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A blessed nation -- Genesis 12:1-8, John 8:31-36 -- James R. Wilson -- 1997
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The Lord is our salvation -- Isaiah 43:1-7 -- James R. Wilson -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let all of God's people gather this day for worship!
Sin, judgment, and faith -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let the people of God give praise and worship the Lord!
Do we remember the Lord? -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- James R. Wilson -- First Sunday in Lent - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let all who know the wonder of the Lord gather now for worship!
Resurrection of the Lord -- Acts 10:34-43 -- James R. Wilson -- Easter Day - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Christ, our Lord, is risen from the dead. Praise be to the Lord!
God's promised blessing -- Haggai 1:15b--2:9 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Give praise to the Lord, for God's kingdom is at hand!
Faith in God's covenant -- Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 -- James R. Wilson -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 1997
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We are witnesses sent by God -- Acts 5:27-32 -- James R. Wilson -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let us gather this day and raise our voices in praise before God!
God's new earth -- Isaiah 65:17-25 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let all who seek the Kingdom of the Lord gather now for worship!
Seek ye first the Lord -- Isaiah 55:1-9 -- James R. Wilson -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 1997
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Repentance in Christ -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20) -- James R. Wilson -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Give praise to God, for Christ is risen and lives in our hearts!
God's righteous branch -- Jeremiah 23:1-6 -- James R. Wilson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 1997
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With God's help we can! -- Joshua 5:9-12 -- James R. Wilson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1997
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Power over death -- Acts 9:36-43 -- James R. Wilson -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
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God knows no equal! -- 1 Kings 18:20-39 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 1997
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To God alone belongs the glory -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- James R. Wilson -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let all of God's people give praise and worship the Lord!
Fifth Sunday of Easter -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- James R. Wilson -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
First Lesson: Acts 11:1-18 Theme: Christ for the world
The Lord is our Provider -- 1 Kings 17:8-24 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: The Lord our God is mighty and wonderful!
Blessed are the peacemakers -- Matthew 5:9 -- James R. Wilson -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let all who would seek God's holy peace come together this day!
Sixth Sunday of Easter -- John 14:23-29, Revelation 21:10, 22--22:5, Acts 16:9-15 -- James R. Wilson -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
First Lesson: Acts 16:9-15 Theme: Salvation for all who believe
Evil will not prevail against the Lord -- 1 Kings 21:1-21a -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - C -- 1997
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Passover -- Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14 -- James R. Wilson -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 1997
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The power of the Gospel -- Acts 16:16-34 -- James R. Wilson -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let the people of God gather this day in praise and thanksgiving!
Faithful to the voice of God -- Luke 8:26-39, Galatians 3:23-29, 1 Kings 19:1-15a -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 1997
First Reading: 1 Kings 19:1-15a Theme: Faithful to the voice of God
We shall not be ashamed -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- James R. Wilson -- Passion Sunday - C -- 1997
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“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

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Call to Worship:

Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.

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One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
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Theme of the Day
God's love brings us together.

Collect of the Day
It is noted that God has prepared great joy for those who love Him. Petitions are then offered that such love may be poured into the hearts of the faithful so that they may obtain these promises. Justification as a reward for our deeds (love) is communicated by this prayer.

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Psalm 98
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