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Transfigured -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2007
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

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Caring for others -- Luke 10:25-37 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2007
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Welcome home -- Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 -- Fourth 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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Something special -- John 12:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - 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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The last supper -- Luke 22:14-23, 56 -- Passion Sunday - 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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Feet washing -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Maundy Thursday - 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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Jesus' hangout -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Good Friday - 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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Retainers -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
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The best time -- Luke 13:10-17 -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - C -- 2007
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Breakfast with Jesus -- John 21:1-19 -- Third 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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A loving voice -- John 10:22-30 -- Fourth 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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What labels tell us -- John 13:31-35 -- Fifth 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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Top Of The List -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C -- 2016
Have you ever been asked to do something that you didn't want to do?
Microwave Prayers -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C -- 2016
Are you hungry? Let me quickly make you some pizza or maybe popcorn.
Wise People Still Look For Jesus -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Epiphany of the Lord - C -- 2016
The Point: Seek Jesus with your wealth, your worship, and your life
Get Rich In God -- Luke 12:13-21 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2016
What is inside your wallet? Would you like to see inside mine?
Claimed A Child Of God -- Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 2016
The Point: In our baptism God claims us as his children
A Treasure Hunt -- Luke 12:32-40 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - C -- 2016
Have you ever been on a treasure hunt?
Jesus Had Power -- John 2:1-11 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2016
The Point: Jesus came with power and authority
Seeing Clearly -- Luke 12:49-56 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2016
Have you ever had the experience of looking through sunglasses or cellophane that is colored?
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!
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
Follow The Leader -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C -- 2016
Let's play a game together today.
Jesus First -- Luke 4:1-13 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- First Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
The Point: There are many options in life, choose to put Jesus first
Where's That Missing Piece? -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2016
How many of you like to play with Legos? Do you have any special Legos that you would hate to lose?
God Gathers His Children -- Luke 13:31-35 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Second Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
The Point: God gathers us in his grace to protect us
A Gift To Be Shared -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2016
I don't know what your favorite kind of gum is but I love "Juicy Fruit".
Repent And Trust In God's Grace -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Third Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
The Point: Bad things happen in life. Look to God and trust in his grace.
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
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Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
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Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18
In many European countries, early on Easter Monday, the girls come out of their homes wearing traditional red, black and white folkloric dress. The young men walk down the streets, also in traditional dress of high black boots, black hats, white shirts and cream-colored trousers. The men follow the girls playing instruments and the older women of the village have prepared a cornucopia of food.
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From time to time, I’ll hear someone ask a speculative question that begins, “If a space alien showed up on earth, what would he think about...” The idea is to try to imagine what an outsider sees. If we could find someone without any familiarity or preconceived notions, what would he or she see and think.
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In the blackness, in the bleakness, we need to sense God’s presence. We need to know that God is there, even if, like Job, we do not understand what is happening around us and inside of us. “The restless millions wait for the Light,” says George Bernanos, “Whose dawning maketh all things new.”

This is the dilemma of Israel in Egypt. This is the struggle of life in Corinth. This is the washing of waves surrounding Jesus and his disciples “on the night in which he was betrayed.”
Frank Ramirez
It can not only be hard, but in some cases not possible to say much at all on Easter morning, what with Easter Breakfast, perhaps a cantata, a children’s choir, and an Easter egg hunt swallowing up any space you might have for preaching. But this is the central message of our faith. Jesus is Risen. This changes everything.

Now do not despair. You can preach Easter every Sunday. For the earliest Christians every Sunday was Easter! Even so, if you’re feeling squeezed you can still take one of these passages and make an important point.

The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For April 21, 2019:
  • Why Are You Weeping? by Dean Feldmeyer — One of the reasons it’s so hard to visualize a risen Christ is that we’ve hidden him behind a mountain of hollow, milk chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chickens.

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Keith Hewitt
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"Reflections of Grief" by Keith Hewitt
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"Abandoned?" by David O. Bales


Reflections of Grief
by Keith Hewitt
John 18:1--19:42

Keith Wagner
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"Love Conquers All" by Keith Wagner
"Being together gives us Hope" by Keith Wagner



Love Conquers All
by Keith Wagner
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

For me, the heart of the psalmist’s message is his willingness to be a faithful servant, making commitments to God through sacrifice and love. It takes courage to live sacrificially, none the less our faith is strengthened and we become closer to God with our dedication and loyalty.
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This Doesn’t Make Sense

by C. David McKirachan
Acts 10:34-43

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Arley K. Fadness
“I have seen the Lord.” (v. 18)

Happy Easter morning boys and girls,

Today I have the best news ever to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond) First, notice I have a container (box or can) with a lid on it. Inside we will find ____________.  (for example: oreo cookies, legos etc.)

So let's see what is inside. (open lid) What do we see? Nothing. What? Aren't there supposed to be ___________ inside?? (children respond)
Arley K. Fadness
“When Jesus had received the wine, he said,'it is finished,' then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.'”

Good Friday morning (evening) children,

Today I am feeling very quiet. You know why? It is a holy day, a somber day.

How are you feeling? (children respond) We call it Good Friday. That's a strange name for a sad day isn't it? Perhaps today, the day we remember our Lord Jesus died, we might call Bad Friday or Dark Friday or Sad Friday. But no, it's Good Friday.
Arley K. Fadness
“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.” (v. 14)

Good morning beautiful children,

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
We Christians are often reckoned to be a sad bunch, at least in the opinion of non-Christian western society. And sometimes, I think they're right. We must seem a bit pathetic to normal red-blooded human beings as we go to church each Sunday, singing hymns and indulging in all kinds of odd rituals, when we could be cleaning the car or shopping or playing sport or otherwise enjoying ourselves.

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Carlos Wilton
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Our culture still "seeks the living among the dead" as it pursues security, comfort, and pleasure.

First Lesson
Acts 10:34-43
Peter's Easter Testimony
Donald Charles Lacy
So much happening in so little time! We are left gasping for breath. We stagger under the weight of the mighty arm of historical occurrence. You and I praise God because we know the rest of the story. Those present did not know how things would turn out. They must have been like awestruck children nearing exasperation.

David Kalas
We have a table before us. It is a familiar table; we have gathered around it together countless times before. It features the cherished elements of bread and wine; and taken together, those elements on this table form a sacrament.

Across the many traditions within the Christian church, we call this sacrament by different names. The Roman Catholics refer to the Mass, while the Eastern Orthodox church uses the Divine Liturgy. A number of Protestant denominations call it the Eucharist, others holy communion, and still others the Lord's Supper.

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