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Children's Activity

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Betrayed -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
Shiny money -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
The Bread And The Cup -- Matthew 26:14 - 27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
God's blueprints -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
The Last Supper -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Submission -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
King Jesus -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Matthew 21:1-11 -- Passion Sunday - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Matthew 21:1-11 -- Passion Sunday - A

Commentary

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The Work Of Salvation -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2017
Which parade? -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
The wrong anthem -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66, Psalm 31:9-16 -- William H. Shepherd, Schuyler Rhodes -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
Passionate about the passion -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66, Psalm 31:9-16 -- R. Craig Maccreary -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
The road to redemption -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14-27:66, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2002
The servant king -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1999
Redemptive suffering -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1996
The wrong anthem -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- William H. Shepherd -- Passion Sunday - A

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Matthew 21:1-11 -- Passion Sunday - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Matthew 21:1-11 -- Passion Sunday - A

Children's Liturgy and Story

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The Braying Of A Donkey -- Matthew 27:11-54 -- Janice B. Scott -- Passion Sunday - A

Children's sermon

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A True Friend -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2017
In the Breaking of Bread -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Anna Shirey -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
Emptied -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
Betrayed -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
What's in a box? -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
Shiny money -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
A special symbol -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
Ultimate obedience -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
Going down! Going up! -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
Peter and the rooster -- Matthew 26:14 - 27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Which vase is Jesus? -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
The Last Supper -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Submission -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Kneeling before Jesus -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
King Jesus -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
God's blueprints -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A

The Immediate Word

Demonstrations, Marches, And Rallies / Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered, And Betrayed -- Matthew 21:1-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2017
From Cheers To Jeers -- Matthew 21:1-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
Illustrations For March 16, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
The Fickle Crowd -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Carlos Wilton -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
The Contender -- Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- Mary Boyd Click -- Passion Sunday - A

Children's Story

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The Search For Kingship -- Luke 19:28-40 -- Janice B. Scott -- Passion Sunday - A

Devotional

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Passion/Palm Sunday -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Stephen P. Mccutchan -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2007
Passion/Palm Sunday -- Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- Stephen P. Mccutchan -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2007
Passion/Palm Sunday -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Stephen P. Mccutchan -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2007
Passion/Palm Sunday -- Matthew 21:1-11 -- Stephen P. Mccutchan -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2007

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations For Passion Sunday (2017) -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Ron Love, Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2017
Sermon Illustrations for Passion Sunday (2014) -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Ron Love, Derl G. Keefer, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Scott A. Bryte -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
The psychological concept... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Ron Love -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
Seldom had I been... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Derl G. Keefer -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
Passion Sunday and this... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Mark Ellingsen -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
You won't get any less... -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
One of the most important... -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Bob Ove -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
A great city-wide revival... -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
The insidious character... -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
In Proverbs, from the King... -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Ron Love -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
NULL -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
NULL -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Ron Love -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
NULL -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
NULL -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Craig Kelly -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
NULL -- Matthew 26:14-27 -- Ron Love -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
NULL -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
Isaiah 50:4-9a Lt... -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell survived... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
Jack arrived at the homeless... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
English classes, writers' circles, and... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
In Eric Maria Remarque's classic... -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
Isn't it strange that most... -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
Paul, in the epistle passage... -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008

The Immediate Word

Demonstrations, Marches, And Rallies / Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered, And Betrayed -- Matthew 21:1-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2017
From Cheers To Jeers -- Matthew 21:1-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014

Intercession

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Suffering God... -- Janice B. Scott -- Passion Sunday - A

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Demonstrations, Marches, And Rallies / Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered, And Betrayed -- Matthew 21:1-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2017
From Cheers To Jeers -- Matthew 21:1-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
Illustrations For March 16, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
The Fickle Crowd -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Carlos Wilton -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
The Contender -- Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- Mary Boyd Click -- Passion Sunday - A

SermonStudio

Palm / Passion Sunday -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Carlos Wilton -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2010
Liturgy Of The Palms -- Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2006
Liturgy Of The Passion -- Psalm 31:9-16 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2006
Sunday Of The Passion -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 27:11-54 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2004
Passion/Palm Sunday -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2004
Sunday Of The Passion -- Derl G. Keefer, C. Neil Strait -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2002
Sunday Of The Passion -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2001
Sunday Of The Passion -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 27:11-54 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1998
The passion and death of our Lord -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14-27:66, Matthew 27:11-54 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1995
Sunday Of The Passion -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 27:11-54, Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1992
Sunday of the Passion -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 27:11-54 -- George M. Bass -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1989

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Demonstrations, Marches, And Rallies / Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered, And Betrayed -- Matthew 21:1-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2017
From Cheers To Jeers -- Matthew 21:1-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
Illustrations For March 16, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
The Fickle Crowd -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Carlos Wilton -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
The Contender -- Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- Mary Boyd Click -- Passion Sunday - A

