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Cameron's Story -- Isaiah 40:5 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Second Sunday of Advent - B
Cameron's Story by Todd Chrisler (as told to John Sumwalt)

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A Fond Farewell -- Matthew 25:14-30, Judges 4:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Psalm 123 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt, Susan Monnarjahn, Evelyn Mclachlan -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2005
Contents What's Up Next Week: "A Fond Farewell" by John & Jo Sumwalt
So Long For Now -- Matthew 25: 31-46, Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23, Psalm 100 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt, Karen Steineke -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2005
Contents What's Up This Week: "So Long For Now" by John & Jo Sumwalt
So Long For Now -- Luke 17:11-19, Deuteronomy 8:7-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Psalm 65 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt, Karen Steineke -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2005
Contents What's Up This Week: "So Long For Now" by John & Jo Sumwalt
A Mother Forced To Choose -- Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42, Psalm 40:1-11 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
Contents What's Up This Week
A Sign Of God's Love -- Psalm 19:1, Exodus 20:12 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Third Sunday in Lent - B
ContentsSharing Visions: "A Sign of God's Love" by Marie Regine Redig, SSND
We Shall Meet Again! -- Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Epiphany of the Lord - A
StoryShare Edited by John Sumwalt and Jo Perry-Sumwalt
What Is God Saying? -- Luke 1:28-29 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Contents Sharing Visions: "What Is God Saying?" by Susan D. Jamison
Christmas Communion -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- The Nativity of our Lord - B
Contents Sharing Visions: "Christmas Communion" by John E. Sumwalt
Here's Mud In Your Eye -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "Here's Mud in Your Eye"
The Real Presence Of Christ -- Acts 1:3, Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - B
ContentsA Story to Live By: "The Real Presence of Christ"
Radiant At Baptism -- Isaiah 42:1-9, Acts 10:34-43, Matthew 3:13-17, Psalm 29 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "Radiant at Baptism"
Monday Night Dissipation -- Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36, Psalm 25:1-10 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Monday Night Dissipation by John Sumwalt
Good Work -- Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
Contents StoryShare Archives A Story to Live By: "Good Work"
Secrets -- Genesis 21:8-21, Romans 6:1b-11, Matthew 10:24-39 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - A
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "Secrets"
Whirlwind -- Acts 2:4, Acts 2:1-2 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Day of Pentecost - B
ContentsA Story to Live By: "Whirlwind"
Seeing Clearly -- Matthew 17:1-9, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Exodus 24:12-18, Psalm 99 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "Seeing Clearly"
Glory All Around Me -- Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), John 21:1-19, Psalm 30 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
It was back in 1986, as I recall, that I felt the power of God as I was enshrouded in what seemed to
Guilty! -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
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A Time To Weep -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Genesis 45:1-15, Psalm 133 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "The Sound of a Man Forgiving"
My Father's Voice -- John 3:8 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Father's Day, June 15, 2003Edited by John Sumwalt and Jo Perry-Sumwalt
Still Learning Not To Wobble -- Matthew 4:1-11, Romans 5:12-19, Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, Psalm 32 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- First Sunday in Lent - A
Contents What's Up This Week
Until Found -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10, Psalm 14 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
Contents A Story to Live By: "Until Found"
O Holy Night -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
A Story to Live ByO Holy Night
Cross Foolishness -- Matthew 16:21-28, Romans 12:9-21, Exodus 3:1-15, Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Contents What's Up This Week
Mothering God -- Psalm 9:10 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B
ContentsA Story to Live By: "Mothering God"
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John E. Sumwalt
When God began to create the heavens and the earth, earth was complete chaos, and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1)

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens. (Psalm 8:1)

The Immediate Word

Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Katy Stenta
Elena Delhagen
For June 4, 2023:
  • Three Is a Magic Number by Tom Willadsen based on Matthew 28:16-20, Genesis 1:1--2:4a, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Psalm 8.
  • Second Thoughts: Blessed Are the Semicolons by Chris Keating. Matthew reminds us that there are no last words from Jesus, but only the insistence that as the disciples go into the world to baptize and teach, he will be with them forever.

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Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Genesis 1:1--2:4
Richard Rogers, in 1965, wrote the lyrics to the song “Something Good” for the musical The Sound of Music. The lyrics include the lines, “Nothing comes from nothing. Nothing ever could.”  In the context of the song, it refers to doing something good in childhood that will bear fruit later. However, I thought of those lines again reading this familiar story.
David Kalas
For so many Christians, including likely most of the people in our pews this Sunday, there are a handful of doctrines which they’d rather not have to think much about. The doctrine of the Trinity, the idea of the eternality of God, and the affirmation that Jesus was both fully human and fully divine are all so conceptually difficult that, even if folks say they believe them, they couldn’t begin to explain them. And so, you and I are tasked this week with the assignment to preach about something that is confusing — perhaps even off-putting — to our people.

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John Jamison
Object: We want something to represent a club to give to each child. I roll up and tape pieces of paper into tubes and have them in a pile on the floor as we begin.

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
On his last appearance on this earth, Jesus reassured his disciples that he would always be with them, until the end of the age. The age has not yet ended, therefore as his disciples, we too receive his promise, "I am with you always."

Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, sometimes I behave as though you are not with me.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I prefer to forget that you are with me.
Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I yearn for you, but do not feel you with me.

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David E. Leininger
Some things are difficult to talk about. Love, for example. If someone asked you to define love and explain why you love someone, how would you go about it? What if I had to explain my love for my wife? The American Heritage Dictionary defines love as "A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness." I could not have put it better myself ... or worse, for that matter.
Mark Ellingsen
I find it interesting that today as we commemorate the Trinity doctrine, the church assigns the Bible reading that includes Jesus' Great Commission -- Jesus' mandate to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). You can't do evangelism without believing in the Trinity, proclaiming the Triune God in whose name we baptize. And to believe in the Trinity, it seems, is to be an evangelist. That's the way it's supposed to work, but it does not feel that simple when you hear these words as calling you to be an evangelist.
Kristin Borsgard Wee
There is an old rabbinic legend about Lillith, the first wife of Adam. According to the story, she refused to be obedient to Adam and insisted on being an equal. When Adam refused, Lillith stormed out of the garden. God tried to persuade her to return, but she wouldn't come back. Several months went by and the rumors started. People said that Lillith had become a kind of monster and a sexual temptress, preying on babies and unsuspecting men. She roamed the forbidden but fascinating territory outside the garden, looking for innocent victims.
Gary L. Carver
My good friend, Tommy Garrison, tells the story of a minister who boarded an airplane. He was seated beside a young lady who evidently was very troubled. As the flight progressed, it became even more noticeable that she was upset. In fact, she started crying. The minister said, "I'm sorry. I do not wish to intrude, but can I help you? It seems that you are disturbed." She said, "To be honest with you, I am. I'm flying to California to attend the funeral of my father." The minister said, "Well, from the degree to which you are upset it seems that you were very close." She said, "No.

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