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The Greek-speaking church fathers... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2008
The Greek-speaking church fathers had a very useful word they used in situations of
Sally made some bad choices... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2008
Sally made some bad choices. She was arrested for driving under the influence of
The trouble began when Bob... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2008
The trouble began when Bob, a very charismatic and influential man, went to a
Kings and slaves were stock... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2008
Kings and slaves were stock characters in Semitic stories. So it's not hard to understand
How often should I forgive... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2008
"How often should I forgive?" Few questions are so pertinent. At least Peter asked. Some
In Matthew, Jesus tells the... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2008
In Matthew, Jesus tells the fascinating story of a man hiring people for a day's wage, and
A quote from C. S... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2002
A quote from C. S. Lewis: "The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins.
Elizabeth Conroy was pastor at... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2002
Elizabeth Conroy was pastor at one of the seven churches in Walkerton, Ontario, and chairperson of t
More than one sitcom has... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2002
More than one sitcom has been based on a simple premise.
A California psychiatrist named Richard... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2002
A California psychiatrist named Richard Harris came up with a psychological principle that he called
If I were living to... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2002
If I were living to myself, I'd consider defrauding an innkeeper without a conscience twang.
Her neighbors whispered, Mary is... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2002
Her neighbors whispered, "Mary is pregnant." "But Mary is not married!" "Well, I must say...." As th
This parable of the unmerciful... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1999
This parable of the unmerciful servant illustrates beautifully the "echo effect." The echo effect me
An article in US News... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1999
An article in US News and World Report told of Professor Robert Simon of Hamilton College in Clinton
There was a wise old... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1999
There was a wise old man who sat at the gate of an ancient city.
Anne was a true success... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1999
Anne was a true success story. She was a stockbroker with a major firm in New York City.
Monica couldn't stand it anymore... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1999
Monica couldn't stand it anymore.
Words have power. Words of... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1999
Words have power. Words of forgiveness have the power to forgive.
I haven't heard anybody come... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1999
I haven't heard anybody come to the end of their life and say that they wished they had spent more t
Our church family was in... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1999
Our church family was in the middle of an argument.
Forgetting what is behind and... -- Philippians 3:4b-14 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1999
"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the
From childhood school days I... -- Romans 13:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1996
From childhood school days I recall the deep impression made upon me by a certain poem by J. H. L.
Therefore one must be subject... -- Romans 13:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1996
"Therefore one must be subject, not only because of wrath but also because of conscience" (Romans 13
Have you ever seen children... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1996
Have you ever seen children, or even adults for that matter, playing a game when part way into the g
Remember the trickle down theory... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1996
Remember the "trickle down theory" so popular during the Reagan presidency?

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Mary Austin
Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For December 23, 2018:

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Arley K. Fadness
“...and Mary gave birth to her first born son...and laid him in a manger..”

(V. 7a)

Merry Christmas children,

I love Christmas don't you? There's the tree, the lights, the carols, the nativity scene, families getting together --- and the presents! Were there any presents at your house?

(children respond)
Arley K. Fadness
“...blessed are you among women...” (V. 42b)

Good morning boys and girls,

I am loving seeing you today. How are you dear children? Getting excited for Christmas? Are you planning special things with your family?

(children respond) (presenter may share personal plans and/or experiences)

Today, this Sunday, is called the 4th Sunday of Advent. We call it that in the church calendar. But I have a better name. Know what it is? Mother's Day!!

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Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Seeing the Future” by Peter Andrew Smith
“A Distant Land” by Frank Ramirez


Seeing the Future
by Peter Andrew Smith
Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20

John sat at the edge of his bed in the half way house staring out the window.

“Are you okay, John?” Carl asked from the doorway.

Keith Hewitt
C. David Mckirachan
Contents
“First Encounter” by Keith Hewitt
“That’s Weird” by C. David McKirachan


First Encounter
by Keith Hewitt
Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 62:6-11
This seems to be a change he looks forward to in Old Testament times. Isaiah is looking forward to the Lord’s coming. He is telling the people in that day to look forward to Jerusalem being restored, Jesus is the only one who can restore it.

Several future books in the Old Testament have restored watchmen to wait on the Lord’s coming. It sounds like we must spend all our time waiting for the day the Lord has promised. It sounds like we must give him no rest until we get it.

Mark Ellingsen
All the lessons testify to the theme of why Christmas matters! The festival encourages sermons on what Christ accomplishes in our lives and a joyful celebration of thanks for the best Christmas present of all -- the babe in the manger.

Isaiah 62:6-12
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Micah 5:2-5a
But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah…(Micah 5:2).

Most towns have a slogan. We remember the clever ones.

I spent part of my childhood in the city of Azusa, California. The town was named after the Susa family, ranchers who owned much of the land during the days of Spanish colonization. But the town fathers decided they needed something a little more catchy, so they advertised that Azusa has everything from A to Z in the USA.
Frank Ramirez
“Current Events” can be very significant at the time they happen, but they can change and/or grow in significance as time goes by. Micah addresses a current political situation in his day that is pretty significant. Judah is under siege from Assyria. But the words of hope that he shares grow in significance over the centuries until hundreds of years later biblical experts are able to tell the Magi that Micah is telling us -- and is still telling us -- that the greatest king of kings will be coming from one of the smallest of the clans of Israel.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Come, let us go even now to Bethlehem with the shepherds and the angels and see Mary and Joseph, with the baby lying in a manger.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, we come to worship the baby in the manger.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, we come to offer ourselves and our own gifts.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, we come to absorb your love.
Lord, have mercy.

Janice B. Scott
While I consider myself to be very much in tune with the modern era, well into technology and all that it can offer, there are times when I look back with nostalgia to the past.

SermonStudio

Cynthia E. Cowen
The Christmas concert was about to begin. The professional musicians were ready. All eyes were on the band director as he brought down his baton. Softly, flutes began weaving a magical introduction, capturing the audience's spirit. An instrumental duet formed with clarinets adding their voices. Then more wind instruments came in. Finally, brass and percussion entered and volume and tempo increased. Each section's contribution melded into a harmonious voice. The rehearsals had been worth it; the time and labor had not been in vain.
Paul E. Flesner
Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr once observed that the Christmas event can only be spoken about in poetry. He went on to comment that over the centuries preachers have analyzed it in their sermons and have turned Christmas into dogma. "Dogma," he said, "is rationally petrified poetry." I think I understand what he means. He means that Christmas speaks to the heart.

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