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Asking Can a nation change... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
Asking "Can a nation change its god?" in Jeremiah's day is akin to asking, "Can a leopard
Michelle was at a turning... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
Michelle was at a turning point of sorts in her personal life. The past year had been
The Lord gave Jeremiah a... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
The Lord gave Jeremiah a tough assignment. Most preachers hope to save people from
Temple Grandin has a Ph.D... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
Temple Grandin has a Ph.D. in animal science. She also has autism. Her books report,
Reverend Larson, the new minister... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
Reverend Larson, the new minister of Highlands Presbyterian Church, was making the
Don't fall in love with... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
Don't fall in love with money, the writer of Hebrews cautions. Louis B. Mayer, who
The famous missionary, Hudson Taylor... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
The famous missionary, Hudson Taylor, was director of the China Inland mission for a
Picture the scene: three athletic... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
Picture the scene: three athletic young people, standing side by side -- medals around
Barry assumed that he would... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
Barry assumed that he would be the leader of the group. After all, the astronomy club was
Weddings are a time of... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
Weddings are a time of great joy for family and friends of the couple being married. It is
Jesus spent a lot of... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
Jesus spent a lot of time watching people's behavior. On this occasion he saw folks
Few short stories are as... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
Few short stories are as compelling in their treatment of humility as Flannery O'Connor's "Revelatio
Children are so good at... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
Children are so good at teaching us the important lessons in life.
Jeremiah had to preach to... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
Jeremiah had to preach to people who didn't want to have their doings called sinful, much like the p
Elie Wiesel, the great writer... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
Elie Wiesel, the great writer who spent part of his childhood in a Nazi concentration camp, tells a
In his book, The... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
In his book, The Immigrant Years: From Europe to Canada 1945-1967, Barry Broadfoot recounts t
This passage urges Christians to... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
This passage urges Christians to hold marriage in honor and to not be consumed with greed.
When Alaskans Margaret and Richard... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
When Alaskans Margaret and Richard Louie came to Ann Arbor, Michigan, in April 2000, they were stran
When the great golfer Bobby... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
When the great golfer Bobby Jones was young, he once asked his club pro how he could learn to be a r
Though we don't often think... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
Though we don't often think of it this way as a spiritual gift, that's exactly what hospitality is.
Humility is one of the... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
Humility is one of the hardest talents for a Christian to learn.
I was invited to a... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
I was invited to a large banquet in which a number of people were going to be honored.
Jesus Christ is the same... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1998
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever," writes the author of Hebrews (v. 8).
One Sunday morning a young... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1998
One Sunday morning a young lad entered the doorway of his suburban home.

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Economically, Politically, Or Faithfully? -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Thom M. Shuman, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
This Sunday falls on Labor Day weekend, which seems to be as much an unofficial "last fling" of summ

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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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