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The Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church... -- Luke 13:31-35 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
The Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City made national news not long ago when its minis
There is a story from... -- Luke 13:31-35 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
There is a story from Taiwan of a young king who was dismayed by the practice of human sacrifice, wh
Jesus' own compassion embodied in... -- Luke 13:31-35 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
Jesus' own compassion embodied in his plea for Jerusalem desiring to gather them together "as a hen
Hans Kung, the Catholic theologian... -- Luke 13:31-35 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
Hans Kung, the Catholic theologian, suggests that Jesus was a lay person.
Several years ago a teenage... -- Luke 13:31-35 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
Several years ago a teenage boy in a small South Dakota community saw a girl about to be hit by a sp
We often seem to want... -- Luke 13:31-35 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
We often seem to want things to happen to us in a predictable manner and are afraid of the unexpecte
God is waiting for us... -- Luke 13:31-35 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
God is waiting for us to come home and put his arms around us "just as a hen gathers her chicks unde
A brush fire swept over... -- Luke 13:31-35 -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
A brush fire swept over an area near a farm, causing great alarm.

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'just As You Did It To The One Of The Least Of These' -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Luke 13:31-35, Psalm 27 -- Carter Shelley -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
Even though all of us at times experience life as a "vale of tears," we in the First World realize t
Are You Afraid Of The Dark? -- Luke 13:31-35, Philippians 3:17--4:1, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27 -- Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday in Lent - C
The good news is -- God is always with us even in our darkest hour.

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John E. Sumwalt
Frank Ramirez
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“Waking Up to Racism” by John Sumwalt
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Waking Up to Racism
by John Sumwalt
Psalm 98

Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.
(vv. 8-9)

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David Kalas
In the mid-1960s, a popular song declared, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of.”1 It was an era of both national and international unrest. And the American landscape was reeling from the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and opposition to both. Amidst headlines so marked by unrest and division, therefore, the sentiment of the song struck a chord with an American audience. 
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Acts 10:44-48
Prejudice is always wrong. Nat King Cole is a well-known artist who was the first African American to host his own national television program. In 1948, he purchased a beautiful home in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood. When the local neighborhood association confronted him and informed him it didn’t want any undesirables to move in, Cole responded, “Neither do I. If I see any coming in here, I’ll be the first to complain.” He lived in that house until his death in 1965.

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John Jamison
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.

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John E. Sumwalt
Jo Perry-sumwalt
One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
God's love brings us together.

Collect of the Day
It is noted that God has prepared great joy for those who love Him. Petitions are then offered that such love may be poured into the hearts of the faithful so that they may obtain these promises. Justification as a reward for our deeds (love) is communicated by this prayer.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 98
Stan Purdum
(See Christmas Day, Cycles A and B, for alternative approaches.)

Richard E. Gribble
Once upon a time a great and powerful king ruled over a vast territory. There was something very strange about this kingdom, however -- everything was the same. The people ate the same food, drank the same drink, wore the same clothes, and lived in the same type of homes. The people even did all the same work. There was another oddity about this place. Everything was gray -- the food, the drink, the clothes, the houses; there were no other colors.

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