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The wind -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
Feel the wind blow -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Materials Wallpaper Lace scraps Satin or lace ribbon, 1 inch wide or wider
Something to remember -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Today's gospel passage contains John 3:16.
Who is the Spirit? -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Teachers or Parents: The "Trinity" will always be a mystery,
Hit the bull's-eye! -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Teachers and Parents: The central truth of Christianity is
The teacher's apple -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Teachers or Parents: Teachers are important to children and
How much? -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Teachers or Parents: Have the children memorize John 3:16. This
No longer in the dark -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Teachers: Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. Nicodemus was "in
Cross Stitch -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Teachers: This week's text includes verse 16, which often appears in cross stitch wall hangings.
The Spirit is like the wind -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Materials:Construction paper or other heavy paper (the more colorful the better)
The wind -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME
The wind -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- John 3:1-17 -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Children's Activity Bulletin: John 3:1-17 -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B

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Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- John 3:1-17 -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Children's Activity Bulletin: John 3:1-17 -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B

Commentary

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Timely Trinity Spirit -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- David Coffin -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
Bill is an older middle-aged public-school administrator who is staring out his window, as more chan
Glory -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2018
Victor Hugo called his masterpiece Misérables, a religious work. So it is.
The Faith Of Abraham -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Faith that would become stronger must become not only a public faith, but a faith that makes commitm
The essential three-point sermon -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- David Kalas -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2015
The pulpit does not stand in a vacuum.
Father of the faithful -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- David Kalas -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
When we meet him, his name is simply "Abram." In Hebrew, it means "exalted father." Along the way, t
It's a mystery -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2012
One of the most delightful movies I have seen in a while was Shakespeare in Love, which won t
Question me an answer -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 121 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
There is an old show tune, made popular by Bobby Van, whose chorus goes like this:
Father of a multitude -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 121 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
Both the Old Testament and New Testament lections this week prominently feature the
It's a mystery! -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2003
One of the most delightful movies I have seen in awhile was Shakespeare in Love, which won the Oscar
Question me an answer -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2002
There is an old show tune, made popular by Bobby Van, whose chorus goes like this:
Community -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2000
What's your favorite metaphor for the Trinity?
Journey into the world -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1999
Jules Verne wrote some fascinating books about journeys.
He touched me and we talked -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1997
"The prophet of holiness" is the title often given to Isaiah.
Turning points -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1996
In the three texts today hearers meet three classic figures: Abraham, who receives a call of God and
A mystery of active love -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1994
After the festivities of Pentecost, this Sunday presents another mystery to worshipers.
God: unity in community -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1991
The doctrine of the Trinity declares the mystery of God as much as it represents the revelation of G
The Trinity -- Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Few, in their right minds, would address this subject if they could get out of it; yet it does need
Far from the tree -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 121 -- David Kalas -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Two thousand years earlier, Abram sat alone one night, when the Lord came to speak to him.

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Glory -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2018
Victor Hugo called his masterpiece Misérables, a religious work. So it is.

Children's bulletin

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Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- John 3:1-17 -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Children's Activity Bulletin: John 3:1-17 -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- John 3:1-17 -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Children's Activity Bulletin: John 3:1-17 -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B

Children's Liturgy and Story

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The Friday Club -- John 3:1-17 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Call to Worship:
A Very Special Person -- John 3:1-17 -- Janice B. Scott -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Call to Worship: Let us join together today in worship of the three-in-one God; God

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A Very Special Person -- John 3:1-17 -- Janice B. Scott -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Call to Worship: Let us join together today in worship of the three-in-one God; God

