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Fishing for people -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Today's gospel lesson is a fun one to share with children.
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
God's house is special -- John 2:13-22 -- Third Sunday in Lent - B
Materials Pictures of a church, a school, and a house
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
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
What makes a king a king? -- John 18:33-37 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - B
Teachers or Parents: On this last Sunday in the church year, we
"Remember to say thanks" -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C
Teachers or Parents: We live in what is rapidly becoming a
Eye of the needle -- Mark 10:17-31 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Teachers: Jesus tells a rich man that it is easier for a camel
What Jesus left his friends -- John 14:23-29 -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C
Teachers: The Holy Spirit is promised to Jesus' friends in our lesson today.
No illusion here! -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - B
Teachers or Parents: Optical illusions are used in today's
"Things don't last" -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C
Teachers or Parents: It is very easy for children to
Anyone who loves God -- 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B
Teachers: There are two phrases in this lesson worth having
Three, yet One -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
Teachers or Parents: Today's object lesson will stay with the
The joy of our favorite room -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
Getting in God's way -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A
Teachers or Parents: It is a fact of church life that some
The same in any language -- Acts 2:1-21 -- Day of Pentecost - A
Teachers: (This activity is based in the Second Lesson, not
So much from so little -- Matthew 14:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A
Ah ... the feeding of the 5,000. Today's story is a classic.
Tell God your troubles -- Luke 18:1-8 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C
Have you ever been pestered? It's annoying, isn't it?
Stuck together by love -- John 3:14-21 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - B
Materials Several colors of sturdy yarn, cut in 8-inch lengths
The parable of the weeds -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Teachers or Parents: Here again we see a parable that shows
God's prophets tell the truth -- Luke 4:14-21 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C
Teachers or Parents: God makes it clear in the Bible that His
O come, O come, Emmanuel -- Matthew 1:18-25 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers or Parents: Teach the children the words to the
Enemies and friends -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Teachers or Parents: In our war against the devil and his
"Keep on asking" -- Luke 18:1-8 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C
Teachers or Parents: We can never overemphasize the power of

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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
Good friends -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Good Friday - A -- 2008
And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not
The best coach -- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
He will also strengthen you to the end. (v. 8a)
Just do it -- Romans 12:1-8 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the
New life in God -- Romans 6:1b-11 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - A -- 2008
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be
Good for us -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Good Friday - A -- 2008
So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is
God's promise -- Mark 13:24-37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2008
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (v. 31)
Great faith -- Matthew 16:13-20 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - A -- 2008
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." (Matthew 16:16)
Birds and hair -- Matthew 10:24-39 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - A -- 2008
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the
Future goals -- Colossians 3:1-4 -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (v. 2)
Friends from enemies -- Romans 12:9-21 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2008
No, "if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them
The best paycheck -- Romans 6:12-23 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2008
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Welcome -- Matthew 10:40-42 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2008
Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the
Hallelujah! -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - A -- 2008
Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the
Stumbling blocks -- Matthew 16:21-28 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - A -- 2008
But he turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling
Pretending good things -- Romans 7:15-25a -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2008
But I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making
More precious than gold -- 1 Peter 1:3-9 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
... so that the genuineness of your faith -- being more precious than gold that,
Sharing Jesus -- Romans 13:8-14 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2008
Love your neighbor as yourself. (v. 9)
Connected to Jesus -- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2008
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:30)
Believe -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them,
All the time -- Romans 14:1-12 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2008
If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then,
Open your heart -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who
Always forgive -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A -- 2008
Jesus said to him, "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.'' (v. 22)
No roots -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and
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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
Mark Ellingsen
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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