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Hard work -- John 9:1-41 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME
Healing the blind -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
A miracle -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
This week we again are treated to an example of Jesus using the ordinary to do something extraordina
That the blind may see -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Teachers or Parents: Spiritual blindness (the condition of a
"I once was lost ..." -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Teachers or Parents: Learn the hymn "Amazing Grace." If
The Cup Of Jesus -- Matthew 10:17-28 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Teachers: Jesus asks the disciples if they are able to drink
The miracle of working together -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
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Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- John 9:1-41 -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A

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Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- John 9:1-41 -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A

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Commentary

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Vision Test -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- David Kalas -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
Samuel was clearly impressed by what he saw.  But the question is, what could he actually see?
And There Was Light -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- David Kalas -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
The significance of light and darkness is evident from the very beginning of scripture.
New light in darkness -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- David Coffin -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
A group of younger workers are seated next to one another at a workplace where they have to deal wit
Believing is seeing -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41, Psalm 23 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
Sometimes we see people who are wide-eyed with wonder.
Shifting currents -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41, Psalm 23 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Most twentieth-century predictions about life in this new millennium have proved widely
Seeing is not believing -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1999
The connection between sight and belief in Christianity is as old as the insistence of Thomas to see
Sleepwalking -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
Maybe sleepwalking is too dramatic a metaphor for the way we live our lives before God opens our ey
Believing is seeing -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41, Psalm 23 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Sometimes we see people who are wide-eyed with wonder.

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Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- John 9:1-41 -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A

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Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- John 9:1-41 -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A

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Children's Liturgy and Story

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Kit -- John 9:1-41 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Call to Worship:

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Jesus Knows Our Worth -- John 9:1-41 -- Bethany Peerbolte -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
There are many wonderful moments in this scripture selection.
Mean Lies -- John 9:1-41 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Let's imagine that there is a new student that comes to your school.
The Bravery of Sight -- John 9:1-41 -- Anna Shirey -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
First Thoughts
Snapshot -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. (v. 11)
Hard work -- John 9:1-41 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (v. 5)
In the light -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. (v. 10)
Healing the blind -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva
Children of light -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Good morning! Today, I want to read one verse from the New Testament lesson again.
A miracle -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
It's nice to see you today, boys and girls. Now, who can tell me what a miracle is?
Seeing Jesus -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Good morning! How's your eyesight? Can you all see fairly
That the blind may see -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Good morning! Do you know anyone who is blind? (Let them
Plugged in -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Good morning! Sometimes I feel like I'm in darkness. I get
"I once was lost ..." -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
The story about the man who received sight reminds me so much
God lives in you -- Romans 8:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I want to ask you a question.
Jesus' cup -- Matthew 20:17-28 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought my favorite mug with
Growing in the light -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought with me a very beautiful flower in a flowerpot.
The miracle of working together -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Good morning, boys and girls. Is there anyone here who is perfect?

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:
See The Light, Live The Light, Shine The Light -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
In a world riven by divisions of many kinds, it seems more imperative than ever for us to find what
How Wide Do We Draw Our Circles? -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
A great deal of the wrangling in this week’s gospel text is centered on the issue of who is deser
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.
Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:

Children's Story

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The Boy Born Blind -- John 9:1-41 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
This is a story about a boy who was born blind.

Devotional

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Lent 4 -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
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Lent 4 -- Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.-- Psalm 23:1
Lent 4 -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light....
Lent 4 -- John 9:1-41 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
... One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.-- John 9:25

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A Blind Man Sees -- John 9:1-38 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
Sometimes the blind can see better than those who have sight.Summary

