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About twenty years ago, there'd... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
About twenty years ago, there'd been an attack in Jerusalem by Palestinians. The nightly
Paul often linked three great... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
Paul often linked three great Christian qualities as he did here: "Your work of faith, labor
On a construction site, the... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
On a construction site, the workers had just placed explosives for a large explosion where
Christianity stands or falls with... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness
Jesus says to us in... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
Jesus says to us in our gospel lesson for today, "Give to God the things that are God's."
Diane has a heart for... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
Diane has a heart for mission. She asked if she might have a "Mission of the Month" that
Joanne was a thoughtful, energetic... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
Joanne was a thoughtful, energetic woman. She worked in the church as a Sunday school
Exodus 33:12-23 If... -- Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2008
Exodus 33:12-23
I visited a convenience store... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2002
I visited a convenience store after a meeting of Boy Scout leaders and, as usual, I hadn't eaten sup
It was time for the... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2002
It was time for the provincial elections in Ontario and the government was sure it had the election
Richard Jessen, a now retired... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2002
Richard Jessen, a now retired Lutheran bishop in Omaha, Nebraska, understood that responsibility wel
The GAP (Grace Action Program... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2002
The GAP (Grace Action Program) program at Grace Church finds one local family a year to help.
A Sunday school teacher was... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2002
A Sunday school teacher was highly regarded by those who attended his young adult class.
We were driving along a... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2002
We were driving along a country road one evening about 5:30.
Paul praised the Thessalonians for... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2002
Paul praised the Thessalonians for a labor of love.
The child looked up at... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2002
The child looked up at his teacher and asked, "How long have you been teaching?" The teacher sat dow
Pastor, we need you, Pearl... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1999
"Pastor, we need you," Pearl said to me with tears in her eyes.
Charles Krauthammer, in Time... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1999
Charles Krauthammer, in Time, June 15, 1998, wrote that religion is no longer a conviction.
And so you became a... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1999
"And so you became a model (an example) to all the believers...." For Paul one of the most important
The apostle Paul wrote the... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1999
The apostle Paul wrote the church at Thessalonica and told them that God had chosen them to be his p
Ralph knew he had done... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1999
Ralph knew he had done wrong, but hoped time would erase or fade the activity.
In his attempt to deal... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1999
In his attempt to deal with the distinction between church and state, President Jimmy Carter, when h
This is the time of... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1999
This is the time of year when television will have Linus going out to tell the world that the Great
John Wesley used a phrase... -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1999
John Wesley used a phrase called "plundering the Egyptians." It came from the account of the Exodus
Several years ago National Geographic... -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
Several years ago National Geographic magazine did a feature on the one hundredth anniversary of the

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The Power Of God -- 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
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Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
You have no doubt seen, as I have, the lingering effect of the songs that are sung at a loved one’s funeral. Certain individuals in my congregation reliably tear up during this hymn or that one, and I know that it’s because that song was sung at their parent’s, or spouse’s, or child’s service. And the experience of death and grief is so strong in us that that song, then, forever belongs to that occasion for that individual. 
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Revelation 7:9-17
Wayne Brouwer
Abraham Kuyper served two terms as prime minister of the Netherlands in the early 20th century. He was known as a man of faith and sought to incorporate it into every dimension of life, including social and political. But faith was not always so important to Kuyper. At the start of his career, he was a young preacher in a rural village. He had been schooled in the best of modern theology, and his sermons were well-polished masterpieces.

The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Bethany Peerbolte
Ron Love
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For November 1, 2020:
  • Shining in Glory by Chris Keating — On All Saints day, we recall those who have faced the great ordeal. Those who shine in glory give us courage to press forward, even in the face of pandemic and ongoing strife.

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Peter Andrew Smith
“There were so many people involved in the project I’m not sure I deserve to be singled out,” Jenny said.

“You deserve it and more,” Carl said from beside her. “Don’t be humble. You worked hard and should be thanked.”

“Thanked I can handle but all of this?” Jenny nodded toward the lavish reception which followed the surprise presentation. “Like I said in my speech there were many hands and gifts that went to make this outreach effort possible.”

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John Jamison
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. (vv. 1-4)

John Jamison
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (vv. 11-12)

I have a few questions for you.

Have any of you ever been sick? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel lucky? (Let them respond.)

Have any of you ever gotten hurt? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel happy? (Let them respond.)

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Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
Inspired by the saints and the love of God.

Collect of the Day
Acknowledging that God has knit His people together in one body, petitions are offered that the faithful might follow the saints in lives of faith and commitment and know the inexpressible joys prepared for those who love Him. Doctrines of Sanctification (construed as a Work of God), Church, and Eschatology are emphasized.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
Mary Sue Dehmlow Dreier
Pharisees Today

The Pharisees were real "good news/bad news" guys!

They were the undisputed authorities on the Jewish Scriptures, and the recognized spokespersons for Moses himself. "Do whatever they teach you and follow it," Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples (Matthew 23:3a). We hear so much about Jesus in conflict with the Pharisees, that sometimes we forget Jesus respectfully acknowledged their academic accomplishments and religious leadership.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

The Church of Christ

Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority

The local community

Those who suffer

The communion of saints


These responses may be used:


Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

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