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Who will do the work? -- Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C
In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus says, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Promises, promises -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
Teachers or Parents: In this Gospel reading, we see Jesus
"Communication" -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Teachers or Parents: The Gospel theme is prayer and the
Kneeling down in prayer -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - A
Materials:
What is your name? -- Luke 2:21
Teachers: The lesson tells about Jesus being given a name. Go
Watching for the real thing -- Mark 13:1-8 -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - B
Materials Old magazines that can be cut apart Glue Construction paper
The puzzle of two sons -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
Teachers: This week's Bible story is about a father and two
Prepare the way -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: Make this Sunday's activity a time for your students
Showing off -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - A
Teachers or Parents: Do some research in a Bible dictionary
Get rid of bad habits -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Teachers: This week's lesson, in essence, reminds Christians
Serving -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Maundy Thursday - B
Teachers or Parents: Jesus himself showed his followers a
John the Baptist -- Mark 1:1-8 -- Second Sunday of Advent - B
Teachers or Parents: John the Baptist is a biblical figure
It's in the book! -- Luke 24:13-35 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Teachers or Parents: Jesus, our Master, tells the two
Loaves and fishes book -- John 6:1-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
Teachers or Parents: This is the story of the boy who shared his
Not ordinary, but special -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Teachers: Today's Gospel lesson mentions the hometown people's surprise as Jesus speaks to them, not
"Don't cheat!" -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Teachers or Parents: The Gospel this week gives us a
Strong like a rock -- Matthew 7:21-29 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - A
The beauty of today's reading is that it is so easy to understand.
Who is my neighbor? -- Luke 10:25-37 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C
Things in our country are much different than they were fifty years ago.
Ephphatha -- Mark 7:24-37 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B
Teachers or Parents: Just as Jesus opened the ears of the deaf
"What is Trinity?" -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
Teachers or Parents: Since the concept of the Trinity is a
The day Jesus was baptized -- Matthew 3:13-17 -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A
Materials:Toilet paper roll (one per child) Construction paper
Expensive perfume -- John 12:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Teachers or Parents: Children are often impressed with a
He's got the whole world -- John 18:33-37 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - B
Materials Scissors Blue craft foam Craft foam of another color Glue
Christ's prize-winner -- Philippians 3:4b-14 -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A
Teachers: Paul writes about "pressing on toward the goal." He
Rejoice always! -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: Focus your activity on the second lesson this

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Welcome home -- Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead
The right time -- Romans 13:11-14 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. (v.
Secret meeting -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the
The fruit of the Spirit -- Galatians 5:1, 13-25 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2007
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
Being chosen -- Philippians 3:4b-14 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ.
Preparing -- Matthew 24:36-44 -- First Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. (v.
I forgive -- Philemon 1:1-21 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2007
To Philemon our dear friend and co-worker, to Apphia our sister, to
Not welcome -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2007
And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of
Something special -- John 12:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet,
In harmony -- Romans 15:4-13 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony
Favorites -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2007
So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your
Working for each other -- Galatians 6:1-6, 7-16 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2007
So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and
Meanings of names -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2007
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above
Sandals -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is
Your heart -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into
Passing the peace -- Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2007
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in
The last supper -- Luke 22:14-23, 56 -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2007
He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I
Sandals -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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Back home -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow
Praying for each other -- Colossians 1:1-14 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2007
In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus
A special gift -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2007
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus
Let it rain -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives th
Pray for your leaders -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2007
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and
Caring for others -- Luke 10:25-37 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2007
"Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into
Feet washing -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2007
So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash
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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. 
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Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
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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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