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Several years ago, a plane... -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
Several years ago, a plane crashed on the runway at Philadelphia and caught fire.
Christ is purposely setting standards... -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
Christ is purposely setting standards higher than we can attain, for the higher our standards the hi
Rodney stared into his own... -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
Rodney stared into his own eyes, reflected in the mirror -- and for the first time in years, he didn
A certain man was out... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
A certain man was out in the woods, trying to cut down a large oak tree.
In this world the truth... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
In this world the truth is a slippery thing. But it is important.
Denial is a powerful force... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
Denial is a powerful force in our lives.
My friend tells the story... -- John 8:31-36 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
My friend tells the story of an aunt who has spent the better part of her retirement years fleshing
A Sunday School class was... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
A Sunday School class was asked to discuss 1 Thessalonians 2:46.
The professor brought his class... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
The professor brought his class to order with a slow, steady, roving gaze.
I sometimes shake my head... -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
I sometimes shake my head when I listen to the news.
Moses handed down the Law... -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
Moses handed down the Law God wrote on two tablets of stone.
Marriage is a relationship based... -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
Marriage is a relationship based on commitment.
The neighborhood terror was also... -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
The neighborhood terror was also the leader of the Dixsmith Gang.
Question: How many lawyer jokes... -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
Question: How many lawyer jokes are there? Answer: Two, all the rest are true.
A common belief among Americans... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
A common belief among Americans: "Rich may not be able to buy you love, friends, or happiness, but p
Several years ago at the... -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
Several years ago at the East Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Reverend James
A person who has grown... -- Deuteronomy 10:12-22 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
A person who has grown up as a slave is in a particularly difficult situation if/when he/she is give
Loving our neighbor does not... -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
Loving our neighbor does not always come naturally. Sometimes we need a prod.
The Rev. Dr. Lloyd Svendsbye... -- Exodus 17:8-13 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
The Rev. Dr.
The golden rule tells us... -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
The golden rule tells us to "do unto others as we would have them do unto us." Jesus said, in the se
There are many folks who... -- Exodus 17:8-13 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
There are many folks who have had strong messages of salvation for the world.
A rabbi was asked by... -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
A rabbi was asked by his students, "Master, why do you always teach by asking us questions?" And the
A moving story of how... -- Exodus 17:8-3 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
A moving story of how even the humblest of lay persons can uphold a "prophet's hand" comes to us fro
Bea is 81, but you... -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
Bea is 81, but you would never know it by looking at her. She walks two miles every day.

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A Word From The Wounded Healer To Contemporary Christians Seeking Physical And Spiritual Health -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
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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.)

SermonStudio

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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