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Children's Activity

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Hare-brained -- John 6:25-35 -- Leah Thompson -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME
AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

No more hunger -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Materials:
"What's more important?" -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C
Teachers or Parents: Thanksgiving is a good time to look at
Bread from heaven -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C
Teachers or Parents: Ask the children why Jesus calls himself
Thanks to God -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Thanksgiving Day - C
Teachers or Parents: Ask about birthday and Christmas gifts.
Never hungry again -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C

Materials:

Paper plates

Pre-made finger sandwiches

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin: John 6:25-35 -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin: John 6:25-35 -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C

Commentary

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Reflecting our story -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35 -- David Coffin -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2016
Imagine a family sitting down at the table around the Thanksgiving meal.
Party time! -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2013
During the Middle Ages, parts of Europe had a wonderfully unusual annual celebration called the Feas
Grown-up gratitude -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35, Psalm 100 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
Every parent has been through it. As your child gets bigger and
NULL -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
In the classic book and film The Swiss Family Robinson, the
The secret of a perfect Thanksgiving -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35, Psalm 100 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
Mehmed II was the great Ottoman conqueror who captured Constantinople in 1453.
Grown-up gratitude -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35, Psalm 100 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2001
Every parent has been through it.
Don't mention it? -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 1998
Saying "thank you" is something we do ten, twenty, thirty times a day.

Children's bulletin

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Children's Activity Bulletin: John 6:25-35 -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C

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Children's Activity Bulletin: John 6:25-35 -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C

Children's sermon

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Hot Bread! -- John 6:25-35 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2016
How many of you have ever smelled fresh bread baking?  It makes you so hungry.  Maybe you will have
The Meal That Never Ends -- John 6:25-35 -- Anna Shirey -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2013
Happy thoughts -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
"Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, w
Hare-brained -- John 6:25-35 -- Leah Thompson -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs,
Rejoicing -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (v. 4)

No more hunger -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be
Giving thanks -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Thanksgiving Day - C
Good morning! Who can tell me what today is? (Let them
What's more important? -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C
Good morning! In the Gospel reading today, we heard about a
Think thankful thoughts -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Thanksgiving Day - C
Today please pretend with me that this is a crystal ball. Some
Bread from heaven -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C
We all know what bread is. We eat bread all the time. One day
Thanks to God -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Thanksgiving Day - C
When someone does something nice to me or for me, I like to
Rejoice! -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Thanksgiving Day - C
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
Never hungry again -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C
br>Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life.

The Immediate Word

Of Kings And Kingdoms -- Luke 23:33-43, John 6:25-35, Philippians 4:4-9, Psalm 100 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
This week we observe Christ the King Sunday (or as some term it, the "Reign of Christ") -- and for t

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Thanksgiving Day (2016) -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, R. Robert Cueni, Frank Ramirez -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2016
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Sermon Illustrations for Thanksgiving Day (2013) -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Mark J. Molldrem -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2013
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Are we in the land... -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Bob Ove -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2013
Are we in the land that the Lord has given us?
The Hebrew people were... -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2013
The Hebrew people were given instructions on how to conduct a harvest celebration with a spirit of t
In the comic strip... -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Ron Love -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2013
In the comic strip by the same name, Frank and Ernest are coming out of a high school, math class.
Giving thanks makes... -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2013
Giving thanks makes you happy.
"Sir, give us this... -- John 6:25-35 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2013
"Sir, give us this bread always." Were the disciples being a tad bit selfish? It's understandable.
We don't care about... -- John 6:25-35 -- Bob Ove -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2013
We don't care about miracles as long as God puts bread on the table.
NULL -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Those in the creative arts, such as musicians, songwriters,
NULL -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Craig Kelly -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
Those in the creative arts, such as musicians, songwriters,
NULL -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Timothy Smith -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
Thanksgiving is always a special day for Alan and his extended family.
NULL -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Ron Love -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
Prior to accepting the cabinet position as Secretary of
NULL -- John 6:25-35 -- Craig Kelly -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
It is something of a stereotype that Asian cuisine can make us
NULL -- John 6:25-35 -- Tim Smith -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
Robin remembers one Thanksgiving years ago when she and her children
There's an old story of... -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
There's an old story of John Witherspoon, who in colonial times was President of the
Some people from the church... -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
Some people from the church were calling on parishioners in their homes to ask them to
Terry was offered a new... -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
Terry was offered a new job in California. Accepting the job would mean moving over
I wonder how many people... -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
I wonder how many people have heard the same type of story as this writer has. My
Christians come to the Bible... -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
Christians come to the Bible for advice on how to plan their lives, adjust their attitudes,
Feel better by saying a... -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
"Feel better by saying a few kind words to yourself." That was the gist of an article I saw
Sometimes when we talk about... -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
Sometimes when we talk about hymns of "Christian Soldiers," we are criticized as being
I have a good friend... -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
I have a good friend who once served as a college chaplain. She has many great stories to
There's a remarkable item on... -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
There's a remarkable item on the shelves of our local supermarket. It's a milk carton --
James Lloyd Breck was a... -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
James Lloyd Breck was a great missionary who took the gospel message to Wisconsin,

