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In 1995, the Pennsylvania Department... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1997
In 1995, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue offered people a chance to be made right.
The old man was seated... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
The old man was seated at the counter in the big-city cafe.
Let me share with you... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
Let me share with you a phone call a pastor received from a young lady who wanted to get married.
Joachim Jeremias in his valuable... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
Joachim Jeremias in his valuable book, Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus, told of the ostentation of th
In our little Free Methodist... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
In our little Free Methodist Church, long ago, Brother Parker was always the last to speak during t
Grace is counter-cultural. It... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
Grace is counter-cultural. It was in Jesus' day; it is in our day.
It was a simple handshake... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
It was a simple handshake, but it was filled with so much meaning that millions of people watched v
It is both an honor... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
It is both an honor and challenge to serve as an ambassador, to represent a nation, an organization,
Shakespeare said, Repentance is the... -- Joel 2:12-18 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
Shakespeare said, "Repentance is the heart's sorrow, and a clear life ensuing." American psycholo
John Newton, the writer of... -- Joel 2:12-18 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
John Newton, the writer of the favorite hymn, "Amazing Grace," was the son of a devout mother and a
In the movie, Flatliners, a... -- Joel 2:12-18 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
In the movie, Flatliners, a group of young medical students each in turn experiences an induced near
You would probably be hard... -- Joel 2:12-18 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
You would probably be hard pressed to name five products in your home that do not have warning label
In Washington, D.C., as in... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
In Washington, D.C., as in every capital city in the world, there are embassies representative of th
Dostoevski in his book, The... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
Dostoevski in his book, The Brothers Karamazov, presents the despicable Grand Inquisitor.
There is something unappealing about... -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
There is something unappealing about the idea of repentance.
Blow the trumpet in Zion... -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
"Blow the trumpet in Zion! Sound the alarm!" Repent; it's turn around time.
Recently a certain phone company... -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17a -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
Recently a certain phone company aimed a major advertising campaign at its former customers who had
A leaded crystal bowl is... -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
A leaded crystal bowl is a treasure to behold. The problem, of course, is repair.
At the heart of this... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
At the heart of this Scripture is the principle of humility.
Worship should be more than... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21<br> -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
"Worship should be more than a nod-to-God exercise."
A boy stopped with interest... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
A boy stopped with interest before the bronze plaque in the vestibule of a big downtown church.
The Baltimore Sun once carried... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
The Baltimore Sun once carried an editorial about a president-elect.
Little kids are good at... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
Little kids are good at "wheedling." That's when a kid uses one parent to get something from another
2 Corinthians 6:2 refers to... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1991
2 Corinthians 6:2 refers to not wasting God's grace.

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David Coffin
It is the second week into the Lenten season. Fat Tuesday’s paczkis and beer celebrations are far into the rearview mirror now. Some grocery stores are already putting Easter candy onto their shelves in hopes of early sales before the actual holiday. However, Lent is the season to exercise our faith muscles. We never know when we will need them. A health, financial or natural weather disaster crisis can occur at any time of the year. Each of today’s texts is an exercise in stretching our faith muscles. Abraham is being called into a new covenant after the one made with Noah (Genesis 8-10).
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Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Abram despairs because God’s promises have been so long delayed, he doubts they will come true. God’s response is not only to repeat the promise, but to give Abram and Sarai very slight name changes, to Abraham and Sarah. This slight alteration changes their perspective. God’s promises do come true.

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John E. Sumwalt
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith… For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants… (vv. 13, 16a)

We live by faith! Faith, as the author of Hebrews says, is “The assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

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John Jamison
Object: One piece of clear glass and one mirror. I found a piece of clear Plexiglas and a plastic mirror at a local box store. Both pieces were one square foot, which is a good size to use in this message.

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus said, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." In our worship today let us explore what it means to take up our cross and follow him.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, like Peter, we don't always understand what we should do.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, we often try to avoid any suffering.
Christ, have mercy.

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Stan Purdum
(See Good Friday, Cycle A; Good Friday, Cycle B; and Proper 23/Pentecost 21/Ordinary Time 28, Cycle C, for alternative approaches.)

We will meet Psalm 22 in its entirety on Good Friday, but here the lectionary designates just verses 23-31. The lectionary psalms generally illuminate the week's First Lesson, which in this case is about the covenant initiated by God with Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 17. The nine verses from this psalm, while not inappropriate, nonetheless leave us looking for an obvious connection with the First Lesson.

Mark J. Molldrem
A friend related to me how, when he was a youngster, he spent a lot of time on the other side of the block all wrapped up in touch football and whiffle ball and hide-and-go-seek. But there were other important events going on for which his folks knew he needed to be present, like going to church, mealtime, bedtime. So, they blew a whistle to call him home from the other side of the block.
Donna E. Schaper
Some gardeners can grow everything and others cannot. Sweet peas are a particularly difficult plant for some. They sprout two little leafs and a withered string of a hand reaching up. Then they stop growing. Something underneath is wrong. In the soil. Down deep. They don't want to live.

People who have trouble with sweet peas try over and over to grow them. They load the soil with enough chicken manure to fertilize five gardens, much less the five square feet where they'd like to see light pink and purple and sweet.
Paul W. Kummer
What names did people call you as you were growing up? What nicknames did your parents or grandparents saddle you with? I hope most of the names were endearing. But were others nasty or hurtful? Were you given a nickname because of how you looked or how you talked? Because of where you lived or what you wore?

Did anyone ever give you a name because they felt they knew what your future would hold? If so, did that spur you on in your destiny or did it hold you back and discourage you? Did they nickname you in honor of what they believed you would become? I hope so!

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