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Who is for us? -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

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Who is on the Lord's side? -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
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Enemies and friends -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Teachers or Parents: In our war against the devil and his
Little things -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Teachers or Parents: Today's lesson is a most difficult one
Get rid of bad habits -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Teachers: This week's lesson, in essence, reminds Christians

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Children's Activity Bulletin: Mark 9:38-50 -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B

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Children's Activity Bulletin: Mark 9:38-50 -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B

Commentary

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It's More Than You Think -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Esther is not just the winner of a beauty contest.
What righteousness means -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2015
In our day, “righteousness” is often mistakenly interpreted as “self-righteousness.” This i
Power alignment -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
Fred was a big man with a big heart.
Public enemy -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50, Psalm 124 -- David Kalas -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
If only he had understood his real enemy.

Lines in the sand -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50, Psalm 124 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2003
I don't know for a certainty that this story is in fact the origin of the saying, but with family ro
Togetherness -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2000
We humans are gregarious creatures, aren't we?
Who are God's people? -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1997
Is the world bad or good?
Esther's choice -- Esther 7:1-6,9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1994
Esther's acceptance into the Jewish canon was attended by controversy.
Room for action -- Job 42:1-6, James 4:13-17; 5:7-11, Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1991
The lesson from the Old Testament for this Sunday carries a vision of God's people as a spirit-fille

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It's More Than You Think -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Esther is not just the winner of a beauty contest.

Children's bulletin

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Children's Activity Bulletin: Mark 9:38-50 -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B

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Children's Activity Bulletin: Mark 9:38-50 -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B

Children's Liturgy and Story

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The Friends From The Street Want To Swim -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Call to Worship:

Jesus said that whoever is not against us, is for us. Let us

Children's sermon

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Sprinkle, Sparkle -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
“Salt is good; (v. 50a)

Good morning boys and girls,
Flavor the World with Love -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2015
The Point: A world with love in it is a much better world
Salted with Fire -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Anna Shirey -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
First Thoughts: In this passage it becomes clear that Jesus' main concern isn't what we call
Bringing them in -- James 5:13-20 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is
Who is for us? -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
Whoever is not against us is for us. (v. 40)

Garbage in, garbage out -- James 5:13-20 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like taking out the garbage or trash?
Who is on the Lord's side? -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Good morning, boys and girls.
Let us pray -- James 5:13-20 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Good morning! I want to talk to you today about prayer. Can
Enemies and friends -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Good morning! How many of you like football? (Let them
Health clinic -- James 5:13-20 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Where do you see medical objects like this? (Let them
Little things -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Tell me some of the people who are heroes to you. (Let them
Pray for the sick -- James 5:13-20 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you say a prayer
No more bad habits -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like candy bars?

The Immediate Word

Better than what? -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte, Thomas Willadsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Late Night With God -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2015
In this week’s epistle passage, James extols the power of faith -- and specifically of prayer -- to
The Politics Of Division -- Or Addition -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
Making conclusions based on anecdotal evidence is a tricky proposition -- while it can often powerfu
The Hiddenness Of God And God's Human Witnesses -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Mark 9:38-50 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,

One God, Many Faiths, And A Divided World -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50, Psalm 124 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
This Sunday The Immediate Word writers will be discussing how hearing the words, "I'm sorry"

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Better Than What? -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte, Thomas Willadsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Sprinkle, Sparkle -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
“Salt is good; (v. 50a)

Good morning boys and girls,

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

Praxis Turns Scarlet -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Praxis, the pixie who changed colour according to his feelings, was a bright and healthy pink.

Devotional

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Proper 21 -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50, Psalm 124 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2008
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Proper 21 -- Mark 9:38-50 -- William W. Helland -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2005
Mark 9:38-50

Drama

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Hell! -- Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1999
Theme

