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Betrayed -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME
Shiny money -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
The Bread And The Cup -- Matthew 26:14 - 27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Teachers: The Passion narrative reading for this Sunday is
God's blueprints -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
The Last Supper -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
There are a lot of very familiar themes in our gospel reading for today.
Submission -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Teachers or Parents: The Passion history gives us a chance to
King Jesus -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Teachers or Parents: If you have a Palm Sunday processional in your worship service, talk about it.

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Unfollow -- Matthew 27:11-54 -- Bethany Peerbolte -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2020
In this age of social media, the biggest thrill is getting a follower.
A True Friend -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2017
Hey, who wants to be my friend?  I have candy to share!  I am so happy that you are all my wonderful
In the Breaking of Bread -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Anna Shirey -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2014
First Thoughts
Emptied -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
But emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.
Betrayed -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. (v. 26:16)
What's in a box? -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
... who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as
Shiny money -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
A special symbol -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
Who knows what we celebrate next Sunday? (get responses) That's right!
Ultimate obedience -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
Good morning! I have here a note from a parent. It reads this
Going down! Going up! -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
Good morning, boys and girls. Everyone here this morning has
Peter and the rooster -- Matthew 26:14 - 27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought a rock with me to help
Which vase is Jesus? -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
... but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.
The Last Supper -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Good morning! Who knows what today is? (get responses) Yes!
Submission -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Good morning! I brought two pictures to show you today. Here
Kneeling before Jesus -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
Good morning! I brought some dominoes with me this morning and I want you to help me.
King Jesus -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Good morning! Today I brought a sign with me. Can someone tell me what it says?
God's blueprints -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way? (v.

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Sacrifice or Inconvenience? / Lonely in the Midst of People -- Matthew 26:14--27:66, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Psalm 31:9-16, Matthew 27:11-54, Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte, Kentina Washington-Leapheart -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2020
For April 5, 2020:
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
In this installment of The Immediate Word, we’re offering two main essays -- one fo
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
Taken together, the texts for Palm/Passion Sunday provide something of a contradictory message.
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
Just who are those people who come out to see Jesus, as he triumphantly enters Jerusalem?
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
During presidential campaigns, it is customary to introduce presidential candidates with "Hail to th
The Contender -- Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- Mary Boyd Click -- Passion Sunday - A
Violence has fragmented our world again this week. It seems almost pandemic.
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Easter Day - A
Bethany Peerbolte
Always finish what you start. This seems like a noble value to uphold until we examine all the things we start and never finish. Especially the things we start to work on and their usefulness quickly becomes irrelevant. Ordering 100 palms for the Palm Sunday processional and then having a shelter in place order made by the governor, for example. Or getting all your pants specially tailored and then working from home and spending all day on ZOOM meetings. In fact, buying pants at all right now seems like a complete waste of energy.
Maundy Thursday - A
Bethany Peerbolte
There are many things in faith that only make sense if we understand the connection. Things like loving one another is the same as loving God, or God’s voice may come to us through the physical voice of a parent or close friend. Making connections in faith is important.
Good Friday - A
Leah Thompson
Note: This piece was originally published April 22, 2011.

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (v. 25)

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Easter Day - A
Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Christopher Keating
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For April 12, 2020:
  • Easter Dawned by Tom Willadsen — Speak to the people who did not roll out of bed this morning and shout “Christ is risen!” Speak to those who are addled by sleep and confused by not finding what they expect to find when they go to the tomb..
  • Second Thoughts: Business Not as Usual by Chris Keating — Alone, isolated, and weeping, Mary discovers the truth that because of Easter, things will never be business as usual.

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Easter Day - A
Wayne Brouwer
Second chances are important to us. Do you remember the story of Anastasia, the woman who claimed to be the long-lost daughter of the last emperor of Russia, Czar Nicholas II? She was found depressed and suicidal in an insane asylum. Through hypnosis, she recaptured a memory that seemed to confirm her place in royal history. Then the press got wind of the story and sensationalized it: Could this destitute woman be the heir to the Russian throne?
Easter Day - A
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
M Adryael Tong
Acts 10:34-43
One of the most heartwarming moment of anyone’s life is to see a child teach another child what she or he has learned. I remember lounging on the beach one summer watching a dad teach his son how to build sandcastles. “The sand’s got to be wet,” he explained, packing sand into a mold.
Good Friday - A
David Coffin
In the 2002 movie Gran Torino Clint Eastwood plays the recently widowed and disgruntled retired auto worker Walt Kowalski. One of the subplots of the movie is Walt’s efforts to mentor the Hmong neighbor boy, Thao. Both Thao and his sister Sue Lao are being harassed by the Spider gang in the Detroit neighborhood. In efforts to try to appease the Spider gang, Thao fails to steal Walt’s beloved Gran Torino car. As the movie progresses, it occurs to Walt that Thao will never be free to pursue a job in construction that Walt arranged until the Spider gang leaves Thao alone.
Good Friday - A
Bonnie Bates
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
M Adryael Tong
Psalm 22
Maundy Thursday - A
Sandra Herrmann
If your congregation(s) are typical for these United States, you’re possibly combining the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples with the readings for Good Friday. The older custom of businesses closing for three hours on Good Friday to give employees the time to attend worship services has passed, so only retired people and the occasional parent without outside employment can attend worship without losing income.
Maundy Thursday - A
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Ron Love
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
M Adryael Tong
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

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Easter Day - A
Peter Andrew Smith
Lily looked at the sign advertising the worship services on campus. She checked her calendar on her phone and scrolled through her activities and timetable. There were a couple of times when something was happening at the chapel that she was free. Maybe she should think about attending. She knew her Mom would really like it if she went to church while she was at university.
Good Friday - A
C. David Mckirachan
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Cries for Help” by C. David McKirachan
“Tremble” by C. David McKirachan
“It’s About the Cross Today, Not the Empty Tomb” by Frank Ramirez


Cries for Help
by C. David McKirachan
Psalm 22
Maundy Thursday - A
Keith Hewitt
David O. Bales
Contents
“A Waste of Time” by Keith Hewitt
“Lord, Where Are You Going? / Domine, Quo Vadis?” by David O. Bales
“Remembering Jesus In Corinth” by David O. Bales


A Waste of Time
by Keith Hewitt
Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10) 11-14

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Good Friday - B
John Jamison
Note to the preacher:
Easter Day - A
Mariann Edgar Budde
Then Peter began to speak to them: "... You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ -- he is Lord of all ... he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him ... They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day...."
-- Acts 10:34a, 36a, 38b, 39b-40
Maundy Thursday - A
David O. Bales
One of the most interesting accounts of a creative and surprising story was of a father and his three-year-old daughter. During a long winter the little girl had enjoyed more and more using the sparse living room for her gymnasium and for the center of her imaginary world. All the room had in it was a large pillow. So the father set out to tell her a story about a pillow. He made up a story about a large pillow and a forest and animals that would come and play on the pillow. When all the animals slept, the pillow would go sleep with the clouds.

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Easter Day - A
Janice B. Scott
Jack was grief stricken. His favourite hen had died. Jack didn't know quite what had happened to Polly, he had simply discovered her one morning shortly before Easter, a broken bunch of feathers. Jack's Mum wondered whether a fox had got into the little hen run, as there were signs of blood and a few scattered feathers. That had made Jack even sadder, for it was bad enough that Polly had died, even worse to think of her suffering.

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