Children's sermon

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Starting Over! -- John 3:1-17 -- John Jamison -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again
Before and After -- John 3:1-17 -- Bethany Peerbolte -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
In this exchange with Nicodemus, Jesus is trying to explain what it is to be born again.
God In A Teacup? -- John 3:1-17 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2018
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.... (v.
Pictures To Show You -- John 3:1-17 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Isn't it fun to share pictures with each other, particularly if you have just visited a new place an
One God in Three -- John 3:1-17 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2015
The Point: One God revealed in three ways.
Seeing Things Differently -- John 3:1-17 -- Anna Shirey -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
First Thoughts
As Iron Sharpens Iron -- John 3:1-17 -- Anna Shirey -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2012
First Thoughts: Today's lesson contains one of the most familiar passages in the Bible: "For
The wind -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not
Feel the wind blow -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you have ever felt the wind?
Something to remember -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Today's lesson has one of the best-known scripture verses: John 3:16.
Who is the Spirit? -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Good morning! Today is "Trinity Sunday." Can anyone tell me
Hit the bull's-eye! -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Good morning! What is this thing I have here? (Show the

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Negotiating the Power of Life -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
For May 30, 2021:
Masking Our Fears -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Matthew 17:1-9, Psalm 121 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 8, 2020:
Religious but not Spiritual -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, George Reed, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Bethany Peerbolte -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2018
Who Do You Trust? -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 121 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary reading from Genesis, God promises Abram that “I will make of you a great
Knowing What We Don't Know -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2015
The lectionary gospel text for Trinity Sunday brings us an interesting case study of someone who jus
Unholy Promises -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
The ongoing crisis in the Ukraine has seen the re-emergence of international dynamics not experie
Awesome! -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2012
In the passage from the Hebrew scriptures appointed by the lectionary for this week, Isaiah comes fa
Abram's Journey With God -- And Ours -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
It's difficult to watch the unfolding news from Japan and not be humbled by the overwhelming power o
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
No doubt many of our faithful are asking some theological questions as we witness the aftermath of t
A Super Lent? -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Many Christians see Lent as a time of lowliness, a time when we cast our eyes downward, recognizing

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Negotiating the Power of Life -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
For May 30, 2021:
Starting Over! -- John 3:1-17 -- John Jamison -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again
The wind -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not

Children's Story

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Mary Louise And Her Silent Companions -- John 3:1-17 -- Janice B. Scott -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
In this story, Mary Louise's dolls come to life on
Friar Tuck's Decision -- John 3:1-17 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Friar Tuck was worried.

Devotional

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The Holy Trinity -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2008
Isaiah 6:1-8
Lent 2 -- John 3:1-17 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
What is born of the flesh is flesh, what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
The Holy Trinity -- John 3:1-17 -- William W. Helland -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2005
John 3:1-17

Drama

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The Night Talker -- John 3:1-17 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
Theme
The Adoption Agency -- Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Lori Lee Triplett -- 1993
Cast Of CharactersAgency Director: male or female older than college age

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Trinity Sunday (2021) -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalms 29
Sermon Illustrations For Lent 2 (2020) -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 121 -- Bill Thomas, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
Psalm 121
Sermon Illustrations for Trinity Sunday (2018) -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Ron Love -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2018
Psalm 29
Sermon Illustrations For Lent 2 (2017) -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- Bill Thomas, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Genesis 12:1-4a
Sermon Illustrations for Trinity Sunday (2015) -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Frank Ramirez, Mark Ellingsen, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2015
Isaiah 6:1-8
Sermon Illustrations for Lent 2 (2014) -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- Scott A. Bryte, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Genesis 12:1-4a
The religion of... -- John 3:1-17 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
The religion of Hinduism understands the entrapment of living a self-centered life.
Decades ago the... -- John 3:1-17 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Decades ago the story was told of a poor widow who contributed to the Dorpatian Branch of the Russia
Windmills grind... -- John 3:1-17 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Windmills grind grain.
We all have a... -- John 3:1-17 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
We all have a lot of Dr. Gregory House's self-righteousness in us.
In 1901 President William B. McKinley visited Niagara Falls... -- John 3:1-17 -- Ron Love -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2012
In 1901 President William B. McKinley visited Niagara Falls.
Why does God so love the world?... -- John 3:1-17 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2012
Why does God so love the world (v. 16)? The Triune God knows no other way.
Sermon Illustrations for Trinity Sunday (2012) -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2012
Isaiah 6:1-8
NULL -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
Genesis 12:1-4a
NULL -- John 3:1-17 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
When the sixteenth-century explorer Ferdinand Magellan came to the shores of South America, his crew
NULL -- John 3:1-17 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
Mother Teresa once said, "Be kind and merciful.

