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Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

The surprise of Baby Grace -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Psalm 96 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2010
And so it comes to this: After days of cooking and baking, planning and preparing, buying and wrappi
This is Christmas -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Psalm 96 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
"And so this is Christmas...." Bob Geldof's musical Band Aid gift to Africa ("Do They
Beartivity -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Psalm 96 -- William H. Shepherd -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
I live in a house with my wife, two cats, and about 200 teddy bears.
Night of light -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20, Psalm 96 -- Timothy B. Cargal -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2002
One of the great cultural traditions of modern American Christmas observance is the use of lights.
The surprise of Baby Grace -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Psalm 96 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2001
And so it comes to this: After days of cooking and baking, planning and preparing, buying and wrappi

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

On The Other Hand -- Luke 7:1-10, 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Psalm 96 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary reading from the Hebrew scriptures, a clearly frustrated Elijah pleads wit
He Says 'jump,' You Say 'how High?' -- Luke 7:1-10, 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Psalm 96 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2013
When Jesus holds up a Roman centurion in this week's lectionary gospel text and tells the crowd that

Devotional

SermonStudio

Proper 4 / Pentecost 2 / Ordinary Time 9 -- Psalm 96 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2009
Say among the nations, "The Lord is king!"
-- Psalm 96:10a

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day -- Psalm 96 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
... He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.
O Sing To The LORD A New Song -- Psalm 96 -- Robert G. Beckstrand -- 2007
O sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD all the earth.

Drama

SermonStudio

Incarnation -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20, Psalm 96 -- John A. Tenbrook -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2003
Thespian Theological Thoughts
Wow! Baby Jesus Is Born ... For Me! -- Isaiah 9:2-4, 6-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Psalm 96 -- John A. Tenbrook -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B -- 2002
Thespian Theological Thoughts

Illustration

The Immediate Word

On The Other Hand -- Luke 7:1-10, 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Psalm 96 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary reading from the Hebrew scriptures, a clearly frustrated Elijah pleads wit
He Says 'jump,' You Say 'how High?' -- Luke 7:1-10, 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Psalm 96 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2013
When Jesus holds up a Roman centurion in this week's lectionary gospel text and tells the crowd that

StoryShare

The King And The Maiden -- Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Constance Berg, Frank R. Fisher, John E. Sumwalt, Paul Lintern, Stan Purdum -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2005
Contents
What's Up for Christmas

Prayer

SermonStudio

CHRISTMAS EVE -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- B. David Hostetter -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP

Preaching

The Immediate Word

On The Other Hand -- Luke 7:1-10, 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Psalm 96 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary reading from the Hebrew scriptures, a clearly frustrated Elijah pleads wit
He Says 'jump,' You Say 'how High?' -- Luke 7:1-10, 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Psalm 96 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2013
When Jesus holds up a Roman centurion in this week's lectionary gospel text and tells the crowd that

SermonStudio

Psalm 96 -- Psalm 96 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
"Say to the nations, 'The Lord is king!' "
Proper 4/Pentecost 2/Ordinary Time 9 -- Psalm 96 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2006
Psalm 96 is an enthronement psalm.
Christmas Eve -- Psalm 96 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Psalm 96 is an enthronement psalm.
Christmas Eve -- Psalm 96 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see Christmas Eve, Cycle A, for an alternative app
Christmas Eve -- Psalm 96 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see Christmas Eve, Cycle B, for an alternative app
Christmas Eve -- Psalm 96 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- 1993
O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sacrament

SermonStudio

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC MINISTRY -- Psalm 95:1-2, Psalm 96, Psalm 98, Psalm 100 -- Gennifer Benjamin Brooks -- 1996
"O come let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Sermon

The Immediate Word

On The Other Hand -- Luke 7:1-10, 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Psalm 96 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary reading from the Hebrew scriptures, a clearly frustrated Elijah pleads wit
He Says 'jump,' You Say 'how High?' -- Luke 7:1-10, 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Psalm 96 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2013
When Jesus holds up a Roman centurion in this week's lectionary gospel text and tells the crowd that

Stories

StoryShare

Seeing the Future -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2018
Contents
“Seeing the Future” by Peter Andrew Smith
Too Good To Be True -- Luke 7:1-10, 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Psalm 96 -- Frank Ramirez, Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2016
Contents
"Too Good To Be True" by Frank Ramirez
A Holy Birth -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Sandra Herrmann, Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2016
Contents
"A Holy Birth" by Sandra Herrmann
The Great Aim Of Virgil -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Frank Ramirez -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2015
Contents
"The Great Aim of Virgil" by Frank Ramirez
Following The Leader -- Luke 7:1-10, 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Psalm 96 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Hewitt -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2013
Contents
"Following the Leader" by Peter Andrew Smith
Arms Of Stone -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Keith Hewitt, Sandra Herrmann -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2013
Contents
"Arms of Stone" by Keith Hewitt
God Bless Our Gracious Leader -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Sandra Herrmann, C. David Mckirachan -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2012
Contents
"God Bless Our Gracious Leader" by Sandra Herrmann

