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I feel certain that any... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
I feel certain that any of us who have ever tried to shape a lump of clay while it's spinning on a p
The preschool children at the... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
The preschool children at the church came to see Pastor Mary and were thrilled to present her with s
It is a bittersweet moment... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
It is a bittersweet moment for Carla.
I believe in God, the... -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
I believe in God, the God who I have come to know as Father, as Abba -- Daddy.
Mark and Julie remember how... -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
Mark and Julie remember how hectic Christmas celebrations were when they were first married.
There are several precautionary measures... -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
There are several precautionary measures drivers should take before driving in cold winter climates,
My eighth grade teacher was... -- Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
My eighth grade teacher was a soldier in the Korean War.
In Ray Bradbury's book, Fahrenheit... -- Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
In Ray Bradbury's book, Fahrenheit 451, heaven and earth have not passed away; however, nearl
Did Jesus really expect the... -- Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
Did Jesus really expect the end of all things to come in his own time? It is possible that he did.
Isaiah 64:1-9 Scott... -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
Isaiah 64:1-9
The night sky is a... -- Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
The night sky is a thing of beauty and a thing of change as the year progresses.
Advent is a gift from... -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Advent is a gift from God to the world and is reminiscent of that old story about Chanticleer, the r
Mrs. Mary Barrett said that... -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Mrs. Mary Barrett said that we should praise God and give thanks for everything that happens to us.
Fran always expected her estranged... -- Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Fran always expected her estranged son to come home for the holidays.
Understanding Your Gifted Child, the... -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
"Understanding Your Gifted Child," the title of the pamphlet read.
Daryl's boss thought he could... -- Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Daryl's boss thought he could beat the system. He cheated on safety-guard measures in the factory.
Ever expected an important phone... -- Mark 13:32-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Ever expected an important phone call?
In her book, Receiving the... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
In her book, Receiving the Day: Christian Practices for Opening the Gift of Time, Dorothy Bas
Two persons stepped briskly along... -- Mark 13:32-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Two persons stepped briskly along the same city street in the early days of the Advent season.
The preschool children at the... -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
The preschool children at the church came to see Pastor Mary and were thrilled to present her with s
At a fort in a... -- Mark 13:32-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
At a fort in a coastal town in France, a cannon was fired every day at five o'clock.

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Be Ready: The Lord Is Coming! -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC, Stephen P. McCutchan, George Reed -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
(Originally published November 30, 2008)
Home For The Holidays? -- Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80 -- George L. Murphy, Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. McCutchan, Julia Ross Strope -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
(Originally published November 27, 2005)
All Trees Are Christmas Trees -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- George L. Murphy, Larry Hard, Wesley T. Runk -- First Sunday of Advent - B
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Are You Waiting For Godot? -- Mark 13:24-37, Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- Richard A. Jensen, John E. Sumwalt, Gregory Tolle, R.h. Thompson -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2005
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Why Don't You Send Somebody? -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Frederick C. Edwards -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
In the entrance of the magnificent modern cathedral of St.
Come On Down -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Curtis Lewis -- First Sunday of Advent - B
One of the most popular television game shows is The Price Is Right hosted by long-time emcee Bob Ba

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All Trees Are Christmas Trees -- Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37 -- George L. Murphy, Larry Hard, Wesley T. Runk -- First Sunday of Advent - B
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Light In The Darkness -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Those who follow the police soap "The Bill" on television, will be familiar with The Bronty.
Is This The End? -- Mark 13:24-37 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Today is Advent Sunday, the first day of the New Year.
Waiting -- Isaiah 64:1-9 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Jane was in her sixties, looking

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Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
For November 29, 2020:
  • What Are We Waiting For? by Tom Willadsen — Extend the hope of the unfolding of the reign of Christ. Here. Now.
  • Second Thoughts: Pay Attention! by Dean Feldmeyer — The coming of Jesus into our lives is not a one-time thing. It’s not an event — it’s a happening. So, pay attention and watch for it.

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David Kalas
For all the years that I have been a parent, I have taken pleasure in buying Advent calendars for our family. Most years, I have bought the simple, two-dimensional types, featuring some seasonal picture and twenty-five paper “windows” that can be opened, revealing perhaps other pictures, scripture verses, or song lyrics. I find Advent calendars so irresistible, in fact, that some years I have bought several!
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Isaiah 64:1-9
David Coffin
Three generations of family are gathering for their traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. They serve a potluck style dinner with the foods on the kitchen counters, with people filling their plates and sitting at respective places around the house. Some eat at the kitchen table, while others eat in the dining room. Still another group chooses to take their plate to the living room and sit in front of the large flat screen television to watch a sports event. Everybody fills their plate with delicious food. They all get their food, and simply dig in without any word of prayer.
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Deuteronomy 8:7-18

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David O. Bales
Peter Andrew Smith
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“Responding To Signs Of The End” by David O. Bales
“Preparation For More Than A Marathon” by David O. Bales
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Responding To Signs Of The End
by David O. Bales
Mark 13:24-37
C. David Mckirachan
Frank Ramirez
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Deuteronomy 8:7-18

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John Jamison
Objects: You will need three objects:

1) A box with the word “WAIT!” written on the side of it in big letters. The box should be big enough to hold a collection of “gifts” you will give the children when you do finally open it. Fun gifts might be things like noisemakers or other party-favors so you can all celebrate the fact that the box has been “finally” opened. You will not actually need to have the gifts inside the box until the last message of the series when you finally open the box.
John Jamison
One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him — and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?
(vv. 15-17)

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David G. Rogne
On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" When he saw them, he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they?
Michael D. Wuchter
Advent is the time of waiting, of wishing, and of wanting an intervention. Advent is a whisper, or a cry, or a prayer of "Come, Lord Jesus!"

As our member and artist, Teri, stated visually and verbally on our bulletin cover this morning, "Oh, that you would burst forth from the skies and come down ..." (Isaiah 64:1 TLB) or as the New Revised Standard Version translated the Hebrew of Isaiah 64, "O that you would tear open the heavens and come...." Come to us. "Please come, Lord Jesus!"

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott

Jane was in her sixties, looking forward to the time when her husband finally retired and they could begin to do more things together. They lived in a remote Norfolk village without even a shop, with almost no bus service and with no other means of public transport, but thankfully, they had their own car. Jane had never learned to drive, but with Raymond around all the time, life should be sweet.

A year or so before Raymond's retirement, Jane began to notice the sensation of having a

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