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Father's Day -- Matthew 7:9-10, 11b -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
Fathers want good things for their children.
A Lesson From Wildflowers -- Luke 12:27-28, 31 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
God promises to care for his people.
It's Best To Obey Jesus -- 1 -- Luke 5:4-7 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
The disciples obeyed and caught fish. Scripture: Luke 5:4-7
It's Best To Obey Jesus -- 2 -- Luke 5:4-11, Matthew 4:19 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
Good things happen when we obey Jesus.
It's Best To Obey Jesus -- 3 -- Luke 5:11, John 15:12 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
We can follow Jesus wherever we are.
Salt Of The Earth -- Matthew 5:13a -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
God's people do the work of salt. Scripture: Matthew 5:13a
Warnings -- 2 Timothy 3:16, John 13:34 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
Blessed are those who obey God's Word.
Independence Day -- Galatians 5:1 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
We are free to do good. Scripture: Galatians 5:1; 1:3b-4
Wisdom From Proverbs -- 1 -- Proverbs 9:10a -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
God is awake, loving, and caring.
Wisdom From Proverbs -- 2 -- Proverbs 15:32 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
We should pay attention to our teacher.
A New Year -- Psalm 121:2-5, Psalm 139:1-2 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
God is awake, loving, and caring.
Labor Day -- Proverbs 6:6-8 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
When we work or play, we do it in a way that pleases Jesus.
Everyone Is Special -- Psalm 139:14 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
God is a wonderful Creator. Scripture: Psalm 139:14
Wisdom From Proverbs -- 3 -- Proverbs 9:10 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
A wise person watches what he or she says.
Whiter Than Snow -- Psalm 51:7b, 10a, 1 John 1:9 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
Clean in God's sight.
The Apple Of God's Eye -- Psalm 17:8 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
Are we as useful as apples?
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand -- 1 -- John 6:5-13 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
We are partners with God. Scripture: John 6:5-13
God Knows About The Sparrows -- Matthew 10:29-31 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
God knows and loves each of us. Scripture: Matthew 10:29-31
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand -- 2 -- John 6:5-13 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
We are partners with God. Scripture: John 6:5-13
Do What's Good For You -- 1 Corinthians 3:16, Proverbs 17:22 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
Let's take care of the bodies God gave us.
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday -- Philippians 2:3, 5-8, John 15:12 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
God asks us to be humble.
The Bible Is Like A Valentine -- Psalm 103:11, John 3:16, 1 John 3:1a -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
God sends his message of love.
Columbus Day -- Psalm 5:3 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
Let's begin and end our day with prayer.
When We Fail -- Psalm 145:14 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
If we fail, we try again. Scripture: Psalm 145:14; 37:23-24
Jesus Loves Me -- John 15:9, 1 John 3:1 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2006
The Bible tells me so.

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Independence Day: We pray for our country's leaders. -- 1 Timothy 2:1-4 -- Julia E. Bland -- 2002
Visual Aids: A U.S. flagHandouts: Activity sheets
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Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

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Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
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The theme of 1 John all along has been the love of God. The author now expands that love in the phrase, "the children of God," and for the first time he considers what it means to be the children of God. Earlier, he presented love within the fellowship and now he speaks of the meaning of God's love for us and its implications for the future. The consequences and proof of the love of God are evident in being called "the children of God." He is careful to point out that the love of God is a gift; we do not earn it.
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Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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