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The Triumph of Love -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Frank Ramirez -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
One of the problems about living in the present is that the only perspective we get on our current t
Changed by Love -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-8, Revelation 21:1-6 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
The bride-to-be was obviously nervous.
The power of words and the Word -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Frank Ramirez -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
The power of God’s word, spoken and written, is emphasized in several places in scripture.
Who do we let in? -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- David Coffin -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
The cry goes out in either the church council or congregational meeting: "We need more people to com
Something old, something new -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35, Psalm 148 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
Human beings have an interesting relationship to old and new.
Serenity now! -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35, Psalm 148 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
Reading the texts for this Sunday I am reminded of the episode from the television series,
Making no distinction -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
We are a people who love to differentiate ourselves from others.
Newness glorifies God -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1998
This Sunday will fall on Mother's Day in churches throughout the United States, but the lessons pay
Keeping the dimension of mystery -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
The reading from Acts this day is the closing scene in a story that begins in Acts 10:1.
Moving on -- Acts 14:8-18, John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
One of John's contributions is his writing from the viewpoint of a later early Christian.
Focus on the Father -- Psalm 145:13b-21, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Easter Day - C
Sometimes when I hear some talk, I think that they have in their allegiance to Jesus forgotten what
All things new and improved -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35, Psalm 148 -- David Kalas -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
We don't much care for new things being forced on us, but we do like to have new things offered to u

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Hungry for More Justice -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35, Psalm 148 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 15, 2022:
Love Between Our Toes -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-8, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For May 19, 2019:
Opening Closed Doors -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
North Carolina became the center of national controversy last month when it passed the “
Soft Targets -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
The news last Monday afternoon was stunning.
Is America A Christian Nation? -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-8, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
The volcano in Iceland that disrupted travel and commerce throughout Europe has not been the only er
Maternal Love: Human And Divine -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
We pause in the midst of ongoing war and war crimes to think this Sunday of maternal love.
Divided We Fall -- Acts 11:1-18, John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
The recent story about the U.S.

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Home sweet home -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Leah Thompson -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"See, the home of God is among mortals.
Beautiful brides -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from
Love and paint -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
Good morning, boys and girls. I have a special hat that painters use when they paint.
What is heaven really like? -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
Today I want to talk about heaven. What do you think heaven
The water of life -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
Good morning! Here's something I bought yesterday at the
A bride's new beginning -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
I love weddings! Weddings are so exciting as the bride and

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Easter 5 -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
See, the home of God is among mortals.

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You Shall Be Holy -- Acts 13:44-52, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
Me, be holy? Me, with all my horrid habits and stinky sins? I can't do that!

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Sermon Illustrations for Easter 5 (2022) -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
Acts 11:1-18
Sermon illustrations for Easter 5 (2019) -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
Acts 11:1-18
Sermon illustrations for Easter 5 (2016) -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- R. Robert Cueni, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
Acts 11:1-18
Sermon illustrations for Easter 5 (2013) -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
Acts 11:1-18
NULL -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
To behold the New Jerusalem is to see life on earth differently.
NULL -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Ron Love -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
John Adams, the second president of the United States, told his son Johnny (who would become the six
Acts 11:1-18 Many... -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
Acts 11:1-18
We're used to infomercials with... -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
We're used to infomercials with their "But wait..." Before television, marketers printed
Have you ever gone shell... -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
Have you ever gone shell hunting at an ocean beach? I well remember the beautiful shells
Several years ago, a movie... -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
Several years ago, a movie came out titled, Cocoon. It was the story of some old
In pastoral counseling, often a... -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
In pastoral counseling, often a client is asked the miracle question.
During one of the worst... -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
During one of the worst blizzards of the winter I received a phone call from one of my parishioners.
One of the most famous... -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
One of the most famous British ships of the twentieth century was HMS Renown.
The brides of the Himba... -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
The brides of the Himba people in Namibia wear a leather headdress, the back of which features the s
Many people have difficulty dealing... -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1998
Many people have difficulty dealing with the stress of modern life.
Judgment Day, the final one... -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1998
Judgment Day, the final one, has arrived.
A young couple decided they... -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1998
A young couple decided they wanted to volunteer and help reach out to meet the needs of people.
Sue had two young children... -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1998
Sue had two young children just learning to crawl.
Harold, a scientist at NASA... -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
Harold, a scientist at NASA, was attending his grandpa's funeral.

