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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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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
The Advocate comes -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Day of Pentecost - B
Teachers or Parents: How can one understand the Holy
Turning the world upside-down -- Matthew 5:1-12 -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - A
Materials:
The Nunc Dimittis -- Luke 2:22-40 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Teachers or Parents: Simeon's story is a story about
"The price of admission" -- Luke 23:1-49 -- Passion Sunday - C
Teachers or Parents: The words of Jesus to the thief on the cross
Serving others -- Matthew 23:1-12 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A
Teachers: Servanthood is today's theme. The suggested activity
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.
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).
Jack-in-the-box -- Luke 24:1-11 -- Easter Day - C
Teachers or Parents: Today's children's sermon is an exercise
Resurrection -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A
Teachers or Parents: Death is a subject we usually avoid

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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
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
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.
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A man who lives in Hollywood tells this to friends who come to visit: "When you are in Hollywood, don't miss Hollywood." He reminds his guests that his town is much more than a movie set. They won't see stars giving autographs or movie crews with cameras whirring.

In a similar way the scriptures seem to say to us, "At Christmas, don't miss Christmas." It is easy to miss, isn't it? We can get so busy that the season passes over us like a plane at night, heard but not really seen. And what, during this season, do we need not to miss?

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