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Just as there is a... -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Just as there is a big difference between Mount Sinai with its laws and Calvary with its love, there
There is the story of... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
There is the story of a teenage boy who was battling cancer.
I wish I could show... -- Luke 13:22-30 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
I wish I could show you a picture that hangs in my study.
Hoping to find some reason... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Hoping to find some reason to accuse him, a man asked Gregory of Nazianzus in 381 A.D.
Several years ago the people... -- Luke 13:22-30 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Several years ago the people who lived in a certain area along the Golf Coast of the U.S.A., were wa
The radio talk show host... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
The radio talk show host was lamenting the fact that she had three opportunities to see Pope John Pa
When we present our bodies... -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
When we present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, we also commit ourselves to good stewardshi
On February 23, 1821, John... -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
On February 23, 1821, John Keats died of consumption (now called tuberculosis) in Rome.
While growing up, most of... -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
While growing up, most of us probably heard at one time or another, a parent ask us, "If your friend
When Ninevah needed to hear... -- Exodus 1:8--2:10 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
When Ninevah needed to hear God's message, God called Jonah.
There are many tales in... -- Exodus 1:8--2:10 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
There are many tales in the ancient world that are similar to Moses' early adventure in the reed bas
Anytime we believe what we... -- Exodus 1:8--2:10 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Anytime we believe what we read, or what others tell us, we are accepting the witness' testimony.
A beloved cultural artifact of... -- Exodus 1:8--2:10 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
A beloved cultural artifact of the Adirondack region of New York is the Adirondack Guide Boat -- a s
Learn to ride a horse... -- Jeremiah 20:7-13 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Learn to ride a horse that throws you.
Who was Jeremiah? the Sunday... -- Jeremiah 20:7-13 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
"Who was Jeremiah?" the Sunday School teacher asked his seventh grade class.
He felt no fear of... -- Jeremiah 20:7-13 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
"He felt no fear of death, but a terror of life, of going on soiling himself and repenting and soili
It is hard to stand... -- Jeremiah 20:7-13 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
It is hard to stand against a crowd, calling on it to act responsibly.
These are prayers for unity... -- Isaiah 66:18-23 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
These are prayers for unity from many countries as they were used in worship at the Sixth Assembly o

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God’s people never get good at waiting.

Our Christian calendar has two whole seasons dedicated to preparation, aka waiting, and we never quite mange to do it gracefully. Apparently, our ancestors in faith had the same problem. “Are we there yet?” the early disciples keep asking Jesus, when he promises them the gift of the Holy Spirit. We don’t typically think of the Easter season as a period of waiting, and yet the early disciples spent 50 days waiting for the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Nothing can happen until it arrives.

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A focus on the Holy Spirit in the lesson is nicely explained in a sermon by Martin Luther. He proclaims that “the Holy Spirit, the real teacher, comes and gives power to the word so that it takes hold” (Weimar Ausgabe, Vol.17 II, p.460 [translation mine]).  Elsewhere he adds:
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Note: This installment was originally published in 2009.

An ancient Jewish writing declares, "Pentecost is the day on which Torah was given." According to the teaching, it was on the day that eventually became the feast of Pentecost that God gave birth to the Hebrew nation by speaking the divine covenant to them at Mount Sinai.

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“The Billy Graham Test” by John Sumwalt
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The Billy Graham Test
by John Sumwalt
Romans 8:22-27

And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (v. 26)

The Village Shepherd

Call to Worship:

On this, the birthday of the Christian Church, let us welcome God's Holy Spirit into our hearts and into the heart of our Church.


Invitation to Confession:

Holy Spirit, sometimes our hearts are cold or luke-warm.
Lord, have mercy.

Holy Spirit, sometimes we fail to believe that you still have power in human lives.
Christ, have mercy.

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Richard A. Jensen
Over at last. That's the only thought she could think about just now. Over at last. The funeral finished. The committal service completed. She was home now and weary; bone weary. Her husband, Carl, was safely tucked into the grave. How had she ever endured the year of his agony?
Schuyler Rhodes
In Christian tradition, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit as a partner on the journey (John 14:16; 15:26; 16:7), an advocate who will accompany us on our journey toward faithfulness. We hear the Pentecost story and delight in the dancing tongues of fire as they descend and create something new in their wake.
Michael D. Wuchter
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.

William J. Carl, III
What a way to start a church! It's certainly not the typical format for new church development. Where is the planning committee, the fund-raising, the arm twisting, the real estate deal acquiring the land, the faithful few who volunteer from other churches to give the whole thing its initial push? Not everyone has the personality to start a church from scratch, but Paul did. "I planted, Apollos watered," says Paul (1 Corinthians 3:6). Some preachers are just good at planting churches and getting them started.

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