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Sun and rain -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2010
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME
AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A

Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

How It's Done -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2017
Our faith is a living faith. We are living temples.
Foundations for mature faith -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- David Coffin -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2013
It might happen in any given church or nonprofit organization in the middle of the winter months, or
Tall order -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48, Psalm 119:33-40 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2010
Basketball fans who are thirty years old or older will remember watching Michael Jordan at his prime

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A

Children's sermon

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Tight Fisted -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2017
Who thinks they can open up my tight fist? Anyone want to try?
Surprising Kindness -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Anna Shirey -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2014
Sun and rain -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2010
… so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and

The Immediate Word

Make America Great -- Anew -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 -- Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, Jesus suggests that following traditional precepts like “a
Tuning Out Violence By Turning The Other Cheek -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2014

This week’s lectionary texts build on last week’s themes, emphasizing again the importance of fol

Gleaning Some Wisdom -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2011
In this week's gospel passage, Jesus counsels his disciples to avoid retaliation -- telling them to

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

Praxis Hits Back -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2011
"We got them!" Praxis was proudly relating his story to the Wise Old Pixie, who was listening with a

Devotional

SermonStudio

Epiphany 7 / OT 7 -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2007
You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."

Drama

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You Shall <i>(OUCH!)</i> Be Perfect <i>(BRRR!)</i> As Your Heavenly Father <i>(OOOF!)</i> Is Perfect -- Matthew 5:38-48, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Psalm 71 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2001
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Be holy ... be perfect.
The Tooth Fairy -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 1998
Theme
The Inmate -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Robert F. Crowley -- 1998
Theme

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations For Epiphany 7 (2017) -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- Bill Thomas, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2017
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Sermon Illustrations for Epiphany 7 (2014) -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Derl G. Keefer -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2013
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
In 1848 the papacy... -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Ron Love -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2013
In 1848 the papacy was nearly overthrown, and in 1860 it lost most of its domains with the unificati
Americans have... -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2013
Americans have over-inflated images about themselves.
My coworker's fiance's... -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2013
My coworker's fiancée's birthplace outlawed Christianity.
Sermon illustrations for Epiphany 7 (2011) -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2010
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Frederick Douglass approached the front door... -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Ron Love -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2010
Frederick Douglass approached the front door of the White House, seeking admission into Abraham Linc
In the 1992 film Last of the Mohicans... -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Leah Thompson -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2010
In the 1992 film Last of the Mohicans, Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Hawkeye, an Englishman adopt

The Immediate Word

Make America Great -- Anew -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 -- Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, Jesus suggests that following traditional precepts like “a
Tuning Out Violence By Turning The Other Cheek -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2014

This week’s lectionary texts build on last week’s themes, emphasizing again the importance of fol

Gleaning Some Wisdom -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2011
In this week's gospel passage, Jesus counsels his disciples to avoid retaliation -- telling them to

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Make America Great -- Anew -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 -- Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, Jesus suggests that following traditional precepts like “a
Tuning Out Violence By Turning The Other Cheek -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2014

This week’s lectionary texts build on last week’s themes, emphasizing again the importance of fol

Gleaning Some Wisdom -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2011
In this week's gospel passage, Jesus counsels his disciples to avoid retaliation -- telling them to

SermonStudio

Seventh Sunday After The Epiphany / Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Jesus desires that we seek to love our enemies.
Seventh Sunday After The Epiphany -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Matthew 5:38-48 -- John R. Brokhoff -- 2004
THE LESSONS
Seventh Sunday After The Epiphany -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
Seventh Sunday After The Epiphany -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
A Loving Spirit is the gift of Christ to all who believe. -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Matthew 5:38-48 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Seventh Sunday After The Epiphany -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 (C, E); Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 (L, RC)
The Transfiguration of Our Lord -- Leviticus 1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 5:38-48 -- George M. Bass -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Make America Great -- Anew -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 -- Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, Jesus suggests that following traditional precepts like “a
Tuning Out Violence By Turning The Other Cheek -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2014

This week’s lectionary texts build on last week’s themes, emphasizing again the importance of fol

Gleaning Some Wisdom -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2011
In this week's gospel passage, Jesus counsels his disciples to avoid retaliation -- telling them to

