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Fifth Sunday of Easter - C

Wayne Brouwer
The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.

“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.

“Then, when you get to the front, glance toward the altar. Here’s where you first received Holy Communion. Let it remind you of your Lord Jesus, who brought you to this special moment. Think only of the altar.
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bob Ove
Acts 11:1-18
This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. (Acts 11:10)

According to Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known to the world as Lewis Carroll, the author of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass,” the inspiration for his classic nonsense poem, “The Hunting of the Snark,” came while he was out for a walk. Suddenly the the final line of the poem came to him: “For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.” At the time he didn’t know what the line meant, nor had he a clue what either a Snark or a Boojum might be, but over the course of a couple of years from 1874 to 1876 he wrote the poem from end to beginning.

It begins with these lines:

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The Immediate Word

Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
George Reed
For May 19, 2019:
  • Love Between Our Toes by Bethany Peerbolte — We are called to love from our most authentic selves, in ways that uphold the bonds of Christ while not trying to change others directly.
  • Loving Action by Chris Keating — God’s ever-broadening circles of grace challenge the church to acts of loving action and radical inclusion.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Wayne Brouwer
The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.

“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bob Ove
Acts 11:1-18
This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. (Acts 11:10)

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Arley K. Fadness
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you.” (v. 34a)

Good morning little children,

Jesus calls his disciples “little children.” Why so? All followers of Jesus are little children — kids, moms, dads, you and me. We are all learning and growing in faith.

So to everybody here this morning, (to the congregation) “Good morning little children.” (congregation may respond with an also to you)

StoryShare

Frank Ramirez
Peter Andrew Smith
Contents
"Crossing Barriers" by Frank Ramirez
"As I Have Loved You" by Peter Andrew Smith


Crossing Barriers
by Frank Ramirez
Acts 11:1-8

But I replied, 'By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.' (Acts 11:8)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

Jesus said, "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." In our worship today, let us explore how we can love one another.

Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, when we show not our love for each other, but our dislike of one another, Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, when we pretend to love one another whilst harbouring hate in our hearts, Christ, have mercy.

SermonStudio

Elizabeth Achtemeier
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.

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