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Follow Me -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME
Following directions -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
Fishing for people -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Today's gospel lesson is a fun one to share with children.
Follow me -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Teachers and Parents: No parent or teacher will minimize the
Using the right bait -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Teachers or Parents: Teach the children the hymn "I Love To
Jesus Welcome Mat -- Matthew 4:12-33 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Teachers: Today's story tells how Jesus began his ministry.
Answering the call immediately -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Materials:Store-bought placemat (one per child) Sandpaper

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Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008

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Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008

Children's sermon

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Leaving A Trail! -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2023
Object: See the notes.
Wanted: Best Friend -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2020
As Jesus calls his disciples it seems like he has a criterion for the people with which he wants to
Got A Flashlight? -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2017
I want to tell you a story today about two guys that went hiking.  They were two teenage cousins tha
Gone Fishing -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Anna Shirey -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2013
First Thoughts
Who do you belong to? -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
What I mean is that each of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong
Follow me -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2010
Immediately they left their nets and followed him. (v. 20)
You are a Christian -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
What I mean is that each of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to
Following directions -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory
Not everyone understands -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
(Hold up the paper) Can anyone tell me what this says?
Fishing for people -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Today I am going fishing. Our lesson today is about fishing, so I'm going to do it.
Working together -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Good morning! I have a job for us to do this morning. I want
Follow me -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Good morning! How many of you have ever ridden on a big
Horse power -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Good morning! How many of you like horses? (Let them answer.)
Using the right bait -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
How many of you like to fish? (Let them answer.) What do you
Dead batteries -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought some things with me
Building a complete puzzle -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like to do puzzles?

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At Home in Capernaum -- Matthew 4:12-23, Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Christopher Keating, Katy Stenta, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2023
For January 22, 2023:
The United Methodist Church And Paul’s Case For Bipartisan Baptism -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2020
For January 26, 2020:
United In Mind And Purpose -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2014
In this week’s lectionary text from First Corinthians, Paul highlights the divisions and quarrels
The Jesus Gang -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2011
In the wake of the recent Arizona shootings, a great deal of attention has been focused on the tone
Who Will You Follow? -- Matthew 4:12-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2008
Every four years, the people of the United States are called upon to make their voices heard and cho

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At Home in Capernaum -- Matthew 4:12-23, Isaiah 9:1-4, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- Christopher Keating, Katy Stenta, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2023
For January 22, 2023:
Leaving A Trail! -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2023
Object: See the notes.
The United Methodist Church And Paul’s Case For Bipartisan Baptism -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27:1, 4-9, Matthew 4:12-23 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2020
For January 26, 2020:
Wanted: Best Friend -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Bethany Peerbolte -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2020
As Jesus calls his disciples it seems like he has a criterion for the people with which he wants to
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We have an idiom in our day that was born in the church but has worked its way into the broader culture. The idiomatic phrase is “preaching to the choir.” Within the church context, of course, the choir represented the faithful ones, the people who were always there. To preach to the choir, therefore, was to say things to people who didn’t really need to hear it. These are the people who were already convinced, who were already doing and being what they needed to do and to be.

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John E. Sumwalt
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. (v. 13)

Ruth Anderson, a long-time leader of Willow Valley United Methodist Church in Ithaca, Wisconsin, was struck and killed by a car while crossing the road to the mailbox in front of their farm home. The driver was arrested on a tentative charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.

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John Jamison
Object: A flashlight or other light, and something to put it under. A basket or bucket, or even a piece of cloth could work.

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Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) Are you ready to hear today’s story? (Let them respond.) Let’s get started!

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Janice B. Scott
An abiding memory of my childhood is of my father in the garden. He was a great gardener, probably because his father before him was a nurseryman, so my father had grown up amongst plants and flowers. He particularly loved growing vegetables, so every summer we were swamped with tomatoes and runner beans, because they grew best in our type of soil, London clay.

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In the church, we speak often of "salvation." But what do we mean by that term? Certainly several different meanings are given us in the scriptures. The Apostle Paul understood "salvation" to include our resurrection from the dead, our vindication in Christ at the last judgment, and our entrance into the eternal Kingdom of God. And certainly Third Isaiah's understanding is preparatory for that, for in this sixth century B.C. prophetic text, "salvation" means to live abundantly in God's presence.

Timothy J. Smith
Many people have come to rely on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to travel from one place to another. GPS is especially helpful when you are traveling in an area that you are unfamiliar with. By typing in the address of your destination, the GPS will inform you where and when to turn. If you miss a turn it will recalculate your position and get you back on course. The GPS will get you to your destination in one piece and in the same condition you were in when you left.
Susan R. Andrews
There is, in this congregation, a running conversation as to what to call this structural wonder that rises above my head. Is it a dome? Or is it a lantern? The answer, of course, is both/and, depending on your perspective. It is a modern dome - the 1960s version of those elegant Byzantine basilicas that grace much of Europe, reminiscent of glittery mosaics and luminous paintings proclaiming the powerful promises of God. But functionally, architecturally, it is also a lantern, transparently receiving and then sending forth the light of God's creative and healing Spirit.
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Order For Confession And Forgiveness
P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

P: God calls us from our rebellion, from our bondage of sin to seek him and to delight in his ways. He calls us to fast in humility, to serve our neighbor, to share our bread with the hungry, and to bring the homeless poor into our houses. He calls free the bonds of the oppressed. Let us, therefore, examine our hearts in the light of his commands.

Silence for reflection and confession

P: Gracious and holy God,

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