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Reaching Out -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
2 Samuel 11:1-15
Taking and offering -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2015
When do we have enough?
Character -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2012
Every parent of young children can identify with this: a little boy was asked his name, and he repli
Might -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2000
There are all kinds of power and might displayed in our world.
The subtleties of power and temptation -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1997
There are few texts in the Bible or illustrations from the lives of public figures that more aptly d
"Even those who are pure in heart" -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1994
The preacher who chooses either the Old Testament or Gospel lesson as the basis for a sermon will wa
Growth -- 2 Samuel 12:1-14, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-15 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1991
Church growth has been a topic of concern for some time.
Raising Our Sights -- Ezekiel 23:1-9, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-15
Serving an underestimated God -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21, Psalm 14 -- David Kalas -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
From time to time in the car, especially during football season, I listen to sports talk

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Reaching Out -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
2 Samuel 11:1-15

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Full of It -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Tom Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
Gathering The Fragments -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2015
This week’s lectionary gospel text brings us John’s vivid depiction of the feeding of the 5,000.
Joe's Halo -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21, Psalm 14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2012
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A Seeker's Faith -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. Mccutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
From newspaper editorial pages and cable television news channels to internet "blogs" and direct-mai
The Uses and Abuses of Power -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
We cannot read much in the newspaper or watch the evening news without encountering some reference t

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Full of It -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Tom Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018

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A growing faith -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of your parents have a garden?
God gives us understanding -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
Good morning! Do all of you speak English? (Let them
We bow before God -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
Good morning! I brought this plant with me this morning to
Fill 'er up please -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you have ever gone
Your family -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth take

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Proper 12 -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21, Psalm 14 -- Stephen P. Mccutchan -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2008
2 Samuel 11:1-15

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 12 | OT 17 (2018) -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21, Psalm 14 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
2 Samuel 11:1-15 and Psalm14
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 12 | OT 17 (2015) -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2015
2 Samuel 11:1-15
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 12 | OT 17 (2012) -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2012
2 Samuel 11:1-15
N.T. Wright tells the following story about Desmond Tutu... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2012
N.T. Wright tells the following story about Desmond Tutu's prayer life.
2 Samuel 11:1-15 -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15 -- David O. Bales, Dennis A. Becker, Mary S. Lautensleger, Timothy Smith, Leah Thompson, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2009
2 Samuel 11:1-15
When perusing a bookstore’s novels... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2009
When perusing a bookstore’s novels, one of my critical “inspection points” is the first word on page
There’s a Br’er Rabbit story... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2009
There’s a Br’er Rabbit story in which all the animals get together and decide to build a house.
The new Christians in Ephesus... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2009
The new Christians in Ephesus are urged to lead lives of patient love, using their various gifts in
It is the power and... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2000
It is the power and authority of God that enables us for godly living and all earthy achievement.
Thomas Jefferson had political enemies... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2000
Thomas Jefferson had political enemies who thought he was a faithless, lost soul who would burn all
Jesus not only taught love... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2000
Jesus not only taught love; he is love.
When I was in Egypt... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1997
When I was in Egypt in 1995 on a mission trip, the things that we saw each day were just overwhelmin
There are many things in... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1997
There are many things in life that make no sense whatever.
How are you able to... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1997
"How are you able to do it, Dorothy?"
Former President Jimmy Carter worships... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1994
Former President Jimmy Carter worships in a baptist church in Plains, Georgia.
The novel, Miracle Monday by... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1994
The novel, Miracle Monday by Elliot S. Maggin, gives us a picture of a despondent Superman.
Recently I asked a ten... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1994
Recently I asked a ten-year-old friend of mine what work he would like to do when he grew up.
During the 1930s, a popular... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1991
During the 1930s, a popular Scottish student, known for his oratorical ability, was accepted as mini
A young man was very... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1991
A young man was very disappointed when the will of his wealthy uncle was read.
David H. C. Read, until... -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1991
David H. C.

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Full of It -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Tom Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
Gathering The Fragments -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2015
This week’s lectionary gospel text brings us John’s vivid depiction of the feeding of the 5,000.
Joe's Halo -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21, Psalm 14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2012
If the "printer-friendly" link doesn't work for you (which it won't if you are not a subscriber

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Full of It -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Tom Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 12 | OT 17 (2018) -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21, Psalm 14 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
2 Samuel 11:1-15 and Psalm14

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Full of It -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Tom Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
Gathering The Fragments -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2015
This week’s lectionary gospel text brings us John’s vivid depiction of the feeding of the 5,000.
Joe's Halo -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21, Psalm 14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2012
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A Seeker's Faith -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. Mccutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
From newspaper editorial pages and cable television news channels to internet "blogs" and direct-mai
The Uses and Abuses of Power -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
We cannot read much in the newspaper or watch the evening news without encountering some reference t

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Full of It -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Tom Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018

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Proper 12 / Pentecost 9 / Ordinary Time 17 -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2011
Theme of the Day
We're all in the same boat!

