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Christmas 1 -- Luke 2:41-52 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
This is the only story that Luke tells from Jesus' childhood.
Proper 4 -- Luke 7:1-10 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
Luke 7:1 marks a transition in the flow of material in this Gospel.
Proper 5 -- Luke 7:11-17 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
In Chapter 14 we referred to David Tiede's understanding that Luke 7 is a kind of "Christological dr
Proper 6 -- Luke 7:36--8:3 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
The lectionary at this point omits the material in Luke 7:18-35.
Proper 8 -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
Scholars have recognized for a long time that the material in Luke 9:51„19:27 is unique in the Synop
Proper 9 -- Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
Chapters 9 and 10 of Luke are much occupied with the disciples.
Proper 10 -- Luke 10:25-37 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
We come this week to one of the great Lukan stories that have found their way into the consciousness
Proper 11 -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
The few verses in this week's Gospel text have been the subject of much interpretation.
Proper 12 -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
One of the basic agendas "on the way to Jerusalem" is instruction of the disciples.
Proper 13 -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
"God has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty" (Luke 1:53).
Proper 14 -- Luke 12:32-40 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
This week's text begins with a clear statement of the Gospel message. "Do not be afraid ...
Proper 15 -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
"I came to bring fire to the earth...." "I have a baptism with which to be baptized...." Je
Proper 16 -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
We have seen that the material in the Travel Narrative consists primarily of Jesus' giving instructi
Proper 17 -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
Chapter 14 in Luke's Gospel consists of a series of discourses in the setting of a banquet.
Proper 18 -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
In this week's text Jesus fixes his gaze on the multitudes who have followed him and calls them to d
Proper 19 -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because ...
Proper 28; Pentecost 27 -- Mark 13:1-8 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1996
In his work on Mark's Gospel, A Master of Surprise, Donald Juel joins an earlier argument made by R.
Proper 3; Pentecost 2 -- Mark 2:13-22 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1996
We may need to refresh our memory by noting that today's gospel text is one of four controversy stor
Proper 5; Pentecost 4 -- Mark 3:20-35 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1996
Most commentators note that there is a break in the flow of Mark's story following our last pericope
Proper 6 -- Mark 4:26-34 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1996
We come now to the Sunday of the "great omission." Lectionary Cycle B skips over the first 25 verse
Proper 7; Pentecost 6 -- Mark 4:35-41 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1996
In the overall structure of Mark's Gospel we now move into material that follows the Parable of the
Proper 8; Pentecost 7 -- Mark 5:21-43 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1996
The revised lectionary cycle serves us well by putting the intercalated stories of the healing of th
Proper 9 -- Mark 6:1-13 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1996
Our text for this week records a sudden change of context.
Resurrection Of The Lord -- Mark 16:1-8 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1996
We stand here at the climactic passage in Mark's Gospel.

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Lent 4 -- Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1997
We come now to the story in Luke in which the heart of the Christian faith is explicated in story fo




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Call to Worship:

When Jesus appeared, he said "Peace be with you." Let us take hold of his peace today and share it with each other.

(The children could be encouraged to share the Peace at this point)

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we don't bother to think about you.
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Jesus, sometimes we we get things wrong.
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