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Parable Of The Marriage Feast -- Matthew 22:14 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
Jesus had quite a lot to say about banquets, dinner parties, and marriage feasts.
A Feast For The Faithful -- Isaiah 40:11 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
Our Advent text today from Isaiah 40 dates from a time when ancient Iraq, known as Babylonia, was in
The Great Invitation -- Matthew 22:14 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
Not long ago a woman told me of her experiences when she and her husband received an invitation to d
The Hunger Pangs Of Success -- Philippians 2:5-7 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
In the 1990s we lived in highly successful times.
Dinner At Emmaus -- Luke 24:30-31, 35 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
It is a beauteous evening, calm and freeThe holy time is quiet as a nun
Breakfast On The Beach -- John 21:9, 12 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
It is early morning on the lake.
The Ultimate Wedding Reception -- Revelation 19:9 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
I've been hearing it a lot lately -- something most of you have heard as well.
Sacraments For Sometimes Secular People -- Matthew 28:19-20 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
It has become customary to speak of our time as a secular age.
Eating And Drinking Toward Spiritual Health -- 1 Corinthians 11:29-30 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
Eating and drinking are two of the most necessary and enjoyable activities of the human experience.
The Bread Of Life -- John 6:35 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
Compared to the Palestine of Jesus' day, America is a veritable paradise of physical comfort and a b
Water And The Thirst For Life -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
In the beginning there was no water, says scientist John Stewart Collis.
Thirst -- And The Living Waters -- John 4:13-14 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
It may come as a great reminder to note that we human beings are largely composed of water.
Waiting At The Table -- 1 Corinthians 11:26 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
It may not have occurred to you this morning as you ate your Kellogg's Corn Flakes that you were bit
Dinner With A Jealous Brother -- Luke 15:29 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
It was a classic scene right out of the heart of Protestant evangelicalism.
Communion And Companionship -- 1 Corinthians 10:17 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
Those of us raised in the Protestant and Reformed traditions often have forgotten that historic reli
Chicken Soup And Other Remedies -- Philippians 4:8 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
It was one of those memorable Sunday mornings in church. It was fall, in November.
The Yeast Of The Pharisees And Herod -- Mark 8:15 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
Mary Frances Fisher, feisty author of several books on food and cooking, was interviewed some time a
A Spiritual Bouquet For A Spiritual Banquet -- Galatians 5:22-23 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
Some years ago, Hulda Niebuhr, sister of the famous Niebuhr brothers, Reinhold and Richard, wrote a
Table Manners In A Hungry World -- Luke 16:20-21 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
The opening scene in the popular movie, Trading Places, shows the lead character as a black beggar o
The Feast Of Expectation -- Revelation 7:16-17 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
Some of my fondest memories of years past are of family reunions at holidays and anniversaries.
Life, Light, And Enlightenment -- John 1:4-5 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
Summer is the season of sun worshipers.
Bread For The Journey -- Exodus 16:11-12 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- 1993
It was a wonderful sight, right out of ancient history. I'll never forget it.
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John Jamison
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. (vv. 16-18)
John Jamison
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.  Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (vv. 50-53)

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Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
Frank Ramirez
The resurrection of Jesus takes center stage, rightfully so, in the church calendar. By contrast, Ascension Day often falls by the wayside, unless it happens to fall on a Sunday. It’s something Jesus did, but it’s not necessarily a significant event in the lives of many churches. These three texts, however, illustrate the central importance of this event, which is the capstone of the ministry of Jesus.
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Acts 1:1-11
There is still a lot to be in despair about in America. Racism is not gone, as the families who lost loved ones to wanton police shootings continue to mourn. Those who lost jobs, incomes, and businesses in the pandemic continue to suffer and remain in despair. It is all so tragic, as the German-born philosopher Theodor Adono once wrote: “But he who dies in despair has lived his life in vain.” Martin Luther saw this text and its account of the ascension as a time to preach on faith and the comfort from despair that that Word brings:

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Many years ago I met a churchwarden who had grown up within a Jewish background but who had converted to Christianity quite late in life. She had had an amazing conversion experience which had affected her deeply and as a result had become an ardent Christian. She was particularly zealous about Christian mission to the Jews, wanting to convert all Jews to Christianity. When I asked whether she thought Jesus was the only way to God, she looked astonished and said yes, of course!


Constance Berg
Brian could feel the heat of anger rising in his neck. His left hand curled into a fist and he hit the palm of his right hand. He felt dizzy as he looked around.

Clothes, towels, and sheets were scattered all over the living room. A glass of orange juice was empty, the contents still dribbling down the side of the coffee table. A towel landed at his feet. His one-year-old looked up at him and giggled, making Brian even more angry.
E. Carver Mcgriff
We Americans have long had a love affair with winners. Successful undertakings of nearly every sort quickly receive the admiration of those around us. As a group, we take great delight in banquets and other ceremonies at which honors are distributed. People who come in second are rarely remembered in our culture. The runner-up usually receives a brief word of recognition and then is quickly forgotten. If you happen to be a sports enthusiast, you'll remember the poor old Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
Paul E. Robinson
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An example:
John W. Clarke
Ascension Day is a good time for the Christian community to assess where it has been and where it is going. We need to ask ourselves why we are here and exactly what is it we are supposed to be doing. Our lesson for this day provides us with much needed information on what we should be doing and what our final destination as we travel this road in ministry with Jesus is.
Erskine White
When people are confused or afraid, when they feel that things are out of control, or when they feel helpless to overcome the problems which confront them, they often resort to "pie in the sky" religion. They look for Jesus to come and fix what they can't fix for themselves. They figure that one day, as if by magic, Jesus will make everything right for them in the "sweet bye and bye."


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Not the Hour or the Day
by Peter Andrew Smith
Acts 1:1-11

“God, I know that I’m supposed to have faith and trust,” Paul said softly as he sat on the bench outside of the nursing home. “Yet a part of me wishes you would tell me when.”

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