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Edith Burns lived in San... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Edith Burns lived in San Antonio, and she always introduced herself this way: "Hello, my
It was shocking when Mark... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
It was shocking when Mark was caught stealing from the house of one of his friends. No
Paul may not have known... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Paul may not have known how easy it is to set our minds on the flesh. For example, in
Bea was always serious about... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Bea was always serious about her faith, but only after her sixtieth birthday did she feel
I can only guess how... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
I can only guess how many graves I've seen while officiating at scores of funerals in
Thomas said, Let us go... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Thomas said, "Let us go that we may die with him."
Illustrations for March 9... -- Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 8:6-11, John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Illustrations for March 9Ezekiel 37:1-14
If you were to meet... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
If you were to meet the sisters Jane and Jean in the hallway of the nursing home in which they lived
The movie Schindler's List focuses... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
The movie Schindler's List focuses on the heroism and self-sacrifice of Oskar Schindler, a Catholic
Does materialism drag our faith... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
Does materialism drag our faith commitment downward?
We stepped off the bus... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
We stepped off the bus quickly on that bright, sunny morning in the Holy Land.
Lazarus' untimely death points up... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
Lazarus' untimely death points up the impossibility of predicting, planning, or controlling what's c
Firefighters have a tradition that... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
Firefighters have a tradition that when one of them dies, especially in the line of duty, not only t
The evening at the support... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
The evening at the support group had been an interesting one.
A man owned a house... -- Romans 8:11-19 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
A man owned a house which he rented for income. He needed the income in order to meet his expenses.
There is a good word... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
There is a good word to be said in support of channel-surfing.
Things can really seem dull... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Things can really seem dull and dead after a rainy weekend, so you can understand how it must have b
Her grandmother was visiting. The... -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Her grandmother was visiting.
Leonard had discovered over the... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Leonard had discovered over the last couple of years that fasting was just not a spiritual disciplin
How can you tell if... -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
How can you tell if a person is a Christian?
Here is a clear distinction... -- Romans 8:1-10 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Here is a clear distinction between body and soul. Our bodies make constant demands upon us.
Donald G. Miller of Pittsburgh... -- Romans 8:11-19 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Donald G.
Margie had always held a... -- Romans 8:11-19 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Margie had always held a fascination for words.
A father was traveling by... -- Romans 8:11-19 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
A father was traveling by plane with his six-year-old son.

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Do We Have Enemies? -- John 11:1-45, Romans 8:6-11, Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 130 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
As we face a world of conflict and war, with battle lines drawn and weapons aimed at the enemy, wit

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Who Controls Your Mind? -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A
I once took the funeral of a drug addict.

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Easter Day - A
Bethany Peerbolte
Always finish what you start. This seems like a noble value to uphold until we examine all the things we start and never finish. Especially the things we start to work on and their usefulness quickly becomes irrelevant. Ordering 100 palms for the Palm Sunday processional and then having a shelter in place order made by the governor, for example. Or getting all your pants specially tailored and then working from home and spending all day on ZOOM meetings. In fact, buying pants at all right now seems like a complete waste of energy.
Maundy Thursday - A
Bethany Peerbolte
There are many things in faith that only make sense if we understand the connection. Things like loving one another is the same as loving God, or God’s voice may come to us through the physical voice of a parent or close friend. Making connections in faith is important.
Good Friday - A
Leah Thompson
Note: This piece was originally published April 22, 2011.

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (v. 25)

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Easter Day - A
Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Christopher Keating
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For April 12, 2020:
  • Easter Dawned by Tom Willadsen — Speak to the people who did not roll out of bed this morning and shout “Christ is risen!” Speak to those who are addled by sleep and confused by not finding what they expect to find when they go to the tomb..
  • Second Thoughts: Business Not as Usual by Chris Keating — Alone, isolated, and weeping, Mary discovers the truth that because of Easter, things will never be business as usual.

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Easter Day - A
Wayne Brouwer
Second chances are important to us. Do you remember the story of Anastasia, the woman who claimed to be the long-lost daughter of the last emperor of Russia, Czar Nicholas II? She was found depressed and suicidal in an insane asylum. Through hypnosis, she recaptured a memory that seemed to confirm her place in royal history. Then the press got wind of the story and sensationalized it: Could this destitute woman be the heir to the Russian throne?
Easter Day - A
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
M Adryael Tong
Acts 10:34-43
One of the most heartwarming moment of anyone’s life is to see a child teach another child what she or he has learned. I remember lounging on the beach one summer watching a dad teach his son how to build sandcastles. “The sand’s got to be wet,” he explained, packing sand into a mold.
Good Friday - A
David Coffin
In the 2002 movie Gran Torino Clint Eastwood plays the recently widowed and disgruntled retired auto worker Walt Kowalski. One of the subplots of the movie is Walt’s efforts to mentor the Hmong neighbor boy, Thao. Both Thao and his sister Sue Lao are being harassed by the Spider gang in the Detroit neighborhood. In efforts to try to appease the Spider gang, Thao fails to steal Walt’s beloved Gran Torino car. As the movie progresses, it occurs to Walt that Thao will never be free to pursue a job in construction that Walt arranged until the Spider gang leaves Thao alone.
Good Friday - A
Bonnie Bates
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
M Adryael Tong
Psalm 22
Maundy Thursday - A
Sandra Herrmann
If your congregation(s) are typical for these United States, you’re possibly combining the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples with the readings for Good Friday. The older custom of businesses closing for three hours on Good Friday to give employees the time to attend worship services has passed, so only retired people and the occasional parent without outside employment can attend worship without losing income.
Maundy Thursday - A
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Ron Love
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
M Adryael Tong
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

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Easter Day - A
Peter Andrew Smith
Lily looked at the sign advertising the worship services on campus. She checked her calendar on her phone and scrolled through her activities and timetable. There were a couple of times when something was happening at the chapel that she was free. Maybe she should think about attending. She knew her Mom would really like it if she went to church while she was at university.
Good Friday - A
C. David Mckirachan
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Cries for Help” by C. David McKirachan
“Tremble” by C. David McKirachan
“It’s About the Cross Today, Not the Empty Tomb” by Frank Ramirez


Cries for Help
by C. David McKirachan
Psalm 22
Maundy Thursday - A
Keith Hewitt
David O. Bales
Contents
“A Waste of Time” by Keith Hewitt
“Lord, Where Are You Going? / Domine, Quo Vadis?” by David O. Bales
“Remembering Jesus In Corinth” by David O. Bales


A Waste of Time
by Keith Hewitt
Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14

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Good Friday - B
John Jamison
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Easter Day - A
Mariann Edgar Budde
Then Peter began to speak to them: "... You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ -- he is Lord of all ... he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him ... They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day...."
-- Acts 10:34a, 36a, 38b, 39b-40
Maundy Thursday - A
David O. Bales
One of the most interesting accounts of a creative and surprising story was of a father and his three-year-old daughter. During a long winter the little girl had enjoyed more and more using the sparse living room for her gymnasium and for the center of her imaginary world. All the room had in it was a large pillow. So the father set out to tell her a story about a pillow. He made up a story about a large pillow and a forest and animals that would come and play on the pillow. When all the animals slept, the pillow would go sleep with the clouds.

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Easter Day - A
Janice B. Scott
Jack was grief stricken. His favourite hen had died. Jack didn't know quite what had happened to Polly, he had simply discovered her one morning shortly before Easter, a broken bunch of feathers. Jack's Mum wondered whether a fox had got into the little hen run, as there were signs of blood and a few scattered feathers. That had made Jack even sadder, for it was bad enough that Polly had died, even worse to think of her suffering.

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