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 (2018) -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 (2015) -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2015
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 (2012) -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Richard A. Hasler, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Cynthia E. Cowen, Mark J. Molldrem, Ron Love -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
NULL -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
In Esther 9:20-22 we have the origins of the festival of Purim associated with the Esther story.
NULL -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
With a lot of earthly wisdom and femme fatale, Esther achieved justice for the Jewish people, perhap
NULL -- James 5:13-20 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
Prayer comes up often in scripture. Can you point to prayers that God has answered for you?
NULL -- James 5:13-20 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
Measles, chickenpox, swine flu, mad cow disease -- medical words today's "youth" recognize.
NULL -- James 5:13-20 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
There is a ministry in many congregations today that uses prayer shawls to comfort those who are sic
NULL -- James 5:13-20 -- Ron Love -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
The Los Angeles Police Department experimented with a new technology that has become so effective in
NULL -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
Jesus wants to maintain our saltiness; he gives us more salt!
NULL -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
John shows how far the disciples were from understanding Jesus' teachings.
What can you do when... -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
What can you do when you're treated unfairly? Go to any bookstore and you'll find books
In 1990, Jeremy Irons won... -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
In 1990, Jeremy Irons won an Oscar for his portrayal of Claus von Bulow in the film,
Every year, Tony would bring... -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
Every year, Tony would bring his family to the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars dinner
There is the story of... -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
There is the story of a young Parisian woman who wanted to marry an allusive and rather
What do people do when... -- James 5:13-20 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
What do people do when they realize the error of their ways and want to make up for it
The women's group watched a... -- James 5:13-20 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
The women's group watched a video about making Jesus and the church a higher priority
Larry Dossey, M.D., has written... -- James 5:13-20 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
Larry Dossey, M.D., has written a bestseller called Healing Words: The Power of
Mike and Sue had three... -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
Mike and Sue had three children and were minimally involved in the church. As the kids
Salt is good; but if... -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
"Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in

The Immediate Word

Better than what? -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte, Thomas Willadsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Late Night With God -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2015
In this week’s epistle passage, James extols the power of faith -- and specifically of prayer -- to
The Politics Of Division -- Or Addition -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
Making conclusions based on anecdotal evidence is a tricky proposition -- while it can often powerfu

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 (2018) -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50, Psalm 124 -- Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Better Than What? -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte, Thomas Willadsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018

Intercession

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God Of Refining Fire... -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:


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Proper 21 -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Andrew Daughters -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1990
The apostles were not very happy one day,
the result of what they saw as danger,

Prayer

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God's unauthorized helpers -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note:
The first of the loosely related sayings contained here speaks

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Better than what? -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte, Thomas Willadsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Late Night With God -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2015
In this week’s epistle passage, James extols the power of faith -- and specifically of prayer -- to
The Politics Of Division -- Or Addition -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
Making conclusions based on anecdotal evidence is a tricky proposition -- while it can often powerfu
The Hiddenness Of God And God's Human Witnesses -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Mark 9:38-50 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,

One God, Many Faiths, And A Divided World -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50, Psalm 124 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
This Sunday The Immediate Word writers will be discussing how hearing the words, "I'm sorry"

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Better Than What? -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte, Thomas Willadsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Brand Name Or Generic? -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: Providing a preserving and redemptive effect on the world.

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Proper 21 / Pentecost 18 / Ordinary Time 26 -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2011
Theme of the Day
Baptizing worldly wisdom.

Collect of the Day
Proper 21/Pentecost 19/Ordinary Time 26 -- Psalm 124 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
(See Proper 16/Pentecost 14/Ordinary Time 21, Cycle A, for an alternative approach.)
Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 or Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2005
Revised Common
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 or Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Proper 21 -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2001
As referred to in 9:20--22 in our text, Esther is a book that celebrates Jewish deliverance from per
Proper 21 (C, E) -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1999
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 (C)
Brand Name Or Generic? -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: Providing a preserving and redemptive effect on the world.

Proper 21 -- Psalm 27:7-14 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1993
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!
Proper 21 -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1993
It is a wonder that the book of Esther, written about 460
Proper 21 -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1990
The theological content of every Sunday in the year focuses on the resurrection of our Lord as a "Li
Proper 21, Pentecost 19, Ordinary Time 26 -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Seasonal Theme

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Better than what? -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte, Thomas Willadsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Late Night With God -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2015
In this week’s epistle passage, James extols the power of faith -- and specifically of prayer -- to
The Politics Of Division -- Or Addition -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
Making conclusions based on anecdotal evidence is a tricky proposition -- while it can often powerfu
The Hiddenness Of God And God's Human Witnesses -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Mark 9:38-50 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Dear Fellow Preacher,

One God, Many Faiths, And A Divided World -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50, Psalm 124 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
This Sunday The Immediate Word writers will be discussing how hearing the words, "I'm sorry"

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Better Than What? -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte, Thomas Willadsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018

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For Us or Against Us? -- Mark 9:38-50 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2011
On a day like World Communion Sunday, we remember the world is much bigger than we think.
The Place Beyond Revenge -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Donna E. Schaper -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2008
A custom is begun!
Right-Handed Sinners! -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Robert Leslie Holmes -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2008
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off.
-- Mark 9:44

