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My wife's family has some German in their background... -- Exodus 12:1-14 -- Craig Kelly -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2011
My wife's family has some German in their background, so after I married her I was introduced to the
On a blustery October night... -- Exodus 12:1-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2008
On a blustery October night in a church outside Minneapolis, several hundred believers
In our Exodus lesson today... -- Exodus 12:1-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2008
In our Exodus lesson today, the Lord tells Moses and Aaron to tell the people to prepare
A. J. Jacobs wrote of... -- Exodus 12:1-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2008
A. J. Jacobs wrote of his experiences in seeking to live one year "biblically." He wrote,
In 2007, Embassy Suites hosted... -- Exodus 12:1-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2008
In 2007, Embassy Suites hosted a "Do Not Disturb" sign contest. Visitors were invited to
One of our sons-in... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2008
One of our sons-in-law is Mexican. He grew up speaking only Spanish. His mother has
Do you need commandments to... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2008
Do you need commandments to keep you in line or the threat of a fine to keep you going
The life of Saint Augustine... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2008
The life of Saint Augustine is an example of how God can transform a life, and how that
The Xerox Research Center of... -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2008
The Xerox Research Center of Canada has recently developed an "erasable paper"
What should you and I... -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2008
What should you and I do if someone that we know wrongs us in some way? In our
It was one of those... -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2008
It was one of those church meetings that you would just as soon forget. There was
Menno Simons, religious leader of... -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2008
Menno Simons, religious leader of the Anabaptists in the sixteenth century and founder
The kitchen was not new... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2002
The kitchen was not new to him. His wife called him a "gourmet" cook. Cakes were his specialty.
Nothing can ruin a marriage... -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2002
Nothing can ruin a marriage faster than not fighting fair.
A friend of the congregation... -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2002
A friend of the congregation had called Pastor Don late one Friday afternoon.
Lynn was the chairperson of... -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2002
Lynn was the chairperson of the personnel department of a large manufacturing company.
A couple was planning its... -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2002
A couple was planning its marriage.
Reality TV has become popular... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2002
"Reality TV" has become popular in recent months with shows such as Survivor.
Do you know the hymn... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2002
Do you know the hymn, "Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun?" It was written in 1695, by Thomas Ken, who
Loving one another includes loving... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2002
Loving one another includes loving our enemies.
In a 1998 television commercial... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1999
In a 1998 television commercial for the Isuzu Rodeo a giant sign says, "Obey," but the narrator say
Thomas Moore, the nineteenth century... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1999
Thomas Moore, the nineteenth century poet, was married to a beautiful young woman to whom he was tot
I have great admiration for... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1999
I have great admiration for the Christian stewardship ministries that advocate debt-free living.
In his book, Exclusion... -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1999
In his book, Exclusion and Embrace (Abingdon Press, 1996), Miroslav Volf wrestles with the re

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No More Promised Lands -- Exodus 12:1-14, Matthew 18:15-20, Romans 13:8-14, Psalm 149 -- Roger Lovette, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2011
It's been an eventful week for America's East coast, dominated by what the media blithely refers to

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2 Samuel 7:1-14a
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In each of these scriptures it is up to recognize who is the star of the show. We might be surprised. David thinks he is honoring God by building a temple, but isn’t he really honoring himself as the typical conqueror who builds temples to the gods as a testimony to his accomplishments as a ruler?

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John E. Sumwalt
Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord... So I will attend to you for your evil doings... Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands... I will raise up shepherds over them... and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord. (vv. 1-5)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Let us join together to use this time for rest and relaxation within the preence of our Lord.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we are lazy and don't do what you want us to do.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we are too busy and wilfully refuse to take time off.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, help us to manage our time and our own physical and emotional needs.
Lord, have mercy.

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Julia E. Bland
It is through Jesus, the Good Shepherd, that we become part of his flock.

Scripture: John 10:9

Background Devotions: Psalm 23

Visual Aids: Medicine, a large cup, perhaps a cane. If a cane is used, you will need to explain that the staff was shaped something like a cane but it was much longer and the rounded part was bigger.

Handouts: Activity sheets; star stickers for the color page of the activity sheet, if desired
John E. Sumwalt
Patricia M. Thaker
In February of 2000, my grandfather, Lloyd Dings, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He passed away just twelve days later. My grandparents were married 56 years. The legacy he leaves behind is a wonderful wife and a beautiful family
Kristin Borsgard Wee
Four years ago this week, I was walking through an African village in Namibia with my friend, Solveig Kjeseth. We stopped to look at a strange tower formed out of earth. It was about five feet high, crooked in shape, wide at the bottom and coming to a point at the top. I thought it looked like the top of a giant, rumpled witch's hat, only it was gray instead of black. Solveig informed me, much to my surprise, that it was an anthill. I was even more surprised when we came across many more, some of which towered over my head. They were huge!
William J. Carl, III
Have you ever noticed how some families move a lot? Some are corporate moves, some are military, and some are United Methodist pastors. Whatever the case, every time they move they have to find new lodging. In the military, quarters are often provided. The same may be true for clergy if churches own a manse or a parsonage. But, sometimes you have to look for a new home, which means spending some time with real estate agents traveling here and there to find the perfect house. Of course, no house is ever perfect. When you own a home, no matter where you sit you see something that needs fixing.
Mark Ellingson
On this last Sunday of the Church Year (we call it Christ the King Sunday) our attention is directed to the reign of Christ -- to his glorious reign which has already begun with the resurrection on Easter. It is a Sunday to think about salvation, because where Christ reigns salvation is effected. These themes are especially evident in our First Lesson.
Mark Ellingson
On this last Sunday of the Church Year (we call it Christ the King Sunday) our attention is directed to the reign of Christ -- to his glorious reign which has already begun with the resurrection on Easter. It is a Sunday to think about salvation, because where Christ reigns salvation is effected. These themes are especially evident in our First Lesson.
Through Christ, God has solved the problem of conflict between races.

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