Login / Signup

Anthology

Hold down Ctrl (Windows) / Command (Mac) for multiple selections (scroll list to see all options)

Sermon

SermonStudio

Jesus' Grief And Yours -- Isaiah 61:1, Psalm 121 -- Anthology -- 1998
for an elderly church memberCharles J. Lopez, Jr.
A Time To Be Born, A Time To Die -- John 14:1-6, 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13, Psalm 23 -- Anthology -- 1998
for an elderly church memberCharles J. Lopez, Jr.
Life's Short Circuit -- Revelation 14:13 -- Anthology -- 1998
for an elderly electrician and church memberLawrence H. Craig
Fishing With A Harmonica -- Matthew 4:18-20 -- Anthology -- 1998
for an elderly outdoorsman and church memberLawrence H. Craig
Jesus Called To He -- Luke 13:12 -- Anthology -- 1998
for an active church member who had a long struggle with cancerT. A. Kantonen
Amazing Grace -- Anthology -- 1998
for a charter member of the churchJames W. Robinson
The Victory -- Anthology -- 1998
for a church member who suffered a heart attackRobert S. Kinsey
When A Christian Dies -- Anthology -- 1998
Sunday sermon after a member's death in church the previous Sunday
Loaned Or Owned? -- 2 Samuel 12:18-23 -- Anthology -- 1998
for an infantOle Winter
God Promises, Promises! -- John 14:2-3 -- Anthology -- 1998
a funeral meditationJohn R. Brokhoff
Death Shows No Partiality -- Anthology -- 1998
for a little childJames W. Robinson
No Easy Words Of Comfort -- Matthew 18:10 -- Anthology -- 1998
for a six--year--old child struck by a carDavid A. MacLennan
Lean On God -- Isaiah 40:3-11 -- Anthology -- 1998
for a non--ChristianJoe BaroneCALL TO WORSHIP
God Provides -- Matthew 14:13-21 -- Anthology -- 1998
for a person the minister did not knowJoe BaroneCALL TO WORSHIP
The Predictables Of Life In The Midst Of Death -- Anthology -- 1998
for a nominal church memberJames W. Robinson
God's Wonderful Plans -- Anthology -- 1998
for a young war veteran who died in a motorcycle accident near his home
Finding Support -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Psalm 129, Romans 8:31-39, John 14:1-14 -- Anthology -- 1998
for a young mother who fought cancer for six yearsElizabeth E. Conroy
When We See Death -- 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 -- Anthology -- 1998
sermon to college studentsHarold C. Warlick, Jr.
We Remember And Anticipate -- Psalm 23 -- Anthology -- 1998
for a neighbor, friend, and momMichael B. Brown
Reservations For God's Children -- Hebrews 11:13-16 -- Anthology -- 1998
for one who loved the LordFrank H. Seilhamer
Wedding Prayer -- Kenneth E. Crouch, Anthology -- 1994
After the prayer of invocation:
Your Gifts To Each Other -- Ephesians 5:33 -- Ronald K. Brooks, Anthology -- 1994
I love weddings! I love everything about them.
A Couple Who Do Feet -- Anthology -- 1994
(Adapted from imagery created by Harry Wendt of Crossways International)
Dressing For The Marriage -- Colossians 3:12-17 -- Mary Venema Swierenga, Anthology -- 1994
For A Protestant--Catholic Marriage
From Two To One -- B. David Hostetter, Anthology -- 1994
(May be read when the marriage candle is lit from two individual or family candles.)

