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Pastor Bill was not your...

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Pastor Bill was not your ordinary pastor. Bill loved cattle. When he came to our congregation, he immediately struck a deal with a local farmer to allow him to raise a few cows on his farm. Next, he developed a relationship with the manager of the local auction barn and spent every Friday helping at the cattle auction.

Bill was also a bachelor. He often arrived on Sunday morning with uncombed hair, wrinkled shirts, and dirty fingernails. It also was apparent that Bill wore the same shoes at the auction barn as he did to church.

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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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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.

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

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