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations For Lent 4 (2020) -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41, Psalm 23 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas, M Adryael Tong, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
Psalm 23
Sermon Illustrations For Lent 4 (2017) -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 4 (2014) -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Mark Ellingsen, Scott A. Bryte, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Often we are... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Often we are like Samuel, running on fumes of depression and wandering aimlessly not knowing where t
Times were bad... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Times were bad in Israel when God decided to anoint new leadership (David).
Thorstein Veblen is... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Thorstein Veblen is a name that is unfamiliar to most of us; yet his introduction of an economic con
Ancient mirrors were... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Ancient mirrors were made by pouring molten metal, usually bronze or brass, into a shape pressed int
We were once darkness... -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Bob Ove -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
We were once darkness before we gave ourselves to the Lord.
At Old English taverns... -- John 9:1-41 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
At Old English taverns people drank from pint- and quart-sized containers.
On the front... -- John 9:1-41 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
On the front of the one dollar bill, in the upper right-hand corner, there is a joke.
A blind man who... -- John 9:1-41 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
A blind man who was healed faced adversity from the Pharisees, who questioned him multiple times and
Commenting on this... -- John 9:1-41 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Commenting on this story of the blindness of the man Jesus healed Augustine claimed that this blind
Commenting on this story... -- John 9:1-41 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Commenting on this story of the blindness of the man Jesus healed, Augustine claimed that this blind
NULL -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
1 Samuel 16:1-13
NULL -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
"Expect the unexpected!" How often have you gone to a job interview or meeting having built up a par
NULL -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
David Livingston was placed gently on his bed. Ill, few believed he could live until morning.
NULL -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Craig Kelly -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
I never experienced complete darkness until I was a teenager.
NULL -- John 9:1-41 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
We learn cause and effect at an early stage.
NULL -- John 9:1-41 -- Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In order to foster congeniality and cooperation among various Christian denominations, the World Cou

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:
See The Light, Live The Light, Shine The Light -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
In a world riven by divisions of many kinds, it seems more imperative than ever for us to find what
How Wide Do We Draw Our Circles? -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
A great deal of the wrangling in this week’s gospel text is centered on the issue of who is deser
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:

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Light Of The World... -- John 9:1-41 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:
See The Light, Live The Light, Shine The Light -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
In a world riven by divisions of many kinds, it seems more imperative than ever for us to find what
How Wide Do We Draw Our Circles? -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
A great deal of the wrangling in this week’s gospel text is centered on the issue of who is deser
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:
Sight And Insight -- John 9:1-41 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth.

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Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
Theme For The DayTrue beauty is only soul-deep.
Lent 4 -- Psalm 23 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2006
(See Easter 4, Cycles A, B, and C, for alternative approaches.)
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: 1 Samuel 16:1--13 (C, E); 1 Samuel 16:1, 6--7, 10--13 (RC)
A Man Born Blind -- John 9:1-41 -- Jeff Wedge -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.
Fourth Sunday in Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
This story forms the beginning of the narrative of David's rise to power that is found in 1 Samuel 1
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- Derl G. Keefer, C. Neil Strait -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
WORSHIP HELPSCALL TO WORSHIP
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme We head toward the passion and cross of Christ.
The Man Born Blind -- John 9-41 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
1. Text
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Miracle 2 The Man Born Blind -- John 9:1-41 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
1. Text
Christ confronts a blind man and heals him -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Sight And Insight -- John 9:1-41 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth.
Sight And Insight The Miracle Of healing A Man Born Blind -- John 9:1-41 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth.
Life Out Of Death -- John 11:1-45 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
Life Out Of Death The Miracle Of Raising Lazarus -- John 11:1-45 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 (C, E); 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 (RC)
Fourth Sunday in Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- George M. Bass -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:
See The Light, Live The Light, Shine The Light -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
In a world riven by divisions of many kinds, it seems more imperative than ever for us to find what
How Wide Do We Draw Our Circles? -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
A great deal of the wrangling in this week’s gospel text is centered on the issue of who is deser
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 22, 2020:

