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Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Landmarks -- Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23) -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2017
Our lives are filled with a combination of physical, emotional, and spiritual landmarks.
Promises, promises -- Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
Psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl, often wrote about the meaninglessness of his patients' lives.
Mirror, mirror on the wall -- Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2002
The events of September 11, 2001, still have folks acting in disturbing ways.
A kingdom of priests and apostles of the kingdom -- Exodus 19:2-8a, Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1999
In our society, full as it is of rugged individualists, we tend to highlight the superstars of any f
Call and response -- Genesis 18:1-15, Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35-10:8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1996
Lewis Carroll's Alice bragged that she could believe in impossibles; why, she could believe in six
God brought laughter -- Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Romans 5:1-8, Psalm 100 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
A few years back, the religious media was filled with reports of "holy laughter." Some charismatic c

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

Keep Calm And Hope On -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2017
Less than three months after a similar coordinated
Illustrations For June 15, 2008 From Tiw -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7) -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
In this week's program, Protestant theologian Don Saliers observes that churches sometimes transm
Who's Hungry? -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
We are all too familiar with the commercials and TV spots depicting starving children halfway around
Welcome The Stranger -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Hospitality to strangers, a welcoming spirit, the personal touch -- we expect to find these above al

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A wonderful stream -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
And hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our
Not guilty! -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Good morning! I cut this article out of the newspaper to
Still sinners -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Several weeks ago many members of this congregation went to
God's music lesson -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. Today we are going to have a real treat.

Devotional

SermonStudio

Proper 6 / Pentecost 4 / OT 11 -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2007
But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations For Proper 6 | Ot 11 (2017) -- Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23) -- Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2017
Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7)
More than one mother during... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
More than one mother during the Civil War was allowed to speak with President
And hope does not disappoint... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
"And hope does not disappoint us." People who run out of hope usually give up on life.
God proves his love for... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. We were
Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7... -- Genesis 18:1-15, Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23) -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008

Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7)
There is nothing like the... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2002
There is nothing like the peace that comes from resting our hope in the promises of God.
A pastor made his regular... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2002
A pastor made his regular call on John, a member of the church who had suffered for years with multi
The man lay in prison... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2002
The man lay in prison enduring the terror, the torture, the isolation his captors inflicted on him d
What a thrill, watching athletes... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2002
What a thrill, watching athletes perform in the Olympics!
There are tests and suffering... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1999
There are tests and suffering in life that all of us have to endure.
Mary was ecstatic. For the... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1999
Mary was ecstatic.
In her little book I... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1999
In her little book The True Adventure of Daniel Hall, Diane Stanley relates the story of Dani
Robert was a pathetic sight... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1999
Robert was a pathetic sight the first time I saw him.
Surely, we must... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1996


Surely, we must do something to achieve salvation, wholeness,
The death of Christ on... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1996
The death of Christ on the cross was an event which has great meaning for each one of us.
Exhausted, Zeke collapsed on the... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1996
Exhausted, Zeke collapsed on the sandy shore.
Throughout the gospels, we see... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Throughout the gospels, we see Jesus in a variety of situations: teaching the children; preaching to
Jason Schecterle is a patrolman... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Jason Schecterle is a patrolman in Phoenix, Arizona.
What are the results of... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
What are the results of justification?
We who are justified by... -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
We who are justified by faith have peace with God.
In a I... -- Romans 5:1-8


In a Peanuts cartoon Charlie Brown's baseball team has just

The Immediate Word

Keep Calm And Hope On -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2017
Less than three months after a similar coordinated
Illustrations For June 15, 2008 From Tiw -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7) -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
In this week's program, Protestant theologian Don Saliers observes that churches sometimes transm
Who's Hungry? -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
We are all too familiar with the commercials and TV spots depicting starving children halfway around
Welcome The Stranger -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Hospitality to strangers, a welcoming spirit, the personal touch -- we expect to find these above al

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Keep Calm And Hope On -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2017
Less than three months after a similar coordinated
Illustrations For June 15, 2008 From Tiw -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7) -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
In this week's program, Protestant theologian Don Saliers observes that churches sometimes transm
Who's Hungry? -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
We are all too familiar with the commercials and TV spots depicting starving children halfway around
Welcome The Stranger -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Hospitality to strangers, a welcoming spirit, the personal touch -- we expect to find these above al

