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Ask... and ask again -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2011
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME
Never give up -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2008
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
The Pharisees -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
In today's scripture we find Jesus being challenged by the Pharisees, the legal-minded religious lea
A strong faith -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Teachers or Parents: There is probably no other word in the
Great faith! -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Teachers or Parents: The theme of trusting in Jesus is most
Eating bugs -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Materials: Small, clean, round rocks; one for each child

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NULL -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- 2008
Children's Activity Bulletin (Ages 8-10): Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A

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NULL -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- 2008
Children's Activity Bulletin: Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A

Commentary

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Made Whole, By The Grace Of God -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2017
This is one of those weeks where all three of the scripture readings weave intricately together.
God in the rearview mirror -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- David Kalas -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
I was an Arminian in a Calvinist seminary.
Religious balkanization -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Psalm 133 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2008
One dimension of religious life we have in common across faith traditions and
Is your world too small? -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1996
I am fascinated by the writings and television work of Dr. Carl Sagan, the American astronomer.
It could happen to you -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Psalm 133 -- William H. Shepherd -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
There is a chain of tradition.

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NULL -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- 2008
Children's Activity Bulletin (Ages 8-10): Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A

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NULL -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- 2008
Children's Activity Bulletin: Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A

Children's sermon

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The Double-Dog Dare Days Of August -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Psalm 133 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2017
The world was put on edge last week, as
Strangers In A Strange Land -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Psalm 133 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the curious story of a Syrophoenician woman who plead
Our Maps Are Too Small -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Genesis 45:1-15, Psalm 133 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2011
The images are heart-wrenching, as the world's attention has slowly become focused on the ongoing dr

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Ask... and ask again -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2011
Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith!
Never give up -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2008
She [the Canaanite woman] said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs
The Pharisees -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Good morning to you! (hold up the commandments) These are the Ten Commandments.
A strong faith -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Good morning! There was once a woman who came to Jesus and
Great faith! -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Good morning! Have you ever been to a circus? (Let them
Eating bugs -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like to eat?

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A Clean Heart -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Brett Blair, Tim Carpenter
Exegetical Aim: What makes a heart clean.

Devotional

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Proper 15 / Pentecost 13 / OT 20 -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2007
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Drama

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Throw It To The Dogs! -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Jacqueline Sharer Robertson -- 2006
Making It Preach

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Sermon Illustrations For Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 (2017) -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bill Thomas -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2017
Genesis 45:1-15
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 (2014) -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Derl G. Keefer, Scott A. Bryte, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
Genesis 45:1-15
William Barclay commented... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
William Barclay commented that the significance of this passage is that it "foreshadows
Aren't we like Peter... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
Aren't we like Peter in some ways? We have to have Jesus' parables explained to us. That
NULL -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2011
Genesis 45:1-15
NULL -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2011
Sometimes we are in situations where we cannot do the things that we want to do.
NULL -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Ron Love -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2011
Dennis McClung, of Mesa, Arizona, believes that the world is going to end on December 12, 2012 -- 12
Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler's Minister... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2008
Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler's Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda,
Jesus seemed really hard on... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2008
Jesus seemed really hard on this poor woman. He insulted her, humiliated her, and caused
I knew a man who... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2002
I knew a man who was having a serious relationship problem.
An old Andy Griffith episode... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2002
An old Andy Griffith episode has a young family renting a house from an elderly, rich landlord.
Jesus told the Canaanite woman... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2002
Jesus told the Canaanite woman she had great faith.
In the wake of the... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2002
In the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, there have been a variety of reactions.
A confirmation class was discussing... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1999
A confirmation class was discussing Exodus 20:7: "You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the
Search and Rescue Dogs of... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1999
Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado (SARDOC) train hundreds of hours a year.
The things that come out... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1999
"The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man 'unclean.' " Obsce
Aunt Helen was a beloved... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1999
Aunt Helen was a beloved aunt of mine. Her trademark was to play jokes on us at Christmastime.
In the fall of 1994... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1996
In the fall of 1994 a man was driving his pickup through the backwoods mountains of Oregon.
Some of us assume that... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1996
Some of us assume that the people who get what they want in this life do so by breaking the rules!
The Canaanite woman is the... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1996
The Canaanite woman is the first person outside of the nation of Israel to be ministered to by Jesus
Jesus seemed to be doing... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Jesus seemed to be doing a "tongue-in-cheek song-and-dance" with the Canaanite woman before he heale
Johnny, a first-grader, always... -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Johnny, a first-grader, always waited on the front steps of the school after classes.

