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The Lord used an odd... -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2008
The Lord used an odd method of getting Moses to take notice. Except for possibly in
Moses was a gifted man... -- Exodus 3:1-15 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2008
Moses was a gifted man. Tradition gives him credit for writing the first five books of the
Fans of the Antiques Roadshow... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2008
Fans of the Antiques Roadshow program on PBS know how the show works. A
Jesus teaches us that, to... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2008
Jesus teaches us that, to be his followers, we must be caring, even
Racial tensions were brought to... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2008
Racial tensions were brought to light by an incident at a local high school last fall. A
There is one explanation to... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2008
There is one explanation to this rather bizarre notion of heaping burning coals on your
In one form or the... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2008
In one form or the other, Jesus' sayings about denying ourselves and losing our lives to
He owned the natural gas... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2008
He owned the natural gas franchises in about forty cities and towns. He amassed a
A missionary is one sent... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2008
A missionary is one sent on a mission -- one sent forth with authority to preach and
Exodus 3:1-15 The... -- Matthew 16:21-28, Romans 12:9-21, Exodus 3:1-15 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2008
Exodus 3:1-15
Did you hear the story... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2002
Did you hear the story of the man at the circus, near the camel pen?
Peter, Jesus said, had become... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2002
Peter, Jesus said, had become a stumbling block to Jesus.
It is a rough thing... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2002
It is a rough thing to have to endure suffering.
The Greeks have a story... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2002
The Greeks have a story about Paedaretos.
There's a difference between genuine... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2002
There's a difference between genuine love and sentimental love.
Several years ago, it was... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2002
Several years ago, it was my privilege to spend two months in the Philippines, working with Sunday s
Living peaceably with all and... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2002
Living peaceably with all and in harmony with others, can be a tough assignment.
Her friends could not understand... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2002
Her friends could not understand. "How can you forgive him?" The divorce was final.
You can't fake love. That... -- 12:9-21 Romans -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1999
You can't fake love. That was the basic message of Reverend Brown in sermon after sermon.
For what will it profit... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1999
"For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?" Hector was
Recently (1996) the Laotian government... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1999
Recently (1996) the Laotian government circulated arrest warrants for Christians, threatening to rem
Neil Postman, onetime director of... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1999
Neil Postman, onetime director of the National Religious Broadcasters Association, summed up in an a
Jesus tells the disciples that... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1999
Jesus tells the disciples that suffering, death, and resurrection will be a part of his life, and Pe
Antoninus said: The best sort... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1999
Antoninus said: "The best sort of revenge is not to be like him who did the injury." It is easy to
I had been meeting with... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1999
I had been meeting with Ann for fifteen months.

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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)

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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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