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Take a risk -- Mark 8:27-38 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B -- 2006
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Who is first? -- Mark 9:30-37 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B -- 2006
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Who is for us? -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2006
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A special door -- Mark 10:2-16 -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 2006
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The eye of the needle -- Mark 10:17-31 -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2006
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Serving others -- Mark 10:35-45 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - B -- 2006
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Shouting for Jesus -- Mark 10:46-52 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 2006
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The most special place -- Mark 12:28-34 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - B -- 2006
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Giving all she had -- Mark 12:38-44 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 2006
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Mighty Dog -- Mark 13:1-8 -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - B -- 2006
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A to Z -- John 18:33-37 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - B -- 2006
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Signs of our seasons -- Luke 21:25-26 -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
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The right path -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
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Sharing what God gives -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
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Magnification -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
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The Nunc Dimittis -- Luke 2:22-40 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Teachers or Parents: Simeon's story is a story about
Best friends -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: For this exercise you will need magazines to cut
Producing good fruit -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers or Parents: John the Baptist warns us that
Planting the seed -- Mark 4:26-34 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - B
Teachers or Parents: This week's lesson is about growing
It's Your Turn -- Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
Parents or Teachers: Throughout our lives there will always be people who
You, Jesus, and God -- Matthew 10:40-42 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A
"Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me" (v. 40).
NULL -- John 14:8-17 (25-27) -- Day of Pentecost - C
Today is a big day for the church. This is the day when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.
"The price of admission" -- Luke 23:1-49 -- Passion Sunday - C
Teachers or Parents: The words of Jesus to the thief on the cross
Look for the star -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - A
Teachers or Parents: Have an Epiphany pageant to close off the
One plus one equals one -- Mark 10:2-16 -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B
Materials Thick string or yarn (2" lengths) Pony beads -- different colors

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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
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.
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.
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.
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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)

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