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On April 18, 1906, a...

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On April 18, 1906, a devastating earthquake rocked the city of San Francisco. What the earthquake didn't destroy, fire did. Much of the city lay in ruins, but plans were quickly put into place to rebuild the city. City and state officials downplayed the extent of the damage believing that if people knew the true story, they wouldn't invest in San Francisco's reconstruction. Building standards were lowered, some estimate by as much as 50%, in the rush to rebuild the city. Part of the rush to rebuild had to do with the Panama-Pacific Exposition that was to be held in the city in 1915.

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Frank Ramirez
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Bonnie Bates
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“You have the words of eternal life.” (v. 68b)

Good morning girls and boys,

Welcome. It's awesome to talk to you this morning. How are you? (children respond)

I have a question for you. Does your teacher ever teach something that is hard to understand? Are you sometimes puzzled or bewildered by something your teacher said?

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott

This is a story which tries to explain how Jesus can be the Holy One (God) and yet is regarded as God's son.

Call to Worship:

If we absorb Jesus, we live in him just as he lives in God. In our worship today, let us join together to explore what it means to absorb Jesus.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we find it difficult to understand the Bible.
Lord, have mercy.

SermonStudio

Carlos Wilton
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The power God offers to believers is different from the world's idea of power.

Old Testament Lesson
1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43
Solomon's Prayer Of Dedication For The Temple

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