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The touch of power -- Luke 6:17-26 -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - C
Teachers: The children's message is about the power of touch.
Submission to God's will -- Luke 1:26-38 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B
Teachers or Parents: Doing what God wants us to do always
How many know him? -- John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - B
Teachers or Parents: Christmas has unfortunately become a
Sabbath for humankind -- Mark 2:23-28 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
Teachers or Parents: Jesus and his disciples had a meal of
Give us a cheer! -- Luke 21:25-36 -- First Sunday of Advent - C
Materials A t-shirt for each child
That the blind may see -- John 9:1-41 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - A
Teachers or Parents: Spiritual blindness (the condition of a
What is prayer? -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
For such a simple thing, prayer is really intimidating for some people.
Answering the call immediately -- Matthew 4:12-23 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A
Materials:Store-bought placemat (one per child) Sandpaper
Help the children -- Mark 9:30-37 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
Teachers or Parents: The words of Jesus about children give us an
Kind of like baptism -- Luke 2:21
Teachers or Parents: Celebrate the new year by celebrating the
Evidence and testimony -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - C
Teachers or Parents: Today's children's sermon uses legal
Each From Their Own Place -- Luke 13:22-30 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C
Parents or Teachers: The lesson today is about people coming from the
God's checking account -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Teachers: The lesson is on giving to the emperor and to God.
Protection -- John 17:6-19 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - B
Teachers or Parents: Protecting our children is an
Best friends -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: For this exercise you will need magazines to cut
"The cost of discipleship" -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
Teachers or Parents: The Gospel message that we are saved as
Children Of God -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - A
Teachers: This lesson offers you a chance to do role-playing.
He knows you so well -- Matthew 10:24-39 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - A
It's amazing to consider that God knows the number of hairs on our heads.
A changing face -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43a) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C
Teachers: Sometimes when children are younger, the significance and possible explanation of a partic
What is missing? -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME
Small and mighty -- Mark 4:26-34 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - B
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
'God forever!' -- Mark 13:24--37 -- First Sunday of Advent - B
Teachers or Parents: This is a new year -------- a new church year, that is.
Walking in faith -- Mark 4:35-41 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
"Beginning" -- Mark 1:1-8 -- Second Sunday of Advent - B
Teachers or Parents: We are one Sunday into the new church year and we are just ahead of the calend
Where's the power? -- Mark 5:21-43 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:

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Sharing what God gives -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does
More like Jesus -- Hebrews 10:5-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
And it is by God's will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the
Magnification -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord." (v. 46)
A great gift -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. (v. 11)
Be an example -- 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 0000
I am going to the store today.
Traveling light -- Mark 6:1-13 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like to travel?
Written for you -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A
Happy Easter! Did you know that it's still Easter?
Produce or perish -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
Good morning! I'd like to show you a picture this morning.
Weeding the garden -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wa
Give it a chance -- Luke 13:1-9
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought an apple so we could talk about apples this morning.
Not foolish at all! -- 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - A
Good morning! How many of you watch television? (Let them
Blessed hope -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
How many of you like to play with dolls? (Let them answer.)
Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Humility -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
Good morning. Today I want to give you a test: Which of these
King of Kings -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - A
(Show the three Wise Men) Today is the day we talk about the Wise Men.
Guarantees life after death -- Hebrews 9:24-28 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought two balloons with me
Do you look like Jesus? -- Romans 8:28-30 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you know what Jesus
A story of God and grapes -- Matthew 21:33-46 -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like to eat
Pain relief -- Romans 5:1-5 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
Sometimes when I get a headache or if I overdo it and my
Be on top of the world -- Colossians 3:1-11 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C
We've talked before about being the kind of people that make God happy.
The teaching Spirit -- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 -- Day of Pentecost - A
Good morning! There are some parts of the world with names
THE King! -- John 18:33-37 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - B
About two thousand years ago, a man who was very powerful
Real power! -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - C
I love the Superman stories. When I was young I would buy and
Our weakness; God's strength -- 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B
I have always admired men and women who can lift heavy
When Jesus broke the rules -- Mark 2:23-28 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought a pillow with me this
Changed before them -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought something this morning
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The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For August 18, 2019:
  • Seeing the Signs, Taking the Steps by Mary Austin — Jesus tells the crowds listening to him to see the signs, and watch for change in the world. We can interpret the weather, but seeing change in our communal life is much harder.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Wayne Brouwer
The Desert Fathers told of a father and a son who were traveling together. They came to the edge of a forest. Some of the bushes were loaded with berries. They looked so delicious that the son asked if they could stop for a while and pick berries.

The father was anxious to be on his way, but he saw the desire in his son’s eyes and agreed to stay there for a short while. The son was delighted. Together they searched the bushes for the biggest, plumpest, juiciest berries.
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Bill Thomas
Bob Ove
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Isaiah 5:1-7
In the passage from Isaiah, God is the owner of the vineyard, which represents God's people. The coming destruction (verses 5-6) results from the people's failure to do what God "expected," and hoped for (verses 2, 4, 7). That is, the failure to enact and embody justice and righteousness invites catastrophe.

God’s judgment is just and would ultimately come for the recipients of the prophecy by means of the Assyrians (if the recipients were, as many suggest, the Northern Kingdom).

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Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“A Cloud of Witnesses” by Peter Andrew Smith
“A Mind of Their Own” by Frank Ramirez


A Cloud of Witnesses
by Peter Andrew Smith
Hebrews 11:29--12:2

Pastor Will stormed out of the board room.

“Is everything okay, Pastor?” Linda called from the office. “Are you finished already?”

“We’re just taking a break,” he said. “We all need a few minutes”

Will walked into the sanctuary, sat in a pew, and closed his eyes.

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Arley K. Fadness
Jesus said, ‘I came to bring fire to the earth,’...” (v. 49a)

Good morning girls and boys,

It is a good morning, isn’t it? It’s good because you and your family are here at worship. It’s good because I get to talk with you. It’s good because God is here. How awesome is that? Can you think of other reasons why today is a good morning? (children may respond)

What secret do you think I have in this special box? (children guess)

(presenter removes and shows a candle on a candlestick)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
All prospective Church of England clergy are obliged to attend a three day selection conference to determine whether or not they are suitable candidates for ministry in the Church. This can often cause real difficulty for those candidates who are told at the end of the conference that the selectors have decided not to recommend them for training at this time. The candidates feel themselves to have been called by God, but the selectors don't agree.

SermonStudio

Lee Ann Dunlap
Some of the best prophetic voices of any culture are its troubadours. Historically, the term refers to traveling musicians who once strolled the streets and pubs of medieval Europe singing love songs in exchange for food and lodging. Today they travel by jet or private coach filling auditoriums with screaming fans and recording "greatest hits" albums. Regardless of the time or language, music has an almost supernatural power to affect the human soul and even change the course of the human community. It lifts our spirits, bolsters our courage, and points out injustice.

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