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Negotiating the Power of Life -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
For May 30, 2021:
Masking Our Fears -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Matthew 17:1-9, Psalm 121 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 8, 2020:
Religious but not Spiritual -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, George Reed, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Bethany Peerbolte -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2018
Who Do You Trust? -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 121 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary reading from Genesis, God promises Abram that “I will make of you a great
Knowing What We Don't Know -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2015
The lectionary gospel text for Trinity Sunday brings us an interesting case study of someone who jus
Unholy Promises -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
The ongoing crisis in the Ukraine has seen the re-emergence of international dynamics not experie
Awesome! -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2012
In the passage from the Hebrew scriptures appointed by the lectionary for this week, Isaiah comes fa

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Negotiating the Power of Life -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
For May 30, 2021:
Sermon Illustrations for Trinity Sunday (2018) -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Ron Love -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2018
Psalm 29

Intercession

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God Of Mystery, Long Ago The Church Said That You Are Three Persons... -- John 3:1-17 -- Janice B. Scott -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:
Creator God... -- John 3:1-17 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Poems

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How can such things ever be? -- John 3:1-17 -- Andrew Daughters -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1990
Nicodemus said to Jesus,'How can such things ever be?How can I be born again
Trinity Sunday -- John 3:1-17 -- Andrew Daughters -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1990
Nicodemus said to Jesus,'How can such things ever be?How can I be born again

Prayer

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The existential, practical Trinity -- John 3:1-17 -- Dennis Koch -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1993
Gospel Note: The story of Nicodemus brings together the basic elements of

Preaching

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Negotiating the Power of Life -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
For May 30, 2021:
Masking Our Fears -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Matthew 17:1-9, Psalm 121 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 8, 2020:
Religious but not Spiritual -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, George Reed, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Bethany Peerbolte -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2018
Who Do You Trust? -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 121 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary reading from Genesis, God promises Abram that “I will make of you a great
Knowing What We Don't Know -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2015
The lectionary gospel text for Trinity Sunday brings us an interesting case study of someone who jus
Unholy Promises -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
The ongoing crisis in the Ukraine has seen the re-emergence of international dynamics not experie
Awesome! -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2012
In the passage from the Hebrew scriptures appointed by the lectionary for this week, Isaiah comes fa
Abram's Journey With God -- And Ours -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
It's difficult to watch the unfolding news from Japan and not be humbled by the overwhelming power o
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
No doubt many of our faithful are asking some theological questions as we witness the aftermath of t
A Super Lent? -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Many Christians see Lent as a time of lowliness, a time when we cast our eyes downward, recognizing

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Negotiating the Power of Life -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
For May 30, 2021:

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Holy Trinity Sunday -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2011
Theme of the DayAn eternally loving triune God! Collect of the Day
Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
You, Too, Can Be Born Again -- John 3:1-17 -- Mariann Edgar Budde -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2009
There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.
Trinity Sunday -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Carlos Wilton -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2005
Revised Common Isaiah 6:1-8 Romans 8:12-17 John 3:1-17
Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS
Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 12:1-4a, John 3:1-17 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme We head toward the passion and cross of Christ.
The Holy Trinity -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1999
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Isaiah 6:1-8 (C)
Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 12:1-4a (C, RC); Genesis 12:1-8 (E)
The mystery of the divine presence -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: The mystery of the divine presence.
Christ Confronts Nicodemus - The new birth -- Genesis 12:1-4, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
The Holy Trinity -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1993
Isaiah's experience in the temple occurred in 742 B.C., the
Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 12:1-4a, John 3:1-17, Matthew 17:1-9 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Genesis 12:1-4a (C, RC); Genesis 12:1-8 (E, L)
The Holy Trinity -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- George M. Bass -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1990
Trinity Sunday had given its name to the entire second half of the church year; that changed almost
The Holy Trinity -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- George M. Bass -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1990
Trinity Sunday had given its name to the entire second half of the church year; that changed almost

