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The explosions on Jupiter in... -- Revelation 4:1-11 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
The explosions on Jupiter in July, 1994, caused by comet fragments striking the great planet, remind
Traditionally, it is believed that... -- Revelation 4:1-11 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
Traditionally, it is believed that John wrote the Book of Revelation while in exile on the island of
Gil and Bob were good... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
Gil and Bob were good friends who were now enjoying their final year in high school together.
She walked unannounced into my... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
She walked unannounced into my office, a stranger to the church and to me.
In a Quaker sort of... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
In a Quaker sort of way, we could illustrate this passage with just three words: Mine is thine.
A man was hired to... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
A man was hired to sell used cars.
The bookshelf stereo system was... -- Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
The bookshelf stereo system was firmly installed above the dormitory desk.
It was a bitterly cold... -- Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
It was a bitterly cold morning just before Christmas.
Sometimes I wonder if anyone... -- Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
Sometimes I wonder if anyone still loves the human race.
A young man who was... -- Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
A young man who was a very good football player was being considered by a number of colleges.
Isabella had been brought up... -- Isaiah 6:1-8 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
Isabella had been brought up to stand on her own two feet; asking for help was about as foreign to h
The little boy, a cowboy... -- Isaiah 6:1-8 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
The little boy, a cowboy fan, came home from Sunday school excited because he had heard a cowboy sto
Some of the darkest days... -- Isaiah 6:1-8 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
Some of the darkest days in our nation's history were the Civil War.
Several years ago, a man... -- Isaiah 6:1-8 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 1995
Several years ago, a man died, revived, and related the following near-death experience: he hovered
The high school swim team... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
The high school swim team of State College, Pennsylvania, is both hated and respected in Western Pen
Sarah was an abused woman... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
Sarah was an abused woman, physically and psychologically.
Psychotherapist Scott Peck tells the... -- Proverbs 8:22-31 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
Psychotherapist Scott Peck tells the story of a young woman who was one of his patients.
The game-ending buzzer sounded... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
The game-ending buzzer sounded once again just as Jason hit is heart-stopping jumper from the base l
Henrik Isben's drama, Rosmersholm, is... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
Henrik Isben's drama, Rosmersholm, is a play the critics assume not everyone can appreciate.
One of the most compelling... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
One of the most compelling religious paintings in the world is Rembrandt's depiction of Jesus' Pr
Dear Doris,I want... -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
Dear Doris,
In the short span of... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
In the short span of just ten years, some 80 million people have read the more than 70 Chicken So
The former bishop had been... -- Revelation 4:1-11 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
The former bishop had been very severe in his demeanor and curt in dismissing most speakers at confe
I built a dining room... -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
I built a dining room hutch for my wife several years ago.

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Trinity As Community -- John 16:12-15, Romans 5:1-5, Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Psalm 8 -- George L. Murphy -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
On Trinity Sunday we remind ourselves of the foundation and core of our faith: the oneness of God ex

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The Immediate Word

Bethany Peerbolte
Ron Love
Christopher Keating
Dean Feldmeyer
George Reed
Thomas Willadsen
For July 19, 2020:
  • Our Implicit Biases by Bethany Peerbolte — The world is striving. Much like Jacob we are learning our old ways of seeking security, power, and comfort were hurting those around us.
  • Second Thoughts: Let Us Step Over The Weeds In Our Lives by Ron Love — Where we once saw individuals trod through a patch of kudzu, we are now seeing them gently strolling through a field of wild flowers.

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Mark Ellingsen
The happy surprises of faith — a word we need in the midst of the despair and suspicions of others which have characterized 2020.

Genesis 28:10-19a
The First Lesson is the product of one of the four distinct oral traditions which gave rise to the first five books of the Bible. This account of Jacob’s dream of the ladder is likely the work of the 8th-century BC source designated as E, for its use of the Hebrew term Elohim to designate God. 
M Adryael Tong
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Frank Ramirez
Genesis 28:10-19a
Joy in Minutiae
I love questions like, “ How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” I realize that speculative exegesis, like angelology, is not everybody’s cup of tea. It is so easy to dismiss these kinds of question as idle speculation that edifies nobody. But, for me, it is exactly these “idle questions about stuff that doesn’t matter” that have revealed some of the most earth-shaking and paradigm-shifting theological insights.

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Keith Hewitt
Peter Andrew Smith
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"The Invaders" by Keith Hewitt
"Surely The Lord Was In This Place" by Peter Andrew Smith

The Invaders
by Keith Hewitt
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

The suns were still high in the sky when Jessica Pike landed on the roof of the Colonial Administration Building, cut the engines, and waited for the rotors to stop. The parking attendant rolled up to her window and tapped on it, asked solicitously, “How can I help you this afternoon?”

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John Jamison
“Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ (v. 30)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Nobody liked Jennifer. She'd come from another country to join the class and it was difficult to understand what she said. And she had such odd ideas. Rosie discovered that instead of eating cereals from her bowl at breakfast time, Jennifer drank hot chocolate from her bowl - having first dipped her toast in it!

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Richard A. Jensen
Matthew 13 contains the parabolic ministry of Jesus as Matthew tells the story. The first three of these parables are seed parables. Last week's text was the Parable of the Sower who went out to sow the seed (Matthew 13:1-9 [10-23]). This week's appointed text is the parable of the one who sowed good seed in his field along with Jesus' explanation of the parable of the weeds (vv. 36-43). A few of the omitted verses (vv. 31-33) are appointed for next week.

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