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Clearing the Eyes -- John 9:1-41 -- Marian R. Plant, David G. Plant -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
The scripture today is one of honest inquiry but turns quickly to a realization that what the discip
Seeing Jesus -- John 9:1-41 -- David O. Bales -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
Josiah Harlan was the first American to enter Afghanistan.
Hey, What's that Sound? -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Tony S. Everett -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
Here's a familiar story.
A God Who Suffers With Us -- John 9:1-41 -- Lee Griess -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
Sometimes you have to wonder.
Are All Your Sons Here? -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
I remember sixth grade as though it were yesterday.
Lighting Up Lent -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- David O. Bales -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
Can you recall a significant event that changed many things about you: maybe a natural disaster like
Light Is As Light Does -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Richard W. Ferris -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
If you saw the movie, Forrest Gump a few years back, you will remember how Forrest always had
Jesus Cures Our Spiritual Blindness -- John 9:1-41 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
Anne Mansfield Sullivan was a miracle worker who overcame obstacles in seeking to assist others.
The Seeing Eye -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Bill Mosley -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
An airplane flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles had a 45-minute delay and everybody on board wa
Live In The Light -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Sidney Sheldon repeatedly has given us evidence of his remarkable gift for weaving tales of the biza
The Office Of The King Was Not Vacant -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13a -- Robert J. Elder -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Not all the water in the rough rude seaCan wash the balm from an anointed king.
Looking To The Heart -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
Once upon a time in a far-off land there lived a wise but old king.
Blind Driveways -- John 9:1-41 -- Richard L. Sheffield -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
King George VI, addressing his subjects at the beginning of a new year, said in his annual message:
Pleasing The Teacher -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
Pleasing the teacher.
The Treasure Of His Kingdom -- Matthew 13:44 -- Thomas A. Pilgrim -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
Some time ago we had a man speak at one of our suppers who is a shareholder in Mel Fisher's enterpri
We Must Be Blind! -- John 9:1-41 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
What is the matter with you? Why do you never seem to understand what I say?
Competition In The Kingdom? -- Matthew 20:17-28 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
Jesus and his faithful band had begun their final journey to Jerusalem; it was the last trip that th

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Unexpected God -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Back in the early seventies when divorce was still regarded with shock and horror, Melanie fell in l

Stories

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Valley Variation -- Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- David O. Bales -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
Contents “Valley Variation” by David O. Bales
Your Staff Comforts Me -- Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Wagner -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Contents "Your Staff Comforts Me" by C. David McKirachan
Miracles Of Sight -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Keith Wagner -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Contents"Miracles of Sight" by Keith Wagner
The Christian Liar -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Sandra Herrmann, C. David Mckirachan -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
Contents"The Christian Liar" by Sandra Herrmann
The Disturbing Witness Of Grace -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Hewitt -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "Tarawa" by Keith Hewitt
Here's Mud In Your Eye -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "Here's Mud in Your Eye"

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Telling The Story -- John 9:1-41 -- David E. Leininger -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
The account of the healing of the blind man in our gospel lesson is wonderful. He meets Jesus.
The Gift Of Myself -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
Jim Eaton
Daniel -- John 9:1-41 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on t
That Which Is Good And Right And True -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- Constance Berg -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Many, many people have tried to give a formula for the secret of happiness.
I Left My Heart In Philadelphia -- John 9:1-41 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
When Barbara and Charlie joined the church they spoke of it as being a homecoming.

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
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See The Light, Live The Light, Shine The Light -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
In a world riven by divisions of many kinds, it seems more imperative than ever for us to find what
How Wide Do We Draw Our Circles? -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
A great deal of the wrangling in this week’s gospel text is centered on the issue of who is deser
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word For April 3, 2011 -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
>The story is told of ten-year-old Tillie, whose parents had decided to take her to the beach for
Surprise! Surprise! -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
In this week's Old Testament passage the Lord sends Samuel out on a secret mission to anoint a new k
Faith In A Sea Of Violence -- John 9:1-41, Ephesians 5:8-14, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Violence is all around us.
Resisting The Cure -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Chris Ewing -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
As the medical community anxiously scans the horizon for signs of the promised flu pandemic, attenti

