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It has been said that... -- 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1996
It has been said that a man's character can well be judged
A story is told of... -- 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1996
A story is told of a minister who received a telephone call
John Wanamaker, American merchant and... -- 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1996
John Wanamaker, American merchant and liberal giver to
The country parson was asked... -- Deuteronomy 8:1-10 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
The country parson was asked to visit a parishioner on his farm.
I have always wondered how... -- Deuteronomy 8:1-10 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
I have always wondered how and why.
Joel understands the end of... -- Joel 2:21-27 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
Joel understands the end of the invasion of locusts and the restoration of an abundant harvest as a
It was in my own... -- Joel 2:21-27 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
It was in my own home church; the chief qualification of Sunday school teachers was their willingn
A man was having problems... -- Joel 2:21-27 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
A man was having problems sleeping.
When studying varying societies, anthropologists... -- Joel 2:21-27 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
When studying varying societies, anthropologists judge the wealth of the people, not in so many doll
Dear Abby was once asked... -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
Dear Abby was once asked, "What subject is the most popular among the letters you receive?" Would yo
There is an old story... -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
There is an old story about a magician who had great powers.
Anxiety is a frequent topic... -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
Anxiety is a frequent topic in current medical and psychological literature, as it is the most commo
It did not happen often... -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
It did not happen often, but Pastor Allen was having difficulty coming up with a children's sermon i
One of the great missionaries... -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
One of the great missionaries of our century was E. Stanley Jones.
During the primary elections in... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
During the primary elections in 1992, two candidates for the Arizona state legislature ended up in a
She was having a really... -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
She was having a really bad case of the "whatifs." She was trying to decide whether or not to chang
Tertullian wrote, We pray for... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
Tertullian wrote, "We pray for our rulers, for the state of the world, for the peace of all things
A visitor to the Capitol... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
A visitor to the Capitol was watching from the gallery with his small son when the House was called
The writer is thinking of... -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
The writer is thinking of the well-being of the church, and how to maintain it in the face of persec
There was a prudent man... -- Deuteronomy 8:1-10 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
There was a prudent man who brushed his teeth twice a day, wore boots in wet weather, did his daily
A drill sergeant has to... -- Deuteronomy 8:1-10 -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 1994
A drill sergeant has to take a group of very different people and mold them into a unit that can act

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Is It Good To Be King? -- 2 Samuel 23:1-7, John 18:33-37 -- Carter Shelley -- Thanksgiving Day - B
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John Jamison
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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Dean Feldmeyer
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Mark Ellingsen
We knew it all along, but it takes good messengers if we are to hear it again.

Baruch 5:1-9
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
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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Frank Ramirez
John E. Sumwalt
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“The Real Messenger” by Frank Ramirez
“The Unforgiving Manure Spreader” by John Sumwalt


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)

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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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