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Do this in remembrance of... -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 -- Maundy Thursday - C
"Do this in remembrance of me." Particularly as we come together on Maundy Thursday, the Christian c
When Jeremiah spoke his glorious... -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Maundy Thursday - C
When Jeremiah spoke his glorious message of hope to a forlorn and desolate Israel, no one in the are
There was a professor at... -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 -- Maundy Thursday - C
There was a professor at a seminary who was like a walking encyclopedia.
One Christmas a man bought... -- Luke 22:7-20 -- Maundy Thursday - C
One Christmas a man bought his niece the muppet, Oscar, from Sesame Street.
Unleavened bread and bitter herbs... -- Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 -- Maundy Thursday - C
Unleavened bread and bitter herbs; each part of the meal that is Passover.
Saint Francis of Assisi asked... -- Luke 22:7-20 -- Maundy Thursday - C
Saint Francis of Assisi asked a stone mason, "What are you doing, my friend?" He replied, "Well, I'm
Horatio Nelson was an admiral... -- Luke 22:7-20 -- Maundy Thursday - C
Horatio Nelson was an admiral in the British Navy. When he died his body was entombed in St.
Our passage from Exodus proclaims... -- Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 -- Maundy Thursday - C
Our passage from Exodus proclaims the institution of the Feast of Passover (pesach).
Be gentle when you touch... -- Luke 22:7-20 -- Maundy Thursday - C
Be gentle when you touch bread.
Let it not lie uncared for -- unwanted.
The institution of the Lord's... -- Luke 22:7-20 -- Maundy Thursday - C
The institution of the Lord's meal is described in this passage.
M. Scott Peck, the... -- Luke 22:7-20 -- Maundy Thursday - C
M. Scott Peck, the psychiatrist, makes a plea for new approaches to community in The Diffe
In one of his books... -- Luke 22:7-20 -- Maundy Thursday - C
In one of his books, Dr.
Even as children we learn... -- Luke 22:7-20 -- Maundy Thursday - C
Even as children we learn to pick the right time.
Charles Kuralt who frequently adds... -- John 13:1-15 -- Maundy Thursday - C
Charles Kuralt who frequently adds a personal touch to the CBS Evening News with his stories from hi
Miss Lelia always walked home... -- John 13:1-15 -- Maundy Thursday - C
Miss Lelia always walked home from the office. All along the way people knew her and spoke to her.
I recently saw a very... -- John 13:1-5 -- Maundy Thursday - C
I recently saw a very simple, but striking, illustration which served as a challenge to discipleship
Do you know what I... -- John 13:1-15 -- Maundy Thursday - C
"Do you know what I have done for you?" Jesus asked.
Marian and Paul, husband and... -- John 13:1-15 -- Maundy Thursday - C
Marian and Paul, husband and wife, cook and yardman, were fuming as they approached the place of the
In Will Campbell's book, Forty... -- John 13:1-15 -- Maundy Thursday - C
In Will Campbell's book, Forty Acres and a Goat, he tells of hearing a black preacher say:
We are an extended footnote... -- Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 -- Maundy Thursday - C
We are an extended footnote to the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery.
There was a minister who... -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Maundy Thursday - C
There was a minister who was trying to persuade a woman to teach a church school class.
The story is told of... -- Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 -- Maundy Thursday - C
The story is told of a mason who was working high up in the tower of a large country church.
One of the great questions... -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Maundy Thursday - C
One of the great questions of life and faith is "Where is it all heading?" We wonder what the ultima
Pat Conroy, in the story... -- Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 -- Maundy Thursday - C
Pat Conroy, in the story of The Prince of Tides, describes Tom running down the beach.
Biblical scholars are not agreed... -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- Maundy Thursday - C
Biblical scholars are not agreed as to whether Jesus celebrated the Passover with the disciples on T

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