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Joseph Pintauro wrote in his... -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Joseph Pintauro wrote in his book, To Believe in God, "Nowadays to be on your way is to be ho
Gloom settles over the... -- Mark 6:1-6 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Gloom settles over the scene as we read, "He could do no mighty work there," and, "He marveled
One tradition in the Judaism... -- Matthew 16:13-19 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
One tradition in the Judaism of Jesus' day maintained that, should any child of Israel successfully
On the popular television program... -- Luke 7:11-17 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
On the popular television program, "Star Trek the Next Generation," there is a character named, simp
One summer some friends... -- Mark 6:1-6 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
One summer some friends and I were vacationing in Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay.
How many people in the... -- Matthew 16:13-19 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
How many people in the history of the human race, once they have caught the vision of what their own
Harry Houdini, the famous magician... -- Luke 7:11-17 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Harry Houdini, the famous magician, did not make contact from his grave as he had promised his frien
In his hometown, when... -- Mark 6:1-6 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
In his hometown, when Jesus began to stand out from the crowd, the neighbors said, "Isn't this
Nobody in his or her... -- Acts 12:1-11 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Nobody in his or her right mind becomes a messenger without first counting the cost.
Anthony Bloom in his helpful... -- Luke 7:11-17 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Anthony Bloom in his helpful little book Beginning to Pray recalls his earlier years as a you
Booker T. Washington once... -- Mark 6:1-6 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Booker T.
The stage play (and film... -- Acts 12:1-11 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
The stage play (and film version) of Camelot begins and ends with a discouraged, war-torn, gr
In his book,I... -- 2 Samuel 7:1-17 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
In his book, The Salty Tang, Fred Speakman tells the story of a Mid-western grandmother.
Many hundreds of years ago... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Many hundreds of years ago, a young Chinese boy studied to become a Buddhist monk.
It is a natural... -- Mark 6:1-6 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
It is a natural human assumption that people are distrustful of others until proven otherwise.
Onesimus was a common name... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Onesimus was a common name for a slave during the New Testament period.
Sometimes the best intentions... -- 2 Samuel 7:1-17 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Sometimes the best intentions of human beings fall.
One of the most disgusting... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
One of the most disgusting signs of the ancient world was the symbol of the cross.
Lamentations is seldom used... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Lamentations is seldom used in any Lectionary except during Holy Week.
Freedom isn't a fragmentary expression... -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Freedom isn't a fragmentary expression of life in the kingdom: it is kingdom living.
In the midst of... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
In the midst of Jersualem's sufferings, Jeremiah offered hope to the people by speaking of the
The Corinthian Christians were dividing... -- 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
The Corinthian Christians were dividing the Body as they elevated one gift over others.
She was dying, but... -- Lamentations 3:22-33 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
She was dying, but she wouldn't tell me.
Purity was of highest importance... -- 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Purity was of highest importance to the Jewish religion.
On one of the... -- Ezekiel 2:2-5 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
On one of the early episodes of the television program My Sister Sam, the gist of the s

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John Jamison
“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.

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2 Kings 5:1-14, Psalm 30
David Kalas
(This installment was originally published in 2007.)

The Philippian jailor does not appear in any of our selected readings for this Sunday, but his fundamental question reverberates through our texts. "What must I do to be saved?" he asked Paul and Silas (Acts 16:30). It is an elemental question, and our selected passages can help us elucidate the answer.

What do I need to do? This is the pragmatic question of the would-be home buyer sitting with the loan officer in the bank. It is the poignant question of the husband who wants to

StoryShare

Peter Andrew Smith
John sat in the front seat of his car and looked at the door of the apartment building. Every mile of the five-hour journey he had thought about his mother and the last time they spoke. They had gotten into a screaming match about something he couldn’t even remember anymore. The yelling had ended when he stormed off and swore that he would never speak to her again. Now three years later, he was sitting in the parking lot looking at the door he had slammed behind him so long ago. He was looking at it and wondering how he could possibly go through that door.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few." In our worship today, let us ask God to equip us and send us out into his harvest.



Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we fail to notice your harvest, because our eyes and ears are closed.

Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes the task of acting as your harvesters seems too overwhelming for us.

Christ, have mercy.

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John E. Sumwalt
Jo Perry-Sumwalt
We would all be well advised to be careful where and how we tell this story.

I stand before you today as one in need of healing, as Naaman was, as we all are.

We come here in our brokenness, suffering as we all do from the diseases of racism, sexism, nationalism, denominationalism and homophobia. Some of us come bearing the scars of dysfunctional families: sexual, physical and emotional abuse - both abusers and abused - some of us hurting from wounds we have received from brothers and sisters sitting in these same pews.
Schuyler Rhodes
Sometimes it seems like God has taken a powder. No matter how theologically astute or disciplined in spiritual practices one might be, it seems that everyone comes to a moment where it feels like God is somewhere else. In a firefight in Baghdad or an AIDS clinic in South Africa it would be possible to wonder, wouldn't it? As genocide stamps out a people in Darfur and grinding poverty consumes millions, it is tempting to wonder if God is hiding his face (v. 7). But this is the big picture. Such feelings emerge, also, in times of more personal struggle.
Gary L. Carver
It was many years ago now, right after I had first started in the ministry that Sharlon and I traveled to Little River Canyon in Fort Payne, Alabama. Somehow along the trail we were separated and I found myself alone standing on the rim of the canyon viewing a vast expanse of indescribable beauty. Looking across to the other side, I shouted at the top of my voice, "Baloney!" Nothing came back. This is my chance, I thought to myself.
W. Robert Mcclelland
Christian thinking about salvation has divided itself into two main streams which I like to think of as: "Monkey-hold" salvation or "Cat-hold" salvation. The difference in theological viewpoint is seen in how monkeys and cats protect their young. A mother monkey will sound the alarm when danger lurks. The baby monkeys come running to her and hold tightly to her fur as she runs to safety. A mother cat, on the other hand, picks her kittens up by the nape of the neck and carries them in her mouth out of harm's way. So, which is it? Monkey-hold salvation or Cat-hold salvation?

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