Terry's Question -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Larry Winebrenner, Keith Hewitt -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2011
Contents
"Terry's Question" by Larry Winebrenner
Taking His Joy Unto Ourselves -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Lamar Massingill, John E. Sumwalt -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2010
Contents
"Taking His Joy unto Ourselves" by Lamar Massingill
The King And The Maiden -- Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Constance Berg, Frank R. Fisher, John E. Sumwalt, Paul Lintern, Stan Purdum -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2005
Contents
What's Up for Christmas
Christmas Absence -- Titus 2:11-14, Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20, Psalm 96 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
Contents
A Story to Live By: "

Worship

The Immediate Word

On The Other Hand -- Luke 7:1-10, 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Psalm 96 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary reading from the Hebrew scriptures, a clearly frustrated Elijah pleads wit
He Says 'jump,' You Say 'how High?' -- Luke 7:1-10, 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Psalm 96 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2013
When Jesus holds up a Roman centurion in this week's lectionary gospel text and tells the crowd that

SermonStudio

Christmas Eve -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Julia Ross Strope -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
The wonderful cycle of the year,
Proper 4 / Ordinary Time 9 / Pentecost 2 -- 1 Kings 18:20-21 (22-29) 30-39, Galatians 1:1-12, Luke 7:1-10, Psalm 96 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2009
Atonement, [sometimes called at-one-ment] takes place where men and women, races, classes, and na
Break Forth In Song -- Psalm 96 -- Clyde W. Wentzell -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2008
1. Break forth in song, let all be glad
And hail the newborn king!
Christmas Eve -- Psalm 96 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
(Distribute this sheet to the readers.)

Date:

Reader A:
Bulletin Insert for Christmas Eve for Year A -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Psalm 96 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
Christmas Eve

Service For The Christ Candle
Reader A:
Christmas Eve / Christmas Day -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 96 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
Gathering
P: Born into this world,
C: born into our lives,
Christmas Eve -- Psalm 96 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- 2006
Christmas Eve

For Psalm 96
Christmas Eve -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20), Psalm 96 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- 2005
Christmas Eve

Proper I
Isaiah 9:2-7
Titus 2:11-14
Psalm 96
Christmas Eve -- Psalm 96 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2005
(Distribute this sheet to the readers.)

Date: _________________________
Bulletin Insert for Christmas Eve for Year B -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Robert S. Jarboe -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2005
Service For The Christ Candle

Reader A: ___________________
Christmas Eve/Day -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Beverly S. Bailey -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2004
Hymns
O Sing A New Song To The Lord (PH216)
Christmas Eve / Day -- Psalm 96 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2001
Words Of Assurance
Sing A New Song -- Psalm 96 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 1993
Suggestions: (Psalm 96)
Use as an anthem.
CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- B. David Hostetter -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
Christmas Eve Day -- Psalm 96 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1991
O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
The power of God's presence -- Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: This joyous coronation anthem probably celebrated the enthronement rather than the
CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY -- Psalm 96, Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 -- Norman A. Beck -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1986
The birthday of Jesus is celebrated more than any other birthday in the world.

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The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Ron Love
Bethany Peerbolte
For February 24, 2019:

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Keith Hewitt
Wilton Lewis stood with his hands on his hips, studying the sanctuary wall, not trusting himself to speak. He wanted to spit, was thwarted by the fact that he was inside, and instead swallowed hard and said, “This is vile. Disgusting and vile.” He turned to his right and added, “I apologize, Reverend Cashmore. This does not represent the good people of Port William. You know that, I hope.”

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Frank Ramirez
Since Albert Einstein is considered the genius above all geniuses, he is often credited quotes he never said. (If Einstein said it, it must be true.) That includes the saying that insanity is defined as doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result. Actually, it wasn't until the 1980's that he was first connected to that saying, but it doesn't matter who actually said it, because these three scriptures seem to validate the saying.

Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Genesis 45: 3-11, 15

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Arley K. Fadness
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you....” (v. 27)

Good morning boys and girls,

First thing I want to say is, I love you little ones. Know why? I just love to give love and to receive love. How many of you know how to hug? (children respond)

Love and hugs are about the same aren't they? (children respond)

Well this morning I'm going to talk about love.

The greatest sermon Jesus ever preached shocked the people. He told them who to love.

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David Kalas
Seven years ago, our family moved from southern Virginia to northeast Wisconsin. As you might expect, spring comes later here. Fall comes earlier. And winter is a much different experience in northeast Wisconsin than it was in southern Virginia. The same temperatures that seemed bone-chilling in Virginia are good reason to leave the mufflers and mittens at home in Wisconsin. Of course, many of the retired folks in my congregation here take their cue from the geese and fly south for the winter each year.

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