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The Scrappy Sound of Comfort

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In this week’s lectionary passage from the Hebrew scriptures, the prophet Isaiah declares to the exiled Israelites that their “penalty is paid,” and that God will “feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.” It’s a message of comfort to a people wandering in the wilderness -- but it’s also a call to “prepare the way of the Lord, [to] make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” As team member Chris Keating points out in this installment of The Immediate Word, we too yearn for a sim

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The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Ron Love
George Reed
Thomas Willadsen
Bethany Peerbolte
Solomon leads all Israel in worship, gathering the leaders of the people, the elders, priests and heads of the tribes to watch as the ark of the covenant makes its way into the most holy place of the Temple.

Smoke fills the room as the glory of God fills the room. All eyes are upon Solomon as he lifts his hands toward heaven in prayer. The leaders knew his words would bring a blessing.  How lovely, indeed, are the dwelling places of the Lord.

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David O. Bales
John Fitzgerald
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“Those Who Know What Armor Is For” by David O. Bales
“Choose This Day” by John Fitzgerald


Cannibalism?
by David O. Bales
John 6:56-69


“What’s with Rufus?” Longinus asked. “Makes sense he wants to dash to the village every moment he’s off duty, but when I ask him if he wants to go trolling the streets with me, he says ‘no.’ He always used to.”

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Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43 and Psalm 84
Frank Ramirez
According to the story, once when the great Greek mathematician Euclid was teaching a king about geometry his pupil complained because the subject was hard. Wasn’t there an easier path to knowledge? Euclid informed the king that there is no royal road to learning.

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Arley K. Fadness
“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?

Have you ever wondered about hard things like what electricity is and how it works? Or gravity? Or the universe? Or algebra? (children answer)

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
Theme For The Day
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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