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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
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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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Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

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Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
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Jesus, sometimes we aren't good witnesses to you.
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Jesus, forgive us for all those things we think and do which we know are wrong.

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The theme of 1 John all along has been the love of God. The author now expands that love in the phrase, "the children of God," and for the first time he considers what it means to be the children of God. Earlier, he presented love within the fellowship and now he speaks of the meaning of God's love for us and its implications for the future. The consequences and proof of the love of God are evident in being called "the children of God." He is careful to point out that the love of God is a gift; we do not earn it.
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Here's the scene. The disciples are huddled together and they have just heard Simon's account of experiencing the risen Christ when Cleopas and his companion enter and add word of their encounter with the risen Christ. Luke describes the scene like this: "While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' They were startled and terrified, and thought they were seeing a ghost" (v. 36).
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Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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