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To highlight the tremendous courage... -- Hebrews 12:1-4 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
To highlight the tremendous courage and perseverance of Jesus, the author of the letter to the Hebre
Yes, I would say, 'Here... -- Jeremiah 23:23-29 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
"Yes, I would say, 'Here I am.' I am tired.
Anna joined the church as... -- Hebrews 12:1-4 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Anna joined the church as a teenager. She was attractive and she was smart.
Powerful people do not like... -- Jeremiah 23:23-29 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Powerful people do not like to have others argue with them, for those who hold power tend very much
Years ago I heard someone... -- Hebrews 12:1-4 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Years ago I heard someone say the Christian faith was a trial by endurance.
Sometimes our faith seems a... -- Wisdom 18:6-9 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Sometimes our faith seems a strange paradox, as this description of God at work among the people of
Most cultures put a high... -- Luke 12:49-53 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Most cultures put a high value on family love.
There is a priest in... -- Wisdom 18:6-9 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
There is a priest in Olinda and Recife in Brazil by the name of Dom Helder Camara.
No lesser loyalty should interfere... -- Luke 12:49-53 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
No lesser loyalty should interfere with our total commitment to Jesus Christ.
If we don't make plans... -- Wisdom 18:6-9 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
If we don't make plans for departure from this life, we can be left in a predicament similar to that
After reading the Peace be... -- Luke 12:49-53 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
After reading the "Peace be with you" that Jesus speaks, this Scripture is hard to reconcile.
The child had been born... -- Wisdom 18:6-9 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
The child had been born severely distressed, lungs and kidneys barely functioning.
Jess Sullivan is a Creek... -- Luke 12:49-53 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Jess Sullivan is a Creek Indian residing in a small town in Oklahoma.
Most of us worship in... -- Hebrews 12:1-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Most of us worship in sanctuaries with windows made of stained glass.
We live in a strange... -- Luke 12:32-40 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
We live in a strange world, surrounded by legion of options for spending our time, hearing a hundred
Some of the imagery used... -- Hebrews 12:1-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Some of the imagery used here is a bit difficult to translate into today's culture --such as illegit
At the close of a... -- Jeremiah 20:7-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
At the close of a semester in a large midwestern university, a certain professor walked into the uni
Endurance is the name of... -- Hebrews 12:1-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Endurance is the name of the game. Perseverance is the key to success.
In 1219, Francis of Assisi... -- Jeremiah 20:7-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
In 1219, Francis of Assisi and two of his followers sailed for Egypt on a maiden missionary journey
Over the years a lot... -- Hebrews 12:1-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Over the years a lot of different kinds of machinery has been invented that has greatly simplified a
In the summer after I... -- Jeremiah 20:7-13 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
In the summer after I had finished college some buddies and I went west to work for the U.S.
Cohn Morris writes in Include... -- Luke 12:49-53 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Cohn Morris writes in Include Me Out, "Because the Gospel is simple, the judgment is immediat
Let him who has my... -- Jeremiah 23:23-29 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
"Let him who has my word speak my word faithfully." What a challenge those words are to contemporary
Try preaching this text on... -- Luke 12:49-53 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Try preaching this text on the Festival of the Christian Home!
These are Jeremiah's words addressed... -- Jeremiah 23:23-29 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
These are Jeremiah's words addressed, then, to the false prophets and, today, to the preachers of th

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The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
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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Peter Andrew Smith
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.

“Hey neighbour,” Fran put a cup of coffee in front of him.

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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.”
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
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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