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Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Retrospect and prospect -- Numbers 6:22-27, Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:15-21 -- 1995
The shepherds return to their flocks and the tasks of shepherding.

Children's Liturgy and Story

The Village Shepherd

Mr. Skillett And Mrs. Round Make Changes -- Luke 2:15-21 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Call to Worship: In our worship today, let us praise and glorify God for all we

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

God's Messenger -- Luke 2:15-21 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
"Oi!" said the angel.

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sending a representative is one... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
Sending a representative is one thing. Showing up in person is quite another.
Five doctors went duck hunting... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
Five doctors went duck hunting one day.
John MacQuarrie is one of... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- New Year's Day - B -- 2000
John MacQuarrie is one of the great theologians and lecturers of the twentieth century.
The shepherds were an important... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- 1999
The shepherds were an important group of folks to Luke.
Anna and Pepe rejoiced over... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- 1999
Anna and Pepe rejoiced over the birth of their youngest child.
Christmas is about news happening... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- 1999
Christmas is about news happening and how we respond to what we hear and see, like the shepherds who
Many young children have treasure... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- 1995
Many young children have treasure boxes filled with little bits of string, pretty stones, birds' nes
Names given to Native-American... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- 1995
Names given to Native-American children are almost always very carefully selected by parents and eld
The young couple were excited... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- 1995
The young couple were excited about their pregnancy.
A Yankelovich survey published in... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- 1995
A Yankelovich survey published in Emerging Trends in January 1994 reported that 69% of American adul
In the movie, Karate Kid... -- Luke 2:15-21
In the movie, Karate Kid, Part II, the old instructor has just allowed the arrogant instructo

Intercession

The Village Shepherd

Prince Of Peace... -- Luke 2:15-21 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Sermon

The Village Shepherd

Encounters With Jesus -- Luke 2:15-21 -- Janice B. Scott -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
In 2000, I visited the Holy Land.

Worship

SermonStudio

The power of God's name -- Numbers 6:22-27, Philippians 2:9-13, Luke 2:15-21, Psalm 67 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- 1989
Exegetical note: The famous tripartite (so-called "Aaronic" or "Priestly") blessing in this passage
Holy Name of Jesus -- Psalm 67, Numbers 6:22-27, Philippians 2:9-13, Luke 2:15-21 -- Norman A. Beck -- 1986
For some people there is great joy in the selection of the name for their child.
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For August 18, 2019:
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The father was anxious to be on his way, but he saw the desire in his son’s eyes and agreed to stay there for a short while. The son was delighted. Together they searched the bushes for the biggest, plumpest, juiciest berries.
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“A Cloud of Witnesses” by Peter Andrew Smith
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A Cloud of Witnesses
by Peter Andrew Smith
Hebrews 11:29--12:2

Pastor Will stormed out of the board room.

“Is everything okay, Pastor?” Linda called from the office. “Are you finished already?”

“We’re just taking a break,” he said. “We all need a few minutes”

Will walked into the sanctuary, sat in a pew, and closed his eyes.

CSSPlus

Arley K. Fadness
Jesus said, ‘I came to bring fire to the earth,’...” (v. 49a)

Good morning girls and boys,

It is a good morning, isn’t it? It’s good because you and your family are here at worship. It’s good because I get to talk with you. It’s good because God is here. How awesome is that? Can you think of other reasons why today is a good morning? (children may respond)

What secret do you think I have in this special box? (children guess)

(presenter removes and shows a candle on a candlestick)

The Village Shepherd

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All prospective Church of England clergy are obliged to attend a three day selection conference to determine whether or not they are suitable candidates for ministry in the Church. This can often cause real difficulty for those candidates who are told at the end of the conference that the selectors have decided not to recommend them for training at this time. The candidates feel themselves to have been called by God, but the selectors don't agree.

SermonStudio

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Some of the best prophetic voices of any culture are its troubadours. Historically, the term refers to traveling musicians who once strolled the streets and pubs of medieval Europe singing love songs in exchange for food and lodging. Today they travel by jet or private coach filling auditoriums with screaming fans and recording "greatest hits" albums. Regardless of the time or language, music has an almost supernatural power to affect the human soul and even change the course of the human community. It lifts our spirits, bolsters our courage, and points out injustice.

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