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Golden Rule Saints -- Luke 6:20-31 -- John E. Berger -- All Saints Day - C -- 2000
On All Saints' Sunday there is a pastor who likes to take a camera into the pulpit with her.
The Throne Of The Cross -- Luke 23:33-43 -- John E. Berger -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2000
Kings are not what they used to be. In Bible days there were kings of Israel and caesars of Rome.
Ten Hits, One Run, Nine Errors -- Luke 17:11-19 -- John E. Berger -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2000
A map of the Holy Land In Jesus' day looked like this: Galilee at the top, Judea at the bottom, and
Don't Hang Up On God -- Luke 18:1-8 -- John E. Berger -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2000
Did Jesus ever do comedy?
Good Guys And Bad Guys -- Luke 18:9-14 -- John E. Berger -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2000
Today's sermon begins with this little one-person drama.
Sorry Enough To Quit -- Luke 19:1-10 -- John E. Berger -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2000
Zacchaeus has been a favorite Bible character. His short height seemed cute.
God, The Ultimate Professional -- Luke 20:27-38 -- John E. Berger -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 2000
Here is a true story about a strange funeral service.
Do Right; Trust God -- Luke 21:5-19 -- John E. Berger -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 2000
In the moving picture Planet of the Apes the viewing audience is led to believe that a United States
For What God Has Given -- John 6:25-35 -- John E. Berger -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2000
Thanksgiving, according to one newspaper columnist, has kept its original meaning better than any ot

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Ten Hits, One Run, Nine Errors -- Luke 17:11-19 -- John E. Berger -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2000
A map of the Holy Land In Jesus' day looked like this: Galilee at the top, Judea at the bottom, and
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John Jamison
He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”

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Frank Ramirez
Road trip. Books, movies, and songs often center on a story about a journey in which someone finds out who they really are, what they really want, how to become what they were meant to be. The journey may be literal — discovering about ourselves through travel — or symbolic — an inward journey or experience that crystalizes self-discovery. In these passages, Jeremiah’s journey is an inward dialogue with God, in which, despite his protestations, it becomes apparent he is to be God’s prophet in the worst of times.
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Jeremiah 1:4-10
Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost for His Highest, wrote, “'I have chosen you!' Keep that note of greatness in your creed. It is not that you have got God but that He has got you.” These words are powerful and, I think, reflect well the call of Jeremiah that we see in this passage. From before the time he was born, God had a plan for Jeremiah. He would be God’s prophet to the nations. 

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to worship:

Jesus grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him. As we grow, let us too become strong, with the favour of God upon us.

Invitation to confession:

Lord, we would grow inwardly strong, as you were strong.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, sometimes we are weak and do that which we later regret.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, may we hold fast to you and become filled with wisdom.
Lord, have mercy.



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C. David Mckirachan
Note: This installment was originally published in 2007.

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Gregory L. Tolle
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body -- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free -- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.... Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (vv. 12-14, 27)

James Evans
(See Proper 16/Pentecost 14/Ordinary Time 21, Cycle C, for an alternative approach.)

William G. Carter
I want to let you in on an industry secret. Ready? Most preachers have a difficult time preaching in the congregations where they grew up.
Steven E. Albertin
"The land of the free and the home of the brave." So ends our national anthem sung today at many large public gatherings in our society. It was originally penned in a time of war and has continually reminded us that this is a nation where people will bravely fight to defend their freedoms. But in this day of post-modern relativism, when there are very few causes left which anyone will bravely defend, "freedom" still remains as the great American ideal.

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