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Moses had the most frustrating... -- Exodus 17:1-7 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2008
Moses had the most frustrating job ever. The Lord picked him to lead a large group of
The Amazon River is larger... -- Exodus 17:1-7 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2008
The Amazon River is larger by monumental proportions than the rock from which Moses,
How is it possible for... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2008
How is it possible for two people to share the same love -- let alone for an entire
Let the same mind be... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2008
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, Paul tells us.
Sherry shared with her small... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2008
Sherry shared with her small group how she became a Christian. At the time she had only
Bill was assigned to be... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2008
Bill was assigned to be Debbie's mentor. For the next month, Debbie would shadow Bill
Graham Greene wrote his novella... -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2008
Graham Greene wrote his novella, The Third Man, and the screenplay of the
One of the exciting and... -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2008
One of the exciting and exhilarating things about teaching the Bible is the challenge of
The following story tells of... -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2008
The following story tells of the willingness of a family to work together. The father was a
Exodus 17:1-7 Moses... -- Matthew 21:23-32, Philippians 2:1-13, Exodus 17:1-7 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2008
Exodus 17:1-7
Dave is awakened by a... -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2002
Dave is awakened by a rat-a-tat-tat on the door.
It seems to me that... -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2002
It seems to me that every year one of my confirmation students asks me a question about evolution an
One of John Mellencamp's newest... -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2002
One of John Mellencamp's newest albums is called Cuttin' Heads.
In The Hero's Life, author... -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2002
In The Hero's Life, author Richard Ben Cramer acknowledges that Joe DiMaggio was one of the most ski
A small group of worshipers... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2002
A small group of worshipers in a mainline denomination began raising their hands in the Sunday morni
Our good neighbor in one... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2002
Our good neighbor in one of our parishes was a keeper of bees.
Jesus set the quintessential pattern... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2002
Jesus set the quintessential pattern for humility.
She sat paralyzed. The news... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2002
She sat paralyzed. The news had crushed her. Her son was dead.
When followers of the Ayatollah... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 1999
When followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini overran the U. S.
in humility consider others better... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 1999
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Someone said recently, People are... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 1999
Someone said recently, "People are not waiting in line to be humble." I am rather sure that is true.
Who does she think she... -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 1999
"Who does she think she is?" they asked.
The pastor stood in front... -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 1999
The pastor stood in front of the confirmation class. He took out a five-dollar bill.
In The Beauty Of... -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 1999
In The Beauty Of The Lilies John Updike tells the story of four generations of the Wilmot fam
Moving mountains and claiming authority... -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 1999
Moving mountains and claiming authority are "big ticket" items.

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2 Samuel 7:1-14a
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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.

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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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