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Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Can't I leave, just for a second? -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2017
While Moses is up on Mount Sinai, his brother Aaron builds a golden calf.
The music of grace -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2014
His shrunken frame and age-diminished voice were almost lost at the front of our large church audito
Let's party -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
Everybody loves a party.
How to change God's mind -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1996
With Moses absent for a brief time the people begin to doubt.

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

What Happens in Vegas -- Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 23 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2017
The centerpiece of this week’s lectionary gospel text is a parable about guests who spurn their invi
God's E-Vite -- Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2014

For more than a week, Hong Kong’s main thoroughfares have been filled to overflowing each night w

Gods Of Gold -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
The lectionary text from the Hebrew scriptures assigned for this week -- Aaron's creation of the gol

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Rejoice -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. (v. 4)
Rejoice -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2008
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. (v. 4)

Keep struggling to win -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A
Good morning, boys and girls.
Be happy! -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A
Good morning! Have you ever been to a circus? (Let them
A real Jesus -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A
Have you ever seen a movie or a television show that was
Be happy! -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you enjoy eating at

Devotional

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Proper 23 / Pentecost 21 / OT 28 -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Stephen P. Mccutchan -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2007
Rejoice in the Lord always ... Let your gentleness be known to everyone....

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 (2017) -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2017
Exodus 32:1-14
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Derl G. Keefer, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2014
Exodus 32:1-14
Egerton Ryerson at the age of... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Ron Love -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2014
Egerton Ryerson at the age of twelve lay in bed, deathly ill.
This lesson calls the faithful... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2014
This lesson calls the faithful to rejoicing. Americans are not doing a lot of rejoicing.
Pastor Ted Wardlaw describes a communion service... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
Pastor Ted Wardlaw describes a communion service he held a number of years ago in Atlanta.
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 (2011) -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
Exodus 32:1-14
When reading through a book... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Craig Kelly -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
When reading through a book like Foxe's Book of Martyrs or DC Talk's Jesus Freaks, you
Sinclair Lewis' novel, Elmer Gantry... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2008
Sinclair Lewis' novel, Elmer Gantry, is the story of an evangelical revival
The apostle Paul says an... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2008
The apostle Paul says an amazing thing to us in our epistle lesson today. He says, "Do not
It was a particularly frustrating... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2008
It was a particularly frustrating church meeting. Nancy and Mary Jane had been friends
Jayne was a simple country... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2008
Jayne was a simple country girl, with a heart as big as the Saskatchewan skyscape. Her
Do not worry about anything... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2002
"Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let you
Three centuries ago, in Scotland... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2002
Three centuries ago, in Scotland, Samuel Rutherford was a preacher of great renown.
Paul calls disciples to demonstrate... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2002
Paul calls disciples to demonstrate forbearance.
Reader's Digest features... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1999
Reader's Digest features both "Points to Ponder" and "Quotable Quotes." Included will be such
When Tony Campolo was invited... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1999
When Tony Campolo was invited to preach at a Lutheran church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the pastor
They called George Muller the... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1999
They called George Muller the "man of faith." Believing that his material needs would be supplied th
Minnie and Ruby had been... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1999
Minnie and Ruby had been neighbors for 45 years. Their husbands were boyhood friends.
Don't worry! An easy thing... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1996
Don't worry! An easy thing to say but a difficult thing to do. Instead of worrying -- pray.
Alfie reflects the opposite of... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1996
Alfie reflects the opposite of what Jesus promises.
As life unfolds we find... -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1996
As life unfolds we find many causes for rejoicing.

The Immediate Word

What Happens in Vegas -- Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 23 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2017
The centerpiece of this week’s lectionary gospel text is a parable about guests who spurn their invi
God's E-Vite -- Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2014

For more than a week, Hong Kong’s main thoroughfares have been filled to overflowing each night w

Gods Of Gold -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
The lectionary text from the Hebrew scriptures assigned for this week -- Aaron's creation of the gol

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Free Sermon Illustrations for Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 (2017) -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2017
Exodus 32:1-14

Preaching

The Immediate Word

What Happens in Vegas -- Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 23 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2017
The centerpiece of this week’s lectionary gospel text is a parable about guests who spurn their invi
God's E-Vite -- Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2014

For more than a week, Hong Kong’s main thoroughfares have been filled to overflowing each night w

Gods Of Gold -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
The lectionary text from the Hebrew scriptures assigned for this week -- Aaron's creation of the gol

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Proper 23 / Pentecost 21 / Ordinary Time 28 -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
The only antidote to idolatry is proper worship.
Proper 23 -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Exodus 32:1--14 (C)
Proper 23, Pentecost 21, Ordinary Time 28 -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
The teaching and ministry of Jesus the Christ.
Proper 23 -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Exodus 32:1-14 (C)
Recipe For Peace -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Gary L. Carver -- 1997
"There is no God!" blatantly he shouted.
The importance of accepting God's gracious invitation to the feast of life -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Exodus 32:1--14 (C)
Proper 23 -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Exodus 32:1-14 (C)

Sermon

The Immediate Word

What Happens in Vegas -- Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 23 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2017
The centerpiece of this week’s lectionary gospel text is a parable about guests who spurn their invi
God's E-Vite -- Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2014

For more than a week, Hong Kong’s main thoroughfares have been filled to overflowing each night w

Gods Of Gold -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
The lectionary text from the Hebrew scriptures assigned for this week -- Aaron's creation of the gol

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Can We Believe? -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2010
Do you ever find it hard to keep on believing?
Reasons For Rejoicing -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Mary S. Lautensleger -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2007
We Christians can disagree over some of the smallest, most ordinary things.
No Idea -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Richard C. Brand -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2004
"I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord." We have no idea what in the world th
Marked In God's Book -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- George M. Bass -- 1991
"The cross is still there" upon your forehead, and because it is, it is burned into your heart, mind

The Village Shepherd

Solving Disputes -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A
The 2001 census apparently showed that in the UK, women rule the world!

