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Be a Happy Family -- 1 Peter 3:8-9 -- 1990
____ , this is the third time that you have stood before me in a unique relationship.
11 -- Genesis 3:18, 24 -- 1990
Dear ____ and ____ :
12 -- 1990
____ and ____ ,
Marriage: The Aroma of Love -- 1990
Oh Lord, we come to you today to praise you and to make ourselves available for your blessing.
Willful Love -- 1990
The scripture for this wedding service is a favorite passage for many people.
Five Cs Spell Marriage -- John 2:1-11 -- 1990
Marriage is built on five Cs. That's right.
The Mystery of Marriage -- 1990
It seems like everyone enjoys a good mystery.
A Marriage Made in Heaven -- Isaiah 54:5-8 -- 1990
A wedding is an occasion of great rejoicing.
Remember the Wine! -- 1990
Yesterday was the Feast of Epiphany in the church's calendar — January sixth.
In Nomine Jesu -- 1990
I suppose the custom of playing innocent tricks on the bridal pair is universal.
2 -- 1 Corinthians 13 -- 1990
Journeys should be exciting and fun, yet they are also filled with apprehensions and fears.
Making a Commitment -- 1990
We have gathered here this day to witness a marriage.
Once Upon a Time is Today -- 1990
From the days of your childhood, ____ and ____ , you have heard a good many stories which began, "On
Marital Horticulture -- John M. Braaten -- 1987
(Name) and (name) we have gathered together this afternoon just for you.
An Offer from God -- John M. Braaten -- 1987
(Name) and (name), you haven't exactly had what would be called a whirlwind romance.
The Crisis of Marriage -- John M. Braaten -- 1987
(Name) and (name), I rejoice with you today, and I know your families are pleased, too - glad that y
The Bondage of Marriage -- John M. Braaten -- 1987
(Name) and (name), if you were like 99.99% of engaged couples contemplating their wedding day, it wa
Creating a Happy Marriage -- John M. Braaten -- 1987
(Name) and (name), you are wonderfully idealistic and determined to have a happy marriage.
One Husband's Counsel -- John M. Braaten -- 1987
(Name) and (name), what a marvelous day this is for us.
Together ... Till Death Us Do Part -- John M. Braaten -- 1987
(Name) and (name), the word overwhelming was made for a day like today.
The Beauty of Marriage -- John M. Braaten -- 1987
(Name) and (name), this is a very special day in your lives.
Title -- John M. Braaten -- 1987
Since we've had an opportunity to talk together over the past few months, (Name) and (name), you mig
The Goal of Marriage -- John M. Braaten -- 1987
(Name) and (name), what is happening today may not be taking place exactly as you had envisioned.
Christian Love -- John M. Braaten -- 1987
There is no doubt, (Name) and (name), that today you are among the happiest people on the face of th
Marriage as Gift-giving -- John M. Braaten -- 1987
(Name) and (namel, as you stand here in the front of the church, it may feel like you're onstage, an
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John Jamison
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.” (vv. 26-27)

The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Katy Stenta
Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
Bethany Peerbolte
George Reed
Christopher Keating
For May 23, 2021:
  • Are We There Yet? by Mary Austin — God’s people never get good at waiting. Our Christian calendar has two whole seasons dedicated to preparation, aka waiting, and we never quite mange to do it gracefully.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Acts 2:1-21
A focus on the Holy Spirit in the lesson is nicely explained in a sermon by Martin Luther. He proclaims that “the Holy Spirit, the real teacher, comes and gives power to the word so that it takes hold” (Weimar Ausgabe, Vol.17 II, p.460 [translation mine]).  Elsewhere he adds:
Wayne Brouwer
Schuyler Rhodes
Note: This installment was originally published in 2009.

An ancient Jewish writing declares, "Pentecost is the day on which Torah was given." According to the teaching, it was on the day that eventually became the feast of Pentecost that God gave birth to the Hebrew nation by speaking the divine covenant to them at Mount Sinai.

As the book of Acts makes clear, Pentecost was also the day on which the New Testament church was born. Just as God spoke through Moses to bring the nation of


John E. Sumwalt
Frank Ramirez
“The Billy Graham Test” by John Sumwalt
“Correctly Hearing Each Other” by Frank Ramirez

The Billy Graham Test
by John Sumwalt
Romans 8:22-27

And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (v. 26)

The Village Shepherd

Call to Worship:

On this, the birthday of the Christian Church, let us welcome God's Holy Spirit into our hearts and into the heart of our Church.

Invitation to Confession:

Holy Spirit, sometimes our hearts are cold or luke-warm.
Lord, have mercy.

Holy Spirit, sometimes we fail to believe that you still have power in human lives.
Christ, have mercy.


Richard A. Jensen
Over at last. That's the only thought she could think about just now. Over at last. The funeral finished. The committal service completed. She was home now and weary; bone weary. Her husband, Carl, was safely tucked into the grave. How had she ever endured the year of his agony?
Schuyler Rhodes
In Christian tradition, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit as a partner on the journey (John 14:16; 15:26; 16:7), an advocate who will accompany us on our journey toward faithfulness. We hear the Pentecost story and delight in the dancing tongues of fire as they descend and create something new in their wake.
Michael D. Wuchter
Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.

William J. Carl, III
What a way to start a church! It's certainly not the typical format for new church development. Where is the planning committee, the fund-raising, the arm twisting, the real estate deal acquiring the land, the faithful few who volunteer from other churches to give the whole thing its initial push? Not everyone has the personality to start a church from scratch, but Paul did. "I planted, Apollos watered," says Paul (1 Corinthians 3:6). Some preachers are just good at planting churches and getting them started.

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