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Children's Activity

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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.

Gospel Grams 2

NULL -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A

Gospel Grams 1

NULL -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A

Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

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

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

NULL -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A

Gospel Grams 1

NULL -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A

Children's sermon

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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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

The Village Shepherd

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

SermonStudio

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.

Drama

SermonStudio

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
Theme

We make a choice whom we will serve -- God or the world.

Summary

Illustration

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

Emphasis Preaching Journal

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

SermonStudio

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)

Sermon

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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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 -- 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

SermonStudio

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

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

SermonStudio

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 Worship
One: 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
Hymns
Jesus, 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 Compassion

Call To Worship
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany -- 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2001
Theme: Stewards Of God

Call To Worship
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany -- Matthew 6:24-34 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 2001
Theme: Worry

Call 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 Praise

Invitation 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 49:8-16a
Theme: I Will Not Forget You

Call 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
Call to Worship
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“I have seen the Lord.” (v. 18)

Happy Easter morning boys and girls,

Today I have the best news ever to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond) First, notice I have a container (box or can) with a lid on it. Inside we will find ____________.  (for example: oreo cookies, legos etc.)

So let's see what is inside. (open lid) What do we see? Nothing. What? Aren't there supposed to be ___________ inside?? (children respond)
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“When Jesus had received the wine, he said,'it is finished,' then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.'”

Good Friday morning (evening) children,

Today I am feeling very quiet. You know why? It is a holy day, a somber day.

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“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.” (v. 14)

Good morning beautiful children,

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Janice B. Scott
We Christians are often reckoned to be a sad bunch, at least in the opinion of non-Christian western society. And sometimes, I think they're right. We must seem a bit pathetic to normal red-blooded human beings as we go to church each Sunday, singing hymns and indulging in all kinds of odd rituals, when we could be cleaning the car or shopping or playing sport or otherwise enjoying ourselves.

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Our culture still "seeks the living among the dead" as it pursues security, comfort, and pleasure.

First Lesson
Acts 10:34-43
Peter's Easter Testimony
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So much happening in so little time! We are left gasping for breath. We stagger under the weight of the mighty arm of historical occurrence. You and I praise God because we know the rest of the story. Those present did not know how things would turn out. They must have been like awestruck children nearing exasperation.

David Kalas
We have a table before us. It is a familiar table; we have gathered around it together countless times before. It features the cherished elements of bread and wine; and taken together, those elements on this table form a sacrament.

Across the many traditions within the Christian church, we call this sacrament by different names. The Roman Catholics refer to the Mass, while the Eastern Orthodox church uses the Divine Liturgy. A number of Protestant denominations call it the Eucharist, others holy communion, and still others the Lord's Supper.

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