Collect of the Day
Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2005
Revised Common
2 Samuel 11:1-15
Ephesians 3:14-21
John 6:1-21

Proper 12 (C, E) -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1999
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: 2 Samuel 11:1-15 (C)
God fills us with the Bread of Life for our bodies and our spirits -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: God fills us with the Bread of Life for our bodies and our spirits.
Proper 12 -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1993
Here is the story of a tragedy of a great man's downfall, of
Proper 12 -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1990
It is essential for the parish preacher to be aware of the meaning and purpose of Sunday for the Chr
Proper 12 -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1990
It is essential for the parish preacher to be aware of the meaning and purpose of Sunday for the Chr
Proper 12, Pentecost 10, Ordinary Time 17 -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
Seasonal Theme

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Full of It -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Tom Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
Gathering The Fragments -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2015
This week’s lectionary gospel text brings us John’s vivid depiction of the feeding of the 5,000.
Joe's Halo -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21, Psalm 14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2012
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A Seeker's Faith -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. Mccutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
From newspaper editorial pages and cable television news channels to internet "blogs" and direct-mai
The Uses and Abuses of Power -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
We cannot read much in the newspaper or watch the evening news without encountering some reference t

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Full of It -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Tom Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018

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Love That Surpasses Knowledge -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Thomas W. Lentz -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2008
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the sain
Let God Do The Rest -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2005
Once there was a boy who loved to look at the birds of the air, the flowers of the field, and the cl
The Highest Bidder -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Harold C. Warlick, Jr. -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2002
An auction is a fun event, especially when you are the highest bidder for an item you really want to

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God's Power -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
It sometimes seems to me that our world is based upon power.

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The Lord Will Provide -- Psalm 145:10-18, 2 Kings 4:42-44, John 6:1-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21 -- Keith Wagner, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
Contents
“The Lord Will Provide” by Keith Wagner
One Big Family -- John 6:1-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, Psalm 14 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2015
Contents
"One Big Family" by Frank Ramirez
"Sacrifice" by Keith Hewitt
What's Your Theme? -- John 6:1-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, Psalm 14 -- C. David Mckirachan, Lamar Massingill -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2012
Contents
"What's Your Theme?" by C. David McKirachan
The Lad's Miracle Of Sharing -- John 6:1-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, Psalm 14 -- Lamar Massingill, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2009
Contents
What's Up This Week
At Least I'm Not That Bad -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Terry Cain, David O. Bales, Peter C. Garrison -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
Contents
What's Up This Week
A Story to Live By: "Making a Difference"

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Flattening Fences -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2008
In 1983, in the tiny, rural town of Liberty Hill, South Carolina, this true story took place.1 Liber
Grounded In Love -- Ephesians 3:14-21 -- John E. Sumwalt, Kai M. Mcclinton -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B
I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your

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Full of It -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Tom Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018
Gathering The Fragments -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2015
This week’s lectionary gospel text brings us John’s vivid depiction of the feeding of the 5,000.
Joe's Halo -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21, Psalm 14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2012
If the "printer-friendly" link doesn't work for you (which it won't if you are not a subscriber
A Seeker's Faith -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. Mccutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
From newspaper editorial pages and cable television news channels to internet "blogs" and direct-mai
The Uses and Abuses of Power -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
We cannot read much in the newspaper or watch the evening news without encountering some reference t

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Full of It -- John 6:1-21, Ephesians 3:14-21, 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 14 -- Tom Willadsen, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Bethany Peerbolte -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2018

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Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21, Psalm 14 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2005
Call To Worship
A general Call To Worship.
Leader:
Call upon the Lord.
Contradiction -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1999
Call To Worship
Proper 12 -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1996
Call To Worship
Leader: Come, let all of God's people give praise and worship the Lord!
PROPER 12 -- 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21, Psalm 14 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIP
Come without concealment to confess your sins. Return to your

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Ron Love
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  • Vulnerable Leadership by Bethany Peerbolte -- Many feel a leader should be strong, flawless, always ready with the answers and a plan B. Hebrews and Mark tells of a different kind of leader...

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C. David Mckirachan
There’s an old saying, “Watch what you pray for, you might get it.” A cautionary tale.

I always worry about giving people a rosy picture, a way to solve their problems. Having grown up with sit-coms, indoctrinated with the attitude that every problem could be fixed in a half hour (with commercials), except for the complicated ones (those took an hour), you’d think I’d expect happy endings and easy fixes. But somewhere along the line I was taught or osmosed a different attitude.

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Bill Thomas
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Job 38:1-7, 34-41
David Coffin
It is a dark, damp, raining Wednesday night in a certain pastor’s church study. Gathered with the pastor are four men in their late fifties. They have their Bibles open. Their eyelids are barely cracked open. A couple of the men were wise enough to stop by a gas station to get a cup of black coffee to stay awake. This is the latest effort in this small town congregation that worships less than ninety people.

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Arley K. Fadness
“...whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.” (v. 43b)

Good morning young folks,

What a blessing to see you this morning. I hope you are well and eager to hear a message from the Bible today. I love sharing and I know you love listening.

Today we will learn about how to be great. Yep, that’s what I said -- how to be great!

Have you ever been in a contest and you came out first? (children respond)

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Janice B. Scott
One thing which perhaps separates humans from other animals, is our sense of justice. According to the documentaries I see on television, other animals seem to be driven by basic needs such as hunger, survival and sex. Their lives are centred around satisfying those needs, and even though some animals display considerable domestic organisation and affection for others of the species, they're still driven by their basic primitive urges.

We could also say that humans are driven by similar urges, but our lives are very

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James Evans
Psalm 104 begins and ends with a unique call to praise. Instead of calling on others to praise the Lord, the psalmist instructs himself: "Bless the Lord, O my soul." This psalm and Psalm 103 are the only places in the Bible where this particular expression occurs. What are we to make of this unusual phrase?

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