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Reconciliation between people can be... -- Luke 19:1-10 -- All Saints Day - A
Reconciliation between people can be achieved in a variety of ways.
To stop doing wrong is... -- Isaiah 1:10-20 -- All Saints Day - A
To stop doing wrong is to repent.To seek justice is to be involved.
The issue for Zechariah comes... -- Zechariah 7:1-10 -- All Saints Day - A
The issue for Zechariah comes down to the question of true religion.
In the forests of Northern... -- Isaiah 1:10-20 -- All Saints Day - A
In the forests of Northern Europe lives the ermine, a small animal known best for its snow-white fur
The care and disciplining of... -- Zechariah 7:1-10 -- All Saints Day - A
The care and disciplining of the body is a dominant concern today.
Many people make religion out... -- Isaiah 1:10-20 -- All Saints Day - A
Many people make religion out to be a hard thing, its principles hard to understand, the motivation
What is the difference between... -- 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 -- All Saints Day - A
What is the difference between a good musician and a great musician?
The Amazing Randi (born Randall... -- 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 -- All Saints Day - A
The Amazing Randi (born Randall James Hamilton and now legally named James Randi) has devoted his li
There has never been an... -- Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 -- All Saints Day - A
There has never been an aristocracy in the United States.
Paul gives thanks for the... -- 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 -- All Saints Day - A
Paul gives thanks for the Thessalonian Christians because they are being sanctified by the Spirit an
A car became stuckb... -- 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 -- All Saints Day - A
A car became stuck in the snow and ice along the side of the road.
Sometimes it is doing a... -- 2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5 -- All Saints Day - A
Sometimes it is doing a massive thing to "stand firm and hold to the traditions." During a ti
A husband and wife died... -- Luke 20:27-38 -- All Saints Day - A
A husband and wife died at the same time and each parted for different destinations.
Jesus finished this dissertation on... -- Luke 20:27-38 -- All Saints Day - A
Jesus finished this dissertation on marriage with the Sadducees (who generally did not believ
The incident happened when she... -- Luke 20:27-38 -- All Saints Day - A
The incident happened when she was only five.
In Par Lagerkvist's novelb... -- Luke 20:27-38 -- All Saints Day - A
In Par Lagerkvist's novel Barabbas, Barabbas interviews Lazarus, whom Jesus raised fro
There is a distinction made... -- Haggai 2:1-9 -- All Saints Day - A
There is a distinction made in building and in art between restoration and renovation.
Evidently Zerubbabel and his associates... -- Haggai 2:1-9 -- All Saints Day - A
Evidently Zerubbabel and his associates were intimidated by the challenge of rebuilding the Temple,
Joshua had been promised a... -- Haggai 2:1-9 -- All Saints Day - A
Joshua had been promised a bicycle for his eighth birthday.
When Haggai spoke (520 B.C... -- Haggai 2:1-9 -- All Saints Day - A
When Haggai spoke (520 B.C.), the people had returned from exile and had lived in Jerusalem f
There was a college... -- 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 -- All Saints Day - A
There was a college student who said she did not believe in God.
A few years ago the... -- 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 -- All Saints Day - A
A few years ago the posters of Sister Corita were nearly ubiquitous around the church in publication

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Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
You have no doubt seen, as I have, the lingering effect of the songs that are sung at a loved one’s funeral. Certain individuals in my congregation reliably tear up during this hymn or that one, and I know that it’s because that song was sung at their parent’s, or spouse’s, or child’s service. And the experience of death and grief is so strong in us that that song, then, forever belongs to that occasion for that individual. 
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Revelation 7:9-17
Wayne Brouwer
Abraham Kuyper served two terms as prime minister of the Netherlands in the early 20th century. He was known as a man of faith and sought to incorporate it into every dimension of life, including social and political. But faith was not always so important to Kuyper. At the start of his career, he was a young preacher in a rural village. He had been schooled in the best of modern theology, and his sermons were well-polished masterpieces.

The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Bethany Peerbolte
Ron Love
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For November 1, 2020:
  • Shining in Glory by Chris Keating — On All Saints day, we recall those who have faced the great ordeal. Those who shine in glory give us courage to press forward, even in the face of pandemic and ongoing strife.

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Peter Andrew Smith
“There were so many people involved in the project I’m not sure I deserve to be singled out,” Jenny said.

“You deserve it and more,” Carl said from beside her. “Don’t be humble. You worked hard and should be thanked.”

“Thanked I can handle but all of this?” Jenny nodded toward the lavish reception which followed the surprise presentation. “Like I said in my speech there were many hands and gifts that went to make this outreach effort possible.”

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John Jamison
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. (vv. 1-4)

John Jamison
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (vv. 11-12)

I have a few questions for you.

Have any of you ever been sick? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel lucky? (Let them respond.)

Have any of you ever gotten hurt? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel happy? (Let them respond.)

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Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
Inspired by the saints and the love of God.

Collect of the Day
Acknowledging that God has knit His people together in one body, petitions are offered that the faithful might follow the saints in lives of faith and commitment and know the inexpressible joys prepared for those who love Him. Doctrines of Sanctification (construed as a Work of God), Church, and Eschatology are emphasized.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
Mary Sue Dehmlow Dreier
Pharisees Today

The Pharisees were real "good news/bad news" guys!

They were the undisputed authorities on the Jewish Scriptures, and the recognized spokespersons for Moses himself. "Do whatever they teach you and follow it," Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples (Matthew 23:3a). We hear so much about Jesus in conflict with the Pharisees, that sometimes we forget Jesus respectfully acknowledged their academic accomplishments and religious leadership.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

The Church of Christ

Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority

The local community

Those who suffer

The communion of saints


These responses may be used:


Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

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