The Village Shepherd

No Strings Attached -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Janice B. Scott -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2011
I remember, as a child, the loathsome task of writing thank you letters after every birthday and Chr

SermonStudio

God's Weather Report -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Charles L. Aaron, Jr. -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2007
In the 1985 movie, Witness, Harrison Ford plays a tough Philadelphia detective who uncovers c
The Offense Of Grace -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Susan R. Andrews -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2004
Victor Hugo begins Les Miserables with the story of Jean Valjean.
You Want Me To Do What? -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Linda Schiphorst Mccoy -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2001
There's an old Charles Schulz Peanuts cartoon that has Lucy chasing Charlie Brown around the
Jesus' Countercultural Sermon -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 1995
Sometimes age and experience force us to reevaluate long held beliefs about the world and the way li
Why Roman Soldiers Love The Sermon On The Mount -- Matthew 5:38-48, Matthew 26:6-13 -- Kenneth Cauthen -- 1993
Every now and then someone suggests that it would be wonderful if everyone lived by the Sermon on th
Ooo Boy! -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 1992
I don't know what started the argument.

Stories

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For Love Of Neighbor -- Matthew 5:38-48, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Psalm 119:33-40 -- Keith Wagner -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2017
Contents
"For Love of Neighbor" by Keith Wagner
The Love Ethic -- Matthew 5:38-48, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Psalm 119:33-40 -- Keith Wagner, Keith Hewitt -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2014
Contents
"The Love Ethic" by Keith Wagner
What Kind Of Fool Are You? -- Matthew 5:38-48, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Psalm 119:33-40 -- John E. Sumwalt, Keith Hewitt -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2011
Contents
"What Kind of Fool Are You?" by John Sumwalt

SermonStudio

An Enemy Loved -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2004
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say t

Worship

The Immediate Word

Make America Great -- Anew -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 -- Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, Jesus suggests that following traditional precepts like “a
Tuning Out Violence By Turning The Other Cheek -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, George Reed -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2014

This week’s lectionary texts build on last week’s themes, emphasizing again the importance of fol

Gleaning Some Wisdom -- Matthew 5:38-48, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2011
In this week's gospel passage, Jesus counsels his disciples to avoid retaliation -- telling them to

SermonStudio

Epiphany 7/Ordinary Time 7 -- Matthew 5:38-48, Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Psalm 119:33-40 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2007
Order For Confession And Forgiveness
Epiphany 7 -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: God would teach us to love,
even the imperfect people,
Just Due Charity -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-1, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- Frank Ramirez -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2004
Call To Worship
Seventh Sunday After Epiphany -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2004
Hymns
O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (LBW88, PH83, NCH209, UM267)
Seventh Sunday After Epiphany -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 2001
Theme: Christian Perfection

Call To Worship
Concerning Retaliation and Loving Enemies -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 1998
Adoration And Praise

Invitation to the Celebration
Seventh Sunday After Epiphany -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Theme: Not Just On Sunday

Call To Worship
Teaching About Revenge And About Loving Enemies -- Matthew 5:38-48 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 1992
Suggestions:
Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture reading.
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 -- B. David Hostetter -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
Public holiness -- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 5:38-48 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: The first two verses of this chapter set the theme: holiness.
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“I have seen the Lord.” (v. 18)

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Today I have the best news ever to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond) First, notice I have a container (box or can) with a lid on it. Inside we will find ____________.  (for example: oreo cookies, legos etc.)

So let's see what is inside. (open lid) What do we see? Nothing. What? Aren't there supposed to be ___________ inside?? (children respond)
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“When Jesus had received the wine, he said,'it is finished,' then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.'”

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Janice B. Scott
We Christians are often reckoned to be a sad bunch, at least in the opinion of non-Christian western society. And sometimes, I think they're right. We must seem a bit pathetic to normal red-blooded human beings as we go to church each Sunday, singing hymns and indulging in all kinds of odd rituals, when we could be cleaning the car or shopping or playing sport or otherwise enjoying ourselves.

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Our culture still "seeks the living among the dead" as it pursues security, comfort, and pleasure.

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We have a table before us. It is a familiar table; we have gathered around it together countless times before. It features the cherished elements of bread and wine; and taken together, those elements on this table form a sacrament.

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