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What do you see? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME
Great faith -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
Upon this rock -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Today's reading introduces the word "church." One dictionary defines the word "church" as "the compa
Who am I? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Teachers or Parents: When Peter identified Jesus as "the
Who is Jesus? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Teachers or Parents: Jesus was a great many things. The people
Keys to the kingdom -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Parents and Teachers: This lesson tells the story about Peter
Keys to the kingdom -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Parents and Teachers: This lesson tells the story about Peter
The rock of Jesus -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Materials: Rocks or pebbles from a streambed

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Children's Activity Bulletin (Ages 8-10): Matthew 16:13-20 -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A

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Children's Activity Bulletin (Ages 5-7): Matthew 16:13-20 -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A

Children's sermon

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Different Parts, Yet One -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2020
Good morning! This morning I want to see if we can think of
You are Jesus -- that's for sure! -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2017
Simon Peter answered, “You are Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” (v.16)
God's Son -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus wants us to understand who he is and why he came to earth.
Juggling act -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly tha
What do you see? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
Good morning, boys and girls! How are you this morning?
Just do it -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the
Great faith -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:16)
You are special! -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Hello again!
Upon this rock -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning, everyone! In today's lesson Jesus and the disciples are talking.
A complete puzzle -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning! Have you ever put one of these together? (Show
Who am I? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning! I'd like for us to play a little game today.
Who is Jesus? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Who is this? (Let them answer.) We all know who this is. We
What is your talent? -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I want to share (name the object
Who do you say I am? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought our church bulletin
Who do you say I am? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought our church bulletin
The gift of engagement -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. Isn't it wonderful how God made us different?
The rock of Jesus -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning, boys and girls.
How wise is God? -- Romans 11:33-36 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. Do you ever talk with your

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The Last 16 Minutes! -- Matthew 16:13-20, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Psalm 124, Isaiah 51:1-6, Psalm 138 -- Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2020
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Who... Who Are You? -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Isaiah 51:1-6 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2017
In the wake of the
Sparking Hope From Bricks Of Oppression / Facing The Monster ... Together -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014
There’s been no shortage of big headlines this past week, from the stunning news of actor/comedia
What Will People Say? -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Psalm 124 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
This past weekend's "straw poll" in Iowa -- complete with breathless coverage from the cable news ch

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Upon this Rock -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning, everyone! In today's lesson Jesus and the disciples are talking.
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For May 9, 2021:
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John E. Sumwalt
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Waking Up to Racism” by John Sumwalt
“Twists and Turns” by Frank Ramirez

 
Waking Up to Racism
by John Sumwalt
Psalm 98

Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.
(vv. 8-9)

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David Kalas
In the mid-1960s, a popular song declared, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of.”1 It was an era of both national and international unrest. And the American landscape was reeling from the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and opposition to both. Amidst headlines so marked by unrest and division, therefore, the sentiment of the song struck a chord with an American audience. 
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Acts 10:44-48
Prejudice is always wrong. Nat King Cole is a well-known artist who was the first African American to host his own national television program. In 1948, he purchased a beautiful home in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood. When the local neighborhood association confronted him and informed him it didn’t want any undesirables to move in, Cole responded, “Neither do I. If I see any coming in here, I’ll be the first to complain.” He lived in that house until his death in 1965.

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John Jamison
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

Hi, everyone! (Let them respond.)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.

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John E. Sumwalt
Jo Perry-sumwalt
One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
God's love brings us together.

Collect of the Day
It is noted that God has prepared great joy for those who love Him. Petitions are then offered that such love may be poured into the hearts of the faithful so that they may obtain these promises. Justification as a reward for our deeds (love) is communicated by this prayer.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 98
Stan Purdum
(See Christmas Day, Cycles A and B, for alternative approaches.)

Richard E. Gribble
Once upon a time a great and powerful king ruled over a vast territory. There was something very strange about this kingdom, however -- everything was the same. The people ate the same food, drank the same drink, wore the same clothes, and lived in the same type of homes. The people even did all the same work. There was another oddity about this place. Everything was gray -- the food, the drink, the clothes, the houses; there were no other colors.

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