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Responsibility -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2007
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The Bible -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
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The best size -- Luke 17:5-10 -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2007
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Thanking Jesus -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2007
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Squeaky people -- Luke 18:1-8 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2007
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Be humble -- Luke 18:9-14 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2007
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Reflecting God's love -- Luke 6:20-31 -- All Saints Day - C -- 2007
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No more hiding -- Luke 19:1-10 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2007
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Changes -- Luke 20:27-38 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 2007
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God's word -- Luke 21:5-19 -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 2007
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No more hunger -- John 6:25-35 -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2007
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Remembering -- Luke 23:33-43 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2007
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God spoke -- John 1:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
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Lost child -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2006
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The real thing -- Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 2006
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It gets better -- John 2:1-11 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - C -- 2006
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Don't stare -- Luke 4:14-21 -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - C -- 2006
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Pleasing the crowd -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - C -- 2006
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Catching people -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 2006
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Huddling with Jesus -- Luke 6:17-26 -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - C -- 2006
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A big change -- Luke 9:28-36 (37-43) -- Transfiguration Sunday - C -- 2006
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Four rules -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - C -- 2006
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Protect me, Lord -- Luke 4:1-13 -- First Sunday in Lent - C -- 2006
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Staying clean -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2006
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Table scraps -- Mark 7:24-37 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B -- 2006
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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.
Save your life for eternity -- Mark 8:31-38 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Second Sunday in Lent - B -- 2015

The Point:  Save your life in Jesus, and you shall have your life for eternity.

Go To Jesus For the Words of Life -- John 6:56-69 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 2015
The Point:  Jesus, alone, has the words of eternal life.
What Spills from Your Heart? -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2015
The Point:  Whatever is in your heart will spill as life bumps into you.
Jesus, Savior of the World -- Mark 7:24-37 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B -- 2015
The Point: Jesus did miracles to point to his greatest work -- our salvation
Who Is Jesus to You? -- Mark 8:27-38 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B -- 2015
The Point: To believe that Jesus is our Savior is to seek and to follow him
Children in God's Kingdom -- Mark 9:30-37 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B -- 2015
The Point: Children are important in God's kingdom
Flavor the World with Love -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2015
The Point: A world with love in it is a much better world
A Childlike Faith -- Mark 10:2-16 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 2015
The Point: A childlike faith in Jesus includes us in the kingdom of God
Lean on Jesus for Eternal Life -- Mark 10:17-31 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2015
The Point: Lean upon Jesus for he alone can give eternal life
Serve in the Name of Jesus -- Mark 10:35-45 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - B -- 2015
The Point: As Jesus served us we serve others
Blinded by Doubt? Call on Jesus -- Mark 10:46-52 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 2015
The Point: Blinded by doubt or worry, call out to Jesus for sight
Saints Believe in Jesus -- John 11:32-44 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- All Saints Day - B -- 2015
The Point: A saint believes in Jesus and trusts him for eternal life
Love God and Others -- Mark 12:28-34 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - B -- 2015
The Point: Loving God and others are the two most important commands in life
Give in Response to Jesus -- Mark 12:38-44 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 2015
The Point: Our offering in church is a response to Jesus' gifts to us
Jesus Alone Is Important -- Mark 13:1-8 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - B -- 2015
The Point: The things of this world will be lost but not Jesus
Jesus Is King of All -- John 18:33-37 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - B -- 2015
The Point: Jesus is King of all of life and of our hearts
Love As Jesus -- John 15:9-17 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2015
The Point: As a child of God, Jesus gives us one commandment - to love as he loves.
Celebrate! Jesus is coming again! -- Luke 25:25-36 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
The Point: As God’s children we can lift up our heads and hearts because Jesus will
Be Thankful 365 Days a Year -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 2015
The Point: Recognize things that you are thankful for and be thankful always
Planting for Jesus -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus wants to tell others about his love that saves.
Love not Judgment -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus says we cannot tell who is in his family and who is not so treat all with lo
Loving Service Honors Our King -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2014
The Point: We serve our king Jesus by serving others.
Guide to Heaven -- Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus wants us to know what the kingdom of heaven is like.
A Thanks-Giving Life -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2014
The Point: Thanksgiving Day reminds us to live a "thanks giving 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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A Messianic Message?
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Luke 6:17-26

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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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