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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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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
"Do This In Remembrance Of Me" -- Luke 22:14--23:56 -- Alex A. Gondola, Jr. -- 2000
Philosophers and anthropologists have long debated over what makes human beings different from other
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
"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.
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
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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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John Jamison

The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (vv. 22-23)
John Jamison
I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. (v. 49)

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The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
Katy Stenta
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
For May 29, 2022:

Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Coffin
The enthusiastic exclamation of Easter Sunday, “He is risen” is a distant echo during the week of the 7th Sunday of Easter, as this season is headed toward the home stretch. A tired pastor in a small to mid-size church enters walks into the church office on Monday to find a thick booklet or church bulletin from a mega church a few hours away, on the desk. A short and sincere sticky pad stuck is on top of the full colored glossy papered bulletin. It reads, “We visited this church yesterday.
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Acts 16:16-34
John Wesley notes how this text testifies to the countercultural character of the Christian message:

But this is a property of the gospel truth: It has something in it peculiarly Intolerable to the world. (Commentary On the Bible, p. 485)
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Acts 1:1-11
In the American judicial system, a witness is a crucial component to attain justice. It wasn’t a big trial, but I was once called upon to be a witness in a Kansas City courtroom. The attorney made clear what I was supposed to do. She wanted me to relay exactly what I’d seen and to answer the questions directly. Being a witness, even in a small trial, seemed like a big responsibility.
Mark J. Molldrem
Note: This installment was originally published in 2001

In golf, Tiger rules. In tennis, Venus. Depending upon which teen you talk with, either Ricky rules, or Brittney does. In Iraq, Saddam rules -- for now. In America, the people rule, despite what some political cynics or party technocrats say. For Christians wherever, Jesus rules!

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Peter Andrew Smith
Will stood in line at the cafeteria oblivious to the smells and noise and activity of the other students having lunch. He was still thinking about the scripture passage that had popped up on his phone that morning. He’d never really paid much attention to the story of the Ascension but for some reason the passage caught his attention and imagination today.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
"I think," proclaimed Peter, lying on his back and gazing up at the trees, "we should become bully-busters."

"What?" said Jimmy, lazily. Karl simply rolled over, chewing at the blade of grass in his mouth.

"No, c'mon," said Peter. "Like ghost busters. We could identify all the bullies in school, then go bust them."

Karl laughed. "You mean you could! Jimmy and me'd just pick up the pieces afterwards! Anyway, how you think you're gonna bust a gang like the Robots?"

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Elaine M. Ward
Some things we can't explain, and we call them mysteries and trust God's love no matter what. There is an old story about a rabbi taking a trip with his donkey, rooster, and lamp. When it was night, he had no place to sleep, so he slept in the woods. He lit his lamp to read his Bible before going to sleep, but a strong wind blew it over and broke it. "It must be time to sleep," the rabbi said, ending his prayers, "All God does, God does well."
Stephen P. McCutchan
Acts 1:1-11
As they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
-- Acts 1:9b

Stan Purdum
Both Psalms 47 and 93 (the alternative psalm for this day) are enthronement psalms, praise hymns celebrating God's rule over the nations. They were most likely used on festal occasions when Israel again declared that God was its king.

While Psalm 47 was for Israel's celebration, verses 1-2 call all the nations of earth to recognize God as their monarch as well. Verses 3-4, however, return to the specific relationship between God and Israel.

Donald Charles Lacy
When, dear God, shall Christians all be one? It is a first-century inquiry. It is a here-and-now recurring question. Countless programs have been launched. Numerous proposals have been given. Only God knows how many problems have risen in our quest for Christian unity.

Dallas A. Brauninger
More than anything else, Edward wanted God to forgive Keith. More than anything else, he wanted to forgive his son for taking his own life. For several months after his son's suicide, Edward feared that Keith was lost. The father could speak to no one about his heartbrokenness.

Then, prompted by the open, sky-filled space as he drove with friends across the prairie of Nebraska, he turned to the couple in the rear seat and told them the following dream:
Charles D. Reeb
A friend of mine once shared a story about his first visit to Niagara Falls. He said it was magnificent -- the rush and roar of the water -- the display of raw power. But as he looked upon the water gushing forth, he remembered a picture in a textbook. It showed Niagara Falls in the middle of winter, and much of the water was frozen. Big lightning-shaped forms of water were at a standstill. There was no movement, no action, no power.
Frank Ramirez

Call To Worship
If we must suffer, let it be for Jesus. If we are mocked, let it be for the Lord. If we are excluded, or hunted, or cast out from the midst of friends and family, let it be because our service to God upsets the comfortable order and calls all to repentance and service! Let us be God's people today.

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Be present with us, Lord, today,
In all your minister might say,
In all your songs call from our heart,
In all your children's scribbled art.
In all the adults' restlessness,

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