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Moving on -- Acts 14:8-18, John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
One of John's contributions is his writing from the viewpoint of a later early Christian.


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Pastor Bill loved to spend... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
Pastor Bill loved to spend time with the children of the parish.
Do you save ribbons? Or... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Ascension of the Lord - C
Do you save ribbons? Or, perhaps, pretty wrapping paper from presents?
The people of Lystra were... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Easter Day - C
The people of Lystra were flabbergasted by Paul's ministry of healing, so flabbergasted that they be
In some societies, after a... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Easter Day - C
In some societies, after a healing miracle has occurred, it is natural and automatic to offer a sacr
One of the box office... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Easter Day - C
One of the box office smashes of the eighties was a movie entitled, Jewel of the Nile.
When the Beatles were at... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Easter Day - C
When the Beatles were at the peak of their success, one of them made the statement, "We are more pop
When you dream of strawberry... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Ascension of the Lord - C
When you dream of strawberry pie but eat rhubarb instead, because it is in season --that's reality.
Last winter the newspapers overflowed... -- Acts 14:8-18 -- Ascension of the Lord - C
Last winter the newspapers overflowed with stories about a guru who was trying to flee his Pacific N

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“...for power came out of him and healed all of them.” (v. 19b)

Good morning wonderful children,

Thanks for joining me. I am so happy to see you and to talk to you today. Are you ready for a special message I have just for you? (children respond)  Here we go.

Ever heard the word bless?  Like “you are blessed” or “you are my blessing?”(children respond) To be blessed is like goodness coming to you. To be blessed is like getting a gift that makes you happy.


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We tend to think of Saints as special holy people who are perhaps not quite real. But in this reading, Jesus makes it clear that those who are very ordinary because they are poor, or hungry, or sad, or otherwise disadvantaged in some way, are especially blessed. This is a story about Casper, who spoke in fun but found his words were taken rather seriously.


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"Louise, can you and Pastor Hal come to Thanksgiving dinner at our house this Friday? I have this really, really big turkey, and I don't want a ton of leftovers," Tracy implored her friend.

"Well, I'd love to, but we always invite a widower, Andy Vespa, each Thanksgiving. I don't want him to be by himself with his pork and beans. Of course, Steve and Vicki will be here, too," Louise replied. "Andy's always been a part of this family gathering."

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