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Children's Activity

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What do you see? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME
AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Great faith -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Materials:
Upon this rock -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Today's reading introduces the word "church." One dictionary defines the word "church" as "the compa
Who am I? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Teachers or Parents: When Peter identified Jesus as "the
Who is Jesus? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Teachers or Parents: Jesus was a great many things. The people
Keys to the kingdom -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Parents and Teachers: This lesson tells the story about Peter
Keys to the kingdom -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Parents and Teachers: This lesson tells the story about Peter
The rock of Jesus -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Materials:
Rocks or pebbles from a streambed

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin (Ages 8-10): Matthew 16:13-20 -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin (Ages 5-7): Matthew 16:13-20 -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A

Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mistaken identity -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2017
Appearances can be deceiving.
The power of names -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014
"What's in a name?
Mistaken identity -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20, Psalm 124 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
Appearances can be deceiving.
God of the nonconformists -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20, Psalm 124 -- David Kalas -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
I should confess that I do not begin with a prejudice in favor of nonconformists. Some
Terror or trust -- Exodus 1:8-2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2002
As of this writing, Secretary of State Colin Powell is in Israel, meeting with Israeli Prime Ministe
Isn't there something we must do? -- Isaiah 51:1-6, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1999
Living in a world that runs on the basis of rewards and punishments, many people have difficulty wit
Good for you! -- Exodus 1:8-2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1996
Today's English Version of the Bible suggests that Jesus' word to Peter, "Blessed are you, Simon so
People you can count on -- Exodus 1:8-2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20, Psalm 124 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Some years ago, a major research firm conducted a survey to determine what people would be willing t

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Activity Bulletin (Ages 8-10): Matthew 16:13-20 -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Activity Bulletin (Ages 5-7): Matthew 16:13-20 -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A

Children's Liturgy and Story

The Village Shepherd

David's Moment Of Stupidity -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Call to Worship:
Jesus saw the potential in Simon and renamed him Peter the Rock.

Children's sermon

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You are Jesus -- that's for sure! -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2017
Simon Peter answered, “You are Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” (v.16)
God's Son -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus wants us to understand who he is and why he came to earth.
What do you see? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
Good morning, boys and girls! How are you this morning?
Great faith -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:16)
Upon this rock -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning, everyone! In today's lesson Jesus and the disciples are talking.
Who am I? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning! I'd like for us to play a little game today.
Who is Jesus? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Who is this? (Let them answer.) We all know who this is. We
Who do you say I am? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought our church bulletin
Who do you say I am? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought our church bulletin
The rock of Jesus -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Good morning, boys and girls.

The Immediate Word

Who... Who Are You? -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Isaiah 51:1-6 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2017
In the wake of the
Sparking Hope From Bricks Of Oppression / Facing The Monster ... Together -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014

There’s been no shortage of big headlines this past week, from the stunning news of actor/comedia

What Will People Say? -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Psalm 124 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
This past weekend's "straw poll" in Iowa -- complete with breathless coverage from the cable news ch

SermonStudio

Who Is He? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Brett Blair, Tim Carpenter
Exegetical Aim: The identity of Jesus.
Jesus' Public Opinion Poll -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Wesley T. Runk
Object: a public opinion poll

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

The Turning Point -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
One day, James Butler missed his stop.

Devotional

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Proper 16 / Pentecost 14 / OT 21 -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2007
... Who do people say that the Son of Man is?
-- Matthew 16:13

Drama

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Who Is God? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1998
Theme

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations For Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 (2017) -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2017
Exodus 1:8--2:10
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 (2014) -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Scott A. Bryte, Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014
Exodus 1:8--2:10
Jesus conferred on Peter... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014
Jesus conferred on Peter and the church the power of the keys, the authority to forgive sins in God'
In 1869 at the London... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Ron Love -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014
In 1869 at the London Metaphysical Society, Thomas Huxley first used the word "agnostic." Huxley ref
Sermon Illustrations For Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 (2011) -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
Exodus 1:8--2:10
In C.S. Lewis' work The Silver Chair... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
In C.S.
There is something about the notion of mistaken identity... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Craig Kelly -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
There is something about the notion of mistaken identity that captures the imagination, especially i
If you were to stop... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
If you were to stop a person on the street, at random, and ask him or her, "Show me the
Jesus uses the term Son... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
Jesus uses the term "Son of Man" in our gospel lesson for today. What does he mean by
Rene remembers the class she... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
Rene remembers the class she had in early American literature. Much of the early
A game that we like... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
A game that we like to play in our confirmation class is "Who Am I?" The students read
Exodus 1:8--2:10br... -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
Exodus 1:8--2:10
After three miscarriages June was... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2002
After three miscarriages June was once again pregnant. She didn't know how she should feel.
A recent study of congregations... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2002
A recent study of congregations and pastors trying to renew and redevelop showed an interesting real
A teacher asked his students... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2002
A teacher asked his students to identify the most satisfying thing in life.
People take control all the... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2002
People take control all the time. At the most basic level, babies do it.
Knowing the identity of Jesus... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1999
Knowing the identity of Jesus is like using a plumb line to build a straight wall.
Sometimes we would like to... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1999
Sometimes we would like to be the flies on the wall, hearing what people really think about us witho
Who do we say Christ... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1999
Who do we say Christ is?
Tom, a publisher, needed a... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1999
Tom, a publisher, needed a successor.
In an election year all... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1996
In an election year all politicians want to know what the people are saying about them.
I, Nathan, take you, Katherine... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 1996
"I, Nathan, take you, Katherine, to be my wife. And I promise ...

