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Making Ourselves At Home -- Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 -- R. Kevin Mohr -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - C -- 2009
In a scene from the romantic comedy, While You Were Sleeping, "Ox" Callaghan is waxing eloque
Not Another Rerun! -- Jeremiah 31:27-34 -- R. Kevin Mohr -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - C -- 2009
Not another rerun!
Earth, Wind, And Fire -- Joel 2:23-32 -- R. Kevin Mohr -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - C -- 2009
While serving as a missionary to Madagascar with my family in the 1980s and 90s, I witnessed at leas
Put Within Us -- Jeremiah 31:31-34 -- R. Kevin Mohr -- Reformation Sunday - C -- 2009
Note: This text was also dealt with earlier in the exposition of the first reading for Proper
Oh, By The Way ... -- Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 -- R. Kevin Mohr -- All Saints Day - C -- 2009
The book of Daniel presents us with the words and visions of the prophet Daniel, who lived and worke
Help From Habakkuk? -- Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 -- R. Kevin Mohr -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - C -- 2009
It can be really depressing to listen to the news anymore.
Making Something Out Of Nothing -- Haggai 1:15b--2:9 -- R. Kevin Mohr -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 2009
Making something out of nothing. We often use that phrase in a negative sense.
A New Beginning -- Isaiah 65:17-25 -- R. Kevin Mohr -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 2009
I am a lousy typist. My keyboard skills are rudimentary and functional, at best.
Shepherds Who Will Shepherd -- Jeremiah 23:1-6 -- R. Kevin Mohr -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2009
A few years ago, Michael Crichton, of Jurassic Park and the television series ER fame,
Thanksgiving Is Nine-Tenths Of Possession -- Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- R. Kevin Mohr -- Thanksgiving Day - C -- 2009
In law I believe there is a basic legal principle that goes something to the effect that "possession
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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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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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