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First Encounter -- Malachi 3:1-4, Hebrews 2:14-18, Luke 2:22-40 -- David Coffin -- 2017
A family has recently moved into a community.
A voice crying in the wilderness -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
We begin Advent at a time in our own history in which we are living in fear.
The God who keeps promises -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- David Coffin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Both my congregation and local community are exhausted with the past political campaign season of at
A man for one season -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6, Luke 1:68-79 -- David Kalas -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
In 1967, the Academy Award for Best Picture was awarded to A Man for All
Hearing the message -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
There are many ways of sending messages these days: Western Union, singing telegrams, snail-mail, ai
Preparing the way -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
The theme of this day is obvious: Preparation!
Look beyond the cradle -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
The lessons for this Sunday have been variously linked together in the Advent lectionaries of the ch
The old and the new -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - B
The beginning of a new church year and a new lectionary series from the Gospel of Luke set me to mus

Children's sermon

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Highways And Byways -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
This week’s gospel text brings us a bare-bones introductory portrait of John the Baptist.
A Desert Of News -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
This week John the Baptist makes his annual reappearance in the lectionary gospel text when Luke dri
The Refiner's Fire: From Failure To Forgiveness -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
In Advent, we live with a truth that is already here and not yet here.

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

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Who is coming? -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
Good morning, boys and girls. Does anyone know what a

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Advent 2 -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will sudd

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Highways And Byways -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
This week’s gospel text brings us a bare-bones introductory portrait of John the Baptist.
A Desert Of News -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
This week John the Baptist makes his annual reappearance in the lectionary gospel text when Luke dri
The Refiner's Fire: From Failure To Forgiveness -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
In Advent, we live with a truth that is already here and not yet here.

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

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Sermon Illustrations For Presentation Of The Lord (2017) -- Malachi 3:1-4, Hebrews 2:14-18, Luke 2:22-40 -- Ron Love, Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez -- 2017
Malachi 3:1-4
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 2 (2015) -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- R. Robert Cueni, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
Malachi 3:1-4
Sermon Illustratins for Advent 2 (2012) -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
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Advent is a time for looking ahead... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Advent is a time for looking ahead, a time to plan for the future, just like Malachi plans for the c
Though in the pastorate for a number of years... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Though in the pastorate for a number of years, John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, still harbored
During WWII, in a small... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
During WWII, in a small town in Great Britain, Julian Cotton's parents were gripped with
See, I am sending my... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
"See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me," writes Malachi. This
Malachi begins his text by... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Malachi begins his text by talking about God sending his people a messenger. We all
Christian writer Tony Campolo tells... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Christian writer Tony Campolo tells the story of a man who used to make his wife miserable.
The French painter, Henri Matisse... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
The French painter, Henri Matisse, sometimes created art that left his admirers scratching their hea
There's a story about a... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
There's a story about a group of women who were studying Malachi 3.
The animated movie The Nightmare... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
The animated movie The Nightmare Before Christmas attracted considerable attention when it first app
Marja Sklodowska was born in... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
Marja Sklodowska was born in Poland in 1867.
In parades through the city... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1994
In parades through the city streets of Austria at Christmastime, the figure of Saint Nicholas is see
Martin Luther, with his characteristic... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - B
Martin Luther, with his characteristic bluntness, once observed, "there is no more sin in a man's se
What do we postpone, what... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - B
What do we postpone, what do we find difficult to acknowledge? A yearly screening for cancer?
A UPS manager asked some... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - B
A UPS manager asked some friends of hers to deliver a parcel over a Christmas holiday near a town wh
In 1965 two time... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - B

In 1965 two time capsules were buried in New York City.
Amidst the intense heat and... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - B
Amidst the intense heat and noise of a steel mill one can become disoriented.
In 1985 the J.C. Penney... -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Second Sunday of Advent - B
In 1985 the J.C.

Prayer

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SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Malachi 3:1-4, Psalm 126, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- B. David Hostetter -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

Preaching

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Highways And Byways -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
This week’s gospel text brings us a bare-bones introductory portrait of John the Baptist.
A Desert Of News -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
This week John the Baptist makes his annual reappearance in the lectionary gospel text when Luke dri
The Refiner's Fire: From Failure To Forgiveness -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
In Advent, we live with a truth that is already here and not yet here.

