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Heroes come in many shapes... -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1998
Heroes come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.
True faith is given by... -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1998
True faith is given by God and implanted imperishably in the hearts of his saints.
One day a certain man... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1998
One day a certain man went to the racetrack.
What will tomorrow be like... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1998
What will tomorrow be like? What kind of weather can we expect?
A missionary who had spent... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1998
A missionary who had spent a lifetime serving and helping people in a third world country was visiti
Jim had never been one... -- Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
Jim had never been one to keep his mouth shut, and this morning was no exception.
As the last embers of... -- Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
As the last embers of the campfire dissipated, five members of our boy scout troop, armed with flash
Those who had cares of... -- Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
Those who had cares of King Zed's affairshad terribly great concern,
Dudley Wrinkle had felt like... -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
Dudley Wrinkle had felt like a highly successful businessman until this latest fiasco.
Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd of... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut complained about the partisanship that has arisen
The movie The Age of... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
The movie The Age of Innocence, based on the novel of the same name by Edith Wharton, received rave
When the Indiana Pacers basketball... -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
When the Indiana Pacers basketball team finally lost out to the New York Knicks in the playoffs, the
A young boy was once... -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
A young boy was once asked by his Sunday school teacher, "How did you become a Christian?" To this t
A young minister from New... -- Hebrews 12:1-7 (8-10), 11-14 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
A young minister from New York City received much rebuke from his city colleagues when they discover
It's for your own good... -- Hebrews 12:1-7 (8-10) 11-14 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
"It's for your own good."No child wants to hear it.Every parent has to say it.
Dotted across the South are... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
Dotted across the South are old cemeteries, community or family burial grounds.
Carla and Ben had been... -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
Carla and Ben had been married for about 10 years when the door-to-door evangelists called.
Bonhoeffer and others in Germany... -- Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
Bonhoeffer and others in Germany who did not go along with Hitler's plans to exterminate the Jews we
Children from the earliest ages... -- Jeremiah 23:23-29 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
Children from the earliest ages on like to play hide-and-seek.
On the southern fork of... -- Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:18-26 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
On the southern fork of Long Island's east end, real estate is of great value.
Linda was a recreational director... -- Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:18-26 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
Linda was a recreational director at a home for seniors.
A minister of a large... -- Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:18-26 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
A minister of a large church in California firmly believes in being prepared for the second coming o
Johnnie was excited about the... -- Hebrews 11:29--12:2 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
Johnnie was excited about the class assignment.
The two children grew up... -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
The two children grew up together, sleeping in the same house, eating the same food, taking the same
Isaiah's words sound much too... -- Isaiah 5:1-7 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 1995
Isaiah's words sound much too harsh for today's ears.

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John Jamison
Object: A list of rules, or a book of rules. I used a “Rules of the Road” book for learning how to drive an automobile.

Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have a story to tell you today. Are you ready to hear it? (Let them respond.) Great! Here we go!

The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
Katy Stenta
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
Quantisha Mason-Doll
For August 21, 2022:

Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Coffin
Today’s texts address various life situations where the Christian faith journey is rugged in different ways depending on where one finds themselves in life. One preaching path might to be identify which sort of rugged situations do we find people in our community facing? Might there be some bad news just around the corner, which cannot be soft pedaled in any way? The Jeremiah 1 text is empathetic. Are there aging Christians who will rely on more trust and hopes, as their bodies and minds decline in health? Psalm 71 is a good cup of herbal tea for the soul.
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Like this lesson proclaims, John Calvin had a real sense of looking at life from God’s eternal perspective, a viewpoint which helps give more meaning and significance to the everyday events of life. As he put it:

... God chooses every single individual according to his own will, and at the same time appoints and also sanctifies him... (Calvin’s Commentaries, Vol. IX/1, p. 36)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
It wasn't until the early summer of his first year that Jason Court felt really fed up with his new school. Until then he'd rather enjoyed it, even with all its rules and regulations, but in the unexpected heatwave of early summer, his patience cracked.

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Keith Hewitt
John E. Sumwalt
Contents
"Oskar" by Keith Hewitt
"With Reverence and Awe" by John Sumwalt

Note: This installment was originally published in 2010.

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David E. Leininger
I wish it were not so, but it is. Religion can be horribly repressive sometimes. Indeed, our text certainly reflects it. The story opens with Jesus teaching in a synagogue where services were normally informal: primarily prayers, reading of scripture, comments, and offerings for the poor. Any man in attendance could read from scripture and then teach or preach if he were so inclined, and on this day apparently, Jesus was.

Stephen P. McCutchan
Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother's womb. My praise is continually of you.
-- Psalm 71:6

John W. Wurster
Whether through the complicated process of socialization or good manners or simple maturity, somehow we learn how to respond appropriately to particular phrases in particular settings. "Paper or plastic?" "Cash or charge?" "Smoking or non-smoking?" We negotiate and navigate our lives by knowing what to say and when to say it:

"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you." "And also with you."

"Excuse me." "Please." "Thank you." "You're welcome."

"I love you." "I love you, too."

"I'm sorry." "It's okay."
H. Burnham Kirkland
Call To Worship
Leader: Let us be thankful, because we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken.
People: Let us be grateful and worship God in a way that will please him.
All: We will worship God with awe and reverence.

Collect
John H. Will
Call to Worship
Indeed, this is a day of rest and gladness.
This is God's Sabbath, created for our reflection and renewal.
Let us then not profane it, but keep it holy.
We do this as we honor God and commit ourselves to the well--being of God's creation.
Each of us individually needs a personal rejuvenation of spirit.
Together we seek a strengthening of community, a community that continues to build itself in love.
So do we come as one people to worship God, our Maker and our Sustainer.

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