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The circus came to town... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1996
The circus came to town, and Clem could not resist the call of the smell of the greasepaint and the
A friend recently told me... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1996
A friend recently told me how much better he felt after years of carrying around an old grudge.
When it comes to money... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1996
When it comes to money and wealth, it seems that we never have enough.
Remember Christmas? Smart shoppers have... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1996
Remember Christmas?
Companies run into problems when... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1996
Companies run into problems when their employees lose sight of company goals.
Growing up in my neighborhood... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1996
Growing up in my neighborhood meant that you learned from your leaders who to like and who not to li
Have you ever walked a... -- Romans 13:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 1996
Have you ever walked a tightrope about fifty feet off the ground?
In our lesson today from... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
In our lesson today from Romans, our Lord urges us not to judge one another. It's so easy
Jesus said we are to... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Jesus said we are to forgive as much as seventy times seven.
Can we believe that God... -- Exodus 32:7-14 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Can we believe that God ever really modifies His action in response to the suggestions of men?
Pete was a next-door... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Pete was a next-door neighbor to Mark, the school bully.
Maybe we can take our... -- Exodus 32:7-14 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Maybe we can take our cue from Moses in this lesson.
It was back in the... -- Wisdom 9:13-18 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
It was back in the seventeenth century that Sweden's King embarked on an ambitious project.
J. B. Phillips, best known... -- Exodus 32:7-14 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
J. B.
The English folk tale, The... -- Wisdom 9:13-18 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
The English folk tale, "The Wise Men of Gotham" is a tribute to uninspired human ingenuity which is
I believe there is a... -- Exodus 32:7-14 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
I believe there is a role reversal in this passage --the feelings, the dialogue between God and Mose
While our minds can picture... -- Wisdom 9:13-18 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
While our minds can picture the marvels of distant galaxies, it is unlikely that humanity, because o
Humility with regard to our... -- Wisdom 9:13-18 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Humility with regard to our understanding of God is always in order.
Dietrick Bonhoeffer explains how the... -- Deuteronomy 30:15-20 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Dietrick Bonhoeffer explains how the tree of life is guarded by the cherubim at Eden's gate.
My wife and I were... -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
My wife and I were leisurely strolling somewhere between the reptile house and the exotic bird displ
As human beings we have... -- Deuteronomy 30:15-20 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
As human beings we have short memories!
I am struck by the... -- John 12:20-33 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
I am struck by the paradox expressed in our text and repeatedly expressed throughout the Gospel.
The consequences of the motto... -- Deuteronomy 30:15-20 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
The consequences of the motto of the seventies has proven to be most costly in the eighties.
Sir, we wish to see... -- John 12:20-33 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
"Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Those who really see Jesus see him on the cross.

The Immediate Word

Signs? -- Exodus 14:19-31, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
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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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