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Salvaging Our Lives -- Genesis 29:15-28 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 1998
If you have ever made an in-depth investigation of your family history, a genealogy, then you probab
The Honor Of A Limp -- Genesis 32:22-31 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 1998
Richard Sears was a young man when his father died, and so he had to go to work to support the famil
The Waste In Comparison -- Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 1998
Grandparents are some of the most well-balanced people on the face of the earth. They have to be.
God Sends Us Ahead -- Genesis 45:1-15 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1998
This is it. The moment we've all been waiting for.
Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are! -- Exodus 1:8--2:10 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1998
Moses was a master of masquerade! He lived a good portion of his life in disguise.
Growing No Feathers -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1998
When Imelda Marcos was criticized for having 3,000 pairs of shoes in her closet, her excuse was: "Ev
Bloody Doorposts -- Exodus 12:1-14 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1998
When I was about twelve years of age I attended a state Boy Scout jamboree.
Going Through The Waters -- Exodus 14:19-31 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1998
I suppose when we hear this passage about the parting of the Reed Sea, many of us cannot help but re
The Rain Of Bread -- Exodus 16:2-15 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 1998
There is nothing like heading out into the back country, carrying on your back everything you need t
It's Not Over When The Fat Lady Sings -- Exodus 17:1-7 -- Tempe Fussell, Curtis Fussell -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 1998
Consider this list: a local restaurant under construction, a high school dropout, the cross-stitch I
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All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

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Road trip. Books, movies, and songs often center on a story about a journey in which someone finds out who they really are, what they really want, how to become what they were meant to be. The journey may be literal — discovering about ourselves through travel — or symbolic — an inward journey or experience that crystalizes self-discovery. In these passages, Jeremiah’s journey is an inward dialogue with God, in which, despite his protestations, it becomes apparent he is to be God’s prophet in the worst of times.
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Call to worship:

Jesus grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him. As we grow, let us too become strong, with the favour of God upon us.

Invitation to confession:

Lord, we would grow inwardly strong, as you were strong.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, sometimes we are weak and do that which we later regret.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, may we hold fast to you and become filled with wisdom.
Lord, have mercy.



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For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body -- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free -- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.... Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (vv. 12-14, 27)

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