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Hungry for More Justice -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35, Psalm 148 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 15, 2022:
Love Between Our Toes -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-8, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For May 19, 2019:
Opening Closed Doors -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
North Carolina became the center of national controversy last month when it passed the “
Soft Targets -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
The news last Monday afternoon was stunning.
Is America A Christian Nation? -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-8, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
The volcano in Iceland that disrupted travel and commerce throughout Europe has not been the only er

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Free Sermon Illustrations for May 2, 2010 from SermonStudio -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18, Psalm 148 -- Don R. Yocom -- 2010
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FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER -- Acts 14:8-18, Psalm 145:13b-21, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- B. David Hostetter -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP(Responsively)God is great and greatly to be praised.

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Hungry for More Justice -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35, Psalm 148 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 15, 2022:
Love Between Our Toes -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-8, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For May 19, 2019:
Opening Closed Doors -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
North Carolina became the center of national controversy last month when it passed the “
Soft Targets -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
The news last Monday afternoon was stunning.
Is America A Christian Nation? -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-8, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
The volcano in Iceland that disrupted travel and commerce throughout Europe has not been the only er
Maternal Love: Human And Divine -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
We pause in the midst of ongoing war and war crimes to think this Sunday of maternal love.
Divided We Fall -- Acts 11:1-18, John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
The recent story about the U.S.

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Fifth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Fifth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeThe resurrected Christ becomes a physical presence in the world again.
Fifth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Acts 11:1-18 (C)
Fifth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 14:8-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- George M. Bass -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Fifth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 14:8-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- George M. Bass -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Easter 5 -- Acts 14:8-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons

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Hungry for More Justice -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35, Psalm 148 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 15, 2022:
Love Between Our Toes -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-8, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For May 19, 2019:
Opening Closed Doors -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
North Carolina became the center of national controversy last month when it passed the “
Soft Targets -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
The news last Monday afternoon was stunning.
Is America A Christian Nation? -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-8, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
The volcano in Iceland that disrupted travel and commerce throughout Europe has not been the only er
Maternal Love: Human And Divine -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
We pause in the midst of ongoing war and war crimes to think this Sunday of maternal love.
Divided We Fall -- Acts 11:1-18, John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
The recent story about the U.S.

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Heaven On Earth -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Many years ago when I was going to prep school in Milwaukee, the students loved to walk past a nearb
New Creations In Christ -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
There once was a very unhappy old man.
All Things New -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Bill Mosley -- 2004
Years ago I worked at a telecatalog center.
Vocabulary Building -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
Just like that, everything changes.
Creating Family -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
The issue was one of survival.

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Heaven On Earth -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Many years ago when I was going to prep school in Milwaukee, the students loved to walk past a nearb

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After Death, Life -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Janice B. Scott -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
The death of someone you love, causes perhaps the worst pain known to human beings.

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The Table -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Keith Hewitt, Lamar Massingill -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
What's Up This Week
Living Outside The Box -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Keith Wagner, C. David Mckirachan -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
Contents "Living Outside the Box" by Keith Wagner
Parting Words -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Keith Hewitt -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
Contents"Parting Words" by Keith Hewitt
A Mother's Share -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35, Psalm 148 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
A Mother's Share

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Pie In The Sky -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- David E. Leininger -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Do you like to eat? I do. I like food! And it shows.
Living In Kansas, Wishing For Oz -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away
No More Tears -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Richard A. Jensen -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1994
Can you imagine a four-year-old boy falling to his death from the 53rd floor of a New York City apar

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Hungry for More Justice -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35, Psalm 148 -- Katy Stenta, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 15, 2022:
Love Between Our Toes -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-8, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For May 19, 2019:
Opening Closed Doors -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
North Carolina became the center of national controversy last month when it passed the “
Soft Targets -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
The news last Monday afternoon was stunning.
Is America A Christian Nation? -- John 13:31-35, Acts 11:1-8, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
The volcano in Iceland that disrupted travel and commerce throughout Europe has not been the only er
Maternal Love: Human And Divine -- John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Acts 11:1-18 -- Carter Shelley -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
We pause in the midst of ongoing war and war crimes to think this Sunday of maternal love.
Divided We Fall -- Acts 11:1-18, John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6, Psalm 148 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
The recent story about the U.S.

