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Dinner With The King -- Gary W. Fehring -- 2006
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Passover -- Galatians 5:1 -- Gary W. Fehring -- 2006
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Jesus Food -- Gary W. Fehring -- 2006
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Partytime -- Gary W. Fehring -- 2006
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Youth Retreat -- Gary W. Fehring -- 2006
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The Evening "Good" News -- Gary W. Fehring -- 2006
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In All Seasons -- Wava M. Burt -- 2004
Yes, Lord, we do want to remember you -- not as some historical event, but to recall you into the mo
With Proclamation And Abiding Love -- Wava M. Burt -- 2004
O God of Light and Love, we come before you remembering him who was proclaimed king on that first Pa
By Each New Invitation -- Wava M. Burt -- 2004
Loving Creator, we are awed by your universal magnitude when we survey star-filled skies, observe th
From Tears To Victory -- Wava M. Burt -- 2004
Ever-present, living, loving God, we adore you.
Meeting And Remembering -- Wava M. Burt -- 2004
Redeeming God, Creator of all, we thank you for this day and the joy of this fellowship.

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"Come As You Are" -- John 21:1-14 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
Summertime is nearly upon us, and some of the wonderful signs of summer are being seen all around.
Pentecost: From Confusion To Communion In Christ -- Genesis 11:1-9 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
There's an old story about a man who found a pig.
Shared Bread -- 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
There is an ancient legend that comes to us from Persia.
"Friend, Why Are You Here?" -- Isaiah 53:1-6, Matthew 26:47-50 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
In the sixth century A.D., Saint Columba sailed from Ireland to the Isle of Iona on the West Coast o
Table Manners -- Luke 14: 1, 7-11, 15-24 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
Ethel Barrymore, the great stage and screen actress, was a stickler for good manners.
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner! -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
Imagine this situation, if you will: a husband comes home from work on a Friday night, say the Frida
How Not To Throw A Party -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
When I prepare a sermon, I usually begin by reading the assigned Bible passage for that day, often i
Sunday Dinner -- Luke 24:28-35 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
Remember Sunday when you were growing up? Maybe a lot of your families were like mine.
Fulfilled, Or Just Full? -- John 6:24-31 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
William H.
The Savior Life Diet -- John 6:48-59 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
"The two biggest sellers in any bookstore are the cookbooks and the diet books.
Communion With Christ -- John 6:51-60, 66 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
From time to time, all of us have been guilty of taking some remarkable things for granted, simply b
Blessed Hunger And Thirst -- Matthew 5:6, John 6:35 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
Maybe you've seen this commercial. It aired frequently during the holidays.
"Is It Community Today?" -- 1 Peter 2:1-10 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
I've spoken about William Willimon before.
Words, Words, Word -- John 1: 1-14 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
Let me begin by reading a few announcements from church bulletins. These are actual announcements.
The Keys To Happiness -- Purity Of Heart -- Matthew 5:8, Psalm 51 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
Most Americans are increasingly interested in issues of purity, aren't we?
Guilt And Grace -- Romans 8:31-39 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
Several years back I clipped out a newspaper article about a group of businessmen in Bellingham, Was
"Do This In Remembrance Of Me" -- Luke 22:14-23 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
Philosophers and anthropologists have long debated over what makes human beings different from other
Hidden In Holy Communion -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 -- Burton F. Blair -- 1991
In his early adolescence, already struggling with religious doubts, C. G.
Hidden In Disappointments -- Acts 16:7-10 -- Burton F. Blair -- 1991
One February several years ago, I spent a great deal of time staring out the Plexi-glas window of a
Hidden In Christmas -- Luke 2:1-4 -- Burton F. Blair -- 1991
Many years ago, Blackstone, a great English jurist, was called upon to define 'home.' A British nobl
Hidden In Easter -- Luke 24:28-35 -- Burton F. Blair -- 1991
To me this is the most beautiful passage in all the Bible, yet it is shrouded in mystery.
Hidden In Caring -- Mark 1:40-41< -- Burton F. Blair -- 1991
It was about 1:30 a.m. when the phone rang.
Hidden In Our Suffering -- Exodus 20:18-21 -- Burton F. Blair -- 1991
I sat there on a tombstone in the cemetery looking around and noticing the names on the tombstones.
Hidden In Church Worship -- Luke 18:9-14a -- Burton F. Blair -- 1991
One Sunday morning Clarence Jordan, who founded the Koinonia Farm experiment and authored the Cotton

