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Proper 9

Lectionary Preaching Workbook
Series III
Usually by this Sunday in the northern hemisphere, the church finds itself approaching mid-summer, with its subsequent slump in attendance at worship services. The very impressive services of Easter are now fourteen weeks behind the contemporary situation of the churches They are but a dim memory unless pastor and people are aware of what they are doing when they gather together for the Sunday worship. Sunday sends a signal to the supplicants as it echoes the refrain of Easter, "Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!" At the same time, the Gospel of St.
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Collect of the Day
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