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Pray Devoutly, Hammer Stoutly -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Thomas A. Renquist -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2000
They had not been married long -- three or four years -- when it started to unravel.
Not Persistence, But Shamelessness -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Thomas A. Renquist -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2000
Midnight is not the best time to go knocking on your neighbor's door for a cup of sugar, is it?
From Hoarding To Giving -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Thomas A. Renquist -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2000
This story begins with gift -- with blessed gift -- with miraculous, blessed giftedness.
Gift And Responsibility -- Luke 12:32-40 -- Thomas A. Renquist -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2000
Jesus tells us, "Don't be afraid," but it seems to me there is a lot to be afraid of.
Peace-Maker Or Piece-Maker? -- Luke 12:49-53 -- Thomas A. Renquist -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2000
A hard, hard word has been laid on us this morning -- a word so hard that I would rather be almost a
The Bent Made Straight -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Thomas A. Renquist -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2000
It's Saturday morning, a Sabbath day in Israel, and Jesus once again finds himself teaching in the s
Living It Down -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Thomas A. Renquist -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2000
You worship together with the People of God and it doesn't take long before you notice it: this cons
Costly Grace -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Thomas A. Renquist -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2000
The opening phrase of our Gospel is all-important: Large crowds were traveling with Jesus." Large cr
God As Loser And Finder -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Thomas A. Renquist -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2000
It happens now with increasing regularity.
A Rogue Savior -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Thomas A. Renquist -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2000
It's a perplexing story.
Inside, Outside -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Thomas A. Renquist -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2000
Rich man, poor man -- stories of contrast. It's a familiar theme in literature.
Upside-Down And Topsy-Turvy -- Luke 17:5-10 -- Thomas A. Renquist -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2000
Hierarchy is definitely out of fashion in America.

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Upside-Down And Topsy-Turvy -- Luke 17:5-10 -- Thomas A. Renquist -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2000
Hierarchy is definitely out of fashion in America.

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The Great Heart Of Neuendettelsau -- Thomas A. Renquist -- 1993
Reader 1: In 1808 in Germany, Wilhelm Loehe was born into a pious Christian family with deep roots i
Dag Hammarskjold Peacemaker -- A Liturgy -- Thomas A. Renquist -- 1993
The Entrance RiteThe Prelude
Saint Ignatius Eager Martyr -- Thomas A. Renquist -- 1993
Reader 1: In the early years of the second century -- sometime around 110 A.D.
John Christian Frederick Heyer First American Lutheran Missionary -- Thomas A. Renquist -- 1993
Reader 1: The year is 1869.
Cyril And Methodius Missionaries To The Slavs -- Thomas A. Renquist -- 1993
Reader 1: Today we honor two brothers, Cyril and Methodius, saints from the ninth century who were m
Thomas Aquinas Teacher Of The Church -- Thomas A. Renquist -- 1993
Reader 1: Was it the greatest of centuries for Christianity?
Perpetua And Felicity Courageous Martyrs -- Thomas A. Renquist -- 1993
Reader 2: "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church."
Athanasius Faithful Teacher -- Thomas A. Renquist -- 1993
Reader 1: In the early part of the fourth century it suddenly became a lot less dangerous to be a Ch
Ludwig Nommensen Missionary To The Bataks -- Thomas A. Renquist -- 1993
Reader 1: In the Pacific Ocean of southeastern Asia lies the country known as Indonesia.
Saint Benedict The Rule Of Saint Benedict -- Thomas A. Renquist -- 1993
Reader 1: You are driving along Interstate 94, just west of St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Bartolome' de Las Casas Protector Of The Indians -- Thomas A. Renquist -- 1993
Reader 1: In 1992, North, Central and South Americans celebrated the 500th anniversary of Columbus'
Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian -- Thomas A. Renquist -- 1993
Reader 1: He was called "the world's greatest living human being." By the age of 30 he was recognize
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During the time of the Reformation, John Foxe of England was impressed by the testimony of the early Christians. He gleaned the pages of early historical writings, and wrote a book that has become a classic in the church: Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

One story he tells is about an early church leader named Lawrence. Lawrence acted as a pastor for a church community. He also collected the offerings for the poor each week and that led to his death.

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Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

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Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
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Here's the scene. The disciples are huddled together and they have just heard Simon's account of experiencing the risen Christ when Cleopas and his companion enter and add word of their encounter with the risen Christ. Luke describes the scene like this: "While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' They were startled and terrified, and thought they were seeing a ghost" (v. 36).
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Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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