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Sabbath for humankind -- Mark 2:23-28 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
Teachers or Parents: Jesus and his disciples had a meal of
The right tool -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
Teachers or Parents: Most people and perhaps the children think of the commandments as prohibition

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Children's Activity Bulletin: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
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Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin: Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B

Commentary

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God Is Present, No Matter What You Think. -- Mark 2:23--3:6, 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018
What does it look like when God is present with us? What do God's emissaries look like?
Dreams and visions -- Acts 2:1-21, Romans 8:22-27, John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2000
Ever since Freud, dreams have taken on new, but very important functions.
Ordinary people with an extraordinary word -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1997
Beginning today and continuing for the next ten Sundays the first lesson will be from the books of
What role for law? -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13, 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
From one point of view in his time, Jesus played fast and loose with the law.

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God Is Present, No Matter What You Think -- Mark 2:23--3:6, 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018
What does it look like when God is present with us? What do God's emissaries look like?

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
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Children's Activity Bulletin: Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B

Children's sermon

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Sabbath Refreshment -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018
“The sabbath was made for humankind, not humankind for the sabbath (v.
Fragile -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
I love things made out of clay. I especially like the
Let your light shine -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought a flashlight with me
When Jesus broke the rules -- Mark 2:23-28 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought a pillow with me this
The right tool -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
I brought my tool chest this morning to show how the tools are used for different things.

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Tell the Truth (it sets you free...) -- Mark 2:23-3:6, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Deuteronomy 5:12-15 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018

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Sabbath Refreshment -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018
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Sabbath Refreshment -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018
“The sabbath was made for humankind, not humankind for the sabbath (v.
Tell the Truth (it sets you free...) -- Mark 2:23-3:6, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Deuteronomy 5:12-15 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018

Devotional

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Proper 4 -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2008
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)

Drama

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What Say? -- Mark 2:23-28 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1999
ThemeGrace is the basis for keeping the Sabbath day holy.Summary

Illustration

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Illustrations for Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 (2018) -- Mark 2:23--3:6, 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Ron Love -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018
1 Samuel 3:1-10
When the Lord's Day, or... -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1997
When the Lord's Day, or any other gift from God, becomes an occasion for idolatry, we succeed in mis
Saint Paul uses the example... -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1997
Saint Paul uses the example of common pottery in 2 Corinthians 4:7.
As a fund raiser the... -- Mark 2:23-28 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
As a fund raiser the dunk tank at local carnivals is particularly popular, especially when a publicl
The shape of a grasshopper... -- Mark 2:23-28 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
The shape of a grasshopper is carved in the marble of an Exchange Building in London.
There was once a woman... -- Mark 2:23-28 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
There was once a woman who was very critical of her neighbors. Nothing they ever did was right.
Here are a couple of... -- Mark 2:23-28 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
Here are a couple of statements about legalism from Lazarus, the last of Morris West's papacy trilog
The pulpits in some European... -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
The pulpits in some European cathedrals are very ornate.
Henry Van Dyke in his... -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
Henry Van Dyke in his story "The Keeper of the Light" tells about a lighthouse keeper who died, leav
During the First World War... -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
During the First World War, the great German armies were making what they hoped would be a final ass
Paul in verse 8 speaks... -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
Paul in verse 8 speaks to virtually everyone who is a teenager or above.
A New England university biology... -- Deuteronomy 5:12-15 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
A New England university biology professor studying horseshoe crabs discovered something very intere
In many parts of the... -- Deuteronomy 5:12-15 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
In many parts of the country there used to be blue laws.
You shall remember ... This is... -- Deuteronomy 5:12-15 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
"You shall remember ..." This is the big word to be remembered here: remember.
Holy Scripture features again and... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
Holy Scripture features again and again an emphasis upon the inner life.
As Christians we must learn... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
As Christians we must learn to see things from God's perspective. Take Thelma Thompson for example.
A young man in North... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
A young man in North Carolina had been in a respiratory machine, or "iron lung" for many years, yet
Dr. Mouzon Biggs, pastor of... -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1991
Dr.

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Tell the Truth (it sets you free...) -- Mark 2:23-3:6, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Deuteronomy 5:12-15 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018

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Tell the Truth (it sets you free...) -- Mark 2:23-3:6, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Deuteronomy 5:12-15 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018
Illustrations for Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 (2018) -- Mark 2:23--3:6, 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Ron Love -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018
1 Samuel 3:1-10

Poems

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Proper 4 -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Andrew Daughters -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1990
So many laws, ancient and modern,All are important, someone is sure.

