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Dust in the wind -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Timothy B. Cargal -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2003
Sometimes a song gets so deep inside your head that it can never be uprooted.
Who do you work for? -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2002
The following story begins the first chapter of Jeffrey K.
Called to a different life -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2001
The summer of 2000 was a devastating one for the western United States.
Deceiving appearances -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2000
The old proverb says appearances can be deceiving. And there is much truth in those words.
Where the heart is -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 1999
This day has become an important one in the church year.
No pretensions -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 1998
The common theme in the lessons for this day is an explication of what we might call "religion of th
Joel 3:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1997
FIRST LESSON FOCUS

ASH WEDNESDAY
By James A. Nestingen
A time to get personal -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 1995
Ash Wednesday services are well-rooted in some traditions and absent in others though an increasing
This Lent give up sin -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1994
Traditionally, the church prepares for Easter by engaging in a time for penitence, prayer and fastin
The peace treaty -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - A
In our nation, we are proud to say that nobody has any right to tell us what to do.

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When I was growing up... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2003
When I was growing up, I was very proud to be a member of "The Clean Plate Club." I'm sure my mother
Paul considered himself a servant... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2003
Paul considered himself a servant of Christ and, consequently, cared nothing for recognitions and ti
Folk historian J. Frank Dobie... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2002
Folk historian J. Frank Dobie liked to tell stories about the animals of the Southwest.
Juan and Maria are a... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2001
Juan and Maria are a Christian couple in Columbia who minister in an area (north of Cali) controlled
The commendation of Christ in... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2001
The commendation of Christ in a person's suffering is certainly one of the most poignant testimonies
I was visiting with Mark... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2001
I was visiting with Mark, an inactive member of our congregation, when he said, "Do you want to know
Until the twentieth century, the... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2001
Until the twentieth century, the gospel message was an oral tradition or was read from available tex
Ambassadors in the Roman Empire... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2000
Ambassadors in the Roman Empire were understood to be the personal representatives of the Emperor hi
An old fable tells of... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2000
An old fable tells of Jesus stepping into human history to be born in Bethlehem.
It is almost a crime... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2000
It is almost a crime against Christ, the tendency to narrow the meaning of the biblical word "salvat
If you are like most... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2000
If you are like most people, every once in a while you get a piece of mail that tells you that you h
God loves you, Todd. God... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 1999
"God loves you, Todd.
A twentieth-century Paul, who... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 1999
A twentieth-century Paul, who commended himself to others as a servant of the gospel, is Milan Haimo
Paul ends this passage by... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 1999
Paul ends this passage by saying that through possessing nothing, we have in fact gained everything.
The brand-new Ag Inspector... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 1998
The brand-new Ag Inspector went to a farm, saw the farmer standing, working on his tractor, walked u
Rev. Bill Bright, who heads... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 1998
Rev.
In this letter, Paul writes... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 1998
In this letter, Paul writes with a white hot fire: "Now is the day of salvation!" he urges.
Benjamin Disraeli was a fascinating... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 1998
Benjamin Disraeli was a fascinating man!
Some of the scandals with... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 1996
Some of the scandals with some of the television ministers have caused some people to lose their fai
In the city of Chicago... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 1996
In the city of Chicago is a fountain surrounded by carvings in stone which are called "The March of
I first met Shawn... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 1996

I first met Shawn in my community college communication skills
Dennis had learned over the... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 1996
Dennis had learned over the years that whenever a problem seemed to be insurmountable, he needed to
The acceptable time! There are... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 1995
The acceptable time!
Windows are wonderful inventions. They... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 1995
Windows are wonderful inventions.
Mary and Harry lived in... -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 1995
Mary and Harry lived in a two-room house on a narrow and busy country road.

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Ash Wednesday -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2002
Object: A blindfold and a member of the choir with a loud speaking voice.

A call to repentance and renewal -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: A call to repentance and renewal.
Ash Wednesday begins our Lenten observance -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Ash Wednesday -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Ash Wednesday - B
Seasonal Theme

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A Christian's Resume -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Richard W. Ferris -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2004
It's time to update your resume!
What It Takes To Do The Job -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 2002
What is Job #1 in your life? We know what it is for Ford, right?
Lent Is About Reconciliation -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2001
The story of Lent really begins back in the Garden of Eden.
Beginning The Journey To Calvary -- 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- John A. Stroman -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1999
For centuries Christians have gathered on Ash Wednesday to begin the Lenten journey to Calvary.

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Ash Wednesday -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Frank Ramirez -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2004
First Lesson: Joel 2:12-13
Theme: It's Not Too Late
Sound The Alarm -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1999
Call To Worship
ASH WEDNESDAY -- Joel 2:1-2, 12-17a or Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 51:1-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 -- B. David Hostetter -- Ash Wednesday - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIP Take joy in your salvation and be willing to
ASH WEDNESDAY -- Joel 2:1-2,12-17, Psalm 51:1-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- B. David Hostetter, B. David Hostetter -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP

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Ash Wednesday -- Joel 2:1-2,12-17, Psalm 51:1-17, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- B. David Hostetter -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
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Happy Easter morning boys and girls,

Today I have the best news ever to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond) First, notice I have a container (box or can) with a lid on it. Inside we will find ____________.  (for example: oreo cookies, legos etc.)

So let's see what is inside. (open lid) What do we see? Nothing. What? Aren't there supposed to be ___________ inside?? (children respond)
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