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Clay in the Potter's hands -- Jeremiah 18:1-11 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 1997
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The Lord is our strength -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- James R. Wilson -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let all who would serve the Lord enter God's house for worship!
Accountable to God -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 1997
First Lesson: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 Theme: Accountable to God
Send me, Lord! -- Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13) -- James R. Wilson -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 1997
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Grace beyond sin -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 1997
Second Lesson: 1 Timothy 1:12-17Theme: Grace beyond sin
Well-placed faith -- Jeremiah 17:5-10 -- James R. Wilson -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let the children of God join in this day in praise and song!
The Promise -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- James R. Wilson -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
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Seeking the Lost -- Luke 15:1-10 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 1997
Gospel: Luke 15:1-10Theme: Seeking the lost
God's promise fulfilled -- Genesis 45:3-11, 15 -- James R. Wilson -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: The Lord is faithful and God's Word will never return empty!
The cleansing of the Lord -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- James R. Wilson -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let the people of God give praise and worship the Lord!
The agony of God -- Jeremiah 8:18--9:1 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let us celebrate God's wonderful redeeming love!
The Word of the Lord shall bear witness -- Isaiah 55:10-13 -- James R. Wilson -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let us praise God and share the Gospel of Christ in every land!
Third Sunday of Advent -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 -- James R. Wilson -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
First Lesson: Zephaniah 3:14-20Theme: The Blessing of the Lord
Faith beyond adversity -- Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 1997
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The Light has come -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- James R. Wilson -- Epiphany of the Lord - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let all of God's people give praise and worship the Lord!
The Savior is coming -- Micah 5:2-5a -- James R. Wilson -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come now and know the presence of the Lord God of Hosts!
The agony of sin -- Lamentations 1:1-6 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 1997
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The suffering servant -- Isaiah 52:13--53:12 -- James R. Wilson -- Good Friday - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let us celebrate God's love for us in Christ!
God's kingdom shall endure forever -- Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 -- James R. Wilson -- All Saints Day - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let the saints of the church gather this day for worship!
Faithfully witness wherever we are -- Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let us proclaim the glory of the Lord in our praise and worship!
Service of Recommitment to Christian Service for the New Year -- Isaiah 6:1-8 -- James R. Wilson -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let all who love the Lord gather in this house for worship!
The Ascension -- Acts 1:1-11 -- James R. Wilson -- Ascension of the Lord - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let all who believe in the risen and ascended Christ give praise!
Promise of the New Covenant -- Jeremiah 31:27-34 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let us gather for worship and praise before Almighty God!
Prophecy, dreams, and visions -- Joel 2:23-32, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 1997
Sunday between October 23 and October 29 inclusive First Lesson: Joel 2:23-32
A blessed nation -- Genesis 12:1-8, John 8:31-36 -- James R. Wilson -- 1997
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