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If you had met Ronnie... -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 1999
If you had met Ronnie on the street, your first impression would have been that you needed to protec
During the Dark Ages, a... -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 1996
During the Dark Ages, a savage tribe of Franks was baptized in mass.
Paul's entire purpose in life... -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 1996
Paul's entire purpose in life was to be filled with Christ, being like Christ as much as possible, c
It wasn't the first paradox... -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 1996
It wasn't the first paradox Kristin had encountered and, no doubt, would not be the last.
One of the most frustrating... -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 1996
One of the most frustrating moments for an employer is that time when the government determines that
At Christmas time, we toss... -- Matthew 20:1-16 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 1996
At Christmas time, we toss a couple of quarters in some bell ringer's kettle, and we figure that we
What's fair? And what's unfair... -- Matthew 20:1-16 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 1996
What's fair? And what's unfair? As children, we seemed to think that life should be fair.
Quartet in Autumn by the... -- Amos 8:4-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Quartet in Autumn by the English authoress Barbara Pym is a compelling story about four elder
We don't talk much about... -- Matthew 9:9-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
We don't talk much about sin and sinners anymore (perhaps we should).
God remembers the exploiters. This... -- Amos 8:4-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
God remembers the exploiters.
The name Matthew means Gift... -- Matthew 9:9-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
The name Matthew means Gift of Yahweh. What a beautiful name to carry -- gift of Go
Paul instructs the church to... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-8 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Paul instructs the church to pray together without anger and quarreling.
A magazine article from Japan... -- Matthew 9:9-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
A magazine article from Japan shows the emphasis the Japanese place upon a long and arduous training
Gert Behanna, the dear old... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-8 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Gert Behanna, the dear old lady who spoke to thousands upon thousands of people about how Christ had
I haven't heard a production... -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
I haven't heard a production of Marc Conneley's play, The Green Pastures, for a number
One of the things the... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-8 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
"One of the things the New World offered to the questing Europeans was a chance to go off into nowhe
Reverend Hilbert J. Berger tells... -- Hosea 11:1-11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Reverend Hilbert J.
The posture of prayer is... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-8 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
The posture of prayer is not all that significant on the one hand, but on the other hand it says som
Many of us admire the... -- Ezekiel 2:8-3:11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Many of us admire the brave nation of Israel for its remarkable resourcefulness and technological ac
Three teens were talking about... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Three teens were talking about their future plans.
A Prayer For Dieters... -- Ezekiel 2:8-3:11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
A Prayer For DietersLord, give me strength that I may not fall
It may be easier to... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
It may be easier to understand what forgiveness is, if we first clear away misconceptions about w
Ministry is a whole lot... -- Ezekiel 2:8-3:11 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Ministry is a whole lot more than marriage feasts, covered-dish dinners, and church school picnics.
If you have spent much... -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
If you have spent much time with children up through the junior high age you have undoubtedly witnes

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Some Good News About Crime -- Exodus 16:2-15, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
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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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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.
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2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19

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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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