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Being the Light: Special Coronavirus Edition -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
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Lent 4 -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: Here, in this place, with these people
Lent 4 -- John 9:1-41, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
Confessional LitanyDivide the congregation into two voices.
Get A Map, Ask For Directions -- 1 Samuel 16:1-12, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Frank Ramirez -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
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Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
HymnsGod Of The Prophets (NCH358)Gentle Shepherd (CBH352)
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Theme: The Lord Looks On The HeartCall To Worship
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- Ephesians 5:8-14 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Theme: Living As Children Of LightCall To Worship
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- John 9:1-41 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Theme: Open Our Eyes That We May SeeCall To Worship
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- Psalm 23 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Words Of Assurance
Physical and Spiritual Blindness -- John 9:1-41 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
The Community GathersInvitation to the Celebration
Fourth Sunday In Lent -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
First Lesson: 1 Samuel 16:1-13Theme: Looking On The HeartCall To Worship
Jesus Heals The Blind Man -- John 9:1-41 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
Suggestions:Use as an anthem.5 readers - 1 woman as storyteller, 4 men
FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- B. David Hostetter -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
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God's "X-ray" vision -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Psalm 23, John 9:1-41 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: The key contrast in this wonderful story of Samuel's anointing of David as God's ha
David is anointed King -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, John 9:1-41 -- Heth H. Corl -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1986
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LENT 4 -- Psalm 23, 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41 -- Norman A. Beck -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 1986
Since here, as in the texts selected for Lent 3 in Series A, the Common and the Roman Catholic texts
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Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
Katy Stenta
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
Quantisha Mason-Doll
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Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have another story for you today. Are you ready? (Let them respond.) Great!

Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Coffin
All of today’s texts address times along the faith journey where a mature faith is helpful. Modern examples include a church which has just completed a major building project. The ribbon cutting celebration is in the past. It is time to make payments to the creditors. Also, there are maintenance and upkeep costs along with knowing the state will be making inspection visits to assure building safety standards remain current.
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Lamentations 1:1-6; 3:19-26
John Calvin well describes the distress and doubt which this lesson depicts:

...for there is nothing more difficult for men than to preserve their minds in a state of peace and tranquility, undisturbed by any disquieting fears, whilst they are in this world, which is subject to many changes. (Calvin’s Commentaries, Vol.V/1, p. 18)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Alice loved ballet. She'd been given a ballet video for her birthday, and she spent hours watching it. When she'd been attending ballet classes for three weeks, she announced to the assembled family that she was going to be a ballet dancer when she grew up.

Alice's mother and father exchanged meaningful glances. "Ballet means a lot of hard work," warned her father.

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John S. Smylie
David O. Bales
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Where Have All the Churches Gone?" by John Smylie
"Caught Not Taught" by John Smylie
"Oh, Mulberries!" by David Bales

Note: This installment was originally published in 2007.

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Where Have All the Churches Gone?
By John Smylie
Lamentations 1:1-6

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David E. Leininger
A couple of years ago, a fascinating book by Mitch Albom hit the bestseller lists, Tuesdays with Morrie. The author had learned that his old teacher was slowly dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, and after an absence of many years, the two reconnected and began to get together every Tuesday. The book shares some of the great lessons that emerged from those weekly conversations. For example:

"Okay, question," I say to Morrie. His bony fingers hold his glasses across his chest, which rises and falls with each labored breath.

"What's the question?" he says.
Carlos Wilton
The little-known book of Lamentations was likely composed in the ashes of Jerusalem, following the Babylonian invasion which carried the leaders of the Jewish community off into exile. It speaks to the concerns of the Jerusalem community for their long-term survival under occupation by a foreign power. While the book's title sounds grim, and its setting is dark, the book is fundamentally life-affirming. It is a testimony to the steadfast love of God that may be discovered through renewed faith, even in troubled times.

Dallas A. Brauninger
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The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" [6] The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
John W. Clarke
In most congregational settings, the name Habakkuk does not bring people to their feet. He is not considered famous biblically speaking, like the more recognized names of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and others. In point of fact, most people do not know who Habakkuk is or what he did.

Habakkuk was a prophet who undertook to sustain the faith of the nation through one of the most hopeless periods of Hebrew history.
Robert R. Kopp
The Dead Poets Society is one of my favorite movies.

It's about an English teacher named John Keating who returns to his stodgy old alma mater named Welton Academy -- the students call it "Hellton" -- and challenges students to live extraordinary lives.

Mr. Keating tells a few students about a secret organization called The Dead Poets Society.

"The Dead Poets Society," he reveals with eyes aglow, "was a society dedicated to sucking the marrow out of life. That phrase is by Thoreau and was invoked at every meeting."

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