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Big numbers -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2011
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Doin' time -- Matthew 20:1-16 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 2011
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Clean indeed -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2011
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Good works -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A -- 2011
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Dear heavenly Father... -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2011
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Produce aisle -- Matthew 21:33-46 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A -- 2011
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Repentance -- Matthew 4:1-11 -- Leah Thompson -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Detail work -- Matthew 22:1-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - A -- 2011
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No fear -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Money, money, money -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2011
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Here in this place -- John 4:5-42 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Love -- Matthew 22:34-46 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
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Hard work -- John 9:1-41 -- Leah Thompson -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Mary stayed at home -- John 11:1-45 -- Leah Thompson -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2011
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Copycat -- Matthew 23:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A -- 2011
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Betrayed -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Leah Thompson -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2011
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Fair play -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- Leah Thompson -- All Saints Day - A -- 2011
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Feet -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Leah Thompson -- Maundy Thursday - A -- 2011
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Be prepared -- Matthew 25:1-13 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2011
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Just deserts -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Leah Thompson -- Good Friday - A -- 2011
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Wall street -- Matthew 25:14-30 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2011
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Arise! -- John 20:1-18 -- Leah Thompson -- Easter Day - A -- 2011
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For you -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Leah Thompson -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2011
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Peace be with you -- John 20:19-31 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
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Rate of response -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Leah Thompson -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2011
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Neighbors! -- Luke 10:25-37 -- John Jamison -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2022
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
Doing What Is Important! -- Luke 10:38-42 -- John Jamison -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2022
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha op
Decisions -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany of the Lord - C -- 2022
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared
The Glass Prayer! -- Luke 11:1-13 -- John Jamison -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2022
He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him,
Love-Proof! -- Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 -- John Jamison -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 2022
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too.
Gimme, Gimme! -- Luke 12:13-21 -- John Jamison -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2022
Object: An ear of corn.
Only the Best! -- John 2:1-11 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2022
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water;” so they filled them to the brim.
Tickets Please! -- Luke 12:32-40 -- John Jamison -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2022
Object: A ticket to give to each child.
At Home -- Luke 4:14-21 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2022
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synag
First Responders! -- Luke 12:49-56 -- John Jamison -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2022
Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have a question for you today.
Awards! -- Luke 4:21-30 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2022
He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Rule Number One! -- Luke 13:10-17 -- John Jamison -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2022
Object: A list of rules, or a book of rules.
Fishing Around -- Luke 5:1-11 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 2022
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulle
Influencers! -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- John Jamison -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2022
One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully
Flipping Things -- Luke 6:17-26 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - C -- 2022
They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with u
Getting Ready! -- Luke 14:25-33 -- John Jamison -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2022
Object: Building blocks for the children to use to build something.
Measuring Forgivness -- Luke 6:27-38 -- John Jamison -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - C -- 2022
Object: A measuring cup that you might use for cooking, and something to put in the
Lost and Found! -- Luke 15:1-10 -- John Jamison -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2022
Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one.
Is God Here? -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- John Jamison -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2022
Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory
Say What? -- Luke 16:1-13 -- John Jamison -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2022
The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly.
SHHHhhhhh! -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- John Jamison -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2022
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogu
Warning! -- Luke 16:19-31 -- John Jamison -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2022
Object: A piece of purple cloth and an old, worn-out rag.
Tempted! -- Luke 4:1-13 -- John Jamison -- First Sunday in Lent - C -- 2022
The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answe
Our Job Description -- Luke 17:5-10 -- John Jamison -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2022
Object: A printed copy of the job description that is included with this week’s mes
Seeing Things! -- Luke 13:31-35 -- John Jamison -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2022
At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere el
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Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
Katy Stenta
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Quantisha Mason-Doll
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John Jamison
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Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have another story for you today. Are you ready? (Let them respond.) Great!

Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Coffin
All of today’s texts address times along the faith journey where a mature faith is helpful. Modern examples include a church which has just completed a major building project. The ribbon cutting celebration is in the past. It is time to make payments to the creditors. Also, there are maintenance and upkeep costs along with knowing the state will be making inspection visits to assure building safety standards remain current.
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Lamentations 1:1-6; 3:19-26
John Calvin well describes the distress and doubt which this lesson depicts:

...for there is nothing more difficult for men than to preserve their minds in a state of peace and tranquility, undisturbed by any disquieting fears, whilst they are in this world, which is subject to many changes. (Calvin’s Commentaries, Vol.V/1, p. 18)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Alice loved ballet. She'd been given a ballet video for her birthday, and she spent hours watching it. When she'd been attending ballet classes for three weeks, she announced to the assembled family that she was going to be a ballet dancer when she grew up.

Alice's mother and father exchanged meaningful glances. "Ballet means a lot of hard work," warned her father.

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John S. Smylie
David O. Bales
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Where Have All the Churches Gone?" by John Smylie
"Caught Not Taught" by John Smylie
"Oh, Mulberries!" by David Bales

Note: This installment was originally published in 2007.

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Where Have All the Churches Gone?
By John Smylie
Lamentations 1:1-6

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David E. Leininger
A couple of years ago, a fascinating book by Mitch Albom hit the bestseller lists, Tuesdays with Morrie. The author had learned that his old teacher was slowly dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, and after an absence of many years, the two reconnected and began to get together every Tuesday. The book shares some of the great lessons that emerged from those weekly conversations. For example:

"Okay, question," I say to Morrie. His bony fingers hold his glasses across his chest, which rises and falls with each labored breath.

"What's the question?" he says.
Carlos Wilton
The little-known book of Lamentations was likely composed in the ashes of Jerusalem, following the Babylonian invasion which carried the leaders of the Jewish community off into exile. It speaks to the concerns of the Jerusalem community for their long-term survival under occupation by a foreign power. While the book's title sounds grim, and its setting is dark, the book is fundamentally life-affirming. It is a testimony to the steadfast love of God that may be discovered through renewed faith, even in troubled times.

Dallas A. Brauninger
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The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" [6] The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
John W. Clarke
In most congregational settings, the name Habakkuk does not bring people to their feet. He is not considered famous biblically speaking, like the more recognized names of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and others. In point of fact, most people do not know who Habakkuk is or what he did.

Habakkuk was a prophet who undertook to sustain the faith of the nation through one of the most hopeless periods of Hebrew history.
Robert R. Kopp
The Dead Poets Society is one of my favorite movies.

It's about an English teacher named John Keating who returns to his stodgy old alma mater named Welton Academy -- the students call it "Hellton" -- and challenges students to live extraordinary lives.

Mr. Keating tells a few students about a secret organization called The Dead Poets Society.

"The Dead Poets Society," he reveals with eyes aglow, "was a society dedicated to sucking the marrow out of life. That phrase is by Thoreau and was invoked at every meeting."

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