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Negotiating the Power of Life -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
For May 30, 2021:
Masking Our Fears -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Matthew 17:1-9, Psalm 121 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 8, 2020:
Religious but not Spiritual -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, George Reed, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Bethany Peerbolte -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2018
Who Do You Trust? -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 121 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary reading from Genesis, God promises Abram that “I will make of you a great
Knowing What We Don't Know -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2015
The lectionary gospel text for Trinity Sunday brings us an interesting case study of someone who jus
Unholy Promises -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
The ongoing crisis in the Ukraine has seen the re-emergence of international dynamics not experie
Awesome! -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2012
In the passage from the Hebrew scriptures appointed by the lectionary for this week, Isaiah comes fa
Abram's Journey With God -- And Ours -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
It's difficult to watch the unfolding news from Japan and not be humbled by the overwhelming power o
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
No doubt many of our faithful are asking some theological questions as we witness the aftermath of t
A Super Lent? -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Many Christians see Lent as a time of lowliness, a time when we cast our eyes downward, recognizing
"who's Your Daddy?" -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Carlos Wilton -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
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Negotiating the Power of Life -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
For May 30, 2021:

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A Breeze In The Dark -- John 3:1-17 -- William G. Carter -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2018
In his autobiography, actor Alec Guinness tells a story that might keep every pastor and church scho
Nicodemus Came By Night -- John 3:1-17 -- Marian R. Plant, David G. Plant -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Nicodemus came by night. Why by night? Why in darkness?In her book
The Teacher Who Wanted to Learn -- John 3:1-17 -- David R. Cartwright -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2011
It's about time we stopped being so hard on Nicodemus.
Nicodemus: A Young Old Man -- John 3:1-17 -- David O. Bales -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2010
Sermon Note: This story sermon is best read with a "special" voice reserved for the scripture
How Can One Be Three? -- John 3:1-17 -- Michael D. Wuchter -- 2009
Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about the interactive Spirit of God the creator.
Curiosity And Questions -- John 3:1-17 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2008
When I was sorting through household items in Minnesota, preparing for a move to Florida, I came acr
Faith To Follow -- John 3:1-17 -- Lee Griess -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
How much faith does it take to follow? How much trust in God must we have?
Water And Spirit -- John 3:1-17 -- George Reed -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2005
The story of Nicodemus coming to Jesus by night is familiar to most folks who have spent any time at
Transformed In Christ -- John 3:1-17 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
"Hoke, you are my best friend." It took Daisy Werthan almost twenty years to make that statement; it
He Came By Night -- John 3:1-17 -- David G. Rogne -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2002
I came upon Jesus quite by accident.
The Stealth Disciple -- John 3:1-17 -- Richard L. Sheffield -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
In the "Science & Technology," section of a recent issue of Business Week magazine, there was an
Are You Born Again? -- John 3:1-17 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
It was late, almost bedtime, when the Jewish leader came to Jesus' residence.
Keeping God First in the Polls -- John 3:1-17 -- James Weekley -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1987
Did you know that a glass of hippopotamus milk contains eighty calories, or that only five percent o