Worship

SermonStudio

Labor Day Weekend -- Roger Prescott, Anthology -- 1988
Comments on the Service
Rally Day -- James Weekley, Anthology -- 1988
Comments on the Service
Cheerful Giving -- Anthology, B. David Hostetter -- 1988
Order of Service"Cheerful Giving"CALL TO WORSHIP
The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. -- John H. Krahn, Anthology, Michael L. Sherer -- 1988
Comments on the Service, the Order of Worship, and the Children's Message were prepared by Michael L
Week of Prayer For Christian Unity -- Leonard H. Budd, Anthology -- 1988
Comments on the Service
James Weekley, Anthology -- 1988
Comments on the Service
Mother's Day -- B. David Hostetter, Anthology -- 1988
Order of WorshipPRELUDE Songs My Mother Taught Me - Dvorak
The Celebration of Confirmation -- Heth H. Corl, Anthology -- 1988
Comments on the Service
Memorial Day Weekend -- Roger Prescott, Anthology -- 1988
Comments on the Service
Fourth of July Weekend -- Charles Michael Mills, Anthology -- 1988
Comments on the Service
Flower Sharing Sunda -- Leonard H. Budd, Anthology -- 1988
Comments on the Service
UPCOMING WEEKS
In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
Signup for FREE!
(No credit card needed.)
Lent 3
31 – Sermons
140+ – Illustrations / Stories
30 – Children's Sermons / Resources
26 – Worship Resources
27 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Lent 4
31 – Sermons
140+ – Illustrations / Stories
32 – Children's Sermons / Resources
28 – Worship Resources
29 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Lent 5
31 – Sermons
140+ – Illustrations / Stories
31 – Children's Sermons / Resources
31 – Worship Resources
28 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Passion/Palm Sunday
32 – Sermons
160+ – Illustrations / Stories
33 – Children's Sermons / Resources
26 – Worship Resources
29 – Commentary / Exegesis
4 – Pastor's Devotions
and more...
Plus thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
Signup for FREE!
(No credit card needed.)

New & Featured This Week

CSSPlus

John Jamison
In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” (vv. 14-16)

The Immediate Word

Katy Stenta
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
Dean Feldmeyer
Thomas Willadsen
For March 7, 2021:

StoryShare

David O. Bales
Peter Andrew Smith
Contents
“Forty Years Later” by David O. Bales
“Signs Or Wisdom Still Allow Discussion” by David O. Bales
“The Guidance of the Law” by Peter Andrew Smith

Forty Years Later
by David O. Bales
John 2:13-22

Semphthenus, to my most esteemed elder sister, Alis, many greetings:

Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
At the beginning of his masterpiece, Paradise Lost, John Milton articulates a part of his task in writing as to “justify the ways of God to men.”1 That may be an ongoing task for us. Fallen humanity is like a perpetual adolescent, always questioning and challenging (and disobeying) the parent. And so there is a continual need for the ways of God to be explained and justified to human beings.
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Exodus 20:1-17
None of us are thieves. And so the commandment forbidding stealing does not condemn us! Oh, but it does if you have ever tried to cut a smart business deal, suckered someone to get them to buy your product, or failed to help those in need. Jonathan Edwards explained it this way in his exposition of dishonesty and theft:

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
There once was a report in "The Sunday Times" about the claims of Francis Crick to have located "the cells of our soul." Fifty years ago, Francis Crick and James Watson won a Nobel prize for their discovery of the DNA double helix, which has been responsible for huge leaps forward in health care and criminal detection.

SermonStudio

Elaine M. Ward
It was a new church for Sam. It was his grandmother's church, and because Sam loved his grandmother, he sat on the edge of the pew and tried hard to listen. "Are you saved?" the preacher asked from the pulpit far away. Sam remembered when he had saved pennies for a new plant for Mother on Mother's Day. "Maybe Mother saved pennies for me," Sam thought. The preacher continued, "Will you give your heart to Jesus?" Sam wondered where his heart was. But if Jesus needed Sam's heart he would be glad to give it.
Elizabeth Achtemeier
In this season of Lent, we are Sunday by Sunday approaching the foot of that executioner's cross on Golgotha. And I think that sometimes we wonder why it is necessary for us to make that journey. After all, it does not have a pleasant destination. To be sure, human beings often have a morbid curiosity about disasters. We flock to the site of an auto wreck, thereby holding up the traffic with our rubber--necking. Winston Churchill told of the time when a woman remarked on the crowd that had gathered to hear him speak.
Nancy Kraft
There are some people who have the gift of persuasion. If you've ever seen the Music Man, it's a gift that Professor Hill had as he sold musical instruments to all the kids in town by convincing everyone that they could make beautiful music by just thinking the notes. He was what you'd call a smooth talker, which is a valuable skill for a salesperson. There are also other professions where it helps to have strong verbal skills that can be used for persuasion. Take politicians, for example. Bill Clinton was known as a smooth talker.
David T. Ball
Jesus in the temple -- oh, didn't he show those money-changers who were desecrating the temple grounds with their money-grubbing business? Not to mention the mess that all the livestock were making! Out! Out! Out! He cleared them all out, those traders in things that didn't belong in God's house. And he had every right to do it, we tend to think. Serves them right, despoiling sacred space with their commerce -- profiting off of the desire of the faithful to do something pleasing to God. Exploitation. Good riddance!

Special Occasion