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I once read in a... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
I once read in a scholarly work that the most amazing thing about the civilization of ancient Egypt
In 1864, a crowded train... -- John 8:1-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
In 1864, a crowded train was pulling away from Jersey City station when the son of President Lincoln
In the movie Sophie's... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
In the movie Sophie's Choice, Meryl Streep plays the part of a woman who is haunted by the me
Isaiah here does not speak... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Isaiah here does not speak of the physically blind, or deaf, or dumb.
I saw a bumper sticker... -- Philippians 3:8-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
I saw a bumper sticker on a sports truck the other day that said, "Whoever has the most toys when th
Imagine driving your car only... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Imagine driving your car only looking through the rear view mirror.
The great golfer Walter Hagan... -- Philippians 3:8-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
The great golfer Walter Hagan was once asked how he can manage after a poor shot to keep his concent
In the free society of... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
In the free society of our time, it is very easy to rebel against any notion of a divine plan.
The legendary coach Vince Lombardi... -- Philippians 3:8-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
The legendary coach Vince Lombardi once wrote, "We know how rough the road will be, how heavy here t
In our religious history, the... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
In our religious history, the historical people of faith resided in the desert wilderness.
I consider everything a loss... -- Philippians 3:8-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
"I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord .
John Denver made popular a... -- Philippians 3:8-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
John Denver made popular a song titled "On the Road." It tells about a family that didn't know who t
A text considered the earliest... -- Philippians 3:8-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
A text considered the earliest writing by an African American slave is entitled The Uncommon Suff
A father told his son... -- Philippians 3:8-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
A father told his son he should give up something for Lent as a way of remembering the sacrifice of
I looked at the group... -- Philippians 3:8-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
I looked at the group that I was supposed to lead up the twenty-six mile trail to the top of the Pik
Penitentiaries, reformatories. That's what we... -- Philippians 3:8-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Penitentiaries, reformatories.
Several years ago I was... -- John 20:19-31 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Several years ago I was a member of the Arkansas delegation attending a Jurisdictional seminar in Da
A certain pastor I... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
A certain pastor I knew a number of years ago would frequently refer to his previous assignmen
Since the state of Israel... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Since the state of Israel has had control of the Negev, a miracle has occurred.
Doug had it made. He... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Doug had it made.
Few things amaze so much... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Few things amaze so much as "a new thing." A fascinating book published in the last few years is
God is in the redeeming... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
God is in the redeeming business and the way of the Lord must be prepared.
Since 1997, the U.S. Forest... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Since 1997, the U.S.
Panic at the checkout counter... -- Philippians 3:8-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Panic at the checkout counter. Chaos at the cash register.
My brother and I were... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
My brother and I were on a canoe trip in Canada, and we had gone for an entire day without seeing an

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John E. Sumwalt
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Waking Up to Racism” by John Sumwalt
“Twists and Turns” by Frank Ramirez

 
Waking Up to Racism
by John Sumwalt
Psalm 98

Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.
(vv. 8-9)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
In the mid-1960s, a popular song declared, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of.”1 It was an era of both national and international unrest. And the American landscape was reeling from the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and opposition to both. Amidst headlines so marked by unrest and division, therefore, the sentiment of the song struck a chord with an American audience. 
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Acts 10:44-48
Prejudice is always wrong. Nat King Cole is a well-known artist who was the first African American to host his own national television program. In 1948, he purchased a beautiful home in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood. When the local neighborhood association confronted him and informed him it didn’t want any undesirables to move in, Cole responded, “Neither do I. If I see any coming in here, I’ll be the first to complain.” He lived in that house until his death in 1965.

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John Jamison
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

Hi, everyone! (Let them respond.)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.

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John E. Sumwalt
Jo Perry-sumwalt
One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
God's love brings us together.

Collect of the Day
It is noted that God has prepared great joy for those who love Him. Petitions are then offered that such love may be poured into the hearts of the faithful so that they may obtain these promises. Justification as a reward for our deeds (love) is communicated by this prayer.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 98
Stan Purdum
(See Christmas Day, Cycles A and B, for alternative approaches.)

Richard E. Gribble
Once upon a time a great and powerful king ruled over a vast territory. There was something very strange about this kingdom, however -- everything was the same. The people ate the same food, drank the same drink, wore the same clothes, and lived in the same type of homes. The people even did all the same work. There was another oddity about this place. Everything was gray -- the food, the drink, the clothes, the houses; there were no other colors.

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