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It was the most difficult... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
It was the most difficult decision they had ever made.
Once upon a time in... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
Once upon a time in a land far away, a king decided to become more informed about the everyday lives
Harold had been a hard... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
Harold had been a hard-working and valued member of our church board for four years, always to be co
Today we are called to... -- John 6:1-15 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Today we are called to a new approach for an age--old problem.
My father was always a... -- John 6:1-15 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
My father was always a lover of good French toast.
A woman on a financial... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A woman on a financial advice show on talk radio said that she was two months behind in her mortgage
A housekeeper for a wealthy... -- Mark 6:45-52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A housekeeper for a wealthy family was the frequent confidant for the children in that home.
While we may know the... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
While we may know the rest of this story because we have read it before, this segment of scripture l
A young man of my... -- Mark 6:45-52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A young man of my acquaintance used to make a point of standing on the front porch of his house when
After being in my first... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
After being in my first parish for only a couple of weeks, my wife and I went to visit an elderly co
The stories are myriad. An... -- Mark 6:45-52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
The stories are myriad. An individual has a near--death experience.
The quality of life is... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
The quality of life is not a chronological matter.
Thomas Jefferson, who has mightily... -- Mark 6:45-52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Thomas Jefferson, who has mightily shaped the thinking of contemporary Americans, was a deist.
One church member will always... -- Genesis 18:1-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
One church member will always be in my album of saints.
A tragic newspaper story... -- 2 Samuel 12:1-14 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A tragic newspaper story recently told of a group of friends who were in a boat on a lake when
In a compilation of his... -- Colossians 1:21-29 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
In a compilation of his sermons titled Through the Year with Fulton Sheen (compiled and edite
In the spring of... -- 2 Samuel 12:1-14 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
In the spring of 1987 a garbage scow left New York harbor, looking for a home.
Mentoring is an ancient but... -- Colossians 1:21-29 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Mentoring is an ancient but popular idea today.
Mahatma Gandhi was a man... -- Hosea 1:2-10 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Mahatma Gandhi was a man who combated evil and oppression, not with sword, war, horses, or horsemen.
David continues to function... -- 2 Samuel 12:1-14 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
David continues to function as king, but the public David is no longer able to override, censo
A beautiful, young university student... -- Colossians 1:21-29 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A beautiful, young university student from a home of means, went to her professor with her problem.
Remember the film, It's a... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Remember the film, It's a Wonderful Life, about George Bailey, the small-town banker played b
The aged woman lived... -- 2 Kings 4:42-44 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
The aged woman lived alone in a second-floor apartment.
Bette Brown tells of a... -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Bette Brown tells of a friend, whom we shall call Jeffrey, who decided to take his own life early on

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All Things -- Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52, Colossians 1:15-28, Psalm 148 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
There is always some news about it, though it is not always on the front page.

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For July 5, 2020:
  • Say You Love Me (But Stay Six Feet Away) by Chris Keating — The voice of the beloved calls to us this week. The lush poetry calls our attention to the pure gift of God, and will likely resonate with communities longing for interaction, mutuality, and the rich abundance of love’s delight.

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Mumbling Hope
by David O. Bales
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

Phabi and Nahum rode obediently behind Eliezer, tossed rhythmically side to side on their camels. They glanced to one another with knowing looks. Eliezer was mumbling again. “I suppose I could’ve told them the whole story. They were certainly interested. A display of wealth will do that, especially to a fellow like Laban.”

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David Kalas
When I was a boy, I heard a preacher remind his congregation about the true nature of the cross. He observed that we have turned the cross into both a lovely adornment in our sanctuaries and a piece of jewelry for our bodies. It is, for us, a smooth, attractive, gilded thing. But the original cross, he insisted, was nothing like that. The cross that Jesus bore -- and the cross, therefore, that we are invited to take up as his followers -- is harsh and heavy. It is rugged and bloody. It is heavy wood across the back, not silver or gold on a lapel or necklace.
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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Here in England we're now well into the wedding season, in which many young couples will follow the age old tradition of plighting their troth. Some of them will do so here in Pulham St. Mary church, and several more here in our benefice in South Norfolk.

Although our country has the highest divorce rate in the whole of Europe and is second only to the United States in the world, and although many couples now live together outside marriage, nonetheless marriage is still a very popular institution.

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Schuyler Rhodes
I think one of the best lessons I have learned in ministry is the lesson of win-win. Have you ever heard of win-win? In a world where win-lose situations seem to dominate our interactions, the discovery of the possibility of building scenarios where everyone can benefit, where everyone can, in effect, win, has been an incredible answer to prayer. In church, community, and family life it has been a powerful way forward on numerous occasions. Recently, an experience in negotiations in a sensitive church situation resulted in a win-win, and it was unbelievable.

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Good morning, boys and girls. Does anyone live on a farm or near a farm? (let them answer) What do farmers use today to plow fields and harvest the grain? (let them answer) That's right, tractors. Before farmers used tractors what did they use? (let them answer) That's right, horses. Did you know that farmers also used to use animals called oxen? These animals are like bulls that have horns and are very strong. They can pull a plow easily as long as they worked in pairs. If the oxen didn't work together, it was hard.

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