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Welcome home -- Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 -- Fourth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

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Transfigured -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2007
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Caring for others -- Luke 10:25-37 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2007
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Something special -- John 12:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2007
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No more ugly faces -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - A -- 2007
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Important time -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
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The last supper -- Luke 22:14-23, 56 -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2007
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Just say, "No!" -- Matthew 4:1-11 -- First Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
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How to pray -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2007
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Feet washing -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2007
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The wind -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
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Sharing gifts -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2007
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Jesus' hangout -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Good Friday - C -- 2007
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Teamwork -- John 4:5-42 -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2007
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Time for Jesus -- Luke 12:32-40 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2007
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Be alert to the signs -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
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In the tomb -- John 20:1-16 -- Easter Day - C -- 2007
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The best time -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2007
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Retainers -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
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Secret meeting -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
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Breakfast with Jesus -- John 21:1-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
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Favorites -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2007
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A loving voice -- John 10:22-30 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
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Back home -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
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What labels tell us -- John 13:31-35 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
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The Lord's Blessing -- Luke 4:14-21 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2016
The Point: Jesus came to invite everyone into God’s loving family
How To Be Free -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2016
I need a volunteer today. I also need kids that can count up to 18.
Tell The Truth -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2016
The Point: Telling the truth doesn’t mean that it will be easy or fun
See How Great I Am! -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2016
Look at my trophy/certificate! Isn't it great?! And it's all for my outstanding performance!
Dazzling White -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43) -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2016
The Point: Jesus makes us dazzling white
Follow The Leader -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2016
Let's play a game together today.
Your Greatest Treasurer -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2016
The Point: Your greatest treasure is not laid up on earth but in heaven
Time to Prepare! -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
The Point: The decorations of Christmas remind us to make room for Jesus in our liv
Prepare in a Loving Faith -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
The Point: We prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth not out of fear but out of a loving
Pray Daily -- John 17:6-19 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - B -- 2015
The Point:  Jesus models a life of prayer for us to follow.
Mary, Jesus' Mother -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
The Point: We are blessed when we believe that God has made us his children
One God in Three -- John 3:1-17 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2015
The Point: One God revealed in three ways.
Jesus Came to All -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2015
The Point: You are invited to the greatest moment in history ? Jesus’ birth
Forgiveness builds God's Kingdom -- Mark 3:20-35 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - B -- 2015
The Point:  Jesus gives us a forgiveness that builds God's Kingdom.
Grow in the Lord -- Luke 2:41-52 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2015
The Point: You can grow in many ways, but the most important is to grow in the Lord
God's Kingdom Grows in Little Acts of Faith -- Mark 4:26-34 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - B -- 2015
Object: An acorn (or a small seed of a tree that the children know)
Fear Turns to Faith in Jesus -- Mark 4:35-41 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 2015
The Point: In the midst of storms let your fear become faith in Jesus.
Put Your Faith Into Action -- Mark 5:21-43 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2015
The Point: Real faith will be put into action.
Telling About Jesus -- Mark 6:1-13 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B -- 2015
The Point: Tell others about what has brought great joy to your life.
Who Is Jesus? -- Mark 6:14-29 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - B -- 2015
The Point:  Who do you think Jesus is? Your answer can be life transforming.
Jesus Is our Shepherd in Life -- Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - B -- 2015
The Point: Like sheep we all need a shepherd to guide our life.
Offerings in the Hands of Jesus -- John 6:1-21 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2015
The Point: When you offer your life to Jesus he can do wonderful things with it.
Jesus is the Bread of Eternal Life -- John 6:24-35 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2015
The Point:  Bread is important for daily life, but Jesus alone is the bread that gi
Jesus, The Bread of Eternal Life -- John 6:35, 41-51 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B -- 2015
The Point:  When you believe in Jesus and seek to follow him in your daily life, yo
Eternal Life in Jesus -- John 6:51-58 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - B -- 2015
The Point:  Jesus knows and is the way to eternal life.

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“...for power came out of him and healed all of them.” (v. 19b)

Good morning wonderful children,

Thanks for joining me. I am so happy to see you and to talk to you today. Are you ready for a special message I have just for you? (children respond)  Here we go.

Ever heard the word bless?  Like “you are blessed” or “you are my blessing?”(children respond) To be blessed is like goodness coming to you. To be blessed is like getting a gift that makes you happy.

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Janice B. Scott
We tend to think of Saints as special holy people who are perhaps not quite real. But in this reading, Jesus makes it clear that those who are very ordinary because they are poor, or hungry, or sad, or otherwise disadvantaged in some way, are especially blessed. This is a story about Casper, who spoke in fun but found his words were taken rather seriously.

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"Louise, can you and Pastor Hal come to Thanksgiving dinner at our house this Friday? I have this really, really big turkey, and I don't want a ton of leftovers," Tracy implored her friend.

"Well, I'd love to, but we always invite a widower, Andy Vespa, each Thanksgiving. I don't want him to be by himself with his pork and beans. Of course, Steve and Vicki will be here, too," Louise replied. "Andy's always been a part of this family gathering."

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