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Do You Love Me? -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2008
Nikos Kazantzakis gives us a disturbing and beautiful story in his book, The Last Temptation of C
Curiosity And Questions -- John 3:1-17 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B -- 2008
When I was sorting through household items in Minnesota, preparing for a move to Florida, I came acr
Living Upside Down -- Mark 2:23--3:6 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2008
In any list of unusual animals, you are likely to find the sloth.
Family Values -- Mark 3:20-35 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - B -- 2008
Last week I was reading a newspaper article on family values.
Be Not Afraid? -- Mark 4:35-41 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - B -- 2008
Just a short time ago, a young homemaker and mother sat in my office telling me how she was feeling
Out Of Control -- Mark 5:21-43 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - B -- 2008
There is a marvelous miracle described in Willa Cather's book, Death Comes for the Archbishop
A Strange Authority -- Mark 6:1-13 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - B -- 2008
When I was just barely into my teens, I went through a period of time when I wanted to be someone el
The Unsilenced Voice -- Mark 6:14-29 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - B -- 2008
There is a book on my shelf titled Texts of Terror.
God's Anthills -- Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - B -- 2008
Four years ago this week, I was walking through an African village in Namibia with my friend, Solvei
It's Anybody's Guess -- Mark 4:26-34 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - B -- 2008
Several years ago, it was the week before Father's Day and the children and I were looking for a gif
Noah And The God Of Impossible Possibilities -- Genesis 6:9-22; 7:24; 8:14-19 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - A -- 2001
Floods are terrible things. The destruction is unstoppable.
Pulling Up Tent Stakes -- Genesis 12:1-9 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - A -- 2001
Twenty years ago a friend of mine was thinking about taking a class at Wartburg Seminary.
Laughter -- Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7) -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - A -- 2001
Several years ago Danny Thomas got a good burst of laughter from his audience.
Uncivil Wars -- Genesis 21:8-21 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - A -- 2001
When I was a child I was fussy about one thing at bedtime.
Isaac And Rebekah: A Marriage Made In Heaven -- Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - A -- 2001
Early one morning several years ago, I was having coffee with a friend in her kitchen.
Sibling Rivalry And Washing Windows -- Genesis 25:19-34 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2001
Recently I read the story of a young man who was studying for an advanced degree in child developmen
Formed By A Dream -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2001
There was a movie several years ago called Flashdance.
Eve And The Garden Tensions -- Genesis 1:1-2:4a -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - A -- 2001
There is an old rabbinic legend about Lillith, the first wife of Adam.
The Real Miracle -- Acts 2:1-21 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Day of Pentecost - A -- 2001
All of you have heard stories of miracles. Some of you have experienced a miracle.
When The Tank Runs Low -- Genesis 22:1-14 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2001
Wally Gaines was a pastor in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Do You Love Me? -- John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Day of Pentecost - B -- 2008
Nikos Kazantzakis gives us a disturbing and beautiful story in his book, The Last Temptation of C
When The Tank Runs Low -- Genesis 22:1-14 -- Kristin Borsgard Wee -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A -- 2001
Wally Gaines was a pastor in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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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.

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