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Preparation Without A Deadline -- Mark 13:33-37 -- Glenn Schoonover -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
How do you prepare for some big event when you lack one of the
Once And For All; Again And Again -- Mark 1:1-8 -- Glenn Schoonover -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
I was thrilled to get the call that Angie had had her baby and
Source Of Light -- And Life -- John 1:6-8; 19-28 -- Glenn Schoonover -- Third Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
We are not the only people who light important candles at this
Mary's Awe: The Magnificat -- Luke 1:26-38 -- Glenn Schoonover -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 1993
It is not easy to imagine our way into the heart and mind of
Self-esteem For A Savior -- Mark 1:7-11 -- Glenn Schoonover -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - B -- 1993
What purpose would it serve for Jesus to hear God speaking
Faith Is A Referral -- John 1:35-42 -- Glenn Schoonover -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - B -- 1993
Most couples can remember who introduced them and when. The
The Doing Of What You Believe -- Glenn Schoonover -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B -- 1993
Hank was an expert fly-fisherman. At least most of the people
Epiphany 4 -- Mark 1:21-28 -- Glenn Schoonover -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 1993
Sister Josephina was another witness to the faith. She served
The Therapy Of Life -- In The Balance -- Mark 1:29-39 -- Glenn Schoonover -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - B -- 1993
It was a powerful event in the life of Peter's family. His
Caring Isn't Enough -- Mark 1:40-45 -- Glenn Schoonover -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - B -- 1993
"Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched
With Friends Like This ... -- Mark 2:1-12 -- Glenn Schoonover -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - B -- 1993
Our sense of justice often causes us to insist that grace
Epiphanies Are Always Full Of The New -- Mark 2:13-22 -- Glenn Schoonover -- Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 - B -- 1993
Some things just can't be fixed. Try as we might to spare the
The Light Of Christmas And Epiphany Shining Through -- Mark 9:2-9 -- Glenn Schoonover -- Transfiguration Sunday - B -- 1993
A few weeks back, our excitement was rooted in the bright
Like Shepherds, You And I -- Luke 2:15-20 -- Glenn Schoonover -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 1993
Little things done by great people may get more press. It is
Seeing The Baby -- With The Eye Of Faith -- Luke 2:22-40 -- Glenn Schoonover -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B -- 1993
David and Lori brought their baby to church for the first time
Getting Ready: Past, Present And Future -- John 1:1-18 -- Glenn Schoonover -- Second Sunday after Christmas - B -- 1993
Jesus was born 2,000 years ago and is yet to be born in the
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“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

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Call to Worship:

Jesus gave up his life for us. In our worship today let us explore how to love one another as he has loved us.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes our love for each other is thin and pale.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we pretend to love but fail to care.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes we don't know how to love.
Lord, have mercy.

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One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
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God's love brings us together.

Collect of the Day
It is noted that God has prepared great joy for those who love Him. Petitions are then offered that such love may be poured into the hearts of the faithful so that they may obtain these promises. Justification as a reward for our deeds (love) is communicated by this prayer.

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