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Easter 5 -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35, Psalm 148 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
The Easter story is about the triumph of creativity.
Fifth Sunday Of Easter -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Frank Ramirez -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Revelation 21:1-6Theme: It's About Time
Fifth Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
Theme: Salvation Is Available To EveryoneCall To Worship
Fifth Sunday of Easter -- Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35 -- James R. Wilson -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 1997
First Lesson: Acts 11:1-18 Theme: Christ for the world
The New Heaven And The New Earth -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- All Saints Day - B -- 1993
Suggestions:Use as an anthem.
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David Coffin
Pentecost accents the belief that the Christian church is a Spirit movement, not another world institution. Imagine a pastor who is on the denomination committee for examining pastoral candidates that are on various points along their journey toward ordination either before, during or just after completion of seminary/Bible college training. All the pastoral candidates are excited about their future of making a positive change and impression on the churches they serve.
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Martin Luther viewed Pentecost as a day of celebration, as on a sermon in the topic he noted “it was on this present Pentecost Day that the joyful blessed and lovely kingdom of Christ was established, a kingdom filled with joy, courage, and certainty.”  Complete Sermons, Vol.6, p.152) Awareness of the Holy Spirit is a big part of the joy and certainty Pentecost brings.  John Wesley, then, offers a timely warning about how not to lose a sense of the Spirit and the joy and confidence this insight offers.  He wrote:

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Peter Andrew Smith
“I’m not sure why we’re doing this,” Ollie muttered to himself as he took his place on the bandstand. He unpacked his guitar and played a few chords to make sure that it was in tune. “The acoustics are better in the church building.”

“They may be,” Todd said raising his voice over the sounds of the busy park. “Going to be a noisy afternoon from the sounds of it.”

“Huh?” Ollie looked over at his smiling friend. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to say that out loud.”

“You’re just saying what we’re all thinking, isn’t he Wendy?’

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John Jamison
Object: Today’s message will include a role-play. You will need one child to play the role of the shepherd and the rest of the children will be the people from town. I usually pick an outgoing child for my shepherd so they will act out a bit. Encourage everyone to have fun and ham it up a bit.

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Janice B. Scott
As I recall, there was a mighty, rushing wind at the last Bank Holiday weekend. It didn't herald the coming of God quite as much as the coming of a mighty, rushing rain, and for many unfortunate people, substantial flooding. And it was accompanied by considerable power, for it uprooted and destroyed one of our laburnum trees.

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Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
The Holy Spirit gets around. Historically the church has also commemorated its origins on this festival. In some traditions, confirmation is celebrated.

Collect of the Day
Petitions are offered that the Spirit come and transform the faithful to give them language to proclaim the word. The Holy Spirit, Justification (by Grace), Sanctification, and Evangelism are emphasized.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
* Hymn to God the creator; praise for God's providential interventions.
James Evans
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see The Day Of Pentecost, Cycle A, for an alternative approach.)

Elizabeth Achtemeier
On the previous Sundays of this Eastertide, we have heard the risen Christ tell his followers to remain in Jerusalem until he sends the Holy Spirit upon them. That will enable them to be his witnesses in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Having promised that, he ascended into heaven, to rule over all at the right hand of the Father. That promise was spoken during the forty days that the Lord was with the apostles and disciples after his resurrection.
Arthur H. Kolsti
Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord to the breath, prophesy mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
-- Ezekiel 37:4-10
Ron Lavin
The Holy Spirit is called "your Advocate" in the New English Bible translation of John 15:26. Other translations may be helpful in understanding the meaning of the Holy Spirit. The King James Version uses the term "The Comforter." The Revised Standard Version and the New International Version use the term "The Counselor." The Phillips translation and the Barclay translation call the Holy Spirit "The Helper." I like the title "The Advocate" best of all. This term "The Adovcate" includes comforting, counseling, and helping.

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