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Snake Bit -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17 -- C. David Mckirachan -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2018
Contents “Snake Bit” by C. David McKirachan
Born Again -- John 3:1-17 -- John Fitzgerald -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Contents "Born Again" by John FitzgeraldBorn Again
The Inquirer -- John 3:1-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, Psalm 29 -- Sandra Herrmann, Frank Ramirez -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2015
Contents "The Inquirer" by Sandra Herrmann
Words, Words, Words -- John 3:1-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Psalm 121 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
Contents"Words, Words, Words" by Frank Ramirez* * * * * * *
Two Men In The Dark -- John 3:1-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, Psalm 29 -- Keith Hewitt, Constance Berg -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2012
Contents"Two Men in the Dark" by Keith Hewitt
Any Where But There -- John 3:1-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Psalm 121 -- C. David Mckirachan, John E. Sumwalt -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
Contents"Any Where but There" by C. David McKirachan
The Radiant Life -- John 3:1-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, Psalm 29 -- Frank Ramirez, David O. Bales -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2009
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "The Radiant Life" by Frank Ramirez
Get Up And Go -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- Frank Ramirez, John S. Smylie -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "Get Up and Go" by Frank Ramirez
Coming To The Light -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Contents What's Up This Week Stories to Live By: "God Will Keep Your Life"
Hearing Things -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- Stan Purdum, C. David Mckirachan, Henry Scholberg, Rolf Morck -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
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Stupid Questions -- John 3:1-17 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2005
Stupid Questions
Born Again -- John 3:1-17 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
Kathy Raines
A New Spiritual Birth -- John 3:1-17 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born o
Poor Nicodemus -- John 3:1-17 -- Constance Berg -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Nicodemus didn't get it.
Larry's Boat -- John 3:1-17 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
It wasn't as though Larry was a bad person -- he certainly was not.
Love In Action -- John 3:1-17 -- John E. Sumwalt, Jo Perry-Sumwalt -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1996
Long ago, in the time before time, God was alone.
Death Row -- John 3:1-17 -- Henry Scholberg -- 1993
"I'm afraid to die," Tony said.
Born Of The Spirit -- John 3:1-17 -- John E. Sumwalt, Earl Kammerud -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Do not be astonished that I said to you, "You must be born from above." The wind blows where it choo

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Negotiating the Power of Life -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
For May 30, 2021:
Masking Our Fears -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Matthew 17:1-9, Psalm 121 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Bethany Peerbolte, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2020
For March 8, 2020:
Religious but not Spiritual -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Thomas Willadsen, Ron Love, George Reed, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Bethany Peerbolte -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2018
Who Do You Trust? -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 121 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary reading from Genesis, God promises Abram that “I will make of you a great
Knowing What We Don't Know -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2015
The lectionary gospel text for Trinity Sunday brings us an interesting case study of someone who jus
Unholy Promises -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2014
The ongoing crisis in the Ukraine has seen the re-emergence of international dynamics not experie
Awesome! -- John 3:1-17, Romans 8:12-17, Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29 -- George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2012
In the passage from the Hebrew scriptures appointed by the lectionary for this week, Isaiah comes fa
Abram's Journey With God -- And Ours -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
It's difficult to watch the unfolding news from Japan and not be humbled by the overwhelming power o
Free Sermon Illustrations From The Immediate Word -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
No doubt many of our faithful are asking some theological questions as we witness the aftermath of t
A Super Lent? -- John 3:1-17, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121 -- Carlos Wilton, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
Many Christians see Lent as a time of lowliness, a time when we cast our eyes downward, recognizing

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Negotiating the Power of Life -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Thomas Willadsen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2021
For May 30, 2021:

