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Love Is A Many Splendored Thing -- Song Of Solomon 8:6-7, Psalm 100, 1 Corinthians 13 -- John C. Bush, Anthology -- 1994
Some of us here today will remember The Four Aces, a popular singing group from the mid 1950s, and t
The First Marriage -- Genesis 2:18-24 -- James Mckarns, Anthology -- 1994
In the midst of a strange and beautiful world, the first man stood in awe, looking about at the new
Memory And Hope -- Genesis 2:18-23, Psalm 100, Colossians 3:12-17 -- Deborah D. Steed, Anthology -- 1994
For An Older Couple, Both Widowed
Looking Outward Together -- 1 John -- Warren Gregory Martin, Anthology -- 1994
(__________) I would like to take a few moments and speak with you and the congregation gathered to
Two Are Better Than One -- Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 -- Sandra Herrmann, Anthology -- 1994
Well, here we are - despite whatever trepidation you may have felt over the last few weeks or days,
Congregation's Vow To The Couple -- Anthology, Ann K. Larson -- 1994
(May be read following vows, exchange of rings, declarations.)
Love Promises: The Eternal Dimension -- Ephesians 5:21-22, 25 -- Michael L. Thompson, Anthology -- 1994
As we gather here today for this festive occasion, Paul has some very good advice for __________ and
Your Journey Of Life -- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, 1 Corinthians 13 -- Mark P. Zacher, Anthology -- 1994
For An Older Couple, Both Widowed
The Solid Rock On Which We Stand! -- Matthew 7:24-29 -- Robert S. Crilley, Anthology -- 1994
__________ and __________: The occasion of any wedding always confronts a preacher with the challeng
Inner Experience -- Mary Lu Warstler, Anthology -- 1994
Marriage requires generosity, unselfishness, flexibility, and forbearance from both husband and wife
You Are What You Wear -- Song Of Solomon 8:6-7, Colossians 3:12-17 -- Erskine White, Anthology -- 1994
From the announcement of their engagement to the day of their wedding, a young couple can be put thr
Wedding Admonition -- Paul L. Sandin, Anthology -- 1994
__________ and __________, the marriage vows that you have exchanged today are voluntary and equal,
Wedding Prayer -- Kenneth E. Crouch, Anthology -- 1994
After the prayer of invocation:
Your Gifts To Each Other -- Ephesians 5:33 -- Ronald K. Brooks, Anthology -- 1994
I love weddings! I love everything about them.
A Couple Who Do Feet -- Anthology -- 1994
(Adapted from imagery created by Harry Wendt of Crossways International)
Dressing For The Marriage -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- Mary Venema Swierenga, Anthology -- 1994
For A Protestant--Catholic Marriage
From Two To One -- B. David Hostetter, Anthology -- 1994
(May be read when the marriage candle is lit from two individual or family candles.)
Joyful Are Those Who Receive God's Love -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- Paul Lintern, Anthology -- 1994
Blessed are those who know that without God they are incomplete
4 -- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 -- 1990
Familiar words! Seems as if St. Paul knows what he is talking about!
A Special Kind of Love -- 1990
Recently I saw a cartoon which pointed out to the reader the fact that married people live much long
The Most Excellent Way -- 1990
Before the altar of our Lord we come together.We stand — hand in hand —
Love and Fear -- 1 John 4:18 -- 1990
The verb or the noun ‘‘love" occurs in twenty-six of the 105 verses of First John.
Entreat me not to leave you. Where you go — I will go. -- Ruth 1:16-17 -- 1990
The ingredients of a lasting relationship include this commitment of similar values: living/lodge, p
All in One Sentence -- 1990
The opening sentence of The Order for the Service of Marriage is one of the most starkly beautiful i
Kindle In Us The Fire of Your Love ...and You Shall Renew the Face of the Earth -- Genesis 1:26-28, 31, Colossians 3:12-17, John 17:20-26 -- 1990
The world in which we liveis a fragmented and broken world.
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For May 9, 2021:
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John E. Sumwalt
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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.
(vv. 8-9)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

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. 
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
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.


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)

Hi, everyone! (Let them respond.)

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.


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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