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Growing -- 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - A -- 2010
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. (v. 6)
Before a fall -- Luke 6:20-31 -- Leah Thompson -- All Saints Day - C -- 2010
"Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophet
Going away -- Philemon 1:1-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2010
"Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him bac
Hear it now -- John 16:12-15 -- Leah Thompson -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2010
"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now." (v. 12)
'Yes, yes' and 'No, no' -- Matthew 5:21-37 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - A -- 2010
Let your word be "Yes, yes" or "No, no"; anything more than this comes from the evil one. (v.
It's a sensation! -- 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 2010
"Not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though
Seeking answers -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2010
"Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters
Point of view -- 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2010
"From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Ch
Building -- 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2010
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and
Great expectations -- Luke 20:27-38 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 2010
"Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being chil
Ignerint -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
"But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overf
Lost and found -- Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2010
"Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
Sun and rain -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2010
… so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and
Little red hen -- 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 2010
"And we did not eat anyone's bread without paying for it; but with toil and labor we worked night
Rejoice -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
"Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over nine
Testing, testing -- 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 2010
"God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he
Judgment -- 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2010
It is the Lord who judges me. (v. 4b)
Stones -- Luke 21:5-19 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 2010
"As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon anothe
The mediator -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2010
"For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himsel
Chance -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 2010
"Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them -- do you think that the
Big shadows -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2010
So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.
Centered -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Leah Thompson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2010
"He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together." (v. 17)
Monopoly -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2010
"If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true r
Peter and the wall -- Galatians 1:11-24 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
"And they glorified God because of me." (v. 24)
Sharing -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany of the Lord - A -- 2010
… that is, the Gentiles have become fellow-heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the pr

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NULL -- Luke 20:27-38 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 2010
"Why is the grass green?" a grandchild asks her grandmother after playing outside.
NULL -- 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 2010
Ginger is one of those students who hates group projects.
NULL -- Jeremiah 23:1-6 -- Leah Thompson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2010
Have you ever seen the wrath of a mother descend upon a careless babysitter?
NULL -- Luke 23:33-43 -- Leah Thompson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2010
One simple comma is the difference between heaven and purgatory, and it makes that decision in today
Cedar Point is famous for its roller coasters... -- Isaiah 2:1-5 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Cedar Point is famous for its roller coasters. The great machines
College students get a little anxious... -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
College students get a little anxious before their parents come to
NULL -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a classic children's book about the children of a congregation an
NULL -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
It's the Wild West. Tumbleweeds chase each other across the dusty street.
NULL -- James 5:7-10 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
There was a missionary who had spent 25 years in the field without furlough.
In Persian folklore... -- Isaiah 7:10-16 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
In Persian folklore, a king has a request for his viziers.
2 Samuel 11:1-15 -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15 -- David O. Bales, Dennis A. Becker, Mary S. Lautensleger, Timothy Smith, Leah Thompson, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2009
2 Samuel 11:1-15
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 17 | OT 22 (2009) -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13 -- David O. Bales, Dennis A. Becker, Mary S. Lautensleger, Timothy Smith, Leah Thompson, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2009
1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 15 | OT 20 (2009) -- John 6:51-58, Ephesians 5:15-20, 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 -- David O. Bales, Dennis A. Becker, Mary S. Lautensleger, Timothy Smith, Leah Thompson, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B -- 2009
1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 16 | OT 21 (2009) -- John 6:56-69, Ephesians 6:10-20, 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43 -- Leah Thompson, Carlos Wilton, David O. Bales, Dennis A. Becker, Mary S. Lautensleger, Timothy Smith -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 2009
1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 14 | OT 19 (2009) -- John 6:35, 41-51, 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33, Ephesians 4:25--5:2 -- Leah Thompson, Carlos Wilton, David O. Bales, Dennis A. Becker, Mary S. Lautensleger, Timothy Smith -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 2009
2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 12 | OT 17 (2009) -- John 6:24-35, Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a -- Mary S. Lautensleger, Leah Thompson, Carlos Wilton, David O. Bales, Dennis A. Becker, Timothy Smith -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2009
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a
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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 pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
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Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
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