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Prophets of the Lord -- 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 1997
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God's promise of greatness -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- James R. Wilson -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let all of God's people give praise and worship the Lord!
Praise for the blessing of parents -- Luke 2:41-52 -- James R. Wilson -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let us come together giving honor to Almighty God!
The Word of the Lord restores us -- 2 Kings 5:1-14 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 1997
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The joy of the Lord is our strength -- Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 -- James R. Wilson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 1997
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Christ died for our sins -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- James R. Wilson -- Passion Sunday - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let us give praise for God's wonderful redeeming love!
Give praise and thanksgiving for God's blessings -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- James R. Wilson -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 1997
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The wisdom of the Lord -- Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 -- James R. Wilson -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1997
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God's presence among us -- Exodus 34:29-35 -- James R. Wilson -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 1997
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Receiving the Holy Spirit -- Acts 2:1-21 -- James R. Wilson -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 1997
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Held to the plumb; true and straight -- Amos 7:7-17 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Let the people of God gather now for praise and worship!
We are one in Christ -- Acts 10:23b-48 -- James R. Wilson -- 1997
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Proper 11 | OT 16 -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1997
First Lesson: Amos 8:1-12 Theme: God's judgment comes
Dedication to the Lord -- 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 -- James R. Wilson -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 1997
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"Not My People" (RSV) -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: The Lord is our salvation, and we will worship no other gods!
In all seasons have faith -- Jeremiah 31:7-14 -- James R. Wilson -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 1997
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Justice tempered with compassion -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1997
First Lesson: Hosea 11:1-11 Theme: Justice tempered with compassion
The Lord has come! -- Isaiah 52:7-10 -- James R. Wilson -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let us celebrate, for Christ our Savior has been born!
Seeking the Kingdom of God -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1997
Second Lesson: Colossians 3:1-11Theme: Seeking the Kingdom of God
Where are our treasures? -- Luke 12:13-21 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1997
Gospel: Luke 12:13-21Theme: Where are our treasures?
Compassion not sacrifice -- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1997
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Vineyard of justice and righteousness -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1997
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Messengers of God -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 1997
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Iniquities of the unfaithful -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1997
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Proper 7 -- 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 1996
Call To WorshipLeader: Let all who are weary from their labors gather now for worship!
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Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


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

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
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Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
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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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God's love brings us together.

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