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Written words -- Romans 15:4-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness
Where you came from -- 2 Timothy 3:14--4:5 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2010
"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you lea
Fame -- Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2010
"Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your name
Memory -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Leah Thompson -- Good Friday - C -- 2010
"I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more." (v. 17)
Bearing fruit -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good
Role models -- James 5:7-10 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the
Bearing fruit -- Colossians 1:1-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2010
"Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among y
What is truth? -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Leah Thompson -- Good Friday - C -- 2010
"Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king.
What (not) to wear -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Object: a department store magazine/catalog (or clothing store magazine/catalog)
Family -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
"But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus y
Apple of my eye -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Leah Thompson -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
"… for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ." (v. 22)
Missing person -- John 20:1-18 -- Leah Thompson -- Easter Day - C -- 2010
They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord,
Piece of cake -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God… (v.
Word of mouth -- Luke 8:26-39 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
" 'Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.' So he went away, proclaiming
Surprise! -- John 20:19-31 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the
Love -- Acts 10:34-43 -- Leah Thompson -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A -- 2010
Then Peter began to speak to them: "I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every
Slave or free -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
"For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportu
Worthy -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and hon
Beloved -- Matthew 3:13-17 -- Leah Thompson -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A -- 2010
And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased." (v.
Who is my neighbor? -- Luke 10:25-37 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2010
But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" (v. 29)
Man overboard! -- John 21:1-19 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumpe
Likewise -- Hebrews 2:10-18 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A -- 2010
Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.
Shaping up -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
"For in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether
Washing clean -- Revelation 7:9-17 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them
Moving day -- Matthew 2:13-23 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A -- 2010
There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophe

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“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

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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.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.

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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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