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Strategic Moves -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2020
There is something wonderfully paradoxical about the Christian church.
Long-term ascension assurances -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- David Coffin -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2014
Nobody thought this day would happen. The longtime department supervisor was retiring.
Game plan -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53, Psalm 47 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
During the 1978 British firefighters strike, the army was enlisted to cover emergency services.
Ground rules -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53, Psalm 47 -- R. Craig Mccreary -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2008
This past summer I was treated to viewing one of those baseball donnybrooks in
Ascension perspective -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1996

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Carried into heaven -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2020
Good morning, boys and girls. Why do you think I brought a kite with me this morning?
Eyes Open! -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Anna Shirey -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2014
First Thoughts
We are the body -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
Which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (v. 23)
Extra-terrestrial -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Leah Thompson -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
You are witnesses of these things. (v. 48)
Read and ask -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2008
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you
Up to heaven -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2008
While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into
The eyes of your heart -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - A
Good evening! I have two pictures that I want to show you
What's Ascension? -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - A
Good evening! Can anyone tell me why we are in church on
Hope ... riches... greatness -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - A
Sometimes people collect baseball cards. Some people have lots
Clothed with power -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - A
Hello! One of my favorite comic characters has been Superman.
Time to pray -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - A
Good morning, boys and girls. (Fold your hands in prayer as

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The Joy Conundrum -- Luke 24:44-53, Ephesians 1:15-23, Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
On the final Sunday preceding Pentecost, many congregations will be observing Ascension Sunday, usin
Looking Skyward -- Carlos Wilton -- Ascension of the Lord - A
Ascension Day is not observed by many North Americans.

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Ascension of the Lord (2020) -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, M Adryael Tong, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2020
Acts 1:1-11
Sermon Illustrations for Ascension of the Lord (2014) -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Derl G. Keefer -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2014
Acts 1:1-11
Theophilus means... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Bob Ove -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2014
Theophilus means "lover of God." We hope all Christians will be lovers of God.
The words of the famed... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2014
The words of the famed French intellectual Blaise Pascal well describe the sense of meaninglessness
President Abraham Lincoln... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ron Love -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2014
President Abraham Lincoln's secretary of war, Edward Stanton, had a hatred for one of his generals.
The power of the church... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2014
The power of the church is Christ.
Everything that happened... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Bob Ove -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2014
Everything that happened to Jesus was foretold in the Old Testament.
Sermon Illustrations for Ascension of the Lord (2011) -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
Acts 1:1-11
They say patience is a virtue... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Craig Kelly -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
"Patience is a virtue," they say.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, executed by order of Hitler... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, executed by order of Hitler shortly before the Allies rescued prisoners from th
When it appeared that Congress would be unable to pass... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ron Love -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
When it appeared that Congress would be unable to pass the 2011 budget, 800,000 federal employees wh
Thank God for the feet who have trod ahead of me... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
Thank God for the feet who have trod ahead of me.
Susan Roy wrote a book that studied the history of the fallout shelter... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ron Love -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
Susan Roy wrote a book that studied the history of the fallout shelter, titled Bamboozled: How th
A little boy went to his first symphony orchestra concert... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
A little boy went to his first symphony orchestra concert.
I thought it would be interesting to find out how many... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Craig Kelly -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
I thought it would be interesting for this illustration to find out just how many English translatio
We'd lived in Miles City... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2008
We'd lived in Miles City, Montana, a few months when a man in Billings (two hours
The apostles asked Jesus the... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2008
The apostles asked Jesus the question: "Is this the time when you will restore the
Many have scoffed at the... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2008
Many have scoffed at the idea of the ascension of the Lord Jesus as told about in Acts
In the spring of 2005... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2008
In the spring of 2005, students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology organized the
It was a great and... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2008
It was a great and marvelous thing that Jesus did when he came to our earth and showed
Like many in her generation... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2008
Like many in her generation, Holly stopped attending church when she was seventeen
Martin and Olga emigrated to... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2008
Martin and Olga emigrated to the United States after World War II. Strangers to a new
By the age of eight... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2008
By the age of eight years, Phil had figured out that memorizing and quoting the Bible was

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Left Behind -- Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53 -- Keith Hewitt, Peter Andrew Smith -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2020
Contents “Left Behind” by Keith Hewitt

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The Joy Conundrum -- Luke 24:44-53, Ephesians 1:15-23, Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
On the final Sunday preceding Pentecost, many congregations will be observing Ascension Sunday, usin

Preaching

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The Joy Conundrum -- Luke 24:44-53, Ephesians 1:15-23, Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
On the final Sunday preceding Pentecost, many congregations will be observing Ascension Sunday, usin
Looking Skyward -- Carlos Wilton -- Ascension of the Lord - A
Ascension Day is not observed by many North Americans.

