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Shalom -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A
Teachers or Parents: The Bible tells us that the peace of
It's in the book! -- Luke 24:13-35 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Teachers or Parents: Jesus, our Master, tells the two
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.
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
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
"Don't cheat!" -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Teachers or Parents: The Gospel this week gives us a
An image of God's kingdom -- Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A
During our sermon time we discussed the lesson for today using dot-to-dot image.
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
Showing off -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - A
Teachers or Parents: Do some research in a Bible dictionary
"Communication" -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Teachers or Parents: The Gospel theme is prayer and the
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
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
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
John the Baptist -- Mark 1:1-8 -- Second Sunday of Advent - B
Teachers or Parents: John the Baptist is a biblical figure
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
Listen to the Shepherd -- John 10:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A
Teachers or Parents: Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we are
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.
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
Ephphatha -- Mark 7:24-37 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B
Teachers or Parents: Just as Jesus opened the ears of the deaf
"Get on the right plane!" -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C
Teachers or Parents: This parable about the rich man and
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.

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Like a dove -- Matthew 3:13-17 -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A -- 2007
And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water,
Squeaky people -- Luke 18:1-8 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2007
And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and
Beautiful brides -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from
Our invitation -- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus
A champion -- 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (v. 7)
What labels tell us -- John 13:31-35 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one
Changes -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2007
He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, "You are Simon son
Be humble -- Luke 18:9-14 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves
Alpha and omega -- Revelation 1:4b-8 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who was and
You are a Christian -- 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2007
What I mean is that each of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to
The real power -- Ephesians 1:11-23 -- All Saints Day - C -- 2007
God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and
Where is he? -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
This will be a sign for you; you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth
Bringing them in -- James 5:13-20 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is
The most important -- Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is
Who is for us? -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
Whoever is not against us is for us. (v. 40)
God spoke -- John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his
Look-alikes -- Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 2006
... saying, "Will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of
Clothing ourselves -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2006
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in
A special door -- Mark 10:2-16 -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 2006
Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little
A big change -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes
Lost child -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2006
Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to
Bold or quiet? -- Hebrews 4:12-16 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2006
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may
Human tools -- Acts 8:14-17 -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 2006
Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy
The eye of the needle -- Mark 10:17-31 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2006
Children, how hard is it to enter the kingdom of God!
The real thing -- Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 2006
John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is
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The Immediate Word

Thomas Willadsen
Bethany Peerbolte
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For December 8, 2019:
  • Repentance That Matters by Tom Willadsen — John reminds the people that it is not who they are but what they do, the fruits of their repentance that matters. “You’ve got to walk the walk,” John insists.
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Emphasis Preaching Journal

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Isaiah 11:1-10
Of the Advent readings, this is one of my favorites. The prophet proclaims that one from the root of Jesse will come and the Spirit of the Lord will be upon him. Righteousness will come into the world. People, nations, even animals that war with one another will be at peace. All will be blessed, from the smallest child to the oldest adult. Mercy and justice will reign. That is the hope, the promise.
David Kalas
Broadly speaking, we human beings turn to two solutions to try to make things better. Whether it is an organization, a family, a church, or a nation, there is always room for improvement, always some yearning for things to be even better than they are. And we generally seek those improvements by trying to find either the right system or the right person.

Revolutions are usually about trying to find the right system. Elections are about trying to find the right person. And human beings seem to have an endless reservoir of optimism when it comes to new systems and new leaders.

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"Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom" by David O. Bales
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Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom
by David O. Bales
Isaiah 11:1-10

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Bethany Peerbolte
Matthew introduces John the Baptist, the person who God has sent to prepare the people for Jesus. John’s teaching is the first sign that the Messiah is coming, everyone should be listening closely. John’s fashion choices make it hard for some people, though. His dirty camel hair toga and general unkempt appearance is not what we expect a great teacher to look like. This is a warning to us all that God’s voice may not always come from the people from whom we expect.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Roddy was plunged into gloom. It was that time of year again - the time of the annual nativity play. Roddy hated it. For a start, he had only once been chosen to actually feature in the play. That was the year he had to wear his dressing gown with a stupid tea towel on his head, and say one line: "Look! Let us follow that shining star!" Only he'd pointed to the star and forgotten the words. The audience had started to laugh, and the teacher said afterwards that "the whole feel of the play had been lost." Roddy was never invited to be in the play again.

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Don M. Aycock
A man who lives in Hollywood tells this to friends who come to visit: "When you are in Hollywood, don't miss Hollywood." He reminds his guests that his town is much more than a movie set. They won't see stars giving autographs or movie crews with cameras whirring.

In a similar way the scriptures seem to say to us, "At Christmas, don't miss Christmas." It is easy to miss, isn't it? We can get so busy that the season passes over us like a plane at night, heard but not really seen. And what, during this season, do we need not to miss?

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