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

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Second Sunday Of Advent -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Second Sunday in Advent -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
If we read the Old Testament in tandem with the New Testament, we sometimes have to employ a double
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 3:1-6 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Seasonal Theme
Second Sunday In Advent -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Malachi 3:1-4 (C)

Second Sunday in Advent -- Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 3:1-6 -- George M. Bass -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Advent 2 -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

Sermon

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Highways And Byways -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
This week’s gospel text brings us a bare-bones introductory portrait of John the Baptist.
A Desert Of News -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
This week John the Baptist makes his annual reappearance in the lectionary gospel text when Luke dri
The Refiner's Fire: From Failure To Forgiveness -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
In Advent, we live with a truth that is already here and not yet here.

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

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Finding Redemption In The Midst Of Judgment -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
A vase shatters, brushed by a careless elbow; a toy breaks, handled roughly by young fingers; and fa
Preparing The Way -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Mary S. Lautensleger -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Preparing the way can become an all-consuming endeavor.
Be Careful What You Ask For! -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
It is a piece of worldly wisdom we often hear in the course of our daily conversations: "Be careful
Who Can Endure The Day Of His Coming? -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- 2001
Have you ever noticed that many people seem to feel they either have "too much" Christmas or "not en
A Messenger Of Promise -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
A journal titled The Religion and Society Report once editorialized that people are tempted to treat
Preparing The Way -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Ron Lavin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
Frank kept the strangest of Christmas lists.
The Splendor of the Lord -- Malachi 3:1-4, Isaiah 40:1-11 -- Robert G. Tuttle -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
To those who do not see, the splendor of the Lord is hidden. Our trouble is blindness.
Can We Pass Inspection? -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- James H. Bailey -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
Morris Wood's latest novel, The Clowns of God, has one specific plot.

The Village Shepherd

The Last Piece Of The Puzzle -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
In our house, things change at Christmas.

Stories

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Who Can Stand? -- Luke 3:1-6, Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 1:68-79 -- Frank Ramirez, Keith Hewitt -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
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"Who Can Stand?" by Frank Ramirez
The Mother Lode -- Luke 3:1-6, Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 1:68-79 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
Contents
"The Mother Lode" by Frank Ramirez
Good Work -- Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
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A Story to Live By: "Good Work"
Prepare The Way -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Sil Galvan, Sandra Herrmann, Charles Cammarata, David O. Bales, Pamela Tinnin, Stan Duncan -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
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What's Up This Week

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018
Highways And Byways -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
This week’s gospel text brings us a bare-bones introductory portrait of John the Baptist.
A Desert Of News -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2012
This week John the Baptist makes his annual reappearance in the lectionary gospel text when Luke dri
The Refiner's Fire: From Failure To Forgiveness -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
In Advent, we live with a truth that is already here and not yet here.

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Everyone Gets Coal -- Luke 3:1-6, Philippians 1:3-11, Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, George Reed, Mary Austin -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2018

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Advent 2 -- Malachi 3:1-4, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6, Luke 1:68-79 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2009
The truth, Dumbledore sighed.
It is a beautiful and terrible thing and
Second Sunday In Advent -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- 2006
Second Sunday In Advent

For Malachi 3:1-4
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Malachi 3:1-4

Theme: My Messenger
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 3:1-6 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2003
Theme: The Coming Messenger

Call To Worship
The Advent-ure Of Hope -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
The cleansing of the Lord -- Malachi 3:1-4 -- James R. Wilson -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 1997
Call To Worship
Leader: Come, let the people of God give praise and worship the Lord!

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Arley K. Fadness
“Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee and revealed his glory...” (v. 11a)

Good morning dear children,

I am so happy to see you this lovely day. Did you know you are God's beautiful children? Yes you are! And besides that, God knows everything about each of you!
Arley K. Fadness
“Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee and revealed his glory...” (v. 11a)

Good morning dear children,

I am so happy to see you this lovely day. Did you know you are God's beautiful children? Yes you are! And besides that, God knows everything about each of you!

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Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Dean Feldmeyer
Ron Love
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
  • God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.

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Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bob Ove
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Isaiah 62:1-5
Frank Ramirez
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.

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Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
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“Yet to Come” by Peter Andrew Smith
“Seeing is Believing — and Deceiving” by Frank Ramirez


Yet to Come
by Peter Andrew Smith
John 2:1-11

“Okay dear, you enjoy the worship service.” Charlotte locked Margaret’s wheelchair in place. “And think about what you want for your birthday desert before I come back.”

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Janice B. Scott
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.

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Richard E. Zajac
"They have no more wine."

Burnout is an ailment from which many suffer. Some thoughts to ponder should your life be "running out of wine."

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