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Lent 2 -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: Like Abraham and Sarah,
Lent 2 -- John 3:1-17, Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, Psalm 121 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
Confession And Absolution
Trinity Sunday -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 29 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2005
Call To Worship
All The Families Of The Earth Shall Be Blessed -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
Call To Worship
Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2004
HymnsThe God Of Abraham Praise (NCH24, UM116, PH488)
Second Sunday In Lent -- John 3:1-17 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2001
Theme: God's Love And Our ResponseCall To Worship
Trinity Sunday -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1999
First Lesson: Isaiah 6:1-8Theme: Whoa!Call To Worship
Nicodemus and Jesus -- John 3:1-17 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
The Community GathersInvitation to the Celebration
Second Sunday In Lent -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Genesis 12:1-4aTheme: ObedienceCall To Worship
First Sunday After Pentecost -- Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17 -- James R. Wilson -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1996
Call To WorshipLeader: The Lord, our God, is One and worthy to be praised!
SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT -- Genesis 12:1-4a, Psalm 121, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 -- B. David Hostetter -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
The Trinity of God: -- John 3:1-17, Matthew 28:16-20 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 1990
Pastoral Invitation to the CelebrationSuggestion:
God's outlandish promises -- Genesis 12:1-4a (4b-8), Psalm 33, John 3:1-17 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: This passage, which begins the Abraham narratives of Genesis, shows the great patri
LENT 2 -- Psalm 33:18-22, Genesis 12:1-4a (4b-8), John 3:1-17 -- Norman A. Beck -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 1986
The unifying factor in all eight of the texts that are utilized on Lent 2 within the Common, Luthera
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John Jamison
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

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Frank Ramirez
Appearances are deceiving. Goliath looks unconquerable, and the young shepherd boy who says thanks but no thanks to the king’s armor, is pretty confident that five smooth stones will be enough to change the world.

So it is that the Apostle Paul reminds us we don’t see anyone from a human view anymore. We see them through God’s eyes.
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Bonnie Bates
1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4, 11, 19-23) 32-49
We like underdogs, which is why we like the story of David and Goliath. About David’s improbable victory John Wesley wrote:

Thus does God often do great things for His people by the weak things of the world. (Commentary On the Bible, p.189)   

The world needs Davids — people who take on the powerful and the social consensus even if it does not seem that they have a chance. The playwright George Bernard Shaw explained why the world needs such people like David:

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1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49

Laura took some vegetables out of the bag to chop. “So, I hear you are in a bit of trouble at school.”

“Who told you that, Auntie?” Joan asked.

“Your mother. She wanted me to see if there is anything I could do.”

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
The first thing Jack saw when he walked into church on the Sunday morning was a bright red octopus. It seemed an odd animal to be in church, but Jack's heart lifted in anticipation, for with an octopus in the offing and a bright red one at that, surely the preacher would have an exciting talk this morning.

Of course it was only a paper octopus, but nonetheless it filled Jack's mind with thoughts of the sea and strange sea creatures and coral reefs and snorkelling and all those things you never usually thought about in church.

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Kristin Borsgard Wee
Just a short time ago, a young homemaker and mother sat in my office telling me how she was feeling about her life. She said she felt she was adrift in a tiny boat in the middle of a great and surging ocean. How she had gotten into that boat and where she was going was a mystery to her. All she could see were the huge waves towering over her frail, little boat, threatening at any moment to swamp it and sink it, to swallow her up forever.

Stan Purdum
The United Methodists came out with their most recent hymnbook in 1989. Three years before that, while the hymnal committee was deciding which hymns from the previous book would be included in the new one and which would be deleted, they concluded that "Onward Christian Soldiers" should be omitted. The committee voted to delete it, feeling that the hymn was overly militaristic and thus was inconsistent with the church's goal of eradicating war and establishing world peace. The announcement of this decision, however, made in mid-May 1986, launched a great brouhaha in the church.

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In the year 2000 Forbes Magazine featured a special edition on a single topic that it called "the biggest issue of our age -- time." The editors wrote, "We've beaten, or at least stymied, most of humanity's monsters: disease, climate, geography, and memory. But time still defeats us. Lately its victories seem more complete than ever. Those timesaving inventions of the last half-century have somehow turned on us. We now hold cell phone meetings in traffic jams, and 24-7 has become the most terrifying phrase in modern life."

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