Prayer

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Restrictive religion versus redemptive righteousness -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1993
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Restrictive religion versus redemptive righteousness -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Dennis Koch -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: In the two incidents recorded here, both related to Sabbath-

Preaching

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Tell the Truth (it sets you free...) -- Mark 2:23-3:6, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Deuteronomy 5:12-15 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018

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Tell the Truth (it sets you free...) -- Mark 2:23-3:6, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Deuteronomy 5:12-15 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018
Healing A Withered Hand -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Harold H. Lentz -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1999
One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to

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Proper 4/Pentecost 2/Ordinary Time 9 -- Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2006
(See Epiphany 2/Ordinary Time 2, Cycle B. For an alternative approach to vv.
Breaking The Law To Fulfill It -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Charles L. Aaron, Jr. -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2005
Miracle Five Breaking The Law To Fulfill ItThe Text
Healing A Withered Hand -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Harold H. Lentz -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1999
One sabbath he was going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to
Proper 4 (C, E) -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1999
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: 1 Samuel 3:1-20 (C)
The Lord sends his spokesmen to speak words of judgment against religious authorities -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: The Lord sends his spokesmen to speak words of judgment against religious author
Proper 4 -- Psalm 81:1-10 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1993
Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob.
Proper 4 -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1993
Samuel was a special gift of Yahweh to his mother, Hannah, who
Proper 4 -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1990
The cycle/season of Pentecost is the time in the church during which God consolidates in the faithfu
Proper 4 -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1990
The cycle/season of Pentecost is the time in the church during which God consolidates in the faithfu
Proper 4, Pentecost 2, Ordinary Time 9 -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
Seasonal Theme
The Withered Hand -- Mark 2:23--3:6, Matthew 12:9-14 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
1. Text

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Healing A Withered Hand -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Harold H. Lentz -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1999
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Tell the Truth (it sets you free...) -- Mark 2:23-3:6, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Deuteronomy 5:12-15 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018

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Tell the Truth (it sets you free...) -- Mark 2:23-3:6, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Deuteronomy 5:12-15 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018
Can Christians Dance? -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1996
A few years ago, I was asked to serve as the worship leader at a regional church conference for teen

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Having Trouble Sleeping Through The Night -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) -- William J. Carl, III -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2008
Having trouble sleeping through the night? You're not alone. Samuel did, too.
Living Upside Down -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2008
In any list of unusual animals, you are likely to find the sloth.
Bothered And Bewildered -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2008
Whatever one wants to say about the apostle Paul, we must at least say this: He took Christianity ou
Things Change -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) -- Stan Purdum -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2005
Here's a fact about life: things change.
Parades And Crosses -- The Challenge Of Ministry -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2005
He had grown up in a fashionable suburb of a large American city, a cosmopolitan area of considerab
Lord Of The Sabbath -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- George Reed -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2005
The Gospel Reading shows Jesus in a position of conflict with the religious leaders of his day, a po
God Calling You! -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) -- Linda R. Forsberg -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2002
One Friday I had kind of a rough morning.
Keeping Sunday -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- David G. Rogne -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2002
One of the churches where I served was located next to a Jewish synagogue.
Grace In The Midst Of Weakness -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- Glenn W. Mcdonald -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2002
Over the centuries rank and file church members have grown up in the presence of stained glass saint
Heed The Call! -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1999
The old preacher was retiring for the evening.
Here Is Where It Happens -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) -- Arthur H. Kolsti -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1996
Here is where it happens. Where is here? Here is right here, among us.
Can Christians Dance? -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1996
A few years ago, I was asked to serve as the worship leader at a regional church conference for teen
The M And M Factor -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Leonard H. Budd -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1993
Caleb was probably the laziest boy in the whole village.
Listen -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) -- Charles Curley -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1993
It was a time of distrust and disillusionment in the land of Israel.
In Search of a Leader -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Robert A. Noblett -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1990
Anyone who has served on a nominating committee knows how crucial talented leadership is to any grou
Called in From Off-stage -- 1 Samuel 16:1-13 -- Donald Zelle -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1987
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." We read that from As You Like I
Even God Called Time Out -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- James Weekley -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1987
Like a devouring machine, our society is fed by laws and regulations.
The Open Hand -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Ron Lavin -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
Whenever you consider the meaning of a Bible text, it is always good to look at the context.