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How Not To Throw A Party -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
When I prepare a sermon, I usually begin by reading the assigned Bible passage for that day, often i

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Preparations For The Lord's Supper -- Frank Ramirez -- 2000
Some time before the Lord's Supper the group assigned to organize the event should meet to delegate
Bulletins For The Examination Service And The Love Feast (Agape Meal) -- Frank Ramirez -- 2000
The texts for two bulletins are provided.
A Simple Service For The Lord's Supper -- Frank Ramirez -- 2000
A: The Examination Service Call To Worship
Additional Hymn Suggestions -- Frank Ramirez -- 2000
Examination Service:"We Gather Together"
Dates Of Maundy Thursday Love Feasts -- Frank Ramirez -- 2000
The Lord's Supper is most often celebrated on Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter, and on Wo
Additional Sermons For Examination Services And Preparation For The Love Feast -- Frank Ramirez -- 2000
Examination Service Sermon
Some Ancient Christian References To Feetwashing -- Frank Ramirez -- 2000
Our feast explains itself by its name. The Greeks call it agape, i.e. affection.
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Christopher Keating
Quantisha Mason-Doll
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For October 24, 2021:
  • Vision Check by Chris Keating — Jesus’ question of Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” becomes an invitation to a joyful, life-giving transformation experience of discipleship.
  • Second Thoughts: Don’t Let Go of My Hand by Quantisha Mason-Doll — In God’s future no one is left behind — even those who would be considered burdens.

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“Full-Throated Joy?” by David O. Bales
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Frank Ramirez
Sooner or later, we see life as it really is. Job sees clearly that the universe is greater than he can imagine. It’s not all about him. Something great and wonderful is going on, and though he has suffered tremendous loss, he is to reject dust and ashes and live authentically. He is free to be alive.

The author of Hebrews makes it clear that we don’t have to jump through anyone’s hoops anymore. We have the perfect priest and the perfect sacrifice and as a result we have perfect access to God, unfiltered, unimpeded. That’s how it is.
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Job teaches us that being in the presence of God is an impressive experience. It is beyond what we can think or express. Author Christopher Morley in his book Inward Ho expressed this awesomeness: “I had a thousand questions to ask God; but when I met him they all fed and didn’t seem to matter.” Everything that we thought was so important vanishes in the presence of God. John Wesley put it this way:

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John Jamison

Object: A cloak, or something to use as a cloak, an old bowl, and a handful of pennies.

Note: If you believe your children can do it, this is a great message to have them role-play. Have one child play Bartimaeus, one play Jesus, and the other play the ‘crowd’. Depending on your group, you can ask for volunteers or select specific children for the roles of Jesus and Bartimaeus. If you don’t think role-play will work, just share the story without the role-play pieces.

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

They said to the blind man, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." Jesus continues to call us today, so in our worship let us take heart, get up and respond to him.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we don't hear you when you call.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes our hearts are low and we feel fed up and depressed.
Christ, have mercy.

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Wesley T. Runk
Good morning, boys and girls. Today, we are talking about a very big word, and also a very important one. The word is intercession. What do you think the word intercession might mean? (let them answer) Those were all good tries, but they are not the answers. I said it was a big word and not one that we use very often. I think that I can help you learn what it means in just a minute. First of all, I want to tell you that Jesus is our intercession. That will help us to learn more about what the word means.
David E. Leininger
Christmas is such a beautiful time of the year. Physically beautiful with the color and light; spiritually beautiful with story and song. Then there is the special baby -- a baby whose birth was greeted by angels, a baby whose birth meant tidings of joy for all people everywhere, a baby who would save the world. We gather for worship, enjoy familiar company, exchange holiday wishes, then go home, drink eggnog, and eat Christmas treats. God is in heaven and all is right with the world. Or so it often seems.

Stephen M. Crotts
A young man visiting a very small town in Virginia struck up a conversation with an older gentleman sitting on a loafers' bench outside the gas station. "Just look at this town!" The young fellow remarked. "Fresh air, no traffic, you sure don't have much of a population problem around here!" "Wrong, son!" The old man replied. "Dang near every problem we have here is caused by the population!"

It's true everywhere, isn't it? Man's greatest problem is man himself.

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