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Paul unashamedly voices his love... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Paul unashamedly voices his love of other Christians.
A voice crying in the... -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
A voice crying in the wilderness, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord!" It is the voice of John the Bapt
Even before he was old... -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Even before he was old enough to speak, Danny had loved construction equipment.
Suppose today you threw a... -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Suppose today you threw a large, rough rock into a stream of water.
Have you ever traveled on... -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Have you ever traveled on the West Virginia turnpike?
During a term break, 10... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
During a term break, 10 Princeton students went to Philadelphia to live at the St.
In 1765 John Fawcett was... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
In 1765 John Fawcett was called to pastor a very small congregation in Wainsgate, England.
Many legends have grown up... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Many legends have grown up about King Richard I "the Lionheart" of England, largely due to the even-
As parents, we have assisted... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
As parents, we have assisted in bringing forth another life into this world.
The animated movie The Nightmare... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
The animated movie The Nightmare Before Christmas attracted considerable attention when it first app
Cassie had been outside all... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Cassie had been outside all morning, playing with her cat, and having a tea party in her mother's ga
Marja Sklodowska was born in... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Marja Sklodowska was born in Poland in 1867.
In parades through the city... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
In parades through the city streets of Austria at Christmastime, the figure of Saint Nicholas is see
Recall with me a beautifully... -- Baruch 5:1-9 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
Recall with me a beautifully dressed young lady standing at the top of a staircase.
And it is my prayer... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
"And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment."
Being a messenger for God... -- Philippians 1:3-11 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
Being a messenger for God is not an easy task, even if you're St. John the Baptizer or St. Paul.
John the Baptizer, having received... -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
John the Baptizer, having received the word of God in the wilderness, moved to the Jordan to proclai
It seems that the Jews... -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
It seems that the Jews in their suffering were looking many times in their history for the Messiah.
John the Baptizer preached a... -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
John the Baptizer preached a hard message. It was prophetic and confronting.
We owe Luke a great... -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
We owe Luke a great debt for his emphasis on the world-significance of the Gospel.
With what can we compare... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
With what can we compare the refining of silver and gold in our day?
In the dictionary the word... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
In the dictionary the word “messenger” immediately precedes the word “Messiah.” This alphabetized se
And yet, Dr. McCabe said... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
"And yet," Dr.
In the midst of a... -- Baruch 5:1-9 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
In the midst of a world filled with despair and human suffering, the writer of Baruch sees a time wh

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John Jamison
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (vv. 25-28)

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John Jamison
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (vv. 31-33)

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Katy Stenta
Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Quantisha Mason-Doll
Christopher Keating
George Reed
Thomas Willadsen
For November 28, 2021:

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Frank Ramirez
Of course, we never quite return to the way things were -- because we have been changed by good fortune or bad. As we make sense of a world that has known the 2020 pandemic there are several things that can’t be undone, regardless of medical advances and a return to whatever we choose to call normalcy. First, not all of us made it through. Some of those who survived are not returned to full health. More important, the damage done by uncivil discourse, the sharp exchanges by those holding radically different views cannot be easily undone.
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Jeremiah 33:14-16
The English poet Alexander Pope wrote, “Hope springs eternal in the human breast. Man never is, but always to be blest.” But where does man turn when hope dries up?”
Frank Ramirez
Of course, we never quite return to the way things were -- because we have been changed by good fortune or bad. As we make sense of a world that has known the 2020 pandemic there are several things that can’t be undone, regardless of medical advances and a return to whatever we choose to call normalcy. First, not all of us made it through. Some of those who survived are not returned to full health. More important, the damage done by uncivil discourse, the sharp exchanges by those holding radically different views cannot be easily undone.
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Joel 2:21-27

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Roly lay on the stone floor with his head on his paws. He wondered how much longer it was until it was time for food. Feeding time was the best time in the whole day, because then the humans came and rubbed his head and spoke to him and made a fuss of him.

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Terry Cain
David O. Bales
Note: This was originally published in 2006.

Contents
What's Up This Week
A Story to Live By: "Signs" by David O. Bales
Sermon Starters: "Would We Recognize Him?" by Terry Cain
"Where Is The Church?" by Terry Cain


What's Up This Week
Peter Andrew Smith
David O. Bales
Contents
“The Feast Awaits” by Peter Andrew Smith
“Yes, Jesus Loves Me” by David O. Bales
“Preparing For Thanksgiving Day” by David O. Bales
 

The Feast Awaits
by Peter Andrew Smith
Joel 2:21-27

Margie sat on the edge of her bed. She hated this place and wished she was still in her own home. She should have fought the boys harder when they insisted she come here. She tried to hold the tears back, but they began to roll down her cheeks.

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Cynthia E. Cowen
Today we enter the season of Advent. The countdown has begun as we once more anticipate the celebration of the birth of Christ. Advent is a time to prepare, not just our homes but our hearts. What joy floods our hearts as we sing "Joy to the world, the Lord has come!" The Son of God entered our world so quietly -- no one, except those searching the heavens, saw the star that announced his birth. However, today's gospel tells us that when Christ comes again, it will be a like a hurricane or a tornado. The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shine. Stars will fall from the sky.
Robert S. Crilley
Some of you may be excited to learn that this morning's scripture lesson contains a benediction. "Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with his saints" (vv. 11-13). That is a benediction.
Frank Ramirez
First Lesson: Jeremiah 33:14-16

Theme: Empires Come And Go -- God Lasts

Call To Worship (Psalm 25:14)
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes his covenant known to them.

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