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Things Change -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) -- Stan Purdum -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2005
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Parades And Crosses -- The Challenge Of Ministry -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- Maurice A. Fetty -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2005
Note: There is no content for Proper 4 / OT 9 / Pentecost 2 from The Village Shepher

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Keeping the Sabbath Holy -- Mark 2:23--3:6, Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018
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Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up! -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2008
"Never give up. Never give up.
Diamonds In The Rough -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2005
Diamonds In The Rough
Keeping The Sabbath -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Constance Berg -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1999
Take a day to nourish your soul. Keeping the Sabbath isn't about rules and restrictions.
Memorial Day Preacher -- 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 -- John E. Sumwalt, Jo Perry-Sumwalt -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1996
I walked through the cemetery one evening, late in May.
Just Let Go -- 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 -- John E. Sumwalt, Bonny J. Bailey -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain.

Worship

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Tell the Truth (it sets you free...) -- Mark 2:23-3:6, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Deuteronomy 5:12-15 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018

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Tell the Truth (it sets you free...) -- Mark 2:23-3:6, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Deuteronomy 5:12-15 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2018

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Theme: It's For You -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2005
Call To Worship
Proper 4 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2002
Call To Worship (based on 2 Corinthians 6:8-13)
Speak, Lord, I'm Listening -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2002
Call To Worship
Calling Your Name? -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1999
Call To Worship Leader: Who is calling your name?
Proper 4 -- 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20), 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1996
Call To Worship
Search Me, O God, And Know Me -- Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1993
Suggestions:Use before the pastoral prayer.
Jesus' eating and healing on the Sabbath -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 1990
Pastoral Invitation to the CelebrationConsider this:
Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
Celebration Through PraisePastoral Invitation (Pastor and Ministers)
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Katy Stenta
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Quantisha Mason-Doll
For June 20, 2021:
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  • A Non-Anxious Presence by Dean Feldmeyer — An anxious world longs for non-anxious leaders to help us discover the solutions to our problems.

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John Jamison
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

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Frank Ramirez
Appearances are deceiving. Goliath looks unconquerable, and the young shepherd boy who says thanks but no thanks to the king’s armor, is pretty confident that five smooth stones will be enough to change the world.

So it is that the Apostle Paul reminds us we don’t see anyone from a human view anymore. We see them through God’s eyes.
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4, 11, 19-23) 32-49
We like underdogs, which is why we like the story of David and Goliath. About David’s improbable victory John Wesley wrote:

Thus does God often do great things for His people by the weak things of the world. (Commentary On the Bible, p.189)   

The world needs Davids — people who take on the powerful and the social consensus even if it does not seem that they have a chance. The playwright George Bernard Shaw explained why the world needs such people like David:

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“A David and Goliath Story” by Peter Andrew Smith
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A David and Goliath Story
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1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49

Laura took some vegetables out of the bag to chop. “So, I hear you are in a bit of trouble at school.”

“Who told you that, Auntie?” Joan asked.

“Your mother. She wanted me to see if there is anything I could do.”

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Janice B. Scott
The first thing Jack saw when he walked into church on the Sunday morning was a bright red octopus. It seemed an odd animal to be in church, but Jack's heart lifted in anticipation, for with an octopus in the offing and a bright red one at that, surely the preacher would have an exciting talk this morning.

Of course it was only a paper octopus, but nonetheless it filled Jack's mind with thoughts of the sea and strange sea creatures and coral reefs and snorkelling and all those things you never usually thought about in church.

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Kristin Borsgard Wee
Just a short time ago, a young homemaker and mother sat in my office telling me how she was feeling about her life. She said she felt she was adrift in a tiny boat in the middle of a great and surging ocean. How she had gotten into that boat and where she was going was a mystery to her. All she could see were the huge waves towering over her frail, little boat, threatening at any moment to swamp it and sink it, to swallow her up forever.

Stan Purdum
The United Methodists came out with their most recent hymnbook in 1989. Three years before that, while the hymnal committee was deciding which hymns from the previous book would be included in the new one and which would be deleted, they concluded that "Onward Christian Soldiers" should be omitted. The committee voted to delete it, feeling that the hymn was overly militaristic and thus was inconsistent with the church's goal of eradicating war and establishing world peace. The announcement of this decision, however, made in mid-May 1986, launched a great brouhaha in the church.

Glenn W. Mcdonald
In the year 2000 Forbes Magazine featured a special edition on a single topic that it called "the biggest issue of our age -- time." The editors wrote, "We've beaten, or at least stymied, most of humanity's monsters: disease, climate, geography, and memory. But time still defeats us. Lately its victories seem more complete than ever. Those timesaving inventions of the last half-century have somehow turned on us. We now hold cell phone meetings in traffic jams, and 24-7 has become the most terrifying phrase in modern life."

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