The Immediate Word

Of Kings And Kingdoms -- Luke 23:33-43, John 6:25-35, Philippians 4:4-9, Psalm 100 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
This week we observe Christ the King Sunday (or as some term it, the "Reign of Christ") -- and for t

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Of Kings And Kingdoms -- Luke 23:33-43, John 6:25-35, Philippians 4:4-9, Psalm 100 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
This week we observe Christ the King Sunday (or as some term it, the "Reign of Christ") -- and for t

SermonStudio

Thanksgiving Day -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35 -- Carlos Wilton -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
We are all wanderers, dependent on the providence of God.
Thanksgiving Day -- Psalm 100 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2006
This brief psalm is among the most familiar in the psalter, but that is primarily because its verses
Thanksgiving Day -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2003
Thanksgiving is a response to what God has done.
Day Of Thanksgiving -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2003
Theme For The Day
The Day Of Thanksgiving -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Thanksgiving Day -- Deuteronomy 8:1-20, 1 Timothy 2:1-8, Acts 14:8-18 -- George M. Bass -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Of Kings And Kingdoms -- Luke 23:33-43, John 6:25-35, Philippians 4:4-9, Psalm 100 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
This week we observe Christ the King Sunday (or as some term it, the "Reign of Christ") -- and for t

SermonStudio

Thanksgiving Is Nine-Tenths Of Possession -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- R. Kevin Mohr -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2009
In law I believe there is a basic legal principle that goes something to the effect that "possession
A New Resolve -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Scott Suskovic -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2009
"Stand firm in the Lord" (Philippians 4:1).

Not Just Being Polite -- John 6:25-35 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2009
When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come he
A Breadbasket Full Of Goodies -- John 6:25-35 -- John W. Clarke -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2006
In this the sixth chapter of John's Gospel, Jesus begins to withdraw to the east side of the Sea of
Think On These Things -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Donna E. Schaper -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2006
In the letter to the people at Philippi, Paul wanted us to think on things that are beautiful, pure,
Thanks For Receiving Thanksgiving -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- John W. Clarke -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2006
This wonderful chapter of Deuteronomy speaks to us on this Thanksgiving Day of the forms for the pre
Thanks Be To God -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2003
Once upon a time there was a woodcutter who spent the majority of every day in the woods.
Let's Talk Turkey -- John 6:25-35 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2003
Let's talk turkey!
"What If?" Or "Why Not?" -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Robert S. Crilley -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2003
Worry changes nothing but the worrier and most always in a negative way!
God's Gifts Are Free: Enjoy! -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Mark Ellingson -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2000
Thanksgiving: How do we say thanks authentically and not lapse into the platitudes so often associat
For What God Has Given -- John 6:25-35 -- John E. Berger -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2000
Thanksgiving, according to one newspaper columnist, has kept its original meaning better than any ot
Pure Prayer -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Robert R. Kopp -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2000
My favorite eighth grader just confessed his aspiration for becoming President of the United States.
To Thank Is To ... -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Paul W. F. Harms -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 1985
This ritual of Thanksgiving is a ritual of identification.

Stories

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A Pilgrim's Thanksgiving -- John 6:25-35, Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, Psalm 100 -- John Fitzgerald -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2016
Contents
"A Pilgrim's Thanksgiving" by John Fitzgerald
Celebrating The Bounty Of God -- John 6:25-35, Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, Psalm 100 -- Sandra Herrmann, Keith Wagner -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2013
Contents
"Celebrating the Bounty of God" by Sandra Herrmann
Practice Makes Perfect -- Luke 6:25-35, Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, Psalm 100 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
Contents
"Practice Makes Perfect" by Sandra Herrmann
A Thanksgiving Miracle -- John 6:25-35, Philippians 4:4-9, Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 100 -- John E. Sumwalt, Fanny Lee Seville, Timothy F. Merrill -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
Contents
What's Up This Week
"A Thanksgiving Miracle" by John Sumwalt

SermonStudio

Remember! -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- David E. Leininger -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2009
Oft in the stilly night,
Ere slumber's chain has bound me,
Rocky -- Psalm 100 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2006
Know that the Lord is God.
Fat-finger Dialing -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Timothy F. Merrill -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2003
Thanksgiving Day
Philippians 4:4-9

Fat-finger Dialing
Have No Anxiety -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- John E. Sumwalt, Marjorie K. Evans -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2003
Many years ago, when my little son, David, was 28 months old and my baby, Charles, was three months
Giving And Taking Thanks -- John 6:25-35 -- Constance Berg -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2000
Carla's back ached, her wedding ring wouldn't go on her finger, and her baby was kicking like crazy.

