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Moving Forward in God's Love -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
We are moving rapidly toward the end of Jesus’ earthly life.
Transitions -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
The bride-to-be was obviously nervous.
Do the right thing -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
There is a series of television advertisements about a financial company that puts forward the thesi
New -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8, Psalm 126 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2010
In 1954, Marcelle Maurtette penned his play Anastasia.
When the past gets in the way -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8, Psalm 126 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
Sports fans know that certain players need to have short memories. The closer coming
What fragrance fills your house? -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2001
How can the world be a safe place?
Sharing in Christ's suffering -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1998
As we move to the end of this year's Lenten journey, the New Testament texts speak of Christ's suffe
The shadows lengthen -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1995
The shadows begin to lengthen as we follow Jesus toward Jerusalem, today via the gospel of John.
Past and future -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:8-14, Luke 20:9-19 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
As Holy Week draws near, the lessons carry the struggle between past and present, continuity and dis
Christian (Version 7.0) -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8, Psalm 126 -- David Kalas -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Personality tests, such as the Meyers-Briggs, will place two-word sets side by side and ask the part
New Beginnings -- Isaiah 43:16-21, John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:8-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Sometimes all our talk about Lent would lead one to think our major Lenten task is to look backward.
Righteousness -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:8-14, John 12:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Speak the word "righteousness" in almost any congregation and immediately the hearers will translate

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No New Things! -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Mary Austin, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
For April 7, 2019:
What A Waste -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
This week’s gospel passage takes us into the home of Lazarus, where Jesus is being feted with an hon
The Day Of My Burial -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Mary Austin, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
As the Lenten season continues and Jesus makes his way toward Jerusalem, the lectionary readings ref
Going Home -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2010
In the Old Testament text appointed by the lectionary for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Isaiah addresses
What New Thing Is God Doing Now? -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Carter Shelley -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Some folks are excited and energized by learning something new or witnessing a creative development
The Heavenly Call Of God -- Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
In this week's epistle passage, Paul speaks of "press[ing] on toward the goal for the prize of the h

Devotional

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Lent 5 -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2009
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.

Drama

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God, You're Just Politically Incorrect! -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, Psalm 126 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
This may not be a popular play. So be it.

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Lent 5 (2019) -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
Isaiah 43:16-21
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 5 (2016) -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- R. Robert Cueni, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
Isaiah 43:16-21
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 5 (2013) -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
Isaiah 43:16-21
NULL -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Bob Ove -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
I'm sure the writer was thinking of Pharaoh's chariots, which drowned in the sea to save God's peopl
NULL -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
"What you did was wrong, John," Mary sternly reminded him, which she really did not have to do becau
Isaiah43:16-21 When modern... -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2010
Isaiah43:16-21
We all endure emotional shocks... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
We all endure emotional shocks -- like when we forget to pay a bill and a past-due notice
Ransom is an action-packed... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
Ransom is an action-packed drama thriller that came out in 1996, starring Mel
Life is full of ends... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
"Life is full of ends," wrote Phillips Brooks, "but every end is a new beginning, and we
Out of the ashes and... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
Out of the ashes and debris of 9/11 has come a wonderful book. It is called The
Several things that used to... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1995
Several things that used to be indispensable for some of us: Hitching posts, kerosene lamps, Sears c
Participants, worshippers, and observers at... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1995
Participants, worshippers, and observers at the consecration of Penelope Jamieson as the first woman
The recent challenges to the... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1995
The recent challenges to the American automotive industry by the Japanese have as much to do with le
Desert RainSpring explodes... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1995
Desert RainSpring explodes as raindrums down on desert sands. It hears
Since the state of Israel... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Since the state of Israel has had control of the Negev, a miracle has occurred.
Few things amaze so much... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Few things amaze so much as "a new thing." A fascinating book published in the last few years is
Since 1997, the U.S. Forest... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Since 1997, the U.S.
My brother and I were... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
My brother and I were on a canoe trip in Canada, and we had gone for an entire day without seeing an
After reciting the victory over... -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
After reciting the victory over the Egyptians when they drowned, Isaiah says "Do not cling to events

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No New Things! -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Mary Austin, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
For April 7, 2019:
What A Waste -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
This week’s gospel passage takes us into the home of Lazarus, where Jesus is being feted with an hon
The Day Of My Burial -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Mary Austin, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
As the Lenten season continues and Jesus makes his way toward Jerusalem, the lectionary readings ref
Going Home -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2010
In the Old Testament text appointed by the lectionary for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Isaiah addresses
What New Thing Is God Doing Now? -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Carter Shelley -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Some folks are excited and energized by learning something new or witnessing a creative development

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The River -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Keith Hewitt -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
“Have you thought about what pose you’d like?”

