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Friends forever -- Luke 7:11-17 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
"The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother." (v. 15)
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
King of the Jews -- Luke 23:33-43 -- Leah Thompson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2010
There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews." (v. 38)
Expert witness -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2010
He said to him, "If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced
Salutations -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priest
Sore afraid -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany of the Lord - A -- 2010
When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him… (v. 3)
Happy thoughts -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
"Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, w
Good treasure -- 2 Timothy 1:1-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2010
"Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us." (v.
Under the mask -- Galatians 2:15-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - C -- 2010
"And it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.
Crying game -- Revelation 21:1-6a -- Leah Thompson -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2010
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. (v. 4a)
What's in a name? -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2010
"So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.
Hare-brained -- John 6:25-35 -- Leah Thompson -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs,
Doing what you're ought -- Luke 17:5-10 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2010
"So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, 'We are worthless slave
Relativity -- Luke 7:36--8:3 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - C -- 2010
"Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great
The least of these -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Leah Thompson -- New Year's Day - A, New Year's Day - B, New Year's Day - C -- 2010
And the king will answer them, "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these
Waiting out the storm -- Luke 22:14--23:56 -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2010
"… but they kept shouting, 'Crucify, crucify him!' " (v. 23:21)
Shoemaker... or Elves? -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
"The night is far gone, the day is near.
Hey batta batta...swing! -- 2 Timothy 2:8-15 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2010
"Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which
Fly away home -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has
Pure in heart -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - A -- 2010
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (v. 8)
Bread of the Spirit -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 -- Leah Thompson -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2010
"For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he com
Be prepared -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
"And they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of
He was a what? -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2010
"He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan." (v. 16)
Terrific, radiant, humble -- Galatians 6:(1-6) 7-16 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2010
"For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves." (v.
Hands and feet -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Leah Thompson -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2010
"So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet

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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.
Lord, have mercy.

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