Worship

The Immediate Word

Of Kings And Kingdoms -- Luke 23:33-43, John 6:25-35, Philippians 4:4-9, Psalm 100 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2010
This week we observe Christ the King Sunday (or as some term it, the "Reign of Christ") -- and for t

SermonStudio

Thanksgiving Day -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35, Psalm 100 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2009
I am an adventure-er on a voyage of discovery,
Thanksgiving Day -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Frank Ramirez -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Theme: Giving And Receiving
Thanksgiving Day -- Philippians 4:4-9 -- Frank Ramirez -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Philippians 4:4-9

Theme: Good Things -- Good God
Thanksgiving Day -- John 6:25-35 -- Frank Ramirez -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2006
Gospel Lesson: John 6:25-35

Theme: Real Bread -- Real Good
Day Of Thanksgiving -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2003
Theme: Gratitude For All The Lord Has Given

Call To Worship
Cornucopia -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
Leader: Come, let us give thanks to God.
Thanksgiving Eve/Day -- Thessalonians 5:12-22, Psalm 95 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2000
Liturgical Color: White/Red

Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
Give praise and thanksgiving for God's blessings -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- James R. Wilson -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 1997
Call To Worship
Thanksgiving -- Psalm 100 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 1991
Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;

New & Featured This Week

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Mary Austin
Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For December 23, 2018:

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Arley K. Fadness
“...and Mary gave birth to her first born son...and laid him in a manger..”

(V. 7a)

Merry Christmas children,

I love Christmas don't you? There's the tree, the lights, the carols, the nativity scene, families getting together --- and the presents! Were there any presents at your house?

(children respond)
Arley K. Fadness
“...blessed are you among women...” (V. 42b)

Good morning boys and girls,

I am loving seeing you today. How are you dear children? Getting excited for Christmas? Are you planning special things with your family?

(children respond) (presenter may share personal plans and/or experiences)

Today, this Sunday, is called the 4th Sunday of Advent. We call it that in the church calendar. But I have a better name. Know what it is? Mother's Day!!

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Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Seeing the Future” by Peter Andrew Smith
“A Distant Land” by Frank Ramirez


Seeing the Future
by Peter Andrew Smith
Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20

John sat at the edge of his bed in the half way house staring out the window.

“Are you okay, John?” Carl asked from the doorway.

Keith Hewitt
C. David Mckirachan
Contents
“First Encounter” by Keith Hewitt
“That’s Weird” by C. David McKirachan


First Encounter
by Keith Hewitt
Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 62:6-11
This seems to be a change he looks forward to in Old Testament times. Isaiah is looking forward to the Lord’s coming. He is telling the people in that day to look forward to Jerusalem being restored, Jesus is the only one who can restore it.

Several future books in the Old Testament have restored watchmen to wait on the Lord’s coming. It sounds like we must spend all our time waiting for the day the Lord has promised. It sounds like we must give him no rest until we get it.

Mark Ellingsen
All the lessons testify to the theme of why Christmas matters! The festival encourages sermons on what Christ accomplishes in our lives and a joyful celebration of thanks for the best Christmas present of all -- the babe in the manger.

Isaiah 62:6-12
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Micah 5:2-5a
But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah…(Micah 5:2).

Most towns have a slogan. We remember the clever ones.

I spent part of my childhood in the city of Azusa, California. The town was named after the Susa family, ranchers who owned much of the land during the days of Spanish colonization. But the town fathers decided they needed something a little more catchy, so they advertised that Azusa has everything from A to Z in the USA.
Frank Ramirez
“Current Events” can be very significant at the time they happen, but they can change and/or grow in significance as time goes by. Micah addresses a current political situation in his day that is pretty significant. Judah is under siege from Assyria. But the words of hope that he shares grow in significance over the centuries until hundreds of years later biblical experts are able to tell the Magi that Micah is telling us -- and is still telling us -- that the greatest king of kings will be coming from one of the smallest of the clans of Israel.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Come, let us go even now to Bethlehem with the shepherds and the angels and see Mary and Joseph, with the baby lying in a manger.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, we come to worship the baby in the manger.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, we come to offer ourselves and our own gifts.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, we come to absorb your love.
Lord, have mercy.

Janice B. Scott
While I consider myself to be very much in tune with the modern era, well into technology and all that it can offer, there are times when I look back with nostalgia to the past.

SermonStudio

Cynthia E. Cowen
The Christmas concert was about to begin. The professional musicians were ready. All eyes were on the band director as he brought down his baton. Softly, flutes began weaving a magical introduction, capturing the audience's spirit. An instrumental duet formed with clarinets adding their voices. Then more wind instruments came in. Finally, brass and percussion entered and volume and tempo increased. Each section's contribution melded into a harmonious voice. The rehearsals had been worth it; the time and labor had not been in vain.
Paul E. Flesner
Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr once observed that the Christmas event can only be spoken about in poetry. He went on to comment that over the centuries preachers have analyzed it in their sermons and have turned Christmas into dogma. "Dogma," he said, "is rationally petrified poetry." I think I understand what he means. He means that Christmas speaks to the heart.

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