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We are to offer up... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1998
We are to "offer up a sacrifice of praise." The Old Testament word for praise, hallel, litera
One day the pastor of... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1998
One day the pastor of a large congregation went into his church's sanctuary.
Attending a wedding dinner can... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1998
Attending a wedding dinner can be an uncomfortable feeling when a guest is trying to decide where to
Late one summer afternoon in... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1998
Late one summer afternoon in a tourist city airport, a lightning storm halted all flights for about
The world-famous African-American... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1998
The world-famous African-American educator Booker T.
The child in us remembers... -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
The child in us remembers trying to jump away from our shadow on a sunny day.
One of our historical favorites... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
One of our historical favorites is Abraham Lincoln.
Henry G. Bosch wrote in... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
Henry G. Bosch wrote in Our Daily Bread about Booker T. Washington, the black educator.
The great artist Whistler was... -- Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
The great artist Whistler was attempting to help a painter friend of his in getting his work display
In 1913, after serving as... -- Ecclesiastes 10:(7-11) 12-18 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
In 1913, after serving as President of the United States, William Howard Taft accepted a position at
Taylor Caldwell's novel, Testimony... -- Ecclesiastes 10:(7-11) 12-18 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
Taylor Caldwell's novel, Testimony of Two Men, is the story of a complex young medic at the t
To a large extent the... -- Ecclesiastes 10:(7-11) 12-18 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
To a large extent the personality of America can be summed up in the word, "Pride." Patriotism is ce
For several years I've had... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
For several years I've had the privilege of serving on the board of our regional Mental Health Assoc
Jason was getting a high... -- Ezekiel 18:1-9, 25-29 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
Jason was getting a high D in his 10th grade algebra class.
When Newt Gingrich was Speaker... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
When Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House of Representatives, polls showed that he enjoyed broad s
The table was set with... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
The table was set with the finest china. The food was prepared perfectly.
A pastor was working at... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
A pastor was working at the local soup kitchen along with several members of the youth confirmation
Few people have so captivated... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
Few people have so captivated the imagination of the world for their self-sacrificing service as Mah
The prophet's task is to... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
The prophet's task is to get the word out. How Jeremiah would have loved e-mail!
Dick Geary writing for History... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
Dick Geary writing for History Today notes the rise of public support for National Socialism
U. S. News & World Report... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
U. S.
History was never one of... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
History was never one of my strong points in school.
The late Henri Nouwen had... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
The late Henri Nouwen had some wonderful things to say about hospitality, but one of the most profou
Don't fall in love with... -- Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
Don't fall in love with money, the writer of Hebrews cautions. Louis B.

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Who Gets The Gold? -- Luke 14:7-14, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Proverbs 25:6-7 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
For two weeks we've seen some almost incredible physical feats, a lot of spectacle (wonderfully prep

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Ron Love
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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.

Bonnie Bates
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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