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Living Out Our Purpose -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- David Coffin -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2018
The honeymoon is over at a certain church. Reality sets in.
What does it take to be God's person? -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2015
Whether we are high-born or low, rich or poor, male or female, working for ourselves or others -- hu
Meandering -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2012
Wanderers meander.
Worthy lives -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2000
The thread which your authors find curling through these lessons is expressed in Ephesians 4:1 when
What restless hearts need -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1997
David thinks that he has covered his tracks.
Know thyself -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
While this famous Greek maxim is attributed to any number of ancient Greek

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Call to Repentance through Storytelling -- Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2018
Politics 'trumps' Ephesians -- Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2015
In the opening verses of this week’s epistle passage, the writer of Ephesians makes a heartfel
Drones: Ancient And Modern -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- George Reed, Mary Austin -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2012
As the world watches the casualties mount in the conflict in Syria, we wonder -- when is it appropri
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
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Like A Potato -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Marti Kramer Suddarth -- 2007
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Like A Potato -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Marti Kramer Suddarth -- 2007
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Who is number one? -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like arithmetic?
Working together -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
Good morning! Saint Paul tells us that the church is like a
God's spokes-person -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
Many times the Bible talks about the unity of our faith.
A healthy church -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors an

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Proper 13 -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2008
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a

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The Committee -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Lori Lee Triplett -- 1993
Cast Of CharactersJanet Jason: female, older than college age

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 13 | OT 18 (2018) -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2018
2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a and Psalm 51:1-12
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 13 | OT 18 (2015) -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2015
Illustrations2 Samuel 11:26--12:13
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 13 | OT 18 (2012) -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2012
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a
In the May 2012 publication of Time magazine... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Ron Love -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2012
In the May 2012 publication of Time magazine, the editors devoted a special double issue to t
Our lesson speaks of our unity... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2012
Our lesson speaks of our unity, for Christ now fills all things.
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 12 | OT 17 (2009) -- John 6:24-35, Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a -- Mary S. Lautensleger, Leah Thompson, Carlos Wilton, David O. Bales, Dennis A. Becker, Timothy Smith -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2009
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a
There’s an old story about... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2009
There’s an old story about a man who walked into a church that was under construction.
Ann remembers feeling uncomfortable one... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2009
Ann remembers feeling uncomfortable one Sunday when the pastor preached on the importance of loving
When Jill made the women’s... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2009
When Jill made the women’s wrestling team at college, she and her teammates were given a handbook on
At the 1999 National Assembly... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 2000
At the 1999 National Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Denver, ecumenical pr
I recently attended a seminary... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1997
I recently attended a seminary class where a rabbi was one of the students.
The pastoral team of three... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1997
The pastoral team of three at St.
This Ephesians passage teaches us... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1997
This Ephesians passage teaches us about the unity of the Church.
Saint Paul writes about gifts... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1997
Saint Paul writes about gifts that God gives the church to build up the Body of Christ.
In many a home where... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
In many a home where children live, you can discover little penciled marks on a door
Sylvia was asked to serve... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
Sylvia was asked to serve on a committee at her church. While she had reservations,
Don, the oldest member of... -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
Don, the oldest member of the church council, slammed his fists on the table one hot

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Call to Repentance through Storytelling -- Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2018
Politics 'trumps' Ephesians -- Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2015
In the opening verses of this week’s epistle passage, the writer of Ephesians makes a heartfel
Drones: Ancient And Modern -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- George Reed, Mary Austin -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2012
As the world watches the casualties mount in the conflict in Syria, we wonder -- when is it appropri
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
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Call to Repentance through Storytelling -- Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2018
Politics 'trumps' Ephesians -- Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2015
In the opening verses of this week’s epistle passage, the writer of Ephesians makes a heartfel
Drones: Ancient And Modern -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- George Reed, Mary Austin -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2012
As the world watches the casualties mount in the conflict in Syria, we wonder -- when is it appropri
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
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Proper 13 / Pentecost 11 / Ordinary Time 18 -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2018
Theme of the DayBeing fed by our Lord and the companionship it brings.
Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2005
Revised Common 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35
Proper 13 (C, E) -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1999
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: 2 Samuel 11:26„12:13a (C)
Receiving the true bread of life, Jesus Christ -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: Receiving the true bread of life, Jesus Christ.
Proper 13 -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1993
The deed was done. Uriah was killed in battle and Bathsheba
Proper 13 -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1990
Christians live between the time of the Lord's resurrection and his anticipated return to the earth.
Proper 13 -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1990
Christians live between the time of the Lord's resurrection and his anticipated return to the earth.
Proper 13, Pentecost 11, Ordinary Time 18 -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger
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Call to Repentance through Storytelling -- Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2018
Politics 'trumps' Ephesians -- Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2015
In the opening verses of this week’s epistle passage, the writer of Ephesians makes a heartfel
Drones: Ancient And Modern -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- George Reed, Mary Austin -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2012
As the world watches the casualties mount in the conflict in Syria, we wonder -- when is it appropri
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
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A Life Worthy Of The Calling -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2018
Some years ago, I was privileged to spend a long time talking to and listening to a young man wh

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A Higher Calling -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Thomas W. Lentz -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2008
... I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received....
Finding Unity Through Christ -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2005
Nature is filled with examples of how the world functions better when things come together and act a
Gifted People -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Harold C. Warlick, Jr. -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2002
You and I are "gifted" people. We live in a "gifted" country. We gather in a "gifted" institution.
The Third Article: He Calls, Gathers, Enlightens The Whole Church -- Psalm 85, Ephesians 4:1-16, Matthew 16:13-19 -- James A. Lucas -- 2000
The Apostles' Creed -- The Third Article

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Give Us This Bread -- John 6:24-35, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Sandra Herrmann, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2015
Contents "Give Us This Bread" by Sandra Herrmann
The Plot -- John 6:24-35, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Keith Hewitt -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2012
Contents"The Plot" by Keith Hewitt
No Substitutes -- John 6:24-35, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Argile Smith, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2009
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "No Substitutes" by Argile Smith
It's All Heart -- John 6:24-35, Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Constance Berg, Charles Cammarata, Gregory L. Tolle, B. Kathleen Fannin -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
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Trickle Up -- Ephesians 4:1-16 -- Constance Berg -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1999
Paul calls for unity and gives us the seven signs of Christian unity as we make up the body of Chris

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Call to Repentance through Storytelling -- Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2018
Politics 'trumps' Ephesians -- Ephesians 4:1-16, 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2015
In the opening verses of this week’s epistle passage, the writer of Ephesians makes a heartfel
Drones: Ancient And Modern -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- George Reed, Mary Austin -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2012
As the world watches the casualties mount in the conflict in Syria, we wonder -- when is it appropri
2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
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The Path Of Maturity -- Ephesians 4:1-16, 1 Corinthians 12:31--13:13, Psalm 90 -- William Grimbol -- 2008
Ash WednesdayIntroductionThe Path Of Maturity
Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 -- 2 Samuel 11-26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2005
Call To Worship
Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 -- 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1999
First Lesson: 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a Theme: Confront Call To Worship
PROPER 13 -- 2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:13a, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35, Psalm 51:1-12 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIPCome into God's presence with a clean heart, with a new and right
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1 John 3:16-24

Jane handed Mary a cup of coffee. “Is anyone else around?”

Mary shook her head. “No, Ken and Pastor Mark headed off to their meeting so it’s just the two of us at the church until they get back.”

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Call to Worship:
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. If you want to know him, listen to his voice today.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we fail to hear your voice.
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Jesus, sometimes we wilfully ignore your voice.
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Jesus, sometimes we wander far from the fold.
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