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Salvation -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-13, Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
It is natural to expect that people will always couch any talk about salvation in terms of their own
The Presence in Our Midst -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-13 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
There are those who seem to be forever looking for God's coming.

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A Sunday School teacher was... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
A Sunday School teacher was speaking with her fifth grade class about the power of God.
John Bunyon, in his powerful... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
John Bunyon, in his powerful allegory, Pilgrim's Progress, connects spiritual peace with a vision of
Paul's ability to accept whatever... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
Paul's ability to accept whatever life brought to him, can be achieved by anyone.
Some really good things happened... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 1996
"Some really good things happened at that meeting," Jennifer thought to herself as she was driving h
Johann Sebastian Bach headed his... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Third Sunday of Advent - B
Johann Sebastian Bach headed his religious works with "the initials JJ, which stood for Jesus Juv
E. Stanley Jones, the Methodist... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Third Sunday of Advent - B
E.
When asked what they wish... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Third Sunday of Advent - B
When asked what they wish, rather than what they need, many older adults say, "To make a contributio
Special guests have a way... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Third Sunday of Advent - B
Special guests have a way of bringing out something special in us ...
Napoleon said, If they want... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Napoleon said, "If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots."
Have no anxiety about anything... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let
One of my favorite Russian... -- Philippians 4:4-13 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
One of my favorite Russian authors is Fyodor Dostoevski who spent years of exile in Siberia.

Prayer

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THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-13, Luke 3:7-18 -- B. David Hostetter -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

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Third Sunday In Advent -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-13, Luke 3:7-18 -- George M. Bass -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Advent 3 -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-13, Luke 3:7-18 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

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Envy: Where Is The Grass Greener? -- Genesis 4, Philippians 4:4-13 -- R. Curtis Fussell -- 1997
I have a friend by the name of Robert who has always enjoyed playing jokes, especially at the expens
A Strange Victory Death of a Nineteen-year-old -- Job 13, Philippians 4:4-13 -- Anthology, Louis M. Pratt -- 1989
Death is seen as a friend when it comes to a loved one in the fulness of years, when the prospect is
Dealing With Suicide For a Man in His Sixties -- Psalm 23, Philippians 4:4-13 -- Anthology, Louis M. Pratt -- 1989
The death of a loved one is always a tragedy.
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John Jamison
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(vv. 16-21)

The Immediate Word

Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
Katy Stenta
Quantisha Mason-Doll
For January 30, 2022:

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Frank Ramirez
Road trip. Books, movies, and songs often center on a story about a journey in which someone finds out who they really are, what they really want, how to become what they were meant to be. The journey may be literal — discovering about ourselves through travel — or symbolic — an inward journey or experience that crystalizes self-discovery. In these passages, Jeremiah’s journey is an inward dialogue with God, in which, despite his protestations, it becomes apparent he is to be God’s prophet in the worst of times.
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost for His Highest, wrote, “'I have chosen you!' Keep that note of greatness in your creed. It is not that you have got God but that He has got you.” These words are powerful and, I think, reflect well the call of Jeremiah that we see in this passage. From before the time he was born, God had a plan for Jeremiah. He would be God’s prophet to the nations. 

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to worship:

Jesus grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him. As we grow, let us too become strong, with the favour of God upon us.

Invitation to confession:

Lord, we would grow inwardly strong, as you were strong.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord, sometimes we are weak and do that which we later regret.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, may we hold fast to you and become filled with wisdom.
Lord, have mercy.

Reading:

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Argile Smith
C. David Mckirachan
Note: This installment was originally published in 2007.

Contents
What's Up This Week
"Love Language That Hurts" by Argile Smith
"Whine And Cheese" by C. David McKirachan
"Moving On" by C. David McKirachan


What's Up This Week

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Gregory L. Tolle
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body -- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free -- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.... Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (vv. 12-14, 27)

James Evans
(See Proper 16/Pentecost 14/Ordinary Time 21, Cycle C, for an alternative approach.)

William G. Carter
I want to let you in on an industry secret. Ready? Most preachers have a difficult time preaching in the congregations where they grew up.
Steven E. Albertin
"The land of the free and the home of the brave." So ends our national anthem sung today at many large public gatherings in our society. It was originally penned in a time of war and has continually reminded us that this is a nation where people will bravely fight to defend their freedoms. But in this day of post-modern relativism, when there are very few causes left which anyone will bravely defend, "freedom" still remains as the great American ideal.

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