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Ash Wednesday -- Psalm 51:1-12 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- 2007
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot
Lent 1 -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- 2007
When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to posses
Lent 2 -- Psalm 27 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- 2007
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
Lent 3 -- Luke 13:1-9 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- 2007
At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had
Lent 4 -- Luke 15:1-3, 11b-24 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- 2007
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.
Lent 5 -- John 12:1-8 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- 2007
Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from
Passion/Palm Sunday -- Luke 19:28-40 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- 2007
After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
Good Friday -- John 19:28-42 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- 2007
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture
Easter Day -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- 2007
If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

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Renewed By Day -- Mark 3:20-35, 1 Samuel 8:4-11 (12-15) 16-20 (11:14-15), 2 Corinthians 4:13--5:1, Psalm 130 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - B -- 2012
Contents"Renewed by Day" by Peter Andrew Smith
Inspiring Courage -- Matthew 25:14-30, Judges 4:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Psalm 123 -- Argile Smith, Gregory L. Tolle, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - A -- 2008
Contents What's Up This Week "Inspiring Courage" by Argile Smith
Donnie's Plant -- Luke 12:49-56, Isaiah 5:1-7, Hebrews 11:29--12:2, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 -- Stan Purdum, Gregory L. Tolle, David E. Leininger -- Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 - C -- 2007
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Donnie's Plant" by Stan Purdum

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The Greathearted Monkey King -- Luke 23:33-43 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2006
And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let
Living In Kansas, Wishing For Oz -- Revelation 21:1-6 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away
Rocky -- Psalm 100 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2006
Know that the Lord is God.
The Great Teacher -- John 14:23-29 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Jesus answered him, "Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we wi
The Righteous Christmas Tree -- Jeremiah 33:14-16 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of
All For One, And One For All -- John 17:20-26 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through the
Getting Ready For Christmas -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
During the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah i
Waiting And Wasting -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Ascension of the Lord - C -- 2006
So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the
Filled With Expectations -- Luke 3:7-18 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Third Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning J
Stupid Questions And Wisdom -- Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C -- 2006
Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice?
Child Of Joy -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she en
Earth, Wind, And Fire -- Acts 2:1-21 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 2006
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
The Uniqueness Of Christ's Birth -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- Gregory L. Tolle -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.
Ray Of Hope< -- Luke 7:1-10 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2006
After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.
Home Not Alone -- Luke 2:41-52 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C -- 2006
Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover.
Healing And Concerned Mothers -- Luke 7:11-17 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2006
As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out.
Am I A Sheep Or A Goat? -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- 2006
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the thro
Christ Can Do It -- Galatians 2:15-21 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - C -- 2006
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in
A New Paradigm For Christmas -- John 1:(1-9) 10-18 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C -- 2006
But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, w
The Magi Got A Gift, Too -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Epiphany of the Lord - C -- 2006
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star ha
Speaking Up For What's Right -- Galatians 3:23-29 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - C -- 2006
As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
What Do The Voices Say? -- Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C -- 2006
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, 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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Theme of the Day
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.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 98
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