SermonStudio

Proper 6 / Pentecost 4 / Ordinary Time 11 -- Genesis 18:1-15, Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23) -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Proper 6 -- Genesis 18:1-15, Romans 5:1-8 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Genesis 18:1--15 (C)
Proper 6, Pentecost 4, Ordinary Time 11 -- Genesis 18:1-15, Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23) -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
The teaching and ministry of Jesus the Christ
Proper 6 -- Genesis 18:1-15, Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23) -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Genesis 18:1-15 (C)
God's people are commissioned for mission -- Genesis 18:1-15, Romans 5:1-8 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Genesis 18:1--15 (C)
Proper 6 -- Genesis 18:1-15, Romans 5:1-8 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Genesis 18:1-15 (C)

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Keep Calm And Hope On -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2017
Less than three months after a similar coordinated
Illustrations For June 15, 2008 From Tiw -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7) -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
In this week's program, Protestant theologian Don Saliers observes that churches sometimes transm
Who's Hungry? -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
We are all too familiar with the commercials and TV spots depicting starving children halfway around
Welcome The Stranger -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Hospitality to strangers, a welcoming spirit, the personal touch -- we expect to find these above al

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Boast In Our Suffering -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2007
The phone rings in the middle of the night.
Still Sinners, Still Forgiven -- Romans 5:1-8 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2004
I have an announcement to make. Today's sermon is not for everybody.
Rightwised -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2001
I knew that I was wrong with God and that I was scared. I was only nine years old.

The Village Shepherd

Rejoicing In Suffering? -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Quite often I'm offered books to read, mostly religious books.

Stories

StoryShare

Hope On A Stick -- Matthew 9:35--10:8, Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Keith Hewitt, John E. Sumwalt, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Hope on a Stick" by Keith Hewitt
I Gave You To God -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Contents
What's Up This Week
A Story to Live By: "She Had Compassion"

SermonStudio

From Suffering To Hope -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2004
And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance

Worship

The Immediate Word

Keep Calm And Hope On -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2017
Less than three months after a similar coordinated
Illustrations For June 15, 2008 From Tiw -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7) -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
In this week's program, Protestant theologian Don Saliers observes that churches sometimes transm
Who's Hungry? -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
We are all too familiar with the commercials and TV spots depicting starving children halfway around
Welcome The Stranger -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Romans 5:1-8, Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Hospitality to strangers, a welcoming spirit, the personal touch -- we expect to find these above al

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Proper 6/Pentecost 4/Ordinary Time 11 -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23), Exodus 19:2-8a, Romans 5:1-8, Psalm 100 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2007
Confession And Absolution
Proper 6 -- Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23) -- Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: On an ordinary Sunday,
we come to worship God.
Honest Abe And Sarai -- Genesis 18:1-15, Romans 5:1-8 -- Frank Ramirez -- 2004
Call To Worship
Proper 6 -- Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19, Romans 5:1-8 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2004
Hymns
We Are Dancing Sarah's Circle (NCH501)
Proper 6 -- Romans 5:1-8 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2001
Theme: Hope Does Not Disappoint

Call To Worship
Proper 6 -- Genesis 18:1-15, Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23) -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Genesis 18:1-15
Theme: Hospitable

Call To Worship
PROPER 6 -- Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7), Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19, Romans 5:1-8 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
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Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bob Ove
Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18
In many European countries, early on Easter Monday, the girls come out of their homes wearing traditional red, black and white folkloric dress. The young men walk down the streets, also in traditional dress of high black boots, black hats, white shirts and cream-colored trousers. The men follow the girls playing instruments and the older women of the village have prepared a cornucopia of food.
Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Isaiah 52:13--53:12
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14
The Pittsburgh Pirates had their last great baseball season in 1979. The Pirates had 98 wins and 64 losses that year and captured the National League East Division title by two games over the Montreal Expos. The Pirates then beat the Cincinnati Reds to win their ninth National League title, and they defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win their fifth World Series title.
David Kalas
From time to time, I’ll hear someone ask a speculative question that begins, “If a space alien showed up on earth, what would he think about...” The idea is to try to imagine what an outsider sees. If we could find someone without any familiarity or preconceived notions, what would he or she see and think.
Wayne Brouwer
In the blackness, in the bleakness, we need to sense God’s presence. We need to know that God is there, even if, like Job, we do not understand what is happening around us and inside of us. “The restless millions wait for the Light,” says George Bernanos, “Whose dawning maketh all things new.”