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Ascension Of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Carlos Wilton -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
The Ascension Of Our Lord -- Psalm 93 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary.
The Ascension Of Our Lord -- Psalm 47 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see The Ascension Of Our Lord, Cycle B, for an alt
Ascension -- Jeff Wedge -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2004
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Ascension of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2004
The book of the Acts of the Apostles is the second volume of Luke's great account of God's act of sa
The Ascension Of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme Jesus out of the grave and alive and with us.
Ascension -- Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-11 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1998
1. Text
The Ascension Of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Acts 1:1-11 (C, RC, E)
Miracle 5 Ascension -- Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-11 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1998
1. Text
The risen, ascended and exalted Christ. -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Acts 1:1--11 (C, RC, E, L)
Up, Up And Away! -- Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-11 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1992
Then he said to them, "These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that eve
Up, Up And Away! The Miracle Of The Ascension -- Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-11 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1992
Then he said to them, "These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that eve
The Ascension of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53 -- George M. Bass -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

Sermon

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The Joy Conundrum -- Luke 24:44-53, Ephesians 1:15-23, Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
On the final Sunday preceding Pentecost, many congregations will be observing Ascension Sunday, usin
Looking Skyward -- Carlos Wilton -- Ascension of the Lord - A
Ascension Day is not observed by many North Americans.

SermonStudio

He Ascended into Heaven -- Luke 24:44-53 -- David O. Bales -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2010
After John Glenn was the first American astronaut to orbit the earth, he met with the Soviet astrona
Stargazing, Naval Gazing, and Other Waiting Games -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Tony S. Everett -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2010
Hurry up and wait! Hurry up and wait!
Connected To God -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Lee Griess -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2007
It's one of those stories that circulates around the internet.
Receiving The Power Of The Holy Spirit -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2007
I love this story.
Power Sharing -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- David O. Bales -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2007
Modern people are fascinated with power.
The Eyes Of Your Heart -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Richard W. Ferris, William G. Carter, Jeff Wedge, Richard C. Brand -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2004
John Edward believes that people don't just die, but that they "cross over."
Completing The Master's Work -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2004
Classical music provides some significant examples of great musical compositions that were never fin
Bear Love -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Bill Mosley -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2004
Do you remember everything your mother told you?
Having High Hope -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2001
Into Thin Air is John Krakauer's grizzly account of the loss of twelve persons attempting to climb M
Looking Up, Looking Out -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Robert J. Elder -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2001
Alan Paton was a courageous South African author whose courage was manifest in his novels, written d
Completing The Master's Work -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1998
Giacomo Puccini was one of the greatest composers of opera who ever lived.
He Ascended Into Heaven -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Richard L. Sheffield -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1998
I want to take the text seriously this morning.
A Time To Hear Hope Calling -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1998
Huckle the Cat and his school teacher Miss Honey the Bear, Bananas Gorilla, Captain Salty, Pig Will
What Makes Those Disciples So Darn Happy? -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1992
"I tell you, those disciples had it made! I sure wish that I had been alive in those days.
The Majesty Of God's Love -- Matthew 28:16-20 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1992
Today we celebrate Jesus' ascension into heaven.
A Name Above All Others -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Theodore F. Schneider -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1992
I. Jesus Christ is Lord!Deus ascendit! "God has gone up!"
The Three Wishes Of The Christian Life -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Albert G. Butzer, III -- Ascension of the Lord - A
Following the resurrection of their Lord, the disciples' lives must have been an emotional roller co

Stories

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Left Behind -- Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:44-53 -- Keith Hewitt, Peter Andrew Smith -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2020
Contents “Left Behind” by Keith Hewitt
The Outer Limits -- Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Psalm 47 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2014
Contents"The Outer Limits" by C. David McKirachan
You Are Witnesses -- Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Psalm 47 -- Keith Hewitt, Larry Winebrenner, Sandra Herrmann -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
Contents "Ascension" by Keith Hewitt
Wayne's Deployment -- Luke 24:44-53, Ephesians 1:15-23, Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47 -- Argile Smith, Charles D. Reeb, John S. Smylie -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "Wayne's Deployment" by Argile Smith

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Clouded Vision -- Acts 1:1-11 -- David E. Leininger -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2007
There is an ancient apocryphal story about Jesus' arrival at the pearly gates following the ascensio
Kristina's Angel -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2004
Theresa Hammerquist
We Have The Majority -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2004
God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right
A Prayer And A Blessing -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Constance Berg -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2001
Pastor Wallace was loved by many, many people.

Worship

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The Joy Conundrum -- Luke 24:44-53, Ephesians 1:15-23, Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2011
On the final Sunday preceding Pentecost, many congregations will be observing Ascension Sunday, usin
Looking Skyward -- Carlos Wilton -- Ascension of the Lord - A
Ascension Day is not observed by many North Americans.

