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The story of Francis' life... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2000
The story of Francis' life, it seemed to him, was just a long series of wrong choices and missed opp
In the early days of... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2000
In the early days of "black and white" television there was a series in which people were suddenly m
At the funeral there was... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 2000
At the funeral there was almost nothing but happiness. It was an odd thing.
In January of 1995, the... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
In January of 1995, the United States came very close to being the target of a Russian nuclear missi
How comfortable has the church... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
How comfortable has the church become in her being called the "body of Christ"?
Charles Townsend Copeland, beloved Harvard... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
Charles Townsend Copeland, beloved Harvard University professor of English, was well known for his e
A current critic of the... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
A current critic of the Church remarked that religious faith is more often a "dull habit rather tha
The timid speaker approached the... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
The timid speaker approached the platform to address the women's convention. He was terrified.
A young boy went to... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
A young boy went to his first symphony orchestra concert.
We tend to like power... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
We tend to like power when it works on our behalf, but rather fear it when it works against us.
Out of the horror of... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1997
Out of the horror of the civil war in El Salvador during the 1980s comes the touching story of Juani
The late, brilliant theologian Joseph... -- Mark 16:15-20 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
The late, brilliant theologian Joseph Sittler had the following to say about the mission of the chur
Prior to these verses, the... -- Mark 16:15-20 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
Prior to these verses, the 11 had heard stories of the risen Christ, but they had not believed them.
The owner of a large... -- Mark 16:15-20 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
The owner of a large factory had a man working in his shop who was unusually gifted, both in his abi
A district justice in Pendleton... -- Mark 16:15-20 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
A district justice in Pendleton, Oregon, got himself into some hot water.
There are moments in our... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
There are moments in our lives that we will cherish forever.
In the rock opera, Jesus... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
In the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, there are two resurrections. One is spectacular.
Each week at Taconic Correctional... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
Each week at Taconic Correctional Facility in New York State, inmates and volunteers meet in a grou
George Bass wrote about the... -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
George Bass wrote about the Ascension of Our Lord: The Ascension of our Lord used to be celebrated u
There is a Hindu story... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
There is a Hindu story about four Brahmins who were friends.
As the young mother was... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
As the young mother was getting her children ready for bed, her eight-year-old son got into bed wit
The poem, Via Lucis, by... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
The poem, Via Lucis, by Howard Chandler Robbins seems so appropriate to this passage and to Ascensio
Milton Jacobi was 10 or... -- Ephesians 1:15-23 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
Milton Jacobi was 10 or 15 years older than I and he had graduated from a small state college.
Oh great! A broken watch... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
Oh great! A broken watch! Now what was he supposed to do?
The late Archbishop of San... -- Acts 1:1-11 -- Ascension of the Lord - B -- 1994
The late Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, concerning the church and its mission once wrote:

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We have an idiom in our day that was born in the church but has worked its way into the broader culture. The idiomatic phrase is “preaching to the choir.” Within the church context, of course, the choir represented the faithful ones, the people who were always there. To preach to the choir, therefore, was to say things to people who didn’t really need to hear it. These are the people who were already convinced, who were already doing and being what they needed to do and to be.

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You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. (v. 13)

Ruth Anderson, a long-time leader of Willow Valley United Methodist Church in Ithaca, Wisconsin, was struck and killed by a car while crossing the road to the mailbox in front of their farm home. The driver was arrested on a tentative charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.

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Object: A flashlight or other light, and something to put it under. A basket or bucket, or even a piece of cloth could work.

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
An abiding memory of my childhood is of my father in the garden. He was a great gardener, probably because his father before him was a nurseryman, so my father had grown up amongst plants and flowers. He particularly loved growing vegetables, so every summer we were swamped with tomatoes and runner beans, because they grew best in our type of soil, London clay.

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Elizabeth Achtemeier
In the church, we speak often of "salvation." But what do we mean by that term? Certainly several different meanings are given us in the scriptures. The Apostle Paul understood "salvation" to include our resurrection from the dead, our vindication in Christ at the last judgment, and our entrance into the eternal Kingdom of God. And certainly Third Isaiah's understanding is preparatory for that, for in this sixth century B.C. prophetic text, "salvation" means to live abundantly in God's presence.

Timothy J. Smith
Many people have come to rely on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to travel from one place to another. GPS is especially helpful when you are traveling in an area that you are unfamiliar with. By typing in the address of your destination, the GPS will inform you where and when to turn. If you miss a turn it will recalculate your position and get you back on course. The GPS will get you to your destination in one piece and in the same condition you were in when you left.
Susan R. Andrews
There is, in this congregation, a running conversation as to what to call this structural wonder that rises above my head. Is it a dome? Or is it a lantern? The answer, of course, is both/and, depending on your perspective. It is a modern dome - the 1960s version of those elegant Byzantine basilicas that grace much of Europe, reminiscent of glittery mosaics and luminous paintings proclaiming the powerful promises of God. But functionally, architecturally, it is also a lantern, transparently receiving and then sending forth the light of God's creative and healing Spirit.
Amy C. Schifrin
Martha Shonkwiler
Order For Confession And Forgiveness
P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.

P: God calls us from our rebellion, from our bondage of sin to seek him and to delight in his ways. He calls us to fast in humility, to serve our neighbor, to share our bread with the hungry, and to bring the homeless poor into our houses. He calls free the bonds of the oppressed. Let us, therefore, examine our hearts in the light of his commands.

Silence for reflection and confession

P: Gracious and holy God,

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