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FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126, Philippians 3:8-14, John 12:1-8 -- B. David Hostetter -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

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No New Things! -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Mary Austin, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
For April 7, 2019:
What A Waste -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
This week’s gospel passage takes us into the home of Lazarus, where Jesus is being feted with an hon
The Day Of My Burial -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Mary Austin, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
As the Lenten season continues and Jesus makes his way toward Jerusalem, the lectionary readings ref
Going Home -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2010
In the Old Testament text appointed by the lectionary for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Isaiah addresses
What New Thing Is God Doing Now? -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Carter Shelley -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Some folks are excited and energized by learning something new or witnessing a creative development
The Heavenly Call Of God -- Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
In this week's epistle passage, Paul speaks of "press[ing] on toward the goal for the prize of the h

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Fifth Sunday In Lent -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day Worship is a blessed waste of time.
Fifth Sunday in Lent -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2003
Endings can be sad.
Fifth Sunday In Lent -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeJesus and his disciples move toward Jerusalem and the cross.
Fifth Sunday In Lent -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 43:16-21 (C, RC, E)
Fifth Sunday In Lent -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:8-14, John 12:1-8 -- George M. Bass -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Fifth Sunday In Lent -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:8-14, John 12:1-8 -- George M. Bass -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Lent 5 -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:8-14, John 12:1-8 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons
Lent 5 -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:8-14, John 8:1-11, John 12:1-8 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1985
The LessonsIsaiah 43:16-21

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No New Things! -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Mary Austin, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
For April 7, 2019:
What A Waste -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
This week’s gospel passage takes us into the home of Lazarus, where Jesus is being feted with an hon
The Day Of My Burial -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Mary Austin, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
As the Lenten season continues and Jesus makes his way toward Jerusalem, the lectionary readings ref
Going Home -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2010
In the Old Testament text appointed by the lectionary for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Isaiah addresses
What New Thing Is God Doing Now? -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Carter Shelley -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Some folks are excited and energized by learning something new or witnessing a creative development
The Heavenly Call Of God -- Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
In this week's epistle passage, Paul speaks of "press[ing] on toward the goal for the prize of the h

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Heisman In The Hudson -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- David Kalas -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2009
In December of every year, the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City awards the coveted Heisman Tr
Past, Present, Future -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Frank Ramirez -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2006
We have a great history as a nation, but many of us are content with the pious stories we learned as
Dying To Live -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Charles D. Reeb -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2003
In his book The Mustard Seed Conspiracy, Tom Sine shares the story of his parents' friends and their
When God Does A New Thing -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
The woman whose heart is broken because her husband cheated on her cannot get past that experience a

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When God Does A New Thing -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
The woman whose heart is broken because her husband cheated on her cannot get past that experience a

The Village Shepherd

Do You Not Perceive It? -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
My grandmother, who died way back in 1960, used to listen to "The Archers" on the radio.

Stories

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The River -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Keith Hewitt -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
“Have you thought about what pose you’d like?”
All For Christ -- John 12:1-8, Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, Psalm 126 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
Contents "All for Christ" by Peter Andrew Smith
Growing Up -- John 12:1-8, Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, Psalm 126 -- C. David Mckirachan -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
Contents"Growing Up" by C. David McKirachan
The Crazy Woman With The Perfume -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Sandra Herrmann, Keith Hewitt -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2010
Based on Revised Common Lectionary texts: Isaiah 43:16-21
The Pastor's Cat -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8, Psalm 126 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
A Story to Live By The Pastor's Cat
Doing A New Thing -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8, Psalm 119:9-16 -- Frank R. Fisher, Ron Lavin -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Doing a New Thing" by Frank Fisher

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Recovered Memory -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- John E. Sumwalt, Bruce Stunkard -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2003
I was a male glossophobiac. An avoider of spotlights. Stage frightened.
A New Thing -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Richard A. Jensen -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1994
"I'm telling you it's just not possible that he is the Messiah. If anything he's an imposter.

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No New Things! -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Mary Austin, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2019
For April 7, 2019:
What A Waste -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
This week’s gospel passage takes us into the home of Lazarus, where Jesus is being feted with an hon
The Day Of My Burial -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Mary Austin, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2013
As the Lenten season continues and Jesus makes his way toward Jerusalem, the lectionary readings ref
Going Home -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2010
In the Old Testament text appointed by the lectionary for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Isaiah addresses
What New Thing Is God Doing Now? -- John 12:1-8, Philippians 3:4b-14, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Carter Shelley -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Some folks are excited and energized by learning something new or witnessing a creative development
The Heavenly Call Of God -- Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8, Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
In this week's epistle passage, Paul speaks of "press[ing] on toward the goal for the prize of the h

SermonStudio

Lent 5 -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8, Psalm 126 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2009
You shall pass judgment on yourself. That is the hardest thing of all ...
Fifth Sunday In Lent -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Frank Ramirez -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Isaiah 43:16-21Theme: No Reruns Here
Fifth Sunday In Lent -- Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2003
Theme: Do Not Cling To The PastCall To Worship
God, Who Makes A Way -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
To God alone belongs the glory -- Isaiah 43:16-21 -- James R. Wilson -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 1997
Call To WorshipLeader: Come, let all of God's people give praise and worship the Lord!
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