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John Fitzgerald lives in Leesburg, Ohio, with his wife Carolyn and has served as pastor at the Leesburg Friends Meeting for the past 27 years. Cornfield Cathedral (Fairway Press, 2013) is the second book authored by Pastor Fitzgerald. John has earned a Master's of Ministry Degree from the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana.
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Further Visions To Follow -- John 1:43-51, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- David O. Bales, John Fitzgerald -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 2018
Where's Christmas? -- Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8 -- C. David Mckirachan, John Fitzgerald -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014

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Further Visions To Follow -- John 1:43-51, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- David O. Bales, John Fitzgerald -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 2018

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Living Without Fear -- Acts 4:5-12, John 10:11-18, 1 John 3:16-24, Psalm 23 -- Keith Wagner, John Fitzgerald -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2018
The Significant Other -- Mark 3:20-35, Psalm 130, Genesis 3:8-15 -- Keith Wagner, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - B -- 2018
Further Visions To Follow -- John 1:43-51, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- David O. Bales, John Fitzgerald -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 2018
A New Strength -- Mark 1:29-39, Isaiah 40:21-31, Psalm 147:1-11, 20c -- Keith Wagner, John Fitzgerald -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - B -- 2018
Peter's Painful Memories -- Mark 8:31-38, Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Romans 4:13-25 -- David O. Bales, John Fitzgerald -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2018
A God of Second Chances -- John 12:20-33, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 5:5-10, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Keith Wagner, John Fitzgerald -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2018
Failures For Jesus -- John 20:1-18, Acts 10:34-43, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Mark 16:1-8 -- David O. Bales, John Fitzgerald -- Easter Day - B -- 2018
No Favoritism -- Matthew 3:13-17, Isaiah 42:1-9, Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 29 -- John Fitzgerald -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A -- 2017
Worship And Service -- Matthew 5:1-12, Micah 6:1-8, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Psalm 15 -- John Fitzgerald -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - A -- 2017
Down From The Mountain -- Matthew 17:1-9, Exodus 24:12-18, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Psalm 2 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2017
Born Again -- John 3:1-17 -- John Fitzgerald -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Lord Of Light -- Romans 8:6-11 -- John Fitzgerald -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Salvation In Christ -- Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 -- John Fitzgerald -- Good Friday - A -- 2017
Burning Hearts -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Reason For Hope -- 1 Peter 3:13-22 -- John Fitzgerald -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Most Improved -- Matthew 9:35--10:8, Psalm 100, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7) -- David O. Bales, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2017
The Sower -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
Faithful Works -- Romans 10:5-15, Psalm 85:8-13 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2017
Moses: Prepared -- Romans 12:9-21, Exodus 3:1-15, Jeremiah 15:15-21 -- David O. Bales, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2017
What We Give to God -- Matthew 22:15-22, Psalm 96:1-9 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2017
I Was A Prisoner -- Matthew 25:31-46, Psalm 65 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2017
The Magnificence of God -- John 1:6-8, 19-28, Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, Psalm 126, Luke 1:46-55 -- Keith Wagner, John Fitzgerald -- Third Sunday of Advent - B -- 2017
Lincoln And Lent -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10, Psalm 51:1-17 -- John Fitzgerald -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2016
Light For The New Year -- Matthew 2:1-12, Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 -- John Fitzgerald -- Epiphany of the Lord - B -- 2016

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Further Visions To Follow -- John 1:43-51, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- David O. Bales, John Fitzgerald -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 2018

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