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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
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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 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
Hidden In Broken Relationships -- Philemon 8-12 -- Burton F. Blair -- 1991
Sometime ago I overheard two people talking about the woes of our world.

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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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Object: A video camera. One on your phone is just fine.

Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) Are you ready for our story? (Let them respond.) Awesome! Let’s go!

We have talked about a guy before whose name was John the Baptist. Who remembers and can tell me who John the Baptist was? (Let them respond.) He was the man God chose to tell everyone about Jesus coming to help them, wasn’t he? (Let them respond.) Well, one day, John the Baptist had a big problem.

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Peter Andrew Smith
“Hey Bill.” Jim made his way through the departing crowd and stuck out his hand. “Great meeting.”

“Yeah, it was a great meeting.” Bill smiled and shook the other man’s hand. “Thanks for being a part of it. I remember when I mentioned the 12-step program, you were doubtful.”

“You made a believer out of me.” Jim smiled back. “ I didn’t want to admit how much of a problem I had but you refused to accept my excuses and refused to give up on me. You changed my life.”

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Much of the music that accompanies this season of the year emphasizes sights. Classic Christmas season songs like “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” and “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” celebrate so many of the sights that traditionally accompany this time of year. And it is, to be sure, a feast for the eyes, with the snow, the lights, and so many decorations in houses, yards, streets, and stores. It is small wonder, therefore, that children are filled with excitement by this season.
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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
Jesus told the people to report what they saw; that the blind were receiving their sight, the lame were walking, the deaf were hearing and poor were hearing good news. In our worship today, let us explore whether that is still true in our society today.
Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, sometimes I don't expect much from Christianity.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I'm more comfortable when I don't expect very much.
Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes I'm afraid of being disappointed.

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Charles L. Aaron, Jr.
How different things must have looked for John behind prison walls. If ever the word "free spirit" applied to anyone, it applied to John. He said what he wanted to say, without holding back. If the scholars are correct that he was an Essene, then he had gone into the wilderness specifically to get away from everyone. The Essenes wanted to worship their way, with no interference from anyone. Now, those prison walls confined John.

John N. Brittain
"Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" It's not just children of a certain age who ask that question, although they certainly do. I've been on a number of trips in the past few years with delayed flights, missed connections, and lost luggage, where I've been the one asking the question.
Tony S. Everett
Our text centers on God's promised action in the wilderness. Have you ever seen photographs of the wilderness areas in the land of the Bible; for example today's Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Iran? The wilderness is a rocky, dry, and barren space. In the same day, temperatures may vary from a blazing 100 degrees Fahrenheit to nearly freezing. Food and water are scarce. Wild beasts and even bandits prowl around seeking to devour unsuspecting travelers. The wilderness can be a very scary and lonely space.
Beverly S. Bailey
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Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (UM216, PH48, NCH211, NCH127)
Cold December Flies Away (UM233)
I'll Praise My Maker While I've Breath (UM60, PH253, NCH166)
Psalter 146 (UM858, PH254)
My Soul Gives Glory To My God (UM198, PH600, CBH119)
Prepare The Way, O Zion (PH13)
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (UM196, PH1, NCH178, CBH122)
O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing (CBH110, PH466, NCH110, CBH42)
Santo, Santo, Santo (CBH400, NCH400, UM65)

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