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What a fantastic insight! We... -- Galatians 4:4-7 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1999
What a fantastic insight! We are no longer slaves, but children of God!
The other day I was... -- Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1999
The other day I was cleaning out my hall closet when I found a box.
Henri Nouwen tells the story... -- Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1999
Henri Nouwen tells the story of an old man who used to meditate early every morning under a big tree
A minister complained to another... -- Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1996
A minister complained to another pastor saying, "I am so busy that I don't have time for people!" To
On a Gunsmoke episode (my... -- Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1996
On a Gunsmoke episode (my all-time favorite program, if you have failed to guess by now), the parent
A man who was not... -- Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1996
A man who was not a Christian was led to a condition of partial faith.
A New AnswerBy... -- Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1996
A New AnswerBy what unique name do you call me, Lord?
In the fall of 1994... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1996
In the fall of 1994 a man was driving his pickup through the backwoods mountains of Oregon.
Some of us assume that... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1996
Some of us assume that the people who get what they want in this life do so by breaking the rules!
The Canaanite woman is the... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1996
The Canaanite woman is the first person outside of the nation of Israel to be ministered to by Jesus
Many men in the United... -- Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Many men in the United States remember a time when the military draft was in full swing and there wa
Jesus seemed to be doing... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Jesus seemed to be doing a "tongue-in-cheek song-and-dance" with the Canaanite woman before he heale
Mark Vonnegut, son of the... -- Luke 12:49-53 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Mark Vonnegut, son of the author Kurt Vonnegut, has written a case history of his own experience of
Johnny, a first-grader, always... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Johnny, a first-grader, always waited on the front steps of the school after classes.
During the civil rights movement... -- Luke 12:49-53 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, a college student grew deeply impressed with the cour
Do you believe in miracles... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Do you believe in miracles? If so, what kind?
A senior citizen was browsing... -- Jeremiah 18:1-11 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
A senior citizen was browsing through the liquor department of a store.
In the pantheon of heroes... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
In the pantheon of heroes of the Christian faith, the Canaanite woman doesn't even make the list.
In a tourist area, a... -- Jeremiah 18:1-11 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
In a tourist area, a working potter with a wheel can gather a crowd anytime.
Simple SignsFrom... -- Jeremiah 18:1-11 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Simple SignsFrom the very startGod has blessed usWith simple signs
In verse one of this... -- Hebrews 12:1-2, 12-17 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
In verse one of this reading, the Bible writer reminds us many Christians are able to persevere beca
There is no such way... -- Jeremiah 23:23-29 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
There is no such way to gain admittance, or give defense, to strange and absurd doctrines, as to gua
During his years in Corinth... -- Hebrews 12:1-2, 12-17 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
During his years in Corinth, Paul must have been an interested spectator at many athletic events.
This text contains four questions... -- Jeremiah 23:23-29 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
This text contains four questions for moon men.
So much that goes on... -- Hebrews 12:1-4 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
So much that goes on in Washington seems painfully at variance with our biblical faith -- indifferen

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The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
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George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For August 9, 2020:
  • Bending Toward Justice by Dean Feldmeyer — The story of Joseph illustrates that while God does not always act in bold and dramatic ways, and the arc of the moral universe may be long, it nevertheless bends toward justice. A pertinent message for us, today.

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Luke stared at the stack of papers sitting in front of him. The last thing he wanted to do was close the Good Shepherd Ministry. He dreaded having to put out the press release saying that they were out of money and were no longer able to minister to the street people in the city. He knew that as soon as word got out all the people they had helped and the people in need would come looking for answers. He didn’t know what he was going to say to them. Truthfully, he didn’t know what to say.

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Wayne Brouwer
Once when Henrik Ibsen, the Norwegian playwright, was traveling in Rome, he noticed a crowd of people gathered around a large red poster. They were talking rather excitedly among themselves about the message it announced, so he reached into his coat pocket for his eyeglasses. Only then did he realize that he’d left them back at his hotel.

So he turned to the fellow next to him. “Sir,” he said, “could you please tell me what that sign says? I’ve forgotten my glasses.”
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Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic monk who considered that the Church of Rome was corrupt. On October 31, 1517, he posted his famous 95 theses on the door of the church at Wittenberg, inviting a debate on the issues that concerned him. This led to the German Reformation, or better known to us as the Protestant Reformation.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
After he had been deep in prayer, Jesus was able to walk on the sea. In our worship today, let explore the relationship between prayer and God's response to us.

Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, sometimes I dismiss prayer as not working, yet I know I've never really prayed as you prayed.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I can't believe in miracles, yet I know I've never really prayed as you prayed.
Christ, have mercy.

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John E. Sumwalt
The call came on a Sunday after church just as we were sitting down to lunch. "Eric's vital signs are dropping. We think this may be it. You'd better come." It was the Palliative Care Nurse, one of the dozens of hospital and hospice staff people who supported Eric and his family over the five years he lived with bone cancer. She met me as I came in the door of the hospice where Eric had lived for five months -- a much longer stay than most of their patients who usually died within weeks.

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Good morning, boys and girls. Do you know what a hard-boiled egg is? (Let them answer.) I brought two eggs with me this morning. One is hard-boiled. When I crack its shell I can eat it. The other is not hard-boiled. It's like Humpty-Dumpty. When I crack it, it will break. Sometimes your parents may give you a hard-boiled egg for lunch. When they do, you trust them that it is really hard-boiled. Your parents wouldn't give you an egg like Humpty-Dumpty, would they?

It is very important that you can trust your parents. When you

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