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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.
The scripture says that the... -- Exodus 14:19-31 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
The scripture says that the Israelites saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore and named this deed th
Speaking through Hosea, God was... -- Hosea 4:1-3, 5:15-6:6 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Speaking through Hosea, God was bringing charges against his people and calling for national repenta
A father heard his son... -- Exodus 14:19-31 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
A father heard his son muttering, "Paris, Paris, Paris," and wondering what he was doing, he asked.
One of the great pastimes... -- Hosea 4:1-3, 5:15-6:6 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
One of the great pastimes in recent years has been the development of various games that depend on k
The Crossing of the Red... -- Exodus 14:19-31 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
The Crossing of the Red Sea.
Jesus must have been very... -- Hosea 4:1-3, 5:15-6:6 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Jesus must have been very familiar with this eighth century B.C.
There is scholarly debate about... -- Exodus 14:19-31 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
There is scholarly debate about whether Nero set fire to Rome.
Turn to me and be... -- Isaiah 45:21-25 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
"Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth." That was the text used by a substitute lay pre
A country preacher had just... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
A country preacher had just delivered a powerful sermon being thankful to the Lord.
And there is no other... -- Isaiah 45:21-25 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
"And there is no other god besides me." (Verse 21)
Living together in harmony with... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Living together in harmony with those who have different opinions than ours is essential in communit
Here are the words that... -- Isaiah 45:21-25 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Here are the words that inform Paul's understanding of righteousness in his letter to the Romans.
Bruce Wilson is an Anglican... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Bruce Wilson is an Anglican theologian from Australia.
Isaiah envisions the gathering of... -- Isaiah 45:21-25 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Isaiah envisions the gathering of the nations at the end of time when "every knee shall bow" and "ev
Sam became a vegetarian after... -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Sam became a vegetarian after a bout with the flu.
The people turned aside quickly... -- Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
The people "turned aside quickly" from what God commanded them and from what they promised.
Nobody ever said forgiving our... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Nobody ever said forgiving our enemies, or even one another, would be easy.
Too many readers of this... -- Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Too many readers of this passage focus upon God changing his mind and the people of Israel being spa
During the Civil War, two... -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
During the Civil War, two brothers had fought long and hard, one on the Union side and the other on

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The Immediate Word

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John Jamison
Object: A pointing finger. You might find one of those large, foam, finger-pointing hands you see at sporting events. For more fun, you might create a hand for each child by (downloading and) printing the included image, pasting it on cardboard or posterboard, and cutting around the image so only the shape of the hand remains. My version assumes you are giving each child a hand to use, so adapt it as you need if you just use one hand.

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Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
David danced before the Lord! What joy! To bring the law to the people, the covenant was a great joy for David — indeed for all the people. I wonder if other people were encouraged to dance and to celebrate? I was recently at an anniversary worship service and the celebration began with a liturgical dance. It filled my heart with joy to see the dancer embracing God and faith in movement. I wanted to move as well, and I suppose I swayed in my seat to the music and to the movement.
Mark Ellingsen
The lessons all make clear that everything is in God’s hands.

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19

StoryShare

Peter Andrew Smith
“Is everything alright?” Gran asked Lily. “That’s the second time you’ve checked your phone since you came to visit me.”

Lily felt her face grow warm. “Well, I was kind of hoping for a message from Brad.”

“Brad?” Gran raised an eyebrow, “I don’t think I’ve ever heard about him.”

“Well, he is in my class at school and he kind of said that he might message me today...”

“About?”

Lily looked out the window of her grandmother’s nursing home room. “Nothing important.”

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Andrew was hanging about on the age of the group, as usual. He hadn't many friends at this new school, even though he was already in his second term. The boys were playing their favourite game of "truth or dare", but nobody had invited Andrew to join in.

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James Evans
Psalm 24 celebrates the orderly reign of God over creation. It presupposes a world that has not been disrupted by tragedy or displacement -- in other words, the world as it was before the exile of Israel in 587 B.C.

From the vision of an ordered universe, the psalmist takes us to the holy mountain for worship. He poses the question, "Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?" (v. 3).

Maurice A. Fetty
In the musical, West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein's modern paraphrase of Romeo and Juliet, Tony and Maria, the two lovers, confidently sing that there will be "a time for us," a time when their day for true love will arrive, a time when all the pieces will fit together, a time when the fulfillment they dream of will be realized, a time when human life will make sense, a time when the mysteries and questions will be resolved, a time when they will have the confidence they have not lived and loved in vain.

Linda R. Forsberg
"To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God" (William Temple). "To worship is to change. To stand before the Holy One of eternity is to change. If worship does not change us, we have not truly worshipped." So begins the chapter on worship in Richard Foster's book, The Celebration of Discipline.
George W. Hoyer
The whole of today's gospel seems to be about John the Baptist. His death sentence was issued by Herod. His head was taken by a soldier of the guard. It was presented to Herodias on a platter and finally reached her mother who gloated over her revenge on the Baptizer.
Alan Bacon Bond
I have held in my hand the only known existing acheological evidence in the world, that crucifixion was actually practiced, as the Bible and other literature asserts.

At the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem, Joe Zias, a nephew to one of our group and custodian of the Dead Sea Scrolls, handed to us a hand-wrought iron spike about six inches long and with the tip bent over at right angles. There were some fragments of wood on the spike, but most startling was the fact that the spoke had been driven directly through an ankle bone.

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