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How Can They Do That? -- John 14:23-29 -- John N. Brittain -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
On February 5, 1597, a group of Christian missionaries became the first martyrs in Japan.
Christo-centric Or Ego-centric? -- John 17:20-26 -- John N. Brittain -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
Have you ever noticed that some constellations are named for animals that they don't really resemble
The Cross: A Symbol Of Absolutes -- John 18:1--19:42 -- John N. Brittain -- Good Friday - C -- 2000
Pilate asked him, "What is truth?" (John 18:38).
A Matter Of Means -- Luke 4:1-13 -- John N. Brittain -- First Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
Whenever the Olympics roll around even people like me think a little bit more about fitness and spor
Three Good Questions -- Luke 13:31-35 -- John N. Brittain -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
My old dog Lou definitely does not belong in the city.
And Now The News -- Luke 13:1-9 -- John N. Brittain -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
I know that they didn't have CNN or Walkmen back in Jesus' day, but if they had, they would have bee
Where Am I? -- Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 -- John N. Brittain -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
I suppose we are all a little bit nervous about the prospect of a sermon on a Bible story as familia
The Better Part -- John 12:1-8 -- John N. Brittain -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
Some of the most impressive people I have ever met are missionaries.
Setting The Example -- John 13:1-15 -- John N. Brittain -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2000
Many, many years ago -- so long ago that we still showed 16 mm films in church -- we used a series o
A Tale Of Two Crosses -- Luke 22:14--23:56, Luke 23:1-49 -- John N. Brittain -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2000
There are two crosses juxtaposed in the Gospels.

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And Now The News -- Luke 13:1-9 -- John N. Brittain -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
I know that they didn't have CNN or iPods back in Jesus' day, but if they had, they would have been
A Tale Of Two Crosses -- Luke 22:14--23:56, Luke 23:1-49 -- John N. Brittain -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2000
There are two crosses juxtaposed in the Gospels.
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Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


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Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
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Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
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One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

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