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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 seminarian loved his pastor... -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
The seminarian loved his pastor. The pastor had guided him through many an ordeal.
There are many kinds of... -- John 12:20-33 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
There are many kinds of crosses in our world. All crosses hurt, many kill.
What is faith?br... -- 1 Timothy 1:11-17 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
What is faith?
Some years ago I planted... -- John 12:20-33 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Some years ago I planted a row of tulip bulbs, expecting them to produce beautiful blooms in the ear
One of the greatest church... -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
One of the greatest church fathers, Augustine by name, spent his entire youth and young adult life a
In this reading Moses proves... -- Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
In this reading Moses proves to be the good theologian when he appeals to God not about his people's
A young woman came to... -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
A young woman came to worship one day.
By the time Moses came... -- Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
By the time Moses came down from the top of Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, they had already
Like a lost coin, I... -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Like a lost coin, I lay in the streets of the city.
One of the greatest mysteries... -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
One of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith is the call of God upon a human being's life.
People haven't changed much in... -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
People haven't changed much in 2,000 years.
A tractor-trailer rig was... -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-24 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
A tractor-trailer rig was stuck under an underpass.
It was the final out... -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
It was the final out in the last game of the season, a hard fly to right field.
I once read the following... -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-24 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
I once read the following story which is helpful on this Holy Cross Day: Officer Peter O'Hanlon was
To turn is a basic... -- Ezekiel 33:1-11 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
"To turn" is a basic metaphor for the human condition.
Most schools have just begun... -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-24 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Most schools have just begun a new season of study. The name of the game is wisdom.
The custodian who locked up... -- Ezekiel 33:1-11 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
The custodian who locked up the church at night after meetings was a trustworthy gentleman.
The Church of the Resurrection... -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-24 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
The Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulchre) has within it not only Mt.
Tom Wingo, in Pat Conroy's... -- Ezekiel 33:1-11 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Tom Wingo, in Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides, runs with tears in his face from his valley o
Someone has described us as... -- Luke 15:1-1 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Someone has described us as the throw-away generation.
A mother would be considered... -- Ezekiel 33:1-11 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
A mother would be considered irresponsible if she permitted her child to touch a hot iron.
The Ninety and Nine... -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A

The Ninety and Nine is one of the greatest of Christian hymns based on our passage from
The teacher asked the... -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A

The teacher asked the class, "Where is the elephant found?"
Your love is like a... -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
"Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away.

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“...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.

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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)

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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.

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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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