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The Double-Dog Dare Days Of August -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Psalm 133 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2017
The world was put on edge last week, as
Strangers In A Strange Land -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Psalm 133 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the curious story of a Syrophoenician woman who plead
Our Maps Are Too Small -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Genesis 45:1-15, Psalm 133 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2011
The images are heart-wrenching, as the world's attention has slowly become focused on the ongoing dr

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The Double-Dog Dare Days Of August -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Psalm 133 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2017
The world was put on edge last week, as
Strangers In A Strange Land -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Psalm 133 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the curious story of a Syrophoenician woman who plead
Our Maps Are Too Small -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Genesis 45:1-15, Psalm 133 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2011
The images are heart-wrenching, as the world's attention has slowly become focused on the ongoing dr

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Proper 15 / Pentecost 13 / Ordinary Time 20 -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Proper 15 -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 45:1-15 (C)
Proper 15, Pentecost 13, Ordinary Time 20 -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme The teaching and ministry of Jesus the Christ.
Proper 15 -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Genesis 45:1-15 (C)
Proper 15 -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1998
The assigned Gospel text for this week skips over a couple of sections in Matthew's story.

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The Double-Dog Dare Days Of August -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Psalm 133 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2017
The world was put on edge last week, as
Strangers In A Strange Land -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Psalm 133 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the curious story of a Syrophoenician woman who plead
Our Maps Are Too Small -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Genesis 45:1-15, Psalm 133 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2011
The images are heart-wrenching, as the world's attention has slowly become focused on the ongoing dr

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Religious Balkanization -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2007
As a seminary intern in St. Louis, Missouri, I was part of a Jewish-Christian Dialogue group.
Foreign Territory -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- John E. Sumwalt -- 2007
I grew up "poor" -- or so I thought.
The Cry For Help -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Stan Purdum -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2004
In the Gospel of Mark, the woman in our story is called a "Syrophoenician." Matthew, however, calls
Do You Have Enough Faith? -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Marilyn Saure Breckenridge -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2001
Introduction
Jesus' Love Embraces All -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1998
The United States has historically been called a "melting pot" society where peoples from all lands,

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Jesus Is Coming, Look Busy -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2017
Contents "Jesus Is Coming, Look Busy" by C. David McKirachan
Two Brothers -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Psalm 133 -- Keith Hewitt, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
Contents"Two Brothers" by Keith Hewitt
The Prisoner -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Psalm 133 -- Keith Hewitt, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2011
Contents"The Prisoner" by Keith Hewitt "Heavenly Talkback" by Frank Ramirez
You're Stuck -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Genesis 45:1-15, Psalm 133 -- C. David Mckirachan, Craig Kelly -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "You're Stuck" by C. David McKirachan
A Time To Weep -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Genesis 45:1-15, Psalm 133 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A
Contents What's Up This Week A Story to Live By: "The Sound of a Man Forgiving"

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The Power Of Persistence -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2004
Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith!
Oh, To Be Quiet! -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Constance Berg -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2001
Lucy had a big mouth. Not literally, for she had a beautiful mouth.

Worship

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The Double-Dog Dare Days Of August -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Psalm 133 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2017
The world was put on edge last week, as
Strangers In A Strange Land -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Psalm 133 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2014
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the curious story of a Syrophoenician woman who plead
Our Maps Are Too Small -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Genesis 45:1-15, Psalm 133 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2011
The images are heart-wrenching, as the world's attention has slowly become focused on the ongoing dr

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Proper 15/Pentecost 13/Ordinary Time 20 -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28, Isaiah 56:1, 6-8, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Psalm 67 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2007
Prayer Of The Day
Proper 15 -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2007
Call To WorshipOne: How good it is to gather as God's people!
God Has Sent Me Before You -- Genesis 45:1-5, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2004
Call To Worship
Proper 15 -- Genesis 45:1-15, Psalm 133, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2004
HymnsO Christ, The Healer, We Have Come (NCH175, CBH379, UM265, PH380)
Proper 15 -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2001
Theme: What Does Your Heart Say?Call To Worship
That Which Defiles -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1998
Remembering Whose We AreInvitation to the Celebration
Proper 15 -- Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Genesis 45:1-15Theme: The Sound Of MercyCall To Worship
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For March 1, 2020:
  • Right, Wrong, Whatever by Dean Feldmeyer — The fruit of the forbidden tree in the Eden story represents more than disobedience; it represents moral responsibility and Adam and Eve are hungry for it.
  • Second Thoughts: What Happens in the Silence by Mary Austin — Lent’s invitation is to love the quiet the way Jesus does, and to meet up with him there.

