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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.
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 friend of the congregation... -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2002
A friend of the congregation had called Pastor Don late one Friday afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During 1995, we marked the... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1996
During 1995, we marked the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.
To bear up under loss... -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 1996
"To bear up under loss, to fight the bits of grief, to be victor over anger, to smile when tears are

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The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For August 9, 2020:
  • Bending Toward Justice by Dean Feldmeyer — The story of Joseph illustrates that while God does not always act in bold and dramatic ways, and the arc of the moral universe may be long, it nevertheless bends toward justice. A pertinent message for us, today.

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Peter Andrew Smith
Luke stared at the stack of papers sitting in front of him. The last thing he wanted to do was close the Good Shepherd Ministry. He dreaded having to put out the press release saying that they were out of money and were no longer able to minister to the street people in the city. He knew that as soon as word got out all the people they had helped and the people in need would come looking for answers. He didn’t know what he was going to say to them. Truthfully, he didn’t know what to say.

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Wayne Brouwer
Once when Henrik Ibsen, the Norwegian playwright, was traveling in Rome, he noticed a crowd of people gathered around a large red poster. They were talking rather excitedly among themselves about the message it announced, so he reached into his coat pocket for his eyeglasses. Only then did he realize that he’d left them back at his hotel.

So he turned to the fellow next to him. “Sir,” he said, “could you please tell me what that sign says? I’ve forgotten my glasses.”
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Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic monk who considered that the Church of Rome was corrupt. On October 31, 1517, he posted his famous 95 theses on the door of the church at Wittenberg, inviting a debate on the issues that concerned him. This led to the German Reformation, or better known to us as the Protestant Reformation.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
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.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I can't believe in miracles, yet I know I've never really prayed as you prayed.
Christ, have mercy.

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John E. Sumwalt
The call came on a Sunday after church just as we were sitting down to lunch. "Eric's vital signs are dropping. We think this may be it. You'd better come." It was the Palliative Care Nurse, one of the dozens of hospital and hospice staff people who supported Eric and his family over the five years he lived with bone cancer. She met me as I came in the door of the hospice where Eric had lived for five months -- a much longer stay than most of their patients who usually died within weeks.

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Good morning, boys and girls. Do you know what a hard-boiled egg is? (Let them answer.) I brought two eggs with me this morning. One is hard-boiled. When I crack its shell I can eat it. The other is not hard-boiled. It's like Humpty-Dumpty. When I crack it, it will break. Sometimes your parents may give you a hard-boiled egg for lunch. When they do, you trust them that it is really hard-boiled. Your parents wouldn't give you an egg like Humpty-Dumpty, would they?

It is very important that you can trust your parents. When you

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