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John E. Sumwalt is the lead pastor of Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church in suburban Milwaukee and the author of nine books, to be released by CSS in 2007. John and his wife, Jo Perry-Sumwalt, served for three years as co-editors of StoryShare. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (UDTS), Sumwalt received the Herbert Manning Jr. award for parish ministry from UDTS in 1997.
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Coventry Story -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion
Angels In Haunted Places -- Matthew 14:22-33 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2004
Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.
Right Here In My Church -- Luke 1:47-55 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
April McClure Stewart
A Time To Weep -- Genesis 45:1-15 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2004
Christina Berry
Gram -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
William Bell
Help In The Name Of The Lord -- Psalm 124 -- Sandra Herrmann, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2004
In 1972, I had the opportunity to go to the Soviet Union and get educational credit for the adventur
Together Again -- Revelation 7:9-17 -- John E. Sumwalt -- All Saints Day - A -- 2004
Barbara Frank
Response -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2004
Marie Regine Redig
Kristina's Angel -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2004
Theresa Hammerquist
The Winds Of God -- Romans 13:8-14 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2004
Larry WinebrennerMy grandmother was an unforgiving woman.
Your Dad Likes You -- Matthew 3:13-17 -- John E. Sumwalt -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A -- 2004
Kathleen A. "Kit" Slawski
Louise -- Exodus 14:19-30, Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2004
Louise
An Overpowering Light -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2004
Karen Steineke
Worth Waiting For -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 2004
Ruth F. Piotter
Easter Stories -- Acts 10:34-43 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Easter Day - A -- 2004
Ralph Milton
Nothing In My Brain -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2004
Cindy Loomis-Abell
Hoo -- John 20:19-31 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
Claire Clyburn
Looking Forward With Love -- Philippians 3:4b-14 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A -- 2004
Lois Ann Weihe Bross
Stranger In The Choir -- Luke 24:13-35 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
Martha Hartman
Inside A Tornado -- Luke 1:47-55 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2004
Carolyn Peake
Holy Hands -- Psalm 23 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
David Michael Smith
Prayer At Midnight -- Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2004
Prayer At Midnight
A Rock Of Refuge -- Psalm 31 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
Jody E. Felton
The Taste Of Music -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- John E. Sumwalt, Jeanne Jones -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2003
The whole thing began when I was asked to be the song leader for a Walk to Emmaus retreat in 1988.

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We Can Be Changed -- Mark 1:1-8, Isaiah 40:1-11, 2 Peter 3:8-15a, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 -- Constance Berg, John E. Sumwalt, Henry Scholberg, Elaine M. Ward -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 2004
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "We Can Be Changed"
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