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The military equipment mentioned in... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
The military equipment mentioned in this reading sounds strange to us.
With my grandfather's death came... -- James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
With my grandfather's death came the breakup of the old family home place.
Benjamin Disraeli was one of... -- James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Benjamin Disraeli was one of England's greatest prime ministers during the last century.
James admonishes us to be... -- James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
James admonishes us to be "doers of the word." John Wesley had this for his rule of life:
Hugh Martin, in his book... -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Hugh Martin, in his book The Parables of the Gospels, teaches us about purity, when he relate
It is far too easy... -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
It is far too easy to become caught up in complex theological argument and miss the forest for the t
These passages help to illustrate... -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
These passages help to illustrate the fact that we cannot simply quote a Bible passage to solve our
The great screen-actress, Mary... -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
The great screen-actress, Mary Pickford, was once asked how she was able to maintain her poise and g
The time came for even... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
The time came for even the great King David to "go the way of all the earth" and die.
I spent several years in... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
I spent several years in graduate school studying with a man who became another father to me.
Reading this scripture, I wondered... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Reading this scripture, I wondered what fathers are teaching their sons these days: prepare for a po
I am about to go... -- 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
"I am about to go the way of all the earth."-- King David (1 Kings 2:2)
If you have done much... -- Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
If you have done much traveling by car, you have come upon road signs that are clustered together on
A Sunday school teacher has... -- Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
A Sunday school teacher has kept a list of some mistaken ideas about religion her class has had over
Among the final things that... -- Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Among the final things that Moses said to his people was to urge them, strictly, to give heed to the
Admiral George W. Anderson, chief... -- Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Admiral George W.
A recent news story told... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
A recent news story told of the death of a youngster who had spent his life confined in a room-sized
How far would we go... -- 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
How far would we go to keep a promise? In 1999, a certain man went very far indeed.
People in the church knew... -- 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
People in the church knew for several years that they had outgrown their building. A
One hot summer night, the... -- 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
One hot summer night, the church council told the pastor that the giving was down,
It is a hot, summer... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
It is a hot, summer evening when the Christian education is meeting at a local church.
Medieval Times is a show... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Medieval Times is a show at various places around North America where those attending
It is a sad commentary... -- Ephesians 6:10-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
It is a sad commentary on our society that most police officers are required to wear some

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A Long-Distance Marriage -- John 6:56-69, Ephesians 6:10-20, 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43, Psalm 84 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
Despite a brief firefight this past weekend, it seems that the United Nations-brokered ceasefire in

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Ron Love
Bethany Peerbolte
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Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
For May 31, 2020:
  • We Are The 120 by Ron Love — Let us never forget that we are the 120; the unseen members of the Body of Christ.
  • Second Thoughts: Masked Prophets by Bethany Peerbolte — Being a prophet is not about knowing exactly what will happen in the future. Being a prophet is about seeing the present world clearly and knowing God enough to sense a disconnect.

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Frank Ramirez
Acts 2:1-21 is the obvious choice for your Pentecost lectionary text and perhaps you have used it on many occasions. However, the lectionary includes several options and I explore them in this Charting the Course to try to show there is more than one way to experience God’s Spirit.

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Bill Thomas
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
M Adryael Tong
Acts 2:1-21
Charles Spurgeon once said, “Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We are as ships without the wind, branches without sap, and like coals without fire, we are useless.” The Day of Pentecost is the day we celebrate the birth of the church and the Holy Spirit coming on the apostles and they began to speak in other languages (Acts 2:4).

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C. David Mckirachan
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“You. Yes, You.” by C. David McKirachan
“Dream, Pray, Plan” by Frank Ramirez


You. Yes, You.
by C. David McKirachan
Acts 2:1-21

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Bethany Peerbolte
These verses follow the metaphor of living water flowing from our hearts into the world. The opening activity will work off of that image to show how water works. Water fills in all the empty places it can find. Even when we think there is no room, water can find the emptiness and fill it up.

What you will need:
A transparent jar or bowl
A couple of large rocks (or other large objects that will fit in your container)
Sand
Water

In your lesson say something like:

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
Jesus promised his friends that great power would be available to them when he had finally disappeared from this earth. That power came on the Day of Pentecost. In our worship today let us explore what sort of power this was and whether it is still available to us.


Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, sometimes I have difficulty connecting with things that happened 2,000 years ago.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I assume that all your power was in the past, belonging to a by-gone age.

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Kristin Borsgard Wee
All of you have heard stories of miracles. Some of you have experienced a miracle. The one which tops my list comes from several years ago. A woman I knew had been doctoring for stomach problems. Nothing seemed to be working. Her local doctor sent her to Rochester. The Mayo doctors ran her through a battery of tests and discovered cancer. They did surgery immediately. They took one look and closed her up. There was cancer everywhere. She came home to die. But she didn't get sick and weaker as we expected. We saw her in church every Sunday. Several months later, she was back at Mayo.

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