Antidote For Bad Times -- James 5:13-20 -- Thomas W. Lentz -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2008
A minister waited in line to get his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend.
Stewards Of Power -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Stan Purdum -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2005
Stewards Of Power



Prayer: A Way Of Life -- James 5:13-20 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2005
Once there was a monastery in the woods that had fallen upon hard times.
An Inclusive Faith -- Mark 9:38-50 -- John T. Ball -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2005
In 1948, the World Council of Churches was formed in the war-torn rubble of Amsterdam.
You Can Make It Happen -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2002
Some friends invited Brenda to go rock climbing with them.
No Salt In The City? -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2002
Last fall the phone rang in my study.
The Achilles' Heel Of The Church -- James 5:13-20 -- Harold C. Warlick, Jr. -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2002
Have you ever noticed how prevalent is the number 3 in religious history?
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall...! -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1999
Do you remember the fairy tale "Snow White"?
Take Up Your Ministry -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1999
Several years ago at my previous congregation I remember a discussion I had with the church council.
Children Just Forever -- Mark 9:38-50 -- George W. Hoyer -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1996
You are now, each one of you, and you have always been since you were baptized, one of these "little
Stand Tall -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1996
Several years ago a police officer received a call to respond to a drowning in a small lake.
The Banquet Bowl -- Mark 8:38-43, 45, 47-48 -- Robert L. Salzgeber -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1993
Jesus is suggesting the utter disproportionate nature of God's grace in the Mark text when he says,
Esther: Wise Woman Of Strength -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22 -- Sue Anne Steffey Morrow -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1993
On a cold and dark March night during my first year at Princeton as assistant dean of the chapel, I
The Needle's Eye -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Thomas Peterson -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1990
No mistake. This is a hard text.
OK, God -- You Win! -- Job 42:1-6 -- John R. Brokhoff, Robert W. Stackel -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1990
Did you ever pick a fight with God?
When Is It Tolerable to Be Intolerant? -- Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 -- Donald Macleod -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1987
Two words in our vocabulary conjure up opposite types of persons: the tolerant and the intolerant.

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Hoisted On Their Own Petard -- James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Mark 9:38-50 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Contents
“Hoisted On Their Own Petard” by C. David McKirachan
Basic Lessons For The Faith Community -- James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Keith Wagner -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2015
Contents
"Basic Lessons for the Faith Community" by Keith Wagner
Family -- Mark 9:38-50, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Psalm 124 -- C. David Mckirachan, Lamar Massingill, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
Contents
"Family" by C. David McKirachan
Blue Sky Thunder -- Mark 9:38-50, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Psalm 124 -- Keith Hewitt, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2009
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Blue Sky Thunder" by Keith Hewitt
Einstein's Youngest Student -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Contents

Not Cheating The Taxman? -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50, Psalm 124 -- Constance Berg, Charles Cammarata -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Contents
What's Up This Week

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Hoisted On Their Own Petard -- James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Mark 9:38-50 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Contents
“Hoisted On Their Own Petard” by C. David McKirachan

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The God Who Is Always There -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2008
The always-there God? Do you wonder which God that might be?
Congregational Care -- James 5:13-20 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2005
Congregational Care

For Or Against? -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Constance Berg -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1999
Shelley looked around and took a seat in the front row.
One Of These Little Ones -- Mark 9:38-50 -- John E. Sumwalt, Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1996
The patrolman heard three shots fired in rapid succession and started running toward the sound as fa
An Honor Not Taken Lightly -- Hebrews 5:1-10 -- John E. Sumwalt, Bruce Stunkard -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their be

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Better than what? -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte, Thomas Willadsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018
Late Night With God -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2015
In this week’s epistle passage, James extols the power of faith -- and specifically of prayer -- to
The Politics Of Division -- Or Addition -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2012
Making conclusions based on anecdotal evidence is a tricky proposition -- while it can often powerfu
The Hiddenness Of God And God's Human Witnesses -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Mark 9:38-50 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
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One God, Many Faiths, And A Divided World -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50, Psalm 124 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
This Sunday The Immediate Word writers will be discussing how hearing the words, "I'm sorry"

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Better Than What? -- Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20, Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte, Thomas Willadsen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2018

