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Good works -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - 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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Clean indeed -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Transfiguration Sunday - 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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Dear heavenly Father... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Ash Wednesday - 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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Repentance -- Matthew 4:1-11 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Playing referee -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2011
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No fear -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Second 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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Here in this place -- John 4:5-42 -- Leah Thompson -- Third 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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Hard work -- John 9:1-41 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - 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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Be prepared -- Matthew 25:1-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2011
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Betrayed -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - 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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Feet -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Leah Thompson -- Maundy Thursday - 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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Just deserts -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Leah Thompson -- Good Friday - A -- 2011
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Rate of response -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Leah Thompson -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2011
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Arise! -- John 20:1-18 -- Leah Thompson -- Easter Day - A -- 2011
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Marking time -- Mark 13:24-37 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 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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Here in this place -- John 4:5-42 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
This children's sermon was originally published March 27, 2011.
Not alone -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Leah Thompson -- Good Friday - A -- 2020
Note: This piece was originally published April 22, 2011.
Peace be with you -- John 20:19-31 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2020
Note: This children's sermon was originally published May 5, 2011.
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.
Trust -- Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righ
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
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
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
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
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.
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)
No fear -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Get up and do not be afraid." (v. 7)
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
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
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
Mary stayed at home -- John 11:1-45 -- Leah Thompson -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. (v.
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
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)
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)
Remembrance of me -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 -- Leah Thompson -- Maundy Thursday - A -- 2011
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he come
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
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
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
Consider the lilies -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Leah Thompson -- Easter Day - A -- 2011
Note: This piece was originally published April 24, 2011.
Repentance -- Matthew 4:1-11 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him. (v. 11)

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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.
NULL -- Matthew 25:31-48 -- Leah Thompson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2011
Keisha does not tolerate dishonesty in her employees.
Thank God for the feet who have trod ahead of me... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
Thank God for the feet who have trod ahead of me.
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 -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2011
You can't please everyone, as they say.
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 -- 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
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 -- 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 -- 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
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 5:12-19 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
Before dictionaries, people spelled things… well, however they wanted to.
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 -- 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
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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“Dad, I think you worked a miracle.” Rolf slowly walked around the tree. “After that windstorm, I assumed this tree was as good as gone.”

“We just needed to give the branches time to heal and come back,” Michael replied.

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Object: A live plant that produces fruit, and a broken branch from that plant. I used a tomato plant from a local greenhouse. Ideally, find a plant with blossoms or small fruit already growing. If you use a different kind of fruit-producing plant, just change the script to fit.

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Call to Worship:

Jesus is the vine, we are the branches. In our service today, let us absorb from the vine all the nourishment we need.


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Jesus, sometimes our branches become cut off from the vine.
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We will meet Psalm 22 in its entirety on Good Friday, but here the lectionary designates just verses 23-31. The lectionary psalms generally illuminate the week's First Lesson, which in this case is about the covenant initiated by God with Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 17. The nine verses from this psalm, while not inappropriate, nonetheless leave us looking for an obvious connection with the First Lesson.

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I think some people are natural-born gardeners. Our Lord grew up in a society that was familiar with agriculture. The images that he used to explain the ways of his Father in heaven are familiar to his audience. Growing up, my closest experience to agriculture was living in, "the Garden State." Most people, when they pass through New Jersey, are surprised to see that expression on the license plates of vehicles registered in New Jersey. Most folks traveling through New Jersey experience the megalopolis, the corridor between New York City and Washington DC.
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A pastor in Indiana went to visit an 87-year-old man named Ermil, who was a hospital patient. A member of his church told the pastor about this old man who was an acquaintance. "He's not a believer, but he is really in need," the church member said. "I met him at the county home for the elderly. He's a lonely old man with no family and no money."

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"Love is a many splendored thing...." Or so we heard Don Cornwall and the Four Aces sing time and again. Of course you or I might have other words to describe love, depending on our situation.

Love. "I love you." "I love to play golf." "I just love pistachio lush!" "It's tough to love some people." "Jesus loves me, this I know."

Love.

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