Stories

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Late -- Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23, Psalm 23 -- David O. Bales, Keith Wagner -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2017
Contents
"Late" by David O. Bales
Relief For The Stiff Neck -- Matthew 22:1-14, Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 -- Keith Wagner -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2014
Contents
"Relief for the Stiff Neck" by Keith Wagner
American Idols -- Matthew 22:1-14, Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 -- Keith Hewitt, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
Contents
"American Idols" by Keith Heweitt
A Lot Of Bull -- Matthew 22:1-14, Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr., Craig Kelly, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2008
Contents
What's Up This Week
"A Lot of Bull" by Alex Gondola
The Middle Wife -- Matthew 22:1-14, Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 -- Sherman Rogers, Mark Hornickel -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2005
Contents
What's Up This Week
A Story to Live By: "The Middle Wife"

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Church Fights -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2007
No one in the church today knows what Euodia and Syntyche were fighting about.
Rejoice? -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2004
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice." (v. 4)

Worship

The Immediate Word

What Happens in Vegas -- Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 23 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2017
The centerpiece of this week’s lectionary gospel text is a parable about guests who spurn their invi
God's E-Vite -- Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 23 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2014

For more than a week, Hong Kong’s main thoroughfares have been filled to overflowing each night w

Gods Of Gold -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
The lectionary text from the Hebrew scriptures assigned for this week -- Aaron's creation of the gol

SermonStudio

Proper 23 / Ordinary Time 28 / Pentecost 18 -- Matthew 22:1-14, Isaiah 25:1-9, Philippians 4:1-9, Psalm 23 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2007
Prayer Of Confession And Absolution
Proper 23 -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2007
Greeting
One: This is the day God has made.
All: Let us rejoice!
Short Attention Span -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2004
Call To Worship
Proper 23 -- Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2004
Hymns
Rejoice, Ye Pure In Heart (UM160, 16l, NCH55, 71, PH145, 146, LBW553)
Proper 23 -- Philippians 4:1-9 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2001
Theme: Rejoice In The Lord, Always

Call To Worship
Proper 23 -- Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Exodus 32:1-14
Theme: I Love You

Call To Worship
PROPER 23 -- Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
The greatness of godliness -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Psalm 135, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: The testimonial that concludes the poignantly moving account of Moses' death and se
God's self-revelation through Moses' death -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Philippians 4:1-9 -- Heth H. Corl -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1986
Call to Worship
Pastor:
PROPER 23 -- Matthew 22:1-14, Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Philippians 4:1-9 -- Norman A. Beck -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 1986
The message conveyed in the Matthew 22:1-14 parable is basically that "When God invites, if you are

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Proper 23 / OT 28 / Pentecost 19 -- Matthew 22:1-14, Isaiah 25:1-9, Philippians 4:1-9, Psalm 23 -- Amy C. Schifrin -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2007
Prayer Of Confession And Absolution

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The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
Bethany Peerbolte
Thomas Willadsen
Few things are more illustrative than a juicy, tightly phrased nugget of hyperbole or literary exaggeration. From Monty Python to Cicero, literature is filled with these leg-pulling and eye rolling tidbits. To wit:

You were lucky. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six o’clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down at the mill for 14 hours a day and when we got home, our Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt!​” (Monty Python).

“Busier than a pig on ice.”

StoryShare

C. David Mckirachan
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Hoisted On Their Own Petard” by C. David McKirachan
“Who’s Responsible?” by C. David McKirachan
“Good for What?” by Frank Ramirez


Hoisted On Their Own Petard
by C. David McKirachan
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22

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Arley K. Fadness
“Salt is good; (v. 50a)

Good morning boys and girls,

How are you this morning? Are you feeling sunny or cloudy? Stormy or balmy? Using weather talk how would you describe yourself. For me, I'm feeling _____________.

I have a question.

And I have some surprising good news. Are you ready? (children respond) The question is: have you ever eaten food without salt? Did you ever eat french fries without salt? Have you ever eaten potato chips without salt? Without salt food can be tasteless and unappetizing.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
The 14th Day of Adar, the feast of Purim, commemorates a time when the Jewish people were saved during the Persian Empire. Tribal genocide was proposed by Haman; his desire was to annihilate the whole nation of Israel. Esther, you will remember, was encouraged by Mordecai to stand up for her people with the king of Persia. Risking her life, Esther goes before the king and advocates for justice.

Frank Ramirez
Esther is not just the winner of a beauty contest. She, like us, has the potential to rise to the unexpected occasion! She turns out to be greater than we, and she, thought she was.

According to the most practical book of the New Testament, the letter of James, prayer is more than simply the channel for our hopes. Prayer is the practical avenue  for getting things done with God, and should be treated seriously. Prayer is more than you think.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
The chairman of our local district council has just been ordained. For the first year he will be a deacon, then in a year's time should be ordained priest in accordance with Church of England tradition. In an article in the local paper he said, "One woman told me that she got a lot from my sermons and prayers because she felt like she was leaning on a garden gate talking to God."

That seems to me to be such a good description of prayer, to be leaning on a garden gate talking to God. It conjures up a feeling

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Steven E. Albertin
Several years ago at my previous congregation I remember a discussion I had with the church council. It was very revealing of the kind of distorted vision of ministry that is very much afoot in the church these days.

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