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First Sunday in Lent - A
Dean Feldmeyer
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For March 1, 2020:
  • Right, Wrong, Whatever by Dean Feldmeyer — The fruit of the forbidden tree in the Eden story represents more than disobedience; it represents moral responsibility and Adam and Eve are hungry for it.
  • Second Thoughts: What Happens in the Silence by Mary Austin — Lent’s invitation is to love the quiet the way Jesus does, and to meet up with him there.

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First Sunday in Lent - A
Sandra Herrmann
The scriptures for today bind together the beginning of sin in the world, our salvation from sin, and Jesus’ own vulnerability to the temptation of the devil. We see that the devil is very clever (or that we can be very clever in fooling ourselves about our motives and the possible ramifications of our attitudes and actions).  
First Sunday in Lent - A
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Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
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Ash Wednesday - A
Mark Ellingsen
Ash Wednesday is time to stress our sorrow for sin and the way out, a chance to stimulate our awareness of sin as well as the need for and urgency of repentance, along with a Word of God’s forgiveness.

Joel 2:1-2,12-17
Ash Wednesday - A
Mark Ellingsen
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Joel 2:1-2,12-17 
With the Presidential Primaries starting to shift into high gear, it is time for Americans to get serious about politics and the future of our nation, to seek to right the nation’s wrongs. For John Calvin this lesson is a message of urgency that we need.  He wrote:

The object of the narrative then, is to make the people sensible, that it was now no time for taking rest... (Calvin’s Commentaries, Vol.XIV, p.44)

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First Sunday in Lent - A
Bethany Peerbolte
Jesus sets the bar high by resisting temptation even from the imagination of the devil. To show just how amazing that accomplishment is this lesson will put temptation in each kids’ hands. You may have seen the videos of kids in a room alone with a marshmallow. They are challenged to not eat the marshmallow then left alone in the room. The kids obviously struggle with the temptation to eat the marshmallow. For this lesson you can use marshmallows or Oreos, both are relatively allergen free.
Ash Wednesday - A
Bethany Peerbolte
Lent can be an odd time for church kids. They are intuitive and can sense that something has changed. If we do not seek to explain why the mood and tone of the community has changed it can be a scary time. We talk more about death, especially Jesus dying, so we need to prepare kids for what is coming.

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David O. Bales
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Peter Andrew Smith
John knocked at the door and waited. His heart was pounding in his chest and he was sweating. He wouldn’t be surprised if Suzy slammed the door into his face. What he had done to her, what he had done to their marriage, was simply unforgivable. His heart leapt when the door started to open and he froze when Suzy’s father, Mark, stood before him. From the look on his father-in-law’s face there was no doubt that he knew what John had done.

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First Sunday in Lent - A
Janice B. Scott
We in the West have an interesting culture in which we quite like to be shocked. Many of us enjoy films which are shocking to a greater or lesser degree, and it sometimes seems to be that the higher the rating, the more popular the film. Even huge natural or man-made disasters have a worrying degree of entertainment value in the way they are presented to us over and over again on our television screens. We meanwhile sit in our armchairs munching our chocolates feeling scandalised or shocked or disturbed, but seldom switching off the set.

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Elizabeth Achtemeier
Sometime between 500 and 350 B.C., post-exilic Israel experienced a devastating locust plague, followed by a drought. That experience is described in Joel chapter 1. And certainly the people suffered under the dreadful effects of those disasters. But the message of the prophet Joel -- prompted not by the natural disasters, but given him as a revelation from the Lord -- is that the Israelites face a still more terrible disaster if they do not repent and return to their God. "The day of the Lord is coming, it is near" (2:1).

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