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NULL -- 1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24) -- Tim Smith -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
Lilia felt empty following her divorce. Her friends stood by her but she felt alone nonetheless.
NULL -- Luke 7:11-17 -- Tim Smith -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2010
When Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, lost their five-year-old daught
NULL -- Luke 8:26-39 -- Tim Smith -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2010
It had been several years since Patricia had been in contact with any of her family.
NULL -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Tim Smith -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2010
Tensions were running high among members of the family.
NULL -- Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 -- Tim Smith -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2010
Linda Graham believes in miracles.
NULL -- Philemon 1:1-21 -- Tim Smith -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2010
It is not always easy to do the right thing.
NULL -- Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 -- Tim Smith -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2010
Someone asked in an adult Sunday school class if there were prophets today.
NULL -- 2 Timothy 3:14--4:5 -- Tim Smith -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2010
Kelly feels the pressure teaching in a public school to not share her faith.
NULL -- Luke 18:9-14 -- Tim Smith -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2010
Gail was upset over the girl her son was dating. She knew that she was all wrong for him.
NULL -- 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 -- Tim Smith -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2010
It was one of those moments when we ask ourselves "What am I doing here?" Pam was clearly out of her
NULL -- Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 -- Tim Smith -- All Saints Day - C -- 2010
The day after his father's funeral Gary visited with his mother.
NULL -- Luke 6:20-31 -- Tim Smith -- All Saints Day - C -- 2010
Often we do not realize the influence we have on other people.
NULL -- Luke 21:5-19 -- Tim Smith -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 2010
Harold remembers the time when he was serving in the Navy almost fifty years ago.
NULL -- John 6:25-35 -- Tim Smith -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
Robin remembers one Thanksgiving years ago when she and her children
NULL -- Colossians 1:11-20 -- Tim Smith -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2010
Sara remembers her parents insisting that she and her sister attend Sunday school and church each we
Tomorrow Dick will be ringing a bell... -- Romans 13:11-14 -- Tim Smith -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Tomorrow Dick will be ringing a bell in front of a local store for the
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While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”


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Acts 3:12-19
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Note: This installment was originally published for April 22, 2012.

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.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
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.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we aren't good witnesses to you.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, forgive us for all those things we think and do which we know are wrong.


John A. Stroman
The theme of 1 John all along has been the love of God. The author now expands that love in the phrase, "the children of God," and for the first time he considers what it means to be the children of God. Earlier, he presented love within the fellowship and now he speaks of the meaning of God's love for us and its implications for the future. The consequences and proof of the love of God are evident in being called "the children of God." He is careful to point out that the love of God is a gift; we do not earn it.
Robert A. Noblett
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).
James R. Wilson
First Lesson: Acts 3:12-19
Theme: Responding to God with repentance

Call To Worship
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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