The Immediate Word

Who... Who Are You? -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Isaiah 51:1-6 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2017
In the wake of the
Sparking Hope From Bricks Of Oppression / Facing The Monster ... Together -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014

There’s been no shortage of big headlines this past week, from the stunning news of actor/comedia

What Will People Say? -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Psalm 124 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
This past weekend's "straw poll" in Iowa -- complete with breathless coverage from the cable news ch

Intercession

The Village Shepherd

Challenging God... -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Who... Who Are You? -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Isaiah 51:1-6 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2017
In the wake of the
Sparking Hope From Bricks Of Oppression / Facing The Monster ... Together -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014

There’s been no shortage of big headlines this past week, from the stunning news of actor/comedia

What Will People Say? -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Psalm 124 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
This past weekend's "straw poll" in Iowa -- complete with breathless coverage from the cable news ch

SermonStudio

Proper 16 / Pentecost 14 / Ordinary Time 21 -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
How Well Do You Know Him? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Mariann Edgar Budde -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2009
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do peopl
Proper 16 -- Exodus 1:8-2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Exodus 1:8-2:10 (C)
Proper 16, Pentecost 14, Ordinary Time 21 -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
The teaching and ministry of Jesus the Christ.
Proper 16 -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Exodus 1:8--2:10 (C)
Proper 16 -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1998
With the text appointed for this week we come to the climax of Part Two of Matthew's Gospel.
Deliverance from bondage -- Exodus 1:8-2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Exodus 1:8-2:10 (C)
Proper 16 -- Exodus 1:8-2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Exodus 1:8-2:10 (C)
Proper 16 -- Exodus 17:1-7, Romans 11:33-36, Matthew 16:13-20 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Who... Who Are You? -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Isaiah 51:1-6 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2017
In the wake of the
Sparking Hope From Bricks Of Oppression / Facing The Monster ... Together -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014

There’s been no shortage of big headlines this past week, from the stunning news of actor/comedia

What Will People Say? -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Psalm 124 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
This past weekend's "straw poll" in Iowa -- complete with breathless coverage from the cable news ch

SermonStudio

Namibia -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Michael D. Wuchter -- 2009
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do peopl
Mistaken Identitiy -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2007
Appearances can be deceiving.
The Incomparable Christ -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Stan Purdum -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2004
While sightseeing in Boston last fall, I entered the narthex of a church building.
Who Is Jesus To You? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Marilyn Saure Breckenridge -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2001
Introduction
The Responsibility Of Belief -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1998
The time was the reconstruction period following the great American Civil War.
Upon This Rock -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- 1993
Dear friends in Christ, grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and his Son, our Lord and Savio
Rocky -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- William J. Carl, III -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
It is said that Winston Churchill never liked talking to subordinates.

The Village Shepherd

Your Challenge, Your Choice -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
What a challenge Jesus gave Peter in today's gospel reading.

Stories

StoryShare

Rock-Like Living -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10 -- Keith Wagner, Keith Hewitt -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2017
Contents
"Rock-Like Living" by Keith Wagner
Growing Up Adams -- Matthew 16:13-20, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Psalm 124 -- Frank Ramirez, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014
Contents
"Growing Up Adams" by Frank Ramirez
Gilly, A Diligent Leader -- Matthew 16:13-20, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Psalm 124 -- John E. Sumwalt, Sandra Herrmann, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
Contents
"Gilly, a Diligent Leader" by John Sumwalt
It Was A Long Time Ago -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Psalm 124 -- David O. Bales, John E. Sumwalt, Craig Kelly -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
Contents
What's Up This Week
"It was a Long Time Ago" by David O. Bales
Peter The Rock -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Psalm 124, Exodus 1:8-2:10 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A
Contents
What's Up This Week
A Story to Live By: "When the Rock Cracks"

SermonStudio

Who Do You Say That I Am? -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2007
Many years ago, in my seminary days, our first course in Systematic Theology dealt with basically th

Worship

The Immediate Word

Who... Who Are You? -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Isaiah 51:1-6 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2017
In the wake of the
Sparking Hope From Bricks Of Oppression / Facing The Monster ... Together -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Psalm 124 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2014

There’s been no shortage of big headlines this past week, from the stunning news of actor/comedia

What Will People Say? -- Matthew 16:13-20, Romans 12:1-8, Exodus 1:8--2:10, Psalm 124 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2011
This past weekend's "straw poll" in Iowa -- complete with breathless coverage from the cable news ch