This is the dilemma of Israel in Egypt. This is the struggle of life in Corinth. This is the washing of waves surrounding Jesus and his disciples “on the night in which he was betrayed.”
Frank Ramirez
It can not only be hard, but in some cases not possible to say much at all on Easter morning, what with Easter Breakfast, perhaps a cantata, a children’s choir, and an Easter egg hunt swallowing up any space you might have for preaching. But this is the central message of our faith. Jesus is Risen. This changes everything.

Now do not despair. You can preach Easter every Sunday. For the earliest Christians every Sunday was Easter! Even so, if you’re feeling squeezed you can still take one of these passages and make an important point.

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Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For April 21, 2019:
  • Why Are You Weeping? by Dean Feldmeyer — One of the reasons it’s so hard to visualize a risen Christ is that we’ve hidden him behind a mountain of hollow, milk chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chickens.

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Keith Hewitt
David O. Bales
Contents
"Reflections of Grief" by Keith Hewitt
"Bearing Our Infirmities" by David O. Bales
"Abandoned?" by David O. Bales


Reflections of Grief
by Keith Hewitt
John 18:1--19:42

Keith Wagner
Contents
"Love Conquers All" by Keith Wagner
"Being together gives us Hope" by Keith Wagner



Love Conquers All
by Keith Wagner
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

For me, the heart of the psalmist’s message is his willingness to be a faithful servant, making commitments to God through sacrifice and love. It takes courage to live sacrificially, none the less our faith is strengthened and we become closer to God with our dedication and loyalty.
C. David Mckirachan
Frank Ramirez

This Doesn’t Make Sense

by C. David McKirachan
Acts 10:34-43

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“I have seen the Lord.” (v. 18)

Happy Easter morning boys and girls,

Today I have the best news ever to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond) First, notice I have a container (box or can) with a lid on it. Inside we will find ____________.  (for example: oreo cookies, legos etc.)

So let's see what is inside. (open lid) What do we see? Nothing. What? Aren't there supposed to be ___________ inside?? (children respond)
Arley K. Fadness
“When Jesus had received the wine, he said,'it is finished,' then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.'”

Good Friday morning (evening) children,

Today I am feeling very quiet. You know why? It is a holy day, a somber day.

How are you feeling? (children respond) We call it Good Friday. That's a strange name for a sad day isn't it? Perhaps today, the day we remember our Lord Jesus died, we might call Bad Friday or Dark Friday or Sad Friday. But no, it's Good Friday.
Arley K. Fadness
“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.” (v. 14)

Good morning beautiful children,

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
We Christians are often reckoned to be a sad bunch, at least in the opinion of non-Christian western society. And sometimes, I think they're right. We must seem a bit pathetic to normal red-blooded human beings as we go to church each Sunday, singing hymns and indulging in all kinds of odd rituals, when we could be cleaning the car or shopping or playing sport or otherwise enjoying ourselves.

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Carlos Wilton
Theme For The Day
Our culture still "seeks the living among the dead" as it pursues security, comfort, and pleasure.

First Lesson
Acts 10:34-43
Peter's Easter Testimony
Donald Charles Lacy
So much happening in so little time! We are left gasping for breath. We stagger under the weight of the mighty arm of historical occurrence. You and I praise God because we know the rest of the story. Those present did not know how things would turn out. They must have been like awestruck children nearing exasperation.

David Kalas
We have a table before us. It is a familiar table; we have gathered around it together countless times before. It features the cherished elements of bread and wine; and taken together, those elements on this table form a sacrament.

Across the many traditions within the Christian church, we call this sacrament by different names. The Roman Catholics refer to the Mass, while the Eastern Orthodox church uses the Divine Liturgy. A number of Protestant denominations call it the Eucharist, others holy communion, and still others the Lord's Supper.

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