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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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Life-giving Plasma -- Psalm 23 -- John E. Sumwalt, Harold Weaver -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
In August of 1966, I visited Germany.
Dreams -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- John E. Sumwalt, Gail C. Ingle -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2003
Several times in my life I have had precognitive dreams.
A Call To Ministry -- Acts 11:1-8 -- John E. Sumwalt, Nancy Nichols -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
I joined the church when I was in junior high school.
Feeling God's Peace -- Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 -- John E. Sumwalt, Penny Mccanles -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2003
I have a place I think of when I meditate.
God's Prodding Fork -- Acts 16:9-15 -- John E. Sumwalt, Kay Boone Stewart -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
A silver dining fork hangs against dark blue, crushed velvet in an antique, gold box frame in my off
A Narrow Escape -- Isaiah 12 -- John E. Sumwalt, Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2003
I was savoring one of those rare winter weekends when I am able to get away, on my own, to our littl
Seeing The Light -- Isaiah 60:1-6 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Epiphany of the Lord - C -- 2003
Much of my Christian experience has come through the "School of Hard Knocks," better known as prison
A Prayer For Help -- Psalm 5:1-8 -- John E. Sumwalt, Patricia C. Joyce -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2003
On May 3, 2002, I was engaged to narrate the historical Williamsburg tour.
The Call Of God -- Luke 4:14-21 -- John E. Sumwalt, Roy H. Nelson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2003
I had been struggling with the call to the ordained ministry for several years.
Stranger On A Fence Post -- 1 Kings 19:1-15a -- John E. Sumwalt, Bonnie Compton Hanson -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2003
Pulling his coat tight against the bitter wind, the old man stopped at the crest of Blue Bank Hill,
How Can I Do This? -- Jeremiah 1:4-10 -- John E. Sumwalt, Kai M. Mcclinton -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2003
In 1995, at the age of 25, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
An Offer Of Comfort -- Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 -- John E. Sumwalt, Lori Hetzel -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - C -- 2003
Not more than two months after my mother passed away, and I had my vision, I went to the grave of my
I Saw The Lord -- Isaiah 6:1-8, 9-13 -- John E. Sumwalt, Bill Penaz -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 2003
In 1965, I attended a Lenten worship service at my church.
Healing -- Psalm 30 -- John E. Sumwalt, Robert Murdock -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2003
In the fall of 1999, I went into the hospital, supposedly for just a couple of days, only to find ou
The Gift Of Trees -- Jeremiah 17:5-10 -- John E. Sumwalt, Pamela J. Tinnin -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - C -- 2003
I remember the first time I planted trees.
The Silver Wolf -- Colossians 1:1-14 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2003
It was June 16, 1998.
God Stories -- 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50 -- John E. Sumwalt, Judy Snyder Stout -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - C -- 2003
My father was my life, and in 1989 he and Mom came to live with me, literally to die.
The Presence Of Angels -- Genesis 18:1-10a -- John E. Sumwalt, Jeanne Jones -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2003
Several years ago, before we moved to Wisconsin, I was an honorary nanny for our pastor's son, Jonat
Is It Possible To Forgive After Murder? -- Luke 23:32-49 -- John E. Sumwalt, Aba Gayle -- Good Friday - C -- 2003
The first time I walked into the visiting room for death row inmates at San Quentin State Prison was
Have No Anxiety -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- John E. Sumwalt, Marjorie K. Evans -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2003
Many years ago, when my little son, David, was 28 months old and my baby, Charles, was three months
Angel, You Are -- Psalm 91 -- John E. Sumwalt, Kerri Sherwood -- First Sunday in Lent - C -- 2003
It's not that I ever feel that my brother is far away.
A Vision Of Light -- 2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2, Luke 9:28-36 -- John E. Sumwalt, Mary Downing -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2003
It was a summer evening in the year 2000 when four of us, friends through church for more than twent
Deliverance -- Psalm 27 -- John E. Sumwalt, Laura Hoff -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2003
There was a time when my husband and I were very poor.
When The Spirit Of Truth Comes -- John 16:12-15 -- John E. Sumwalt, Elaine Scrivens -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2003
I am a wife and mother of three boys.
Sound Grace -- Psalm 63:1-8 -- John E. Sumwalt, Lucinda Alwa -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 2003
Twenty-four years ago, my younger sister Charlotte died.
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