SermonStudio

The Ascension Of Our Lord -- Luke 24:44-53, Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Psalm 47 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2007
Service Notes
The Ascension Of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: We gather in this holy place, some empty, some filled,
What Are You Looking At? -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Frank Ramirez -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Psalm 47)
The Ascension Of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2004
HymnsHoly Spirit, Truth Divine (CBH 508, UM465)
Ascension Of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2001
Theme: Christ Knows No BoundsCall To Worship
Ascension Of Our Lord -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2001
Theme: Coming To Know ChristCall To Worship
Ascension Of Our Lord -- Luke 24:44-53 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2001
Theme: The CommissionCall To Worship
Ascension Of Our Lord -- Psalm 47 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 2001
Words Of Assurance
The Ascension of Christ -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1998
A Celebration Of ResurrectionInvitation to the Easter Celebration
Ascension Of Our Lord -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Acts 1:1-11Theme: SonlightCall To Worship
Clap Your Hands All You Peoples -- Psalm 47 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1992
Suggestions:Use as a call to worship.6 readers - youths Read with vigor.
ASCENSION DAY -- Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53 -- B. David Hostetter -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP and INVOCATIONLet us worship God.Let us pray
The Church's mission in time and space -- Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 47, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:46-53 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: With this beginning to what is, in effect, his Volume Two, Luke epitomizes his Gosp
The ascension of Jesus -- Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Heth H. Corl -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1986
Call to WorshipPastor:
ASCENSION DAY -- Psalm 47, Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:46-53 -- Norman A. Beck -- Ascension of the Lord - A -- 1986
The Ascension accounts in Luke-Acts (Luke 24:44-53 and Acts 1:1-11) and in Matthew 28:16-20 accompli
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John Jamison
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

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Katy Stenta
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
The sense of urgency and immediacy conveyed in this week’s readings is somewhat akin to the mad dash Midwesterners make to grocery stores in advance of snowstorms. Instead of buying eggs and milk, God’s people are called to sense the Kairos moments of God. Jonah, fresh from the beach, walks about Nineveh preaching God’s impending judgement. In 1 Corinthians, Paul reminds his readers that the time is growing short — perhaps not as short as Donald Trump’s tenure as president, but still short. Mark impresses upon us that the time for Christ’s mission has been fulfilled.

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Wayne Brouwer
Recently, British researchers discovered that 42 percent of the church-goers in that country fall asleep during the sermon. The numbers may be astounding, but the habit is as old as Eutychus’s fatal nap in Acts 20.

Even the great eighteenth-century evangelist John Wesley noticed that a number of people in his congregation were fast asleep. Without a warning, he suddenly broke his train of homiletic thought, and yelled out at the top of his voice, “FIRE! FIRE!”
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
On New Year’s Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played University of California in the Rose Bowl. In that game a man named Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for California, but became confused, however, and ran 65 yards in the wrong direction. One of his teammates outran him and tackled him at their own one-yard line. Cal attempted to punt on the next play, but Tech blocked the kick and scored a safety.

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John E. Sumwalt
Frank Ramirez
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“Yes, God Speaks to Us Directly” by John Sumwalt
“Not Getting Any Credit” by Frank Ramirez


Yes, God Speaks to Us Directly
by John Sumwalt
Psalm 62:5-12

On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.” (v. 7)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott

One of the interesting features about this story of the calling of the first disciples, is that they all immediately left everything to follow Jesus. It was as though they instinctively knew where they would find Life with a capital L.

Donovan Duckling is instinctively tied to his mother's apron strings. When the time is right, will he have a strong enough desire to cut those ties? Read on...

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Constance Berg
The prophet Jonah was commanded by God to go to Nineveh; Joel Fil‡rtiga was inspired to go to Paraguay. Jonah knew the journey and its destination would not be kind; Paraguay has not been kind to Joel Fil‡rtiga. Jonah obeyed God's call and went to Nineveh, even though he knew he it would be difficult; Joel Fil‡rtiga obeyed God's call and went to Paraguay, and his life would never be the same.
Richard E. Gribble, CSC
Once upon a time, a diamond was born. He was nothing striking, but rather rough, like the rest of his family. He lived in the darkness and was very content to do just that. As a young diamond he heard tales of how some of his ancestors had left the darkness to a place of light, but that didn't concern him. One day he began to hear noise in the distance, and it came progressively closer. It was the sound of machinery with men talking and often yelling over the roar of the equipment. As time progressed, an opening was made in the cave where he lived.
James R. Wilson
Call To Worship
Leader: Let the redeemed of the Lord gather this day for worship!
People: We were once condemned by our sins and now we know the mercy of God.
Leader: God sent the prophets to call us back into God's will.
People: And God is true and faithful to all who hear and obey the Holy Word.
Leader: Let us proclaim the righteousness of the Lord for all the world to hear!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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