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In an October 1996 I... -- Matthew 5:13-20 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1999
In an October 1996 National Geographic article on Morocco, four of the fifteen pictures accom
One of the most vivid... -- Matthew 5:13-20 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1999
One of the most vivid memories of my childhood involves the years of World War II.
Tommy had a pronounced speech... -- 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1999
Tommy had a pronounced speech impediment. But he wanted to sing.
Henry was the hardest of... -- 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1999
Henry was the hardest of the hardened.
In February 1960, four young... -- 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1999
In February 1960, four young African-American college students decided to integrate a segregated Woo
We have available to us... -- 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1999
We have available to us a "secret wisdom" Paul tells us, a wisdom of the Spirit that the world does
Modern medicine tells us there... -- Matthew 5:13-20 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1999
Modern medicine tells us there are advantages to a low salt diet.
As a child in Sunday... -- Matthew 5:13-20 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1999
As a child in Sunday church school, most of the songs we learned were songs learned by our teachers
How often the so-called... -- 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1996
How often the so-called wisdom of men is overcome by the power of God.
In late 1994 a Jewish... -- Matthew 5:13-20 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1996
In late 1994 a Jewish marriage in Jerusalem was ruled to be invalid.
During grief counseling and funerals... -- Matthew 5:13-20 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1996
During grief counseling and funerals, the life of the faithful departed is lifted up and celebrated.
I dreamed that some friends... -- Matthew 5:13-20 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1996
I dreamed that some friends and I were getting into Heaven together.
Galileo's astronomical investigations were often... -- Matthew 5:13-20 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1996
Galileo's astronomical investigations were often criticized by people in the church because they fel
The spirit and wisdom... -- 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1996
The spirit and wisdom of the world and of the God of Scripture
Carolyn had just discovered a... -- 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1996
Carolyn had just discovered a whole new world. It was mind-
While home from college during... -- 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16) -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1996
While home from college during spring break, a young woman made an appointment to see her pastor con

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Religion's Built-in Hazard -- Isaiah 58:3-9a -- Robert A. Beringer -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1992
A Japanese legend says a pious Buddhist monk died and went to heaven.
Salt and Light -- Matthew 5:13-16 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1989
It's not easy to listen to Jesus tell us who we are and what we are to be in the world.
The Call for Proper Fasting -- Isaiah 58:3-9a -- Thomas E. Ridenhour, Sr. -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 1986
Epiphany is the season of glory.

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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)

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The Village Shepherd

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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Elizabeth Achtemeier
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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