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Big shadow -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2010
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME
Listen to him -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A
Today's gospel lesson is about the Transfiguration of Christ. It is a powerful story.

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Commentary

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The worry test -- Isaiah 49:8-16a, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34, Psalm 131 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2010
For a time, many years ago, the most popular song around the world was Bobbie McFarrin's little tune

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Children's sermon

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The Main Thing -- Matthew 6:24-34, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Isaiah 49:8-16a, Psalm 131 -- Roger Lovette, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2011
In this week's lectionary gospel text, Jesus warns about the dangers of an excessive devotion to mat

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Judgment -- 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2010
It is the Lord who judges me. (v. 4b)
Big shadows -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2010
So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.
An eyewitness -- 2 Peter 1:16-21 -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A
Here's the dictionary again! What's that mean?
Matthew 17:1-9 -- Listen to him -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A
Our reading today is really a neat story. One day Peter, James and John were walking with Jesus.

Children's Story

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Holly's Worry -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A
Jesus tells us not to be anxious about trivial things, for God
Holly's Worry -- Matthew 6:25-34 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A
Holly stared at her face in the mirror. She couldn't believe it!

Devotional

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Epiphany 8 / OT 8 -- Isaiah 49:8-16a -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2007
Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Epiphany 8 / OT 8 -- Psalm 131 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2007
... my soul is like the weaned child that is with me.-- Psalm 131:2
Epiphany 8 / OT 8 -- 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2007
Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to lig
Epiphany 8 / OT 8 -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2007
So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.

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Don't Worry ... Strive! -- Matthew 6:24-34, Psalm 62 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2001
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Servant And Two Masters -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1998
ThemeWe make a choice whom we will serve -- God or the world.Summary

Illustration

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The Main Thing -- Matthew 6:24-34, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Isaiah 49:8-16a, Psalm 131 -- Roger Lovette, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2011
In this week's lectionary gospel text, Jesus warns about the dangers of an excessive devotion to mat

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NULL -- Isaiah 49:8-16a, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34 -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2010
Isaiah 49:8-16a
NULL -- Isaiah 49:8-16a -- Craig Kelly -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2010
It is hard to believe that a mother would ever abandon her child.
NULL -- 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2010
Lorraine puts her foot in her mouth at every opportunity, or so it seems to her.
NULL -- 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 -- Ron Love -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2010
Archbishop Fulton J.
NULL -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Craig Kelly -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2010
We live in an anxious society.

Intercession

The Village Shepherd

Matthew 6:25-34 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Preaching

The Immediate Word

The Main Thing -- Matthew 6:24-34, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Isaiah 49:8-16a, Psalm 131 -- Roger Lovette, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2011
In this week's lectionary gospel text, Jesus warns about the dangers of an excessive devotion to mat

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Eighth Sunday After The Epiphany / Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time -- Isaiah 49:8-16a, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34 -- Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Epiphany 8/Ordinary Time 8 -- Psalm 131 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2006
From the early sixteenth- to the mid-nineteenth centuries, one of the most popular forms of painting
Eighth Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:8-16a, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
Eighth Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:8-16a, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Renewal through trusting God for daily needs. -- Isaiah 49:8-16a, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Eighth Sunday After The Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:8-16a, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Isaiah 49:8-16a (C); Isaiah 49:8-18 (E); Isaiah 49:13-18 (L); Isaiah 49:14-15 (RC)

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The Main Thing -- Matthew 6:24-34, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Isaiah 49:8-16a, Psalm 131 -- Roger Lovette, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2011
In this week's lectionary gospel text, Jesus warns about the dangers of an excessive devotion to mat

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Praise and Blame -- 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2010
"Where there is no vision, the people perish," the writer of the Old Testament book of Proverbs decl
Choosing A Master -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Charles L. Aaron, Jr. -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2007
It was supposed to have been fun. No one was supposed to have gotten hurt.
Losers, Weepers -- Isaiah 49:8-16a -- Tony S. Everett -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2007
All of us have experienced the pain of loss in many different forms.
By Whose Standards? -- 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 -- John N. Brittain -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2007
As the current century dawned, Time magazine placed Einstein on the front cover as the Person
Dealing With Criticism -- 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2004
No one likes criticism. We all like to be liked.
Worry And Wonder -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Susan R. Andrews -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2004
Well, the orange alert has finally been lowered to yellow.
God's Tattoos -- Isaiah 49:8-16a -- John T. Ball -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2004
Have you noticed that tattoos are in?
Why Worry? -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Linda Schiphorst Mccoy -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2001
We were told that one of the major trends of the latter part of the twentieth century was anxiety.
Traveling Forgotten Mountains -- Isaiah 49:8-16a -- Paul E. Robinson -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1995
Larry Crabb has written a book called Moving Through Your Problems Toward Finding God.
Don't Sweat The Numbers -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1995
Once upon a time in a land not far from here, there lived a nation of people.
Les -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- John B. Jamison -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1992
I like the first part of this story about Jesus.
The Recovery Of Reverence -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 -- Robert A. Beringer -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1992
Once upon a time there was a college professor named A Squared. A Squared lived in Flat Land.

The Village Shepherd

Worry! -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A
I remember as a teenager feeling extremely irritated
The Hope Of Glory -- Romans 8:18-25 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A
I'm not always convinced by those who claim not to worry about anything.
Worry! -- Matthew 6:25-34 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A
I remember as a teenager feeling extremely irritated when my parents stayed awake at night until

Stories

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Judgment -- Matthew 6:24-34, Isaiah 49:8-16a, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Psalm 131 -- Craig Kelly, Peter Andrew Smith -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2011
Contents"Judgment" by Craig Kelly "Into Perspective" by Peter Andrew Smith

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Stuff -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- David E. Leininger -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2007
Jesus' words about "stuff" hit us right where we live.
I Will Not Forget You -- Matthew 6:34 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2004
J. Michael Mansfield
The Lord Provides -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2004
"Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we we
Today's Trouble Is Enough For Today -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Constance Berg -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2001
Margy was born in 1934.

