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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
Confrontations are never easy. Most... -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1999
Confrontations are never easy. Most people swing between two extremes.
Sam was involved in his... -- Matthew 18:15-20 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1999
Sam was involved in his church as council member, Sunday school teacher, and youth advisor.
Jean was badly in need... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1999
Jean was badly in need of a friend. Her father had died nearly ten years ago.

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A focus on the Holy Spirit in the lesson is nicely explained in a sermon by Martin Luther. He proclaims that “the Holy Spirit, the real teacher, comes and gives power to the word so that it takes hold” (Weimar Ausgabe, Vol.17 II, p.460 [translation mine]).  Elsewhere he adds:
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An ancient Jewish writing declares, "Pentecost is the day on which Torah was given." According to the teaching, it was on the day that eventually became the feast of Pentecost that God gave birth to the Hebrew nation by speaking the divine covenant to them at Mount Sinai.

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The Billy Graham Test
by John Sumwalt
Romans 8:22-27

And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (v. 26)

The Village Shepherd

Call to Worship:

On this, the birthday of the Christian Church, let us welcome God's Holy Spirit into our hearts and into the heart of our Church.


Invitation to Confession:

Holy Spirit, sometimes our hearts are cold or luke-warm.
Lord, have mercy.

Holy Spirit, sometimes we fail to believe that you still have power in human lives.
Christ, have mercy.

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Richard A. Jensen
Over at last. That's the only thought she could think about just now. Over at last. The funeral finished. The committal service completed. She was home now and weary; bone weary. Her husband, Carl, was safely tucked into the grave. How had she ever endured the year of his agony?
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In Christian tradition, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit as a partner on the journey (John 14:16; 15:26; 16:7), an advocate who will accompany us on our journey toward faithfulness. We hear the Pentecost story and delight in the dancing tongues of fire as they descend and create something new in their wake.
Michael D. Wuchter
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.

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What a way to start a church! It's certainly not the typical format for new church development. Where is the planning committee, the fund-raising, the arm twisting, the real estate deal acquiring the land, the faithful few who volunteer from other churches to give the whole thing its initial push? Not everyone has the personality to start a church from scratch, but Paul did. "I planted, Apollos watered," says Paul (1 Corinthians 3:6). Some preachers are just good at planting churches and getting them started.

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