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Recently, I visited the Dominican... -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 2000
Recently, I visited the Dominican Republic where poverty is a way of life.
A farmer advertised for a... -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 2000
A farmer advertised for a worker, and several applicants came looking for the position.
Mental health practitioners and spiritual... -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 2000
Mental health practitioners and spiritual direction counselors meet on common ground on the subject
Many people are considering Cassie... -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 2000
Many people are considering Cassie Bernall to be a Christian martyr.
The Christian is called to... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 2000
The Christian is called to make prayer a regular part of daily life.
An atheist was spending a... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 2000
An atheist was spending a quiet day fishing on Loch Ness when suddenly his boat was attacked by the
How difficult it is for... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 2000
How difficult it is for us in our daily prayers to praise God, to adore him, and to thank him.
At St. James Church, worship... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 2000
At St. James Church, worship had a special feel to it that everyone could sense.
Had Charles V, ruler of... -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1997
Had Charles V, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, heeded Jesus' words about which kingdom to seek, he
It was an ancient Christian... -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1997
It was an ancient Christian who advised, "Love God and do as you please." Jesus seemed to advocate a
A determined young man entered... -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1997
A determined young man entered Cornell University in 1886, set upon a law or political career.
It is all in your... -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1997
It is all in your attitude. I've heard that one so often that I do not hear it anymore.
In his book Christ... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1997
In his book Christ and Culture, H.
Abraham Lincoln is reported to... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1997
Abraham Lincoln is reported to have said, "I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhel
A few years ago during... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1997
A few years ago during the Persian Gulf War, people here in the United States would get up and say:
Timothy has an urgent message... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1997
Timothy has an urgent message for "everyone"; for "all" people in the first seven verses of chapter
Over lunch, Joe and Terry... -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1996
Over lunch, Joe and Terry were discussing the support staff
How great is the lack... -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1996
How great is the lack of gratitude on the part of so many
My wife and I were... -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1996
My wife and I were once invited to a party in the home of a
1. Ezra Goodman, in his... -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1996
1. Ezra Goodman, in his book, the Fifty-year Decline and
A friend of mine was... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-4 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1996
A friend of mine was so impressed when he met our mayor for
People are, in their daily... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-4 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1996
People are, in their daily lives, "protected" by those in
At the Boise United Methodist... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-4 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1996
At the Boise United Methodist Church in Idaho, they recently
Praise God from Whom All... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-4 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1996
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow Yes, all blessings:
Letting GoIn solitude... -- 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1996
Letting GoIn solitude I sit to welcome dawnsensing in its soft illumination

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In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. (vv. 1-2)

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We knew it all along, but it takes good messengers if we are to hear it again.

Baruch 5:1-9
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Baruch 5:1-9
Referring to this lesson, the ancient theologian Irenaeus wrote:

... the prophet has pointed out, that as many believers as God has prepared for this purpose, to multiply those left upon earth, should both be under the rule of the saints to minister to this Jerusalem.  (Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol.1, p.565)

The text is about the fresh start God affords us in Christ.  The coming son is like a bridge to this new reality.  About Christ’s role in this way, the medieval mystic Catherine of Siena once wrote:

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The Real Messenger
by Frank Ramirez
Malachi 3:1-4

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me…. (Malachi 3:1)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Roly lay down with his head on his paws and felt lonely. But he wasn't lonely for long, for lots of people came to the entrance to the maze and petted him and patted him and stroked him and spoke to him. Roly perked up, and wondered for the hundredth time what went on in a maze. Still, the family had told him very firmly to stay at the entrance in case he got lost in the maze, or worse, because he was so small, tripped people up by darting between their legs.

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Alex A. Gondola, Jr.
Have you ever noticed that many people seem to feel they either have "too much" Christmas or "not enough" Christmas? Television commentator Andy Rooney is one who thinks he has had "too much" Christmas. Andy Rooney, in fact, has proposed a "Christmas Holidays Limitations Act." These are some of the provisions of that Act:

1. Capital punishment would be mandatory for anyone caught selling Christmas ornaments before Thanksgiving.
Cynthia E. Cowen
Every Sunday, a church broadcasts a one-hour service over the waves of 1450 WMIQ, the local radio station. It begins with this announcement, "From the shores of beautiful Crystal Lake, we bring you Our Saviour's morning service."

One Advent season, the pastor had selected an "in the sandals" sermon series. The first biblical character to be heard from was John the Baptist. As John entered clothed in the prophet's clothing, a reader announced: "Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight" (Luke 3:4b).
J. Will Ormond
The setting and shape of this sermon are obvious. It was preached at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the founding of that congregation.

The church was officially organized on January 30, 1949. I was the first pastor. I remained pastor until May, 1964.
Robert S. Jarboe
Second Sunday In Advent

For Luke 1:68-79

(Distribute this sheet to the readers.)


Date:
Reader A:
Reader B:

Introit
(As the introit is being sung, Readers A and B come forward and stand by the Advent wreath until the music is finished.)

Litany
Reader A:
Please turn to the Advent litany in your bulletins.
(Pause as they do so.)
If we keep our minds steadfast and trust in God,
we will be kept in perfect peace.

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