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Big numbers -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2011
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME
AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Clean indeed -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2011
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Good works -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2011
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Dear heavenly Father... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2011
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Produce aisle -- Matthew 21:33-46 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A -- 2011
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Repentance -- Matthew 4:1-11 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Detail work -- Matthew 22:1-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
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No fear -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Doin' time -- Matthew 20:1-16 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 2011
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Here in this place -- John 4:5-42 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Money, money, money -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
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Hard work -- John 9:1-41 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Love -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
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Copycat -- Matthew 23:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A -- 2011
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Mary stayed at home -- John 11:1-45 -- Leah Thompson -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Fair play -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- All Saints Day - A -- 2011
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Betrayed -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
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Be prepared -- Matthew 25:1-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2011
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Feet -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Leah Thompson -- Maundy Thursday - A -- 2011
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Wall street -- Matthew 25:14-30 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2011
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Just deserts -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Leah Thompson -- Good Friday - A -- 2011
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For you -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Leah Thompson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2011
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Arise! -- John 20:1-18 -- Leah Thompson -- Easter Day - A -- 2011
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Rate of response -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Leah Thompson -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2011
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Peace be with you -- John 20:19-31 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
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Commentary

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NULL -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
In the classic book and film The Swiss Family Robinson, the

Children's sermon

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We are the body -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
Which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (v. 23)
Fall -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 2011
I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far bet
Rise -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2011
For it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Now I lay me... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2011
I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. (v. 16)
Extra-terrestrial -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Leah Thompson -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
You are witnesses of these things. (v. 48)
Not just a good yarn -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2011
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of ou
Good works -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2011
"Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly
For you -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Leah Thompson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2011
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a
Burdens eased -- 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 -- Leah Thompson -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. (v. 7)
Clean indeed -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2011
And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazz
Account-able -- Philippians 3:4b-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A -- 2011
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. (v. 7)
Rate of response -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Leah Thompson -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2011
Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they?" (v.
Earn your stickers -- John 17:1-11 -- Leah Thompson -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. (v. 4)
Ambassadors for Christ -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 -- Leah Thompson -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2011
So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on be
Produce aisle -- Matthew 21:33-46 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A -- 2011
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that p
Strongman -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus
Activation -- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Day of Pentecost - A -- 2011
All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as t
Dear heavenly Father... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2011
But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secr
Rejoice -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. (v. 4)
Marking time -- Mark 13:24-37 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (v. 31)
Receive -- John 20:19-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Day of Pentecost - A -- 2011
When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit." (v.
Consequences -- Romans 5:12-19 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
"Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousn
Detail work -- Matthew 22:1-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
And he said to him, "Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?" And he was speechle
Time -- 2 Peter 3:8-15a -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, an
Finally, farewell -- 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - A -- 2011
Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one

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NULL -- Matthew 25:31-48 -- Leah Thompson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2011
Keisha does not tolerate dishonesty in her employees.
NULL -- Romans 6:12-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2011
It is important to have a good boss. A good boss makes sure you are treated fairly.
Let the record show... -- Exodus 24:12-18 -- Leah Thompson -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2011
"Let the record show..." Parliamentary procedure can be an arduous process.
It's warm and bright... -- John 8:31-36 -- Leah Thompson -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 2011
It's warm and bright. You're basking contentedly when someone walks up to you. "Here," they say.
NULL -- Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2011
Farming families know what it means to have strong women.
So Jesus and his disciples go up a mountain -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2011
"So Jesus and his disciples go up a mountain, where they meet up with Moses and Elijah…" It almost s
If you live in Ohio... -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Leah Thompson -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 2011
If you live in Ohio, you don't walk around saying, "Hey! Do you know about Ohio?
NULL -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2011
You can't please everyone, as they say.
We all have those strange dreams... -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2011
We all have those strange dreams.
Children show only a hint of what they will become... -- 1 John 3:1-3 -- Leah Thompson -- All Saints Day - A -- 2011
Children show only a hint of what they will become.
NULL -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
"Beautiful tyrant!" "Damned saint!" "Honorable villain!" "Feather of lead!" "Loving hate!" "Heavy li
NULL -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b--6:10 -- Leah Thompson -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2011
The poem "Poor Angus" by children's poet Shel Silverstein is written as if it were a conversation be
NULL -- 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 -- Leah Thompson -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2011
Not too long ago, the company Liberty Mutual put out an interesting series of commercials.
NULL -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
You always feel a little embarrassed when you get caught being unobservant.
NULL -- Romans 5:12-19 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
Before dictionaries, people spelled things… well, however they wanted to.
Sometimes as a child you get into situations... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
Sometimes as a child you get into situations that you don't like and all you want is your parents.
NULL -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
Tom was the new CEO of a small company in financial trouble.
NULL -- Romans 5:1-11 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In word processing programs, one of the formatting choices is the "justification." Options include l
At first, it's fun to keep watch... -- Mark 13:24-37 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2011
At first, it's fun to keep watch.
NULL -- Romans 8:26-39 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2011
"How much do you love me?" We have all heard that question -- from a sibling, from a child, from a l
NULL -- Genesis 32:22-31 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 2011
There's nothing like an injury to serve as a permanent reminder of something.
NULL -- Genesis 12:1-4a -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
"I will bless you so that you will be a blessing." Are you blessed with special talents?
NULL -- Matthew 14:13-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 2011
It's a long day at work. You're swamped. Meeting after meeting, problem after problem.
NULL -- John 3:1-17 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
When the sixteenth-century explorer Ferdinand Magellan came to the shores of South America, his crew
NULL -- Romans 10:5-15 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2011
If you have a family, you know what it is like to love many people with all your heart -- that is, e

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