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Unfunny laughter -- Mark 5:21-43 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
Teachers or Parents: Ridicule is a form of social control.
Attract and repel -- John 10:22-30 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C
Teachers: Jesus talked about sheep and shepherds in many of his stories.
Don't be misled -- Mark 13:1-8 -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - B
Teachers or Parents: What is the primary doctrine of
Welcoming people into our homes and hearts -- Luke 19:1-10 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C
Materials:Large piece of paper to put on the wall
Come and see -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
In some circles, the word "evangelism" is intimidating.
The Light -- Luke 2:22-40 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B
Teachers or Parents: With the secular tie of Groundhog Day
There's always enough -- John 6:1-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
Teachers or Parents: We need to make our children aware that
Planting seeds -- Matthew 13:1-9 (28-23) -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Parents and Teachers: This morning's lesson is the Parable Of
Lazarus, Come Out! -- John 11:1-53 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A
Teachers: Tell this story to your class. Have them create a
Looking for heaven -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B
Materials Wire-nuts (74B yellow) 2 1/4-inch piece of plastic lanyard (any color)
"Be ready!" -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers or Parents: Advent is a time of preparation. The
Rich and poor -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C
Teachers or Parents: A great story that supplements today's
But my faith is so tiny! -- Luke 17:5-10 -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C
I have a lot of childhood memories of watching things grow, mainly because my mother was an avid gar
Using bread to remember -- Luke 24:13-35 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Teachers or Parents: Take the bread used for the object lesson
Where are the other nine? -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C
It's amazing what a big deal it is to say "thank you." Think of the times when you've done something
Get rid of bad habits -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B
Teachers: This week's lesson, in essence, reminds Christians
"Bare or green?" -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers or Parents: Advent is a distinct season from
Show us -- John 14:8-17 (25-27) -- Day of Pentecost - C
Teachers or Parents: Both lessons today talk about the
The first miracle -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C
Teachers or Parents: In this modern era when there are many in
A great man -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers or Parents: Certainly a primary message Jesus gave
Let's go fishing -- Mark 1:14-20 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B
Teachers: Jesus called his first disciples from their jobs at
Liar's memory -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - A
Teachers or Parents: Lying is a sin and sin is a lie. Both
The parable of the sower -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Teachers or Parents: The Parable of the Sower shows us that
Another name -- Mark 8:27-35
Teachers or Parents: We often hold the saints up as being
Pass it on -- John 13:31-35 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C
Teachers: Love is one of the most important words in the Bible.

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Good treasure -- 2 Timothy 1:1-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2010
"Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us." (v.
Under the mask -- Galatians 2:15-21 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - C -- 2010
"And it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.
Doing what you're ought -- Luke 17:5-10 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2010
"So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, 'We are worthless slave
Relativity -- Luke 7:36--8:3 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - C -- 2010
"Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great
Do not worry -- Romans 1:16-17; 3:22b-28 (29-31) -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - A -- 2008
For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to
Invisible armor -- 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2008
Put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
Dwelling -- Romans 8:6-11 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who
Do something -- Matthew 14:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 2008
Jesus said to them, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat."
A beach home -- Matthew 7:21-29 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - A -- 2008
The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it
Trustworthy -- Matthew 25:14-30 -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2008
You have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many
God's time -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A -- 2008
... after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the
The message -- Romans 10:5-15 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2008
And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, "How
Listen to God -- Romans 4:13-25 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - A -- 2008
No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew
Jesus' body -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2008
And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all
What's in a box? -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
... who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as
Walking on water -- Matthew 14:22-33 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2008
He [Jesus] said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the
Taking care of you -- Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - A -- 2008
But when he heard this, he said, "Those who are well have no need of a
Helping God -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2008
Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members
Shiny money -- Matthew 26:14--27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A -- 2008
Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
Come back to God -- Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2008
... for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29)
A wonderful stream -- Romans 5:1-8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
And hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our
A smiling giver -- 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2008
God loves a cheerful giver. (v. 7b)
Passing the story on -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 -- Maundy Thursday - A -- 2008
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you. (v. 23a)
Never give up -- Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - A -- 2008
She [the Canaanite woman] said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs
Can I do it? -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23) -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2008
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Go nowhere
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Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
You have no doubt seen, as I have, the lingering effect of the songs that are sung at a loved one’s funeral. Certain individuals in my congregation reliably tear up during this hymn or that one, and I know that it’s because that song was sung at their parent’s, or spouse’s, or child’s service. And the experience of death and grief is so strong in us that that song, then, forever belongs to that occasion for that individual. 
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
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Ron Love
Revelation 7:9-17
Wayne Brouwer
Abraham Kuyper served two terms as prime minister of the Netherlands in the early 20th century. He was known as a man of faith and sought to incorporate it into every dimension of life, including social and political. But faith was not always so important to Kuyper. At the start of his career, he was a young preacher in a rural village. He had been schooled in the best of modern theology, and his sermons were well-polished masterpieces.

The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Bethany Peerbolte
Ron Love
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For November 1, 2020:
  • Shining in Glory by Chris Keating — On All Saints day, we recall those who have faced the great ordeal. Those who shine in glory give us courage to press forward, even in the face of pandemic and ongoing strife.

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Peter Andrew Smith
“There were so many people involved in the project I’m not sure I deserve to be singled out,” Jenny said.

“You deserve it and more,” Carl said from beside her. “Don’t be humble. You worked hard and should be thanked.”

“Thanked I can handle but all of this?” Jenny nodded toward the lavish reception which followed the surprise presentation. “Like I said in my speech there were many hands and gifts that went to make this outreach effort possible.”

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John Jamison
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. (vv. 1-4)

John Jamison
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (vv. 11-12)

I have a few questions for you.

Have any of you ever been sick? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel lucky? (Let them respond.)

Have any of you ever gotten hurt? (Let them respond) How did you feel? Did you feel happy? (Let them respond.)

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Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
Inspired by the saints and the love of God.

Collect of the Day
Acknowledging that God has knit His people together in one body, petitions are offered that the faithful might follow the saints in lives of faith and commitment and know the inexpressible joys prepared for those who love Him. Doctrines of Sanctification (construed as a Work of God), Church, and Eschatology are emphasized.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
Mary Sue Dehmlow Dreier
Pharisees Today

The Pharisees were real "good news/bad news" guys!

They were the undisputed authorities on the Jewish Scriptures, and the recognized spokespersons for Moses himself. "Do whatever they teach you and follow it," Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples (Matthew 23:3a). We hear so much about Jesus in conflict with the Pharisees, that sometimes we forget Jesus respectfully acknowledged their academic accomplishments and religious leadership.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

The Church of Christ

Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority

The local community

Those who suffer

The communion of saints


These responses may be used:


Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

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