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Americans have over-inflated images about themselves. Psychologists have discerned a cognitive bias termed illusory superiority that most of us share, a tendency to overestimate our qualities and abilities. As a result we are rather judgmental of the morality of others (though not our own). A 2010 Gallup poll found 76% of Americans thought the state of morality in American was declining (implying that theirs was better than everybody else's). And a 2012 Rasmussen poll found that 65% of the public believes that we are too generous with the way we administer welfare.

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C. David Mckirachan
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“Where’s the Chorus?” by C. David McKirachan
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Mark 6:14-29

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George Reed
Thomas Willadsen
Bethany Peerbolte
For July 15, 2018:
  • Tenants On The Earth by Dean Feldmeyer -- Since the earth we live on doesn’t belong to us, we really need to clean up our messes and leave it better than we found it.

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“It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” (v. 15b)

Good morning children.

Happy eighth Sunday of Pentecost. (explain the naming of the days in the church calendar)

Now today let us play the game “Truth or Lie.” Okay? I will tell you either a truth or a lie. See if you can guess which is a lie and which is a truth. (presenter may dream up a series of fun “truth and lie” statements and challenge the children with them)

How did you do? Which truth or lie did you like and which did you not like?

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Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12-19 and Psalm 24
Frank Ramirez
These three scriptures are very different, but at their core they are all God’s story, not ours. David used the Ark for his own political purposes, instead of remembering the Ark is God’s throne.

The Ephesians see gods in everything -- the emperor, deep mysteries revealed only to initiates, and the goddess Artemis -- but Paul reminds them there is one God who has made us one people, and God’s one plan is meant to bring us all together.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

In our worship today we look at promises and at a man who made a silly and dangerous promise which he shouldn't have kept. Let us ask God for help in making the right sort of promises and in keeping those promises.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we make rash and silly promises.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we make good promises but fail to keep them.
Christ, have mercy.

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William J. Carl, III
Dancing in holy places -- that's the theme of this text. I don't know about you, but sometimes in parish life you just don't feel much like dancing, especially when as a pastor you have to deal with several deaths in one week, and still have to get up and preach with a smile on your face. In a reversal of that British movie, Four Weddings and a Funeral, I remember one week when I was in the parish when we had "Four Funerals and a Wedding," and it was a bittersweet time for all of us.

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