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Help Is Ours In The Lord -- Psalm 124 -- Clyde W. Wentzell -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2008
1. Help is ours in the Lord,
in his name, rich reward:
Theme: For Such A Time As This -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2005
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Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50, Psalm 124 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2005
Call To Worship
From Psalm 124.
Leader:
Proper 21 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2002
Call To Worship (based on Mark 10:35-45)
Speak Up For Freedom -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2002
Call To Worship
Leader: How shall we serve our God who has blessed us in so many ways?
Speaking Up -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1999
Call To Worship
Proper 21 -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1996
Call To Worship
Leader: Let all who would proclaim God's word gather now for worship!
You Should Pray -- James 5:13-20 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1993
Suggestions:
Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture reading.
PROPER 21 -- Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50, Psalm 124 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1993
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Praise the name of the Lord, you servants of the Lord, who stand
Jesus' rebuttal to the disciples -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 1990
Pastoral Invitation to the Celebration

Try this:
Who is For and Who is Against God -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Celebrating God's Presence And Power

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Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Dean Feldmeyer
George Reed
For November 22-25, 2018:
  • Alphas and Omegas by Bethany Peerbolte -- We choose the “alphas” and “omegas” of our lives from a long list of possibilities. Sometimes the priorities we establish for ourselves bear no resemblance to the priorities of the reign of God.

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“Pilate’s Point Of View” by David O. Bales
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Pilate’s Point Of View
by David O. Bales
John 18:33-37
Peter Andrew Smith
Morris stared at the plain white tiles of the hospital ceiling and wondered how much longer he would have to wait for the nurse to come and get him. He looked around at the curtains surrounding the waiting area and pulled the blanket over his feet. He sighed loudly.

“Bored?” a voice asked from the other side of the curtain.

“Yeah,” Morris replied. “I just want this over.”

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Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Ron Love
Frank Ramirez
Joel 2:21-27 and Psalm 126
That psalm could be for someone who was out of work who the Lord finds a job for. They can rejoice and give thanks for the Lord’s restoration. They will have a happy thanksgiving. Even those still out of work have a Lord who is keeping them alive until a more permanent answer arrives.

We can all find something to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is at least one time when we can make a list of all those things. Some take paper and pen and do that.

Bob Ove
Ron Love
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
2 Samuel 23:1-7 and Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18)
Do what’s right. David says it this way, “One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.” These are some of David’s final words and, as such, they are significant. It’s hard to always do the right thing.
Mark Ellingsen
The theme for the final Sunday of the church year is a reminder that Christ already reigns! We already see hints of his rule at the end of time, even today.

2 Samuel 23:1-7
Frank Ramirez
In the book “Through the Looking Glass,” by Lewis Carroll, the chess pieces come to life, including the befuddled White Queen who in response to Alice’s assertion that one can’t believe in things that are impossible, replies, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

The lectionary scriptures cut the number in half and ask us to believe in three, if not quite impossible, then certainly improbable things.

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Arley K. Fadness
“My kingdom is not from this world” (v. 36a)

Good morning girls and boys,

Have your parents ever told you “always tell the truth?” (children respond)

Of course what they mean, to tell the truth, is be honest, don't lie, tell it like it is.

Truth is a tiny word with only 5 letters -- T-R-U-T-H, but has a big, big meaning.

When Jesus was on trial he was asked by governor Pontus Pilate “what is truth?”
Arley K. Fadness
“Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (v. 25b)

Good morning boys and girls,

I'm so glad to see you. It's a fun time in this wonderful thanksgiving holiday season isn't it? Let's make a list of things we are thankful for. (list items on sketch pad as children make suggestions) We have a lot to be thankful for don't we?

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Janice B. Scott
I sometimes catch those programmes on television which offer people an evening out with the celebrity of their choice, or at least, ask people who they would choose if they could have that choice. Film stars and pop stars usually come at the top of the list, closely followed by royalty, especially the younger and handsomer members of the royal family.

When I see some of the choices I find myself shuddering and wonder what on earth people can see in such a person. But I suppose the choice is usually based on

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Theme For The Day

Jesus Christ is King -- but not the sort of king the world expects.

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2 Samuel 23:1-7
The Last Words Of David

William G. Carter
In the small town of Mapleville, the ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve service was poorly attended. Once it was a popular event for the whole town, gathering people from a variety of denominations and faiths. In recent years, attendance had faded to a faithful few. Most of those who came in any given year were members of the host congregation. What began as a spirited occasion that brought together a variety of clergy, choirs, and congregations had shrunk in numbers and dwindled in enthusiasm.

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