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Donald Trump is not a... -- 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Donald Trump is not a shy man. In fact, it appears that he claims the spotlight whenever he can.
Everyone would like a house... -- 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Everyone would like a house. But unfortunately for some, houses are just too expensive to own.
Bethlehem is a small place... -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Bethlehem is a small place. Indeed the smallest clan in Abraham's family occupied that territory.
The day that Joellen joined... -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
The day that Joellen joined our congregation she asked if she could sing in the choir.
Around Christmas time, children are... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Around Christmas time, children are often struck with the urge to do good; to number among the nice
She was a little old... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
She was a little old lady, well advanced in years.
Many of us have had... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Many of us have had the tragic experience of working hard at a project or a relationship only to be
William Bright wrote a communion... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
William Bright wrote a communion hymn about the sacrifice Christ made on the cross:
In 1967 Dmitri Shostakovich, the... -- Luke 1:39-55 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
In 1967 Dmitri Shostakovich, the Russian composer, wrote a symphony titled, "October." The work was
It was during the month... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
It was during the month of December, the season of Advent that a black seamstress was on her way hom
Nothing is impossible with God... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
"Nothing is impossible with God." With these words a young woman is assured that God has found her t
The shuttle bus rounded a... -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
The shuttle bus rounded a curve along the west rim of the Grand Canyon.
In Porbandar, India, a small... -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
In Porbandar, India, a small, remote, seaside town in the Kathiawar Peninsula, Mohandas Karamchand G
Before the completion of a... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Before the completion of a new church, a cross had to be welded onto a steeple.
Day by day a parish... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Day by day a parish priest prepared his congregation and parish school for Christmas.
The Cherry Tree Carol is... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
The Cherry Tree Carol is a tale that imagines that when the Holy Family was enroute to Egypt in thei
For years, Marsha said, I... -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
"For years," Marsha said, "I never bothered about church. My family and I were poor.
Our conviction as Christians is... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Our conviction as Christians is that history is a footnote to the Magnificat: her son shall bring me
Brian was a member of... -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Brian was a member of the Hell's Angels.
The Moravian Church was formed... -- Micah 5:2-5a -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
The Moravian Church was formed following the martyrdom of John Hus in Bohemia.
There are many themes in... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
There are many themes in this Gospel: the blessedness of Mary, the pregnancy of Mary, the relationsh
In the play, Fences... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
In the play, Fences, by August Wilson, there appears the story of a strong and powerfu
Caesars have proclaimed themselves to... -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Caesars have proclaimed themselves to be gods and they have fallen from their thrones.
One of the rewarding and... -- Luke 1:26-38 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
One of the rewarding and frustrating tasks in the church is to be involved on a nominating committee
Dr. Paul Walker relates a... -- 2 Samuel 7:1-16 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Dr. Paul Walker relates a Christmas story that came out of his experience as a scoutmaster.

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The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
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For August 18, 2019:
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The Desert Fathers told of a father and a son who were traveling together. They came to the edge of a forest. Some of the bushes were loaded with berries. They looked so delicious that the son asked if they could stop for a while and pick berries.

The father was anxious to be on his way, but he saw the desire in his son’s eyes and agreed to stay there for a short while. The son was delighted. Together they searched the bushes for the biggest, plumpest, juiciest berries.
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In the passage from Isaiah, God is the owner of the vineyard, which represents God's people. The coming destruction (verses 5-6) results from the people's failure to do what God "expected," and hoped for (verses 2, 4, 7). That is, the failure to enact and embody justice and righteousness invites catastrophe.

God’s judgment is just and would ultimately come for the recipients of the prophecy by means of the Assyrians (if the recipients were, as many suggest, the Northern Kingdom).

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“A Cloud of Witnesses” by Peter Andrew Smith
“A Mind of Their Own” by Frank Ramirez


A Cloud of Witnesses
by Peter Andrew Smith
Hebrews 11:29--12:2

Pastor Will stormed out of the board room.

“Is everything okay, Pastor?” Linda called from the office. “Are you finished already?”

“We’re just taking a break,” he said. “We all need a few minutes”

Will walked into the sanctuary, sat in a pew, and closed his eyes.

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Jesus said, ‘I came to bring fire to the earth,’...” (v. 49a)

Good morning girls and boys,

It is a good morning, isn’t it? It’s good because you and your family are here at worship. It’s good because I get to talk with you. It’s good because God is here. How awesome is that? Can you think of other reasons why today is a good morning? (children may respond)

What secret do you think I have in this special box? (children guess)

(presenter removes and shows a candle on a candlestick)

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All prospective Church of England clergy are obliged to attend a three day selection conference to determine whether or not they are suitable candidates for ministry in the Church. This can often cause real difficulty for those candidates who are told at the end of the conference that the selectors have decided not to recommend them for training at this time. The candidates feel themselves to have been called by God, but the selectors don't agree.

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Some of the best prophetic voices of any culture are its troubadours. Historically, the term refers to traveling musicians who once strolled the streets and pubs of medieval Europe singing love songs in exchange for food and lodging. Today they travel by jet or private coach filling auditoriums with screaming fans and recording "greatest hits" albums. Regardless of the time or language, music has an almost supernatural power to affect the human soul and even change the course of the human community. It lifts our spirits, bolsters our courage, and points out injustice.

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