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Good vision -- Luke 2:22-40 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Teachers or Parents: Prophecy is nothing magical.
Spread the good news -- Mark 6:1-13 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
Taking up the cross -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Second Sunday in Lent - B
Teachers or Parents: The idea of a person denying oneself and taking up one's cross to follow Jesus
No grudges allowed -- Mark 6:14-29 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - B
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
Paying homage -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - B
Teachers or Parents: Respect is not a high priority today.
Preaching from a boat -- Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - B
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
Jesus feeds us -- John 6:24-35 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
Teachers or Parents: Children can easily relate to physical food, but the spiritual food of Jesus
A kind of king -- John 6:1-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
Who is he? -- Mark 6:14-29 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - B
Teachers or Parents: Jesus' identity is still an issue.
God's biggest job -- John 6:24-35 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
The right tool -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B
Teachers or Parents: Most people and perhaps the children think of the commandments as prohibition
Follow the Leader -- John 1:43-51 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B
Teachers or Parents: Being a disciple of Jesus is not an easy task.
Words and the Word -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C
Teachers or Parents: Words are powerful.
The bread of life -- John 6:35, 41-51 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
Which crown? -- Passion Sunday - B
Teachers or Parents: The concept of king and kingdom is foreign -- except in many children's storie
Gates of Heaven -- Mark 1:14-20 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B
Teachers or Parents: The gospel, in the narrowest sense of its use, is the good news that Jesus died
A special meal -- John 6:51-58 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
Bitter medicine -- John 18:1-19:42 -- Good Friday - B
Teachers or Parents: The "bitter cup" Jesus had to take goes against our sense of fairness.
The throne and the cross -- Mark 14:1--15:47 -- Passion Sunday - B
Materials Bible 1 cup whole pecans 1 teaspoon vinegar 3 egg whites
"Jesus' valentine" -- Luke 6:17-26 -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - C
Presenter, Teachers or Parents: Valentine's Day may be somewhat meaningless to young children and s
We are Christians -- John 6:56-69 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
One person at a time -- Matthew 9:35-10:8 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Teachers or Parents: Evangelism is such a simple thing -- telling the good news to one person at
The twelve harvesters -- Matthew 9:35--10:8 (9-23) -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A
Can you name the 12 disciples? There are four J's, two P's, two T's, a B, an A, an M, and an S.
Following Instructions -- Mark 1:40-45 -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - B
Materials None Instructions
King Jesus -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Teachers or Parents: If you have a Palm Sunday processional in your worship service, talk about it.

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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
Produce or perish -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Third Sunday in Lent - C
Good morning! I'd like to show you a picture this morning.
Written for you -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A
Happy Easter! Did you know that it's still Easter?
Don't let go! -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Good Friday - A
Good evening! Can any of you tell me why we are in church
Changed before them -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought something this morning
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
Enemies and friends -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Good morning! How many of you like football? (Let them
The teaching Spirit -- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 -- Day of Pentecost - A
Good morning! There are some parts of the world with names
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Blessed hope -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
How many of you like to play with dolls? (Let them answer.)
God's medicine -- Romans 8:1-11 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. This morning, I brought with me some of the medicine I take.
Blessed are the persecuted -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - A
Good morning! I brought this book to show you today. This is
No boxes! -- Mark 6:1-13 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B
How many of you are the oldest in your family? (Let them
Christmas angels among us -- Luke 2:1-20 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A
I've always thought it would be a wonderful thing to see an
The good soil -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Good morning, boys and girls.
Grace alone -- Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C
When Jesus was baptized, a voice came from heaven. It said,
A gift from God -- Romans 3:19-28 -- Reformation Sunday - B
Good morning, boys and girls. I brought something with me this
A different kind of king -- John 18:1 - 19:42 -- Good Friday - A
Good evening, boys and girls. Have you ever met a king? (Let
He is risen! -- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 -- Easter Day - B
Good morning! What do they call this flower? (Show the
Ouch! -- Romans 6:1b-11 -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - A
Good morning! This morning I brought with me a box of
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The Immediate Word

Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
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For August 18, 2019:
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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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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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“A Cloud of Witnesses” by Peter Andrew Smith
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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.

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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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