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Jack and Helen immigrated to... -- 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Jack and Helen immigrated to the United States during World War I and found a home in the mountains
Two parts of this scripture... -- Luke 1:26-38 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Two parts of this scripture, when put together, provide a fresh sermonic approach: (1) "...
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.

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John Jamison

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water;” so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Quantisha Mason-Doll
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For January 16, 2021:

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Wayne Brouwer
We live in a pluralized world where all opinions seem valid, and the only perspective about which we are intolerant is intolerance itself. So, when we compare our views of reality, few of us dare to back all the way into the ultimate questions of origins and worldviews.

Yet it is impossible to read the Bible without admitting that it has a definite opinion about these things. Atheism is not an option from the biblical point of view, nor are several other ideas about values and gods in our world.
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13), Psalm 138
One of the consistent elements in the ancient mythologies is conflict in the heavens. In the Greek pantheon, Gaia and Kronos are supplanted by the Titans, who in turn are overthrown by the Olympian gods that we are familiar with through the Iliad, Odyssey, and other ancient stories. There is conflict between the gods, grudges that are nursed, and revenge that wreaks havoc in the heavens that like ripples from a stone thrown in a pond create upheaval on earth.

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John E. Sumwalt
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
   and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
   and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her...
(vv. 3-4b)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
"I'm never going to get married," declared Molly. Her parents had divorced the previous year, and her mum was now living with a new boyfriend. Molly didn't like him, and he made it fairly clear he didn't like Molly either. It was fine when her mum was around, he was all sweetness and light then. But whenever her mum was absent, he was quite nasty to Molly.

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Elizabeth Achtemeier
For those who like to preach from all three lectionary texts, the stated readings for this Sunday could cause a preacher great perplexity. How on earth do they all fit together? The Epistle lesson deals with the variety of gifts given by the Spirit to the church. The Gospel lesson recounts Jesus' first "sign" at the wedding at Cana, when the water turned into wine, became the symbol of his blood poured out for us all. Our Isaiah text concerns the eschatological future of Jerusalem. Other than the reference to a wedding in John and here in Isaiah, the texts seem to have nothing in common.
Richard E. Gribble, CSC
Recently on a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, a middle-aged and apparently quite wealthy South African woman found herself sitting next to a black man. As the passengers were filing in and taking their seats she called a member of the cabin crew to ask about her seating. "What seems to be the matter, madam?" asked the attendant.

J. Will Ormond
This homily was prepared for and preached at the wedding in Norfolk, Virginia, of Kathryn Johnson and David Cameron, both ordained Presbyterian ministers.

There is an imaginary retelling of the biblical story suggesting why the wine failed and how Jesus intervened in the situation.

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