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Hosea describes humanity's sin as... -- Hosea 4:1-3; 5:15-6:6 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Hosea describes humanity's sin as "breaking all the bounds" in verse 2.
Amos speaks of the corruption... -- Amos 8:4-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Amos speaks of the corruption in the business world of his day, and the ways in which the poor and t
In St. Louis there is... -- Hosea 4:1-3; 5:15-6:6 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
In St. Louis there is a place called the Magic House.
Many different cultures bid the... -- Amos 8:4-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Many different cultures bid the buyer to be aware of merchandisers eager to cheat them of their well
In verse 5 we read... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
In verse 5 we read, "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
We kid ourselves. We think... -- Ephesians 2:4-10 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
We kid ourselves. We think we're doing God a favor.
After delineating the walk of... -- Ephesians 2:4-10 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
After delineating the walk of death in 2:1-3, Paul, in 2:4-10 pictures the walk of life.
The building of the church... -- Ephesians 2:4-10 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
The building of the church of Jesus Christ shall always be founded upon the truths of this Scripture
In this parable Jesus makes... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
In this parable Jesus makes a comment that, "the people of this world are much more shrewd in handli
When a leader of Polish... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
When a leader of Polish Solidarity and his family were thrown out of Poland and came to America, the
The custom of offering prayers... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
The custom of offering prayers for civil rulers is one of the most ancient traditions of Christian c
There is a fable, told... -- Exodus 16:2-15 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
There is a fable, told by the family therapist Idries Shah, of a stream, that ran from its source hi
The dishonest steward was a... -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
The dishonest steward was a rascal with few redeeming qualities.
Bill was excited about staying... -- Exodus 16:2-15 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Bill was excited about staying with the Swisher family for the weekend.
How thankful we should be... -- Matthew 9:9-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
How thankful we should be that Jesus accepted Matthew and his motley crew, ate and drank with them,
Two men had argued for... -- Exodus 16:2-15 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Two men had argued for years.
An elderly woman wonders why... -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
An elderly woman wonders why she is still here.
Helen Keller understood the relationship... -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Helen Keller understood the relationship between the flesh and the Spirit: "The calamity of the blin
There is a silly story... -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
There is a silly story about two neighbors. One was a Jew and the other a Catholic.
Paul calls us to live... -- Philippians 1:21-30 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Paul calls us to live our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel.
After working all day, Nancy... -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
After working all day, Nancy would go home and work some more.
In the summer of 1969... -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
In the summer of 1969, Scott accepted an offer of $80 to paint an entire two-story house.
Cars have the ability to... -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Cars have the ability to tell when they are low on gas -- in most cars it's a little orange light th
Mrs. Severson, a ninety-plus... -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Mrs. Severson, a ninety-plus-year-old member of the congregation needed her fence painted.
Living during times when food... -- Exodus 16:2-15 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Living during times when food is scarce is never a pleasant experience.

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Object: A hard-boiled egg, a teaspoon, and a bowl. REMEMBER TO USE A HARD-BOILED EGG! If necessary, use a plastic egg. Put the bowl at the spot you want the child to carry the egg to.

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Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
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2 Samuel 7:1-14a
Frank Ramirez
In each of these scriptures it is up to recognize who is the star of the show. We might be surprised. David thinks he is honoring God by building a temple, but isn’t he really honoring himself as the typical conqueror who builds temples to the gods as a testimony to his accomplishments as a ruler?

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John E. Sumwalt
Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord... So I will attend to you for your evil doings... Then I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands... I will raise up shepherds over them... and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord. (vv. 1-5)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Let us join together to use this time for rest and relaxation within the preence of our Lord.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we are lazy and don't do what you want us to do.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we are too busy and wilfully refuse to take time off.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, help us to manage our time and our own physical and emotional needs.
Lord, have mercy.

SermonStudio

Julia E. Bland
It is through Jesus, the Good Shepherd, that we become part of his flock.

Scripture: John 10:9

Background Devotions: Psalm 23

Visual Aids: Medicine, a large cup, perhaps a cane. If a cane is used, you will need to explain that the staff was shaped something like a cane but it was much longer and the rounded part was bigger.

Handouts: Activity sheets; star stickers for the color page of the activity sheet, if desired
John E. Sumwalt
Patricia M. Thaker
In February of 2000, my grandfather, Lloyd Dings, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He passed away just twelve days later. My grandparents were married 56 years. The legacy he leaves behind is a wonderful wife and a beautiful family
Kristin Borsgard Wee
Four years ago this week, I was walking through an African village in Namibia with my friend, Solveig Kjeseth. We stopped to look at a strange tower formed out of earth. It was about five feet high, crooked in shape, wide at the bottom and coming to a point at the top. I thought it looked like the top of a giant, rumpled witch's hat, only it was gray instead of black. Solveig informed me, much to my surprise, that it was an anthill. I was even more surprised when we came across many more, some of which towered over my head. They were huge!
William J. Carl, III
Have you ever noticed how some families move a lot? Some are corporate moves, some are military, and some are United Methodist pastors. Whatever the case, every time they move they have to find new lodging. In the military, quarters are often provided. The same may be true for clergy if churches own a manse or a parsonage. But, sometimes you have to look for a new home, which means spending some time with real estate agents traveling here and there to find the perfect house. Of course, no house is ever perfect. When you own a home, no matter where you sit you see something that needs fixing.
Mark Ellingson
On this last Sunday of the Church Year (we call it Christ the King Sunday) our attention is directed to the reign of Christ -- to his glorious reign which has already begun with the resurrection on Easter. It is a Sunday to think about salvation, because where Christ reigns salvation is effected. These themes are especially evident in our First Lesson.
Mark Ellingson
On this last Sunday of the Church Year (we call it Christ the King Sunday) our attention is directed to the reign of Christ -- to his glorious reign which has already begun with the resurrection on Easter. It is a Sunday to think about salvation, because where Christ reigns salvation is effected. These themes are especially evident in our First Lesson.
Through Christ, God has solved the problem of conflict between races.

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