SermonStudio

Remembering Jesus -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- David O. Bales -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2010
Peace and Quiet in an Upside-Down World -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Tony S. Everett -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2010
A Salvation Army Parade -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Lee Griess -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2007
I Love A Parade -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2007
Humility: We Know It When We See It -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- David O. Bales -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2007
Temptation Of The Palms -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Richard W. Ferris -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2004
Sharing The Pain Of Others -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Richard E. Gribble, Csc -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2004
Dark Ugly Clouds -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Bill Mosley -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2004
A Meeting Of The Minds -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2001
Slaving After Freedom -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Robert J. Elder -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2001
The Mission Of Christ Is Ours -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Richard E. Gribble, Csc -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1998
Where Is God When I Need Him? -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Richard L. Sheffield -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1998
The Holy Vessel Is Empty -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1998
The Tragedy Of His Victory -- Matthew 21:1-11 -- Thomas A. Pilgrim -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1998
God Works Through Opposites -- Matthew 21:1-11 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1992
The Road To The Cross -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1992
God's Spectacular Glory -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Theodore F. Schneider -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1992

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The Power Of Slavery -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Janice B. Scott -- Passion Sunday - A
Shame -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Janice B. Scott -- Passion Sunday - A
Leadership Through Service — Is It Possible? -- Matthew 21:1-11 -- Janice B. Scott -- Passion Sunday - A

Stories

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Tidal Surge -- Matthew 21:1-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2017
God's Way -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Keith Hewitt, Peter Andrew Smith -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
In The Arms Of Love -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Judy Sepsey, David O. Bales -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
Upwards Motion -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Bryan Meadows, David O. Bales -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
If You Could Choose A Crown -- Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Passion Sunday - A

SermonStudio

A Drama In Three Acts -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- David E. Leininger -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2007
Forsaken? -- Psalm 22 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2004
The Maiden Who Seeks Her Brothers -- Matthew 27:11-54 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2004
Sorry! -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Constance Berg -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2001
Herman's Stand -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1998

Worship

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Demonstrations, Marches, And Rallies / Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered, And Betrayed -- Matthew 21:1-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2017
From Cheers To Jeers -- Matthew 21:1-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
Illustrations For March 16, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
The Fickle Crowd -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Carlos Wilton -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
The Contender -- Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- Mary Boyd Click -- Passion Sunday - A

SermonStudio

Passion/Palm Sunday (Lent 6) -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Psalm 31:9-16 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2007
Passion/Palm Sunday -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14--27:66, Matthew 27:11-54 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2007
Sunday Of The Passion -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Matthew 21:1-11, Philippians 2:5-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2004
Sunday Of The Passion (Sixth Sunday In Lent/Palm Sunday) -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2001
Sunday Of The Passion (Sixth Sunday In Lent/Palm Sunday) -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2001
Sunday Of The Passion (Sixth Sunday In Lent/Palm Sunday) -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Matthew 27:11-54 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2001
Sunday Of The Passion (Sixth Sunday In Lent/Palm Sunday) -- Psalm 31:1-16 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2001
Palm Sunday and Jesus' Passion -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1998
Sunday Of The Passion (Sixth Sunday In Lent) -- Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 27:11-54 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1998
The Attitude Of Christ -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1992
Passion Sunday -- Psalm 31:9-16, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11 -- Norman A. Beck -- Passion Sunday - A -- 1986

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David O. Bales
John Fitzgerald
Contents
“Peter’s Painful Memories” by David O. Bales
“The Promise” by David O. Bales
“Name Change” by John Fitzgerald


Peter’s Painful Memories
by David O. Bales
Mark 8:31-38

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Arley K. Fadness
“For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake and for the sake of the gospel will save it.” (v. 35)

Good morning boys and girls,

How many smiling faces do I see this morning? If you held a mirror up to your face what would you see? A frumpy frown, a peculiar pout, a sassy sneer, or a Sunny Smile? Let's make today a Sunny Smiling Sunday. You're on camera. Everybody smile. Click.

The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Ron Love
George Reed
For February 25, 2018:
  • Much more than a promise by Chris Keating -- God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah is a promise received and a promise believed. It’s much more than a typical and easily broken promise. Like the voices of some of the young people from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, they choose to believe now is the time to move forward in faith.

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Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Derl G. Keefer

Genesis 17:1-7 15-16
I heard this joke and thought it was funny and perhaps had a point.

 "Where are you going mom?" asked the youngest of five children.

"I'm going to a surprise party, my dear," answered the mother.

"Are we all going, too?"

"No, dear. You weren't invited."

After a few moments' of deep thought, the child spoke again.

"Hey mom, then don't you think they'd be lots more surprised if you did take us all?"

Mark Ellingsen
The Second Sunday in Lent was typically devoted to the theme of “remembering” [Remiscere]. The texts for this Sunday would have us remember the spiritual roots of our faith – especially the grace of God and its nurturing, surprising character.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
There was an interesting drama series on television recently about a family who had given up conventional suburban life to run a market garden in the country.

As well as the parents, there was a grown-up son and his fiancee, a daughter home from university, and a younger daughter aged about twelve. The son married his fiancee and they set off on their honeymoon, but on the way home from the wedding, the father had a road accident and was killed.

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Richard A. Jensen
We will treat these texts as one. In examining them we have entered what many commentators believe is the central section of Mark's story: 8:22„10:52. The immediate context for this central section of material is the climax of the section that precedes it: Mark 6:35„8:21. We need to say a few words about 8:1-21, as it is omitted from the lectionary. Mark 8:1-9 is the story of the Gentile feeding of the multitude with bread which we have discussed in an earlier chapter. The response to Jesus' feeding of this second multitude is ironic and filled with comedy.

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