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The Sprouting Fig Tree -- Luke 21:25-36 -- William E. Keeney -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
25"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
The Blind Guiding The Blind -- Luke 6:39-49 -- William E. Keeney -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - C -- 1997
39He also told them a parable: "Can a blind person guide a
The Barren Fruit Tree -- Luke 13:1-9 -- William E. Keeney -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 1997
1At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate h
A Father And Two Sons -- Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 -- William E. Keeney -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1997
1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to
Forgiving Debts -- Luke 7:36--8:3 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - C -- 1997
36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he
The Neighborly Samaritan -- Luke 10:25-37 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 1997
25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.
Persistent Praying -- Luke 11:1-13 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 1997
1He was praying in a certain place, and after he had
The Unwise Farmer -- Luke 12:13-21 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 1997
13Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my
Weather Signs -- Luke 12:49-56 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1997
49"I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were
Honor Or Humility -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1997
1On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a
The Price Of Discipleship -- Luke 14:25-33 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 1997
25Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned
Recovering The Lost -- Luke 15:1-10 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 1997
1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to
The Rich Man And Poor Beggar -- Luke 16:19-31 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 1997
19"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine
The Servant's Duty -- Luke 17:5-10 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 1997
5The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" 6The Lord replied, "If you had faith
A Widow And A Bad Judge -- Luke 18:1-8 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 1997
1Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray
Two Men Praying -- Luke 18:9-14 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 1997
9He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves
Prepared Servants -- Luke 12:32-40 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 1997
Watching. Waiting. Preparedness. Servanthood. These are
The Shrewd Steward -- Luke 16:1-13 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 1997
1Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who
The Fig Tree Lesson -- Mark 13:24-37 -- William E. Keeney -- 1996
We were traveling in the dark.
The One Shepherd -- John 10:11-18 -- William E. Keeney -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - B -- 1996
The Good Shepherd parable comes on the fourth Sunday of Easter.
Bread For Life -- John 6:35, 41-51 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 1996
Friends told me recently that they had bought a bread-making machine.
Eating Living Bread -- John 6:51-58 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B -- 1996
Most Americans eat well. Three square meals a day is not uncommon.
Tying Up A Strong Man -- Mark 3:20-35 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - B -- 1996
Mark's gospel account very quickly gets into the conflict that will eventually culminate in the deat
Seeds And The Kingdom -- Mark 4:26-34 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - B -- 1996
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The Neighborly Samaritan -- Luke 10:25-37 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 1997
The parable of the neighborly Samaritan demonstrates the enduring and provocative power of a good st
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He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

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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Jeremiah 1:4-10
Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost for His Highest, wrote, “'I have chosen you!' Keep that note of greatness in your creed. It is not that you have got God but that He has got you.” These words are powerful and, I think, reflect well the call of Jeremiah that we see in this passage. From before the time he was born, God had a plan for Jeremiah. He would be God’s prophet to the nations. 

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
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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Gregory L. Tolle
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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(See Proper 16/Pentecost 14/Ordinary Time 21, Cycle C, for an alternative approach.)

William G. Carter
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Steven E. Albertin
"The land of the free and the home of the brave." So ends our national anthem sung today at many large public gatherings in our society. It was originally penned in a time of war and has continually reminded us that this is a nation where people will bravely fight to defend their freedoms. But in this day of post-modern relativism, when there are very few causes left which anyone will bravely defend, "freedom" still remains as the great American ideal.

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