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In the early days of... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2000
In the early days of "black and white" television there was a series in which people were suddenly m
At the funeral there was... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2000
At the funeral there was almost nothing but happiness. It was an odd thing.
In January of 1995, the... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
In January of 1995, the United States came very close to being the target of a Russian nuclear missi
How comfortable has the church... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
How comfortable has the church become in her being called the "body of Christ"?
Charles Townsend Copeland, beloved Harvard... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
Charles Townsend Copeland, beloved Harvard University professor of English, was well known for his e
A current critic of the... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
A current critic of the Church remarked that religious faith is more often a "dull habit rather tha
The timid speaker approached the... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
The timid speaker approached the platform to address the women's convention. He was terrified.
A young boy went to... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
A young boy went to his first symphony orchestra concert.
We tend to like power... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
We tend to like power when it works on our behalf, but rather fear it when it works against us.
Out of the horror of... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
Out of the horror of the civil war in El Salvador during the 1980s comes the touching story of Juani
The late, brilliant theologian Joseph... -- Mark 16:15-20 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
The late, brilliant theologian Joseph Sittler had the following to say about the mission of the chur
Prior to these verses, the... -- Mark 16:15-20 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
Prior to these verses, the 11 had heard stories of the risen Christ, but they had not believed them.
The owner of a large... -- Mark 16:15-20 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
The owner of a large factory had a man working in his shop who was unusually gifted, both in his abi
A district justice in Pendleton... -- Mark 16:15-20 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
A district justice in Pendleton, Oregon, got himself into some hot water.
There are moments in our... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
There are moments in our lives that we will cherish forever.
In the rock opera, Jesus... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
In the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, there are two resurrections. One is spectacular.
Each week at Taconic Correctional... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
Each week at Taconic Correctional Facility in New York State, inmates and volunteers meet in a grou
George Bass wrote about the... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
George Bass wrote about the Ascension of Our Lord: The Ascension of our Lord used to be celebrated u
There is a Hindu story... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
There is a Hindu story about four Brahmins who were friends.
As the young mother was... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
As the young mother was getting her children ready for bed, her eight-year-old son got into bed wit
The poem, Via Lucis, by... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
The poem, Via Lucis, by Howard Chandler Robbins seems so appropriate to this passage and to Ascensio
Milton Jacobi was 10 or... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
Milton Jacobi was 10 or 15 years older than I and he had graduated from a small state college.
Oh great! A broken watch... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
Oh great! A broken watch! Now what was he supposed to do?
The late Archbishop of San... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
The late Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, concerning the church and its mission once wrote:
In one of her many... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
In one of her many poems about death, poet Emily Dickinson used the phrase "awful leisure" to charac

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Psalm 4

When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent. (v. 4)

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Acts 3:12-19
Wayne Brouwer
Note: This installment was originally published for April 22, 2012.

During the time of the Reformation, John Foxe of England was impressed by the testimony of the early Christians. He gleaned the pages of early historical writings, and wrote a book that has become a classic in the church: Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

One story he tells is about an early church leader named Lawrence. Lawrence acted as a pastor for a church community. He also collected the offerings for the poor each week and that led to his death.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
Jesus said, "Peace be with you. You are witnesses to the living Christ." Let us welcome the living Christ in our worship today.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we are frightened and anxious.
Lord, have mercy.


Jesus, sometimes we aren't good witnesses to you.
Christ, have mercy.


Jesus, forgive us for all those things we think and do which we know are wrong.

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John A. Stroman
The theme of 1 John all along has been the love of God. The author now expands that love in the phrase, "the children of God," and for the first time he considers what it means to be the children of God. Earlier, he presented love within the fellowship and now he speaks of the meaning of God's love for us and its implications for the future. The consequences and proof of the love of God are evident in being called "the children of God." He is careful to point out that the love of God is a gift; we do not earn it.
Robert A. Noblett
Here's the scene. The disciples are huddled together and they have just heard Simon's account of experiencing the risen Christ when Cleopas and his companion enter and add word of their encounter with the risen Christ. Luke describes the scene like this: "While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' They were startled and terrified, and thought they were seeing a ghost" (v. 36).
James R. Wilson
First Lesson: Acts 3:12-19
Theme: Responding to God with repentance

Call To Worship
Leader: Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
People: Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven!
Leader: Let us proclaim in all the world the glory due God's name!
People: Let us bring our offerings into the courts of Almighty God!
Leader: Let us come together and bring praise for our salvation in Christ!
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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