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One of Jeffrey Archer's more... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- 1995
One of Jeffrey Archer's more exciting tales is the breathtaking novel A Matter of Honor.
An English writer tells of... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- 1995
An English writer tells of a group of children having a Christmas party in a boarding school.
Credentials. Connections. That is how... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- 1995
Credentials. Connections.
This really happened. I read... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- 1995
This really happened. I read about it in the Houston Chronicle when Gulfgate Mall was brand-new.
The kind of stories that... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- 1995
The kind of stories that we make a part of our memory affects how we live.
Sometimes a warm greeting can... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Sometimes a warm greeting can change our lives.
This is one very long... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
This is one very long sentence. It is quite an introduction.
Paul's greeting to the Romans... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Paul's greeting to the Romans emphasizes the theological doctrine of the Incarnation, God in Jesus,
Paul greets his people as... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Paul greets his people as one "set apart."
We had just moved into... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
We had just moved into a new home, and the furniture was getting placed.
It seems remarkable to us... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
It seems remarkable to us that an itinerant evangelist who experienced beatings and imprisonments on
Paul felt called to be... -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Paul felt called to be an apostle, a witness, to the gentiles, people not fully acceptable to the fa

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A Good-Enough Marriage -- Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Psalm 80:1-7 -- Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
December 19, 2004Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

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by John Sumwalt
Psalm 98

Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.
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David Kalas
In the mid-1960s, a popular song declared, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of.”1 It was an era of both national and international unrest. And the American landscape was reeling from the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and opposition to both. Amidst headlines so marked by unrest and division, therefore, the sentiment of the song struck a chord with an American audience. 
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Bonnie Bates
Acts 10:44-48
Prejudice is always wrong. Nat King Cole is a well-known artist who was the first African American to host his own national television program. In 1948, he purchased a beautiful home in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood. When the local neighborhood association confronted him and informed him it didn’t want any undesirables to move in, Cole responded, “Neither do I. If I see any coming in here, I’ll be the first to complain.” He lived in that house until his death in 1965.

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John Jamison
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.

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John E. Sumwalt
Jo Perry-sumwalt
One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
God's love brings us together.

Collect of the Day
It is noted that God has prepared great joy for those who love Him. Petitions are then offered that such love may be poured into the hearts of the faithful so that they may obtain these promises. Justification as a reward for our deeds (love) is communicated by this prayer.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 98
Stan Purdum
(See Christmas Day, Cycles A and B, for alternative approaches.)

Richard E. Gribble
Once upon a time a great and powerful king ruled over a vast territory. There was something very strange about this kingdom, however -- everything was the same. The people ate the same food, drank the same drink, wore the same clothes, and lived in the same type of homes. The people even did all the same work. There was another oddity about this place. Everything was gray -- the food, the drink, the clothes, the houses; there were no other colors.

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