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That's a really fine quilt... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
"That's a really fine quilt!" Mitzy exclaimed to Susan as they entered Diane's home for the educatio
Back in pioneer days, houses... -- Romans 11:33-36 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
Back in pioneer days, houses and hotels were few and far between.
Young children are often amazed... -- Romans 11:33-36 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
Young children are often amazed at their parents' knowledge.
For many chapters Saint Paul... -- Romans 11:33-36 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
For many chapters Saint Paul has built his theology one brick at a time.
As I visited with a... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
As I visited with a woman in the hospital, she remarked about her illness, "I guess we all have our
A pastor friend told me... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
A pastor friend told me of an experience he had with a member of his choir.
A deeply committed Christian minister... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
A deeply committed Christian minister wanted to be active in carrying out Christ's statement to any
As he approached the homeless... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
As he approached the homeless shelter in the center city, Terry was apprehensive.
The Hispanic community around Bensenville... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
The Hispanic community around Bensenville, Illinois, found out that the Ku Klux Klan was planning a
Years ago a newspaperman visited... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
Years ago a newspaperman visited the Oakland Raiders training camp at Santa Rosa, California, to int
I once saw a saying... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
I once saw a saying on a church bulletin board that read: "Character is not made in crisis, it is on
A teenager once asked an... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
A teenager once asked an older Christian who had the glow of a saint, "I'd give the world to have an
It is human nature to... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
It is human nature to fight back. We do not like to be forced to take anything off anyone.
One cannot read of blessing... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
One cannot read of blessing those who persecute you, without recalling the life of Maximilian Kolbe
A father had to continually... -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
A father had to continually discipline his small sons for fighting.
A young man was involved... -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
A young man was involved in a serious car accident. He suffered a brain injury.
Jake and Larry were having... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Jake and Larry were having a disagreement and Jake was laying out the facts to Larry.
There is nothing like the... -- Jeremiah 28:1-9 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
There is nothing like the truth to pave the way for a secure future.
Take up your cross and... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
"Take up your cross and follow me."
Stories about false prophets abound... -- Jeremiah 28:1-9 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Stories about false prophets abound.
The greatest danger facing people... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
The greatest danger facing people of faith, and the institution of the church which houses their his
Silence is the perfectest herald... -- Jeremiah 28:1-9 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
"Silence is the perfectest herald of joy," Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing.
What does it profit us... -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
What does it profit us to gain the world and lose our lives, or to gain great fame and power, only t
Predictions are tricky business. They... -- Jeremiah 28:1-9 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Predictions are tricky business.
The pleasure of pride is... -- Proverbs 25:6-7 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
The pleasure of pride is like the pleasure of scratching.

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Call to Worship:
After he had been deep in prayer, Jesus was able to walk on the sea. In our worship today, let explore the relationship between prayer and God's response to us.

Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, sometimes I dismiss prayer as not working, yet I know I've never really prayed as you prayed.
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