SermonStudio

Proper 16/Pentecost 14/Ordinary Time 21 -- Matthew 16:13-20, Isaiah 51:1-6, Romans 12:1-8, Psalm 138 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2007
Prayer Of The Day
Proper 16 -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: In a time of bitterness and pain,
God Remembers The People -- Exodus 1:8-2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2004
Call To Worship
Proper 16 -- Exodus 1:8-2:10, Psalm 124, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2004
Hymns
In Egypt Under Pharaoh (NCH574)
Living Stones -- 1 Peter 2:4-6, Matthew 16:13-20 -- John H. Will -- 2004
Call to Worship
Proper 16 -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2001
Theme: On This Rock

Call To Worship
Peter's Declaration about Jesus -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1998
Remembering Whose We Are

Invitation to the Celebration
Proper 16 -- Exodus 1:8--2:10, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- 1998
First Lesson: Exodus 1:8--2:10
Theme: Unique Talents

Call To Worship
Peter's Declaration About Jesus -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1992
Suggestions:
Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture readings.
PROPER 16 -- Exodus 1:8-2:10, Psalm 124, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
The apparent absence of God -- Exodus 17:1-7, Romans 11:33-36, Psalm 95, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: At first it appears that the thirsty (and by now weary) Israelites are expressing m
PROPER 16 -- Psalm 95, Exodus 17:1-7, Romans 11:33-36, Matthew 16:13-20 -- Norman A. Beck -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 1986
The first factor that is common to most of the texts selected for this occasion is interest in God's

New & Featured This Week

The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For December 23, 2018:

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Arley K. Fadness
“...and Mary gave birth to her first born son...and laid him in a manger..”

(V. 7a)

Merry Christmas children,

I love Christmas don't you? There's the tree, the lights, the carols, the nativity scene, families getting together --- and the presents! Were there any presents at your house?

(children respond)
Arley K. Fadness
“...blessed are you among women...” (V. 42b)

Good morning boys and girls,

I am loving seeing you today. How are you dear children? Getting excited for Christmas? Are you planning special things with your family?

(children respond) (presenter may share personal plans and/or experiences)

Today, this Sunday, is called the 4th Sunday of Advent. We call it that in the church calendar. But I have a better name. Know what it is? Mother's Day!!

StoryShare

Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Seeing the Future” by Peter Andrew Smith
“A Distant Land” by Frank Ramirez


Seeing the Future
by Peter Andrew Smith
Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20

John sat at the edge of his bed in the half way house staring out the window.

“Are you okay, John?” Carl asked from the doorway.

Keith Hewitt
C. David Mckirachan
Contents
“First Encounter” by Keith Hewitt
“That’s Weird” by C. David McKirachan


First Encounter
by Keith Hewitt
Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 62:6-11
This seems to be a change he looks forward to in Old Testament times. Isaiah is looking forward to the Lord’s coming. He is telling the people in that day to look forward to Jerusalem being restored, Jesus is the only one who can restore it.

Several future books in the Old Testament have restored watchmen to wait on the Lord’s coming. It sounds like we must spend all our time waiting for the day the Lord has promised. It sounds like we must give him no rest until we get it.

Mark Ellingsen
All the lessons testify to the theme of why Christmas matters! The festival encourages sermons on what Christ accomplishes in our lives and a joyful celebration of thanks for the best Christmas present of all -- the babe in the manger.

Isaiah 62:6-12
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Micah 5:2-5a
But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah…(Micah 5:2).

Most towns have a slogan. We remember the clever ones.

I spent part of my childhood in the city of Azusa, California. The town was named after the Susa family, ranchers who owned much of the land during the days of Spanish colonization. But the town fathers decided they needed something a little more catchy, so they advertised that Azusa has everything from A to Z in the USA.
Frank Ramirez
“Current Events” can be very significant at the time they happen, but they can change and/or grow in significance as time goes by. Micah addresses a current political situation in his day that is pretty significant. Judah is under siege from Assyria. But the words of hope that he shares grow in significance over the centuries until hundreds of years later biblical experts are able to tell the Magi that Micah is telling us -- and is still telling us -- that the greatest king of kings will be coming from one of the smallest of the clans of Israel.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Come, let us go even now to Bethlehem with the shepherds and the angels and see Mary and Joseph, with the baby lying in a manger.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, we come to worship the baby in the manger.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, we come to offer ourselves and our own gifts.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, we come to absorb your love.
Lord, have mercy.

Janice B. Scott
While I consider myself to be very much in tune with the modern era, well into technology and all that it can offer, there are times when I look back with nostalgia to the past.

SermonStudio

Cynthia E. Cowen
The Christmas concert was about to begin. The professional musicians were ready. All eyes were on the band director as he brought down his baton. Softly, flutes began weaving a magical introduction, capturing the audience's spirit. An instrumental duet formed with clarinets adding their voices. Then more wind instruments came in. Finally, brass and percussion entered and volume and tempo increased. Each section's contribution melded into a harmonious voice. The rehearsals had been worth it; the time and labor had not been in vain.
Paul E. Flesner
Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr once observed that the Christmas event can only be spoken about in poetry. He went on to comment that over the centuries preachers have analyzed it in their sermons and have turned Christmas into dogma. "Dogma," he said, "is rationally petrified poetry." I think I understand what he means. He means that Christmas speaks to the heart.

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