmas.
The Happy Find -- Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 8-10 -- James H. Bailey -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1985
For four nights half of America suffered through four and one-half hours of commercials just to view
I'll Be Listening For My Name -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- James H. Bailey -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1985
Does God speak to you today just as he spoke to Abraham, Moses, Samuel, Isaiah, John, Jesus, and Pau
The Moment of Decision -- Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13) -- James H. Bailey -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1985
The Coming of Jesus Illuminates Humanity -- Jeremiah 17:5-10 -- James H. Bailey -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - C -- 1985
During the Advent and Christmas season we have emphasized a good deal the incarnation, that God beca
Recognizing God in Our Midst -- Genesis 45:3-11, 15 -- James H. Bailey -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - C -- 1985
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Prayer: How to be Sure of Results -- Isaiah 55:10-13 -- James H. Bailey -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - C -- 1985
Recently a newspaper ran a list of thirteen possible sermon topics and asked the readers to select t
How to Get a Glow on Your Face -- Exodus 34:29-35 -- James H. Bailey -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 1985
Last week I read a book on tne religious life of William James, the author of The Varieties of Relig
Can We Pass Inspection? -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- James H. Bailey -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
Morris Wood's latest novel, The Clowns of God, has one specific plot.
His Coming is to be Welcomed, Not Feared -- Zephaniah 3:14-20 -- James H. Bailey -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
One of the main objectives of the Moody Institute of Religion and Science is to relate science and t
The Happy Hour -- Micah 5:2-5a -- James H. Bailey -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
There is nothing lonelier than standing on the railroad track in a small town waiting for a train to
Is There Any Word From God? -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- James H. Bailey -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1985
A young boy stationed in Vietnam wrote home, several years ago, these words:
Spiritual Growth -- 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 -- James H. Bailey -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 1985
The giant steel doors swung shut and the doctor put his big key in the lock.
The Shepherd Guards His Sheep -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- James H. Bailey -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1985
At Christmas time, the newspapers are filled with articles by psychiatrists addressing the problem o
The Narrow Way Broadens Us -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- James H. Bailey -- Epiphany of the Lord - C -- 1985
I grew up with the "anti-Epiphany heresy" that says being a Christian and being narrow are synonymou
The Effect of Christ's Coming -- Isaiah 61:1-4 -- James H. Bailey -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 1985
After every Christmas some disappointed or cynical person will say, "Christmas came and went; nothin
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You have no doubt seen, as I have, the lingering effect of the songs that are sung at a loved one’s funeral. Certain individuals in my congregation reliably tear up during this hymn or that one, and I know that it’s because that song was sung at their parent’s, or spouse’s, or child’s service. And the experience of death and grief is so strong in us that that song, then, forever belongs to that occasion for that individual. 
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For November 1, 2020:
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Peter Andrew Smith
“There were so many people involved in the project I’m not sure I deserve to be singled out,” Jenny said.

“You deserve it and more,” Carl said from beside her. “Don’t be humble. You worked hard and should be thanked.”

“Thanked I can handle but all of this?” Jenny nodded toward the lavish reception which followed the surprise presentation. “Like I said in my speech there were many hands and gifts that went to make this outreach effort possible.”


John Jamison
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. (vv. 1-4)

John Jamison
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (vv. 11-12)

I have a few questions for you.

Have any of you ever been sick? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel lucky? (Let them respond.)

Have any of you ever gotten hurt? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel happy? (Let them respond.)


Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
Inspired by the saints and the love of God.

Collect of the Day
Acknowledging that God has knit His people together in one body, petitions are offered that the faithful might follow the saints in lives of faith and commitment and know the inexpressible joys prepared for those who love Him. Doctrines of Sanctification (construed as a Work of God), Church, and Eschatology are emphasized.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
Mary Sue Dehmlow Dreier
Pharisees Today

The Pharisees were real "good news/bad news" guys!

They were the undisputed authorities on the Jewish Scriptures, and the recognized spokespersons for Moses himself. "Do whatever they teach you and follow it," Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples (Matthew 23:3a). We hear so much about Jesus in conflict with the Pharisees, that sometimes we forget Jesus respectfully acknowledged their academic accomplishments and religious leadership.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

The Church of Christ

Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority

The local community

Those who suffer

The communion of saints

These responses may be used:

Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

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