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In Mrs. Reed's third grade... -- Exodus 17:1-7 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
In Mrs. Reed's third grade class, being first in line was the goal of every child.
Dr. Carl Sagan writes that... -- Amos 6:1-7 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
Dr.
A man from Texas was... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
A man from Texas was passing through Ohio when he stopped for gas.
Riches are the least worthy... -- Amos 6:1a, 4-7 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
Riches are the least worthy gifts which God can give man, yet men toil for them day and night, an
The football game was down... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
The football game was down to the final minutes.
This passage was cited by... -- Joel 2:23-30 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
This passage was cited by Peter on the Day of Pentecost, fifty days after the resurrection, to expla
Delivering a graduation address Susquehanna... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
Delivering a graduation address Susquehanna University, civil rights leader, Julian Bond, quoted som
In spite of the evident... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
In spite of the evident evilness in the harsh world around him, Paul can still encourage Timothy to
Ron Howard's film, A Beautiful... -- Philippians 2:1-13 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
Ron Howard's film, A Beautiful Mind (2001), starring Russell Crowe, was a remarkable film abo
It is of interest to... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
It is of interest to note that Jainists, a small religious group confined exclusively to India, sepa
A woman was shopping at... -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
A woman was shopping at a local hardware store.
During the course of my... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
During the course of my ministry, I was privileged to be the pastor of an elderly woman who came as
An old hymn, which we... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
An old hymn, which we don't sing much any longer, had a refrain which stated, "I believe the Bible i
The chasm between the rich... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
The chasm between the rich man and Lazarus is even more of a reality in our own day than when our Lo
An ancient Jewish saying holds... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-16 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
An ancient Jewish saying holds that we are born with our hands closed; we die with them open.
Talk about supply-side economics... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
Talk about supply-side economics and the trickle-down theory and it's all evaluated here in our text
Take aim, said the instructor... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-16 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
"Take aim," said the instructor. "If you aim, you may not hit your target, but you will be close.
Jacob Marley had it all... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
Jacob Marley had it all -- wealth, the respect of his fellow merchants, the assistance of a penny-pi
The trouble with that kind... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-16 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
The trouble with that kind of advance (technical) is that there is no end to it.
Said the man to his... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
Said the man to his wife: "Which do you think is more satisfied, honey, a man with a million dollars
The stage play and movie... -- 1 Timothy 6:6-16 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
The stage play and movie entitled Stop The World --I Want To Get Off is in many ways a
Have you heard of the... -- Amos 6:1a, 4-7 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
Have you heard of the National Council of Teachers of English Doublespeak award?
The ship Britannia was wrecked... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
The ship Britannia was wrecked off the coast of Brazil.
In 1977 Ronald J. Sider... -- Amos 6:1a, 4-7 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
In 1977 Ronald J.
Who is Lazarus today? His... -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
Who is Lazarus today? His problem was not that he needed spiritual food.

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John Jamison
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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Christopher Keating
Dean Feldmeyer
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Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
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.

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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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