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In the Louvre in Paris... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
In the Louvre in Paris, there hangs a painting by fifteenth-century Dutch artist Gerard David titled
Jesus' reply to his mother... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Jesus' reply to his mother, "O woman, what have you to do with me?" is an embarrassment to preachers
Timing is everything. Jesus suggests... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Timing is everything.
Ordinary. Water is ordinary. It... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Ordinary. Water is ordinary. It is found everywhere. We take it for granted.
A college student wrote in... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
A college student wrote in a letter about the problem of trust and democracy during the Ollie North
Before John Hinckley, Jr., shot... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Before John Hinckley, Jr., shot President Reagan in his infamous assassination attempt, he was stran
It isn't hard to perform... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
It isn't hard to perform the miracle of turning wine into water.
I've performed hundreds of weddings... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
I've performed hundreds of weddings in my 26 years as a pastor.
All of us have probably... -- John 2:1-12 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
All of us have probably arrived at our own, personal Cana during our lifetimes.
All of us have special... -- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
All of us have special gifts from God. Our opportunity is to recognize them.
Presbyterians have long been known... -- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Presbyterians have long been known for their love of organization.
Benjamin Franklin observed that Laws... -- Nehemiah 8:2-6, 8-10 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Benjamin Franklin observed that "Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed." Wh
Many Europeans marvel at the... -- 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Many Europeans marvel at the vastness of the North American continent and the countries that call it
Like Jerusalem of the prophet's... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Like Jerusalem of the prophet's day, so the church of our day often seems shrouded by apathy, indiff
Herb always acted as if... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
"Herb" always acted as if he had been baptized in vinegar.
Think back only a few... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Think back only a few years ago to that situation known in all the newspapers and TV news reports as
The Committee for the Scientific... -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), with Joe Nickel
In this passage, Isaiah prophesied... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
In this passage, Isaiah prophesied hope to the people.
Thank you, Mr. Martinez. I'll... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
"Thank you, Mr. Martinez.
One of the charming Christmas... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
One of the charming Christmas customs, observed in Sweden, is connected with the day of St.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in a village in the Transkei in July of 1918.
Fifteen years ago a man... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Fifteen years ago a man on board ship between California and Hawaii wrote a love letter to his wife,
The young lady announced that... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
The young lady announced that she wanted a different kind of birthday party, and so in consultation
Like the Isaiah 61:10--62:3... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Like the Isaiah 61:10--62:3 Christmas 2 passage, this is a continuing commentary on Christmas.
The following scene opens The... -- Isaiah 62:1-5 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
The following scene opens The Autobiography of Malcom X.

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John Jamison
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(vv. 16-21)

The Immediate Word

Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
Katy Stenta
Quantisha Mason-Doll
For January 30, 2022:

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Frank Ramirez
Road trip. Books, movies, and songs often center on a story about a journey in which someone finds out who they really are, what they really want, how to become what they were meant to be. The journey may be literal — discovering about ourselves through travel — or symbolic — an inward journey or experience that crystalizes self-discovery. In these passages, Jeremiah’s journey is an inward dialogue with God, in which, despite his protestations, it becomes apparent he is to be God’s prophet in the worst of times.
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost for His Highest, wrote, “'I have chosen you!' Keep that note of greatness in your creed. It is not that you have got God but that He has got you.” These words are powerful and, I think, reflect well the call of Jeremiah that we see in this passage. From before the time he was born, God had a plan for Jeremiah. He would be God’s prophet to the nations. 

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to worship:

Jesus grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him. As we grow, let us too become strong, with the favour of God upon us.

Invitation to confession:

Lord, we would grow inwardly strong, as you were strong.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, sometimes we are weak and do that which we later regret.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, may we hold fast to you and become filled with wisdom.
Lord, have mercy.

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StoryShare

Argile Smith
C. David Mckirachan
Note: This installment was originally published in 2007.

Contents
What's Up This Week
"Love Language That Hurts" by Argile Smith
"Whine And Cheese" by C. David McKirachan
"Moving On" by C. David McKirachan


What's Up This Week

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Gregory L. Tolle
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body -- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free -- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.... Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (vv. 12-14, 27)

James Evans
(See Proper 16/Pentecost 14/Ordinary Time 21, Cycle C, for an alternative approach.)

William G. Carter
I want to let you in on an industry secret. Ready? Most preachers have a difficult time preaching in the congregations where they grew up.
Steven E. Albertin
"The land of the free and the home of the brave." So ends our national anthem sung today at many large public gatherings in our society. It was originally penned in a time of war and has continually reminded us that this is a nation where people will bravely fight to defend their freedoms. But in this day of post-modern relativism, when there are very few causes left which anyone will bravely defend, "freedom" still remains as the great American ideal.

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