Worship

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The Main Thing -- Matthew 6:24-34, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Isaiah 49:8-16a, Psalm 131 -- Roger Lovette, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2011
In this week's lectionary gospel text, Jesus warns about the dangers of an excessive devotion to mat

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Epiphany 8/Ordinary Time 8 -- Matthew 6:24-34, Isaiah 49:8-16a, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Psalm 131 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2007
Gathering Litany P: Light in the darkness; C: song in the silence;
Epiphany 8 -- Isaiah 49:8-16a, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: When our hearts are so heavy
A String On God's Finger -- Isaiah 49:8-16a, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34 -- Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Isaiah 49:13-16a)
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:8-16a, Psalm 131, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2004
HymnsJesus, Priceless Treasure (LBW457, 458, PH365, CBH595, NCH480, UM532)
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:8-16a -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2001
Theme: God Of Comfort And CompassionCall To Worship
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany -- 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2001
Theme: Stewards Of GodCall To Worship
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2001
Theme: WorryCall To Worship
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany -- Psalm 37:1-11 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2001
Words Of Assurance
Serving Two Masters with Anxiety -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1998
Adoration And PraiseInvitation to the Celebration
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany -- Isaiah 49:8-16a, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Isaiah 49:8-16aTheme: I Will Not Forget YouCall To Worship
O Lord, My Heart Is Not Lifted UP -- Psalm 131 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1992
Suggestions:Use before the pastoral prayer.3 readers - women with serenity
EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Isaiah 49:8-16a, Psalm 131, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
Public holiness -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 5:38-48 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: The first two verses of this chapter set the theme: holiness.
Love your neighbor as yourself -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 -- Heth H. Corl -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1986
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H. Burnham Kirkland
We come to your house this day, our Father, to open our hearts to you, to thank you for your loving-kindness, and to acknowledge our deep dependence upon you. We confess that we have not always loved you with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. We have made the little concerns of this earthly life so important that we have neglected your will for us. We have concentrated so intensely on schemes to get our own way, that we have forgotten your ways. We have allowed desire to lead us where we should have been led only by you.
Gennifer Benjamin Brooks
(This liturgy is written intentionally for use in an interfaith setting.)

HYMN OF CELEBRATION
Lift Every Voice And Sing

GREETING
We have come together on this special day, to witness to the love of God in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a martyr to the faith, in the cause of justice. We come from different cultures, different religions, but all committed to the right for which Dr. King fought, of freedom for all people.
Mariann Edgar Budde
And he said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified." But I said, "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God." And now the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him ...
Robert J. Elder
Well, good, old Nathaniel. In a way, he's the mystery disciple of the New Testament. His name doesn't even rate a mention in Matthew, Mark, or Luke. Only in John's gospel do we hear about the disciple with the parochial ideas about Galilean towns.

William J. Carl, III
Having trouble sleeping through the night? You're not alone. Samuel did, too. Sometimes you hear a haunting phrase that sticks with you years later. I heard one like that from Gardner Taylor, that great African-American preacher who once held forth in the pulpit of Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn. I don't even remember the sermon, which is all right -- we're not supposed to remember sermons anymore than we should remember meals; we're supposed to be fed and challenged by them at the moment. I don't remember what Gardner Taylor was preaching that night.
Wayne Brouwer
I had lunch with a pastor of another congregation who wanted to welcome me to the community. We were old friends and had a great time together, reminiscing and catching up. That night, when we were talking together as a family about the things we'd done during the day, Brenda asked me how I knew him. Where had we crossed paths before?

"Well," I said, "his sister was my first girlfriend."

Of course, that got the attention of a few ears! "Daddy," said one of our daughters, "did you think a lot about girls when you were a teenager?" I had to admit that I did.
Recently, Rosa Parks was again in the news. You might remember her as the quiet, unassuming, middle-aged black woman with tired feet whose gentle protest on a bus in 1955 helped spark the Civil Rights Movement. This nationally-known figure had been living alone, in poor health, in near poverty, in inner-city Detroit. At age 82, a crack addict broke into her apartment. Rosa Parks was beaten and robbed.
Cynthia E. Cowen
A Service In Remembrance Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Katy Stenta
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For January 17, 2021:

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David Coffin
What can we reasonably expect from the church during troubling times such as pandemics, economic downturns and racial tension in many communities? Charles Taylor’s book entitled A Secular Age, as been oft quoted to suggest that since most western hemisphere people have lost a sense of the enchanted, supernatural or transcendent nature of any God, organized religion has outlived its usefulness. Among Taylor’s many claims, is most common action in society does not need an act of God or great chain of extraordinary events (192).
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Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20)

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Prom Night
by Keith Hewitt
1 Corinthians 6:1-20

Mark Randall, lost in the wailing guitar of Layla, almost missed the knock at his door. “C’mon in,” he said automatically, and reached for the volume on his record player, cranked it down a couple of notches. John Randall entered, hesitated, then closed the door behind himself and stood for a moment or two, head cocked slightly. “Is that that Clayton guy?”

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John Jamison
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him.

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Janice B. Scott
I used to be quite good at identifying people I'd met previously. There was a time when I could boast that I never forgot a face. But as time has gone on, that skill has diminished to the point of non-existence. I now often fail to recognise people I've met before, or worse, I sometimes identify a complete stranger as someone I know. Naming someone correctly is even more difficult. I may recognise the face or know the person quite well, but be unable to remember their name.

Of course, the better I know someone, the more able I am to recognise them and

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