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One of the most privileged... -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2003
One of the most privileged tasks of a minister is to be a counselor.
We need to hear the... -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2003
We need to hear the truth, even if it comes to us unvarnished.
Reverend Cindy prayed that God... -- Romans 8:22-27 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2003
Reverend Cindy prayed that God would use her.
We're not there yet, but... -- Romans 8:22-27 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2003
We're not there yet, but we are on the way.
The death of baseball great... -- Romans 8:22-27 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2003
The death of baseball great, Ted Williams, has raised the issue of deep-freezing people soon after d
The whole creation is groaning... -- Romans 8:22-27 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2003
The whole creation is groaning. The sounds and sights of hunger illustrate that.
Two men were exploring an... -- Acts 2:1-21 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2003
Two men were exploring an old mine when they became lost.
Unless the eye catch fire... -- Acts 2:1-21 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2003
Unless the eye catch fireThe God will not be seen.Unless the ear catch fire
By the time of the... -- Acts 2:1-21 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2003
By the time of the Gutenberg Press in the fifteenth century, the Bible, at least in some of its part
What language shall I borrow... -- Acts 2:1-21 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2003
"What language shall I borrow?" That is the question asked by the hymn from another church season.
J. R. R. Tolkien is... -- Acts 2:1-21 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2003
J. R. R.
The wonder of the church... -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2000
The wonder of the church is that in moments when it just seemed most dead, out of its own body there
Julia Kale Kellersberger was writing... -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2000
Julia Kale Kellersberger was writing of her very first trip to Africa.
During a lecture on maritime... -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2000
During a lecture on maritime technology, the speaker passed around a smooth piece of wood, obviously
At a Youth Club meeting... -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2000
At a Youth Club meeting one week, we set a six-foot long 2 x 4 board on the floor.
Thomas Alva Edison, the great... -- Romans 8:22-27 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2000
Thomas Alva Edison, the great American inventor, seemed undaunted in his quest for ever new discover
Abraham Lincoln appreciated humor in... -- Romans 8:22-27 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2000
Abraham Lincoln appreciated humor in his life.
Spinach saves the day! That's... -- Romans 8:22-27 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2000
Spinach saves the day!
Beneath the rubble of the... -- Romans 8:22-27 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2000
Beneath the rubble of the apartment building May Ying huddled in a little space.
There were a lot of... -- Romans 8:22-27 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1997
There were a lot of questions about the new service I introduced, "The Blessings of the Animals." Ma
Driving through the dairy country... -- Romans 8:22-27 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
Driving through the dairy country of northern Vermont in spring, summer, or fall one cannot help but
She had been dead for... -- Ezekiel 37:1-14 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
She had been dead for years. No, not dying. Dead. Stone, cold, dead. Dead emotionally.
Thanks to Michael Crichton (and... -- Ezekiel 37:1-14 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
Thanks to Michael Crichton (and Steven Spielberg), the phrase, "Them bones, them bones, them dry bon
Robert Schuller tells the story... -- Ezekiel 37:1-14 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
Robert Schuller tells the story of how the mirrored reception hall in the old Shah's Palace in Tehra
When we hear the word... -- Acts 2:1-21 -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1994
When we hear the word witness our minds automatically think of a courtroom and of one who promises t

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Liquid Hope -- John 7:37-39a -- James Weekley -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1987
Our bodies contain the following percentages of water: muscles, 75%; blood, 92% ; bones, 22%; the en
The Song in Search of a Voice -- John 20:19-23 -- James Weekley -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 1987
Since the second great war of our century humankind has treated itself to seventy more armed conflic
The Advocate -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Ron Lavin -- Day of Pentecost - B
The Holy Spirit is called "your Advocate" in the New English Bible translation of John 15:26.

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I Will Pour Out My Spirit On All Flesh -- Acts 2.1-21, Romans 8:22-27, John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Richard A. Jensen -- Day of Pentecost - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,
It's A Small World After All -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15, Romans 8:22-27, Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carter Shelley, Thom M. Shuman -- Day of Pentecost - B
Media theorist Marshall McLuhan first coined the term "global village" nearly four decades ago, and

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The Holy Spirit -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Janice B. Scott -- Day of Pentecost - B
As I recall, there was a mighty, rushing wind at the last Bank Holiday weekend.

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Thomas Willadsen
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Bethany Peerbolte
For May 9, 2021:
  • One Nation Under God? by Tom Willadsen — What would the United States look like if we truly were “one nation under God?” What would it be like to live in a place where everyone was treated as one who has been “born of God?”
  • Dying Is Easy by Dean Feldmeyer — Dying is easy; living the gospel is hard.

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John E. Sumwalt
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Waking Up to Racism” by John Sumwalt
“Twists and Turns” by Frank Ramirez

 
Waking Up to Racism
by John Sumwalt
Psalm 98

Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.
(vv. 8-9)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
In the mid-1960s, a popular song declared, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of.”1 It was an era of both national and international unrest. And the American landscape was reeling from the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and opposition to both. Amidst headlines so marked by unrest and division, therefore, the sentiment of the song struck a chord with an American audience. 
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Acts 10:44-48
Prejudice is always wrong. Nat King Cole is a well-known artist who was the first African American to host his own national television program. In 1948, he purchased a beautiful home in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood. When the local neighborhood association confronted him and informed him it didn’t want any undesirables to move in, Cole responded, “Neither do I. If I see any coming in here, I’ll be the first to complain.” He lived in that house until his death in 1965.

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John Jamison
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

Hi, everyone! (Let them respond.)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.

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John E. Sumwalt
Jo Perry-sumwalt
One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
God's love brings us together.

Collect of the Day
It is noted that God has prepared great joy for those who love Him. Petitions are then offered that such love may be poured into the hearts of the faithful so that they may obtain these promises. Justification as a reward for our deeds (love) is communicated by this prayer.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 98
Stan Purdum
(See Christmas Day, Cycles A and B, for alternative approaches.)

Richard E. Gribble
Once upon a time a great and powerful king ruled over a vast territory. There was something very strange about this kingdom, however -- everything was the same. The people ate the same food, drank the same drink, wore the same clothes, and lived in the same type of homes. The people even did all the same work. There was another oddity about this place. Everything was gray -- the food, the drink, the clothes, the houses; there were no other colors.

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