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Distractions -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things." (v.
Who I Am -- John 10:22-30 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"How long will you keep us in suspense?
Mysteries -- Ephesians 1:3-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his goo
Get smart -- Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
"See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human
Home sweet home -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Leah Thompson -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"See, the home of God is among mortals.
Law and order -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 2010
The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (v.
Persistent -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2010
"I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at le
The Christian uniform -- John 13:31-35 -- Leah Thompson -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
Light in the darkness -- Titus 2:11-14 -- Leah Thompson -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2010
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all… (v. 11)
All in all -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2010
"In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scyt
Light -- Revelation 21:10, 22--22:5 -- Leah Thompson -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be the
Angel -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and sai
Empty riches -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2010
"So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God." (v.
Keep the word -- John 14:23-29 -- Leah Thompson -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"Jesus answered him, 'Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we w
Perfect -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Leah Thompson -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2010
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a mang
Foundations -- Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2010
"For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God." (v.

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Empty riches -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2010
"So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God." (v.

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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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Call to Worship:

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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God's love brings us together.

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