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We watch the pool balls...

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We watch the pool balls rolling around the table. We know that they are moving in this way because something has hit them and sent them into action. If we hadn't known of a white ball plunging into them, we would wonder how it is that they are in motion. We would have to guess that something already moving had caused this effect.

Along the same line of reasoning, one of the traditional scholastic "proofs" for the existence of God asks us to observe the movement of the heavenly bodies and from there assume the cause of that effect to be the "Great Mover," i.e., God.

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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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