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Weeds -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME
AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Weeds -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Materials:
Good fruit -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Another day, another parable. In today's parable, a man plants a field of good wheat.
The parable of the weeds -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Teachers or Parents: Here again we see a parable that shows
Weeds in our garden -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Teachers or Parents: Heaven may seem somewhat esoteric and
Parable of wheat and weeds -- Matthew 13:24-30 36-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Parents and Teachers: Help your students understand the
Growing weeds -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Materials:
Paper
Markers, pens, pencils
Scissors

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A

Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Family Trip -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- David Kalas -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2017
Every parent is familiar with the backseat refrains.
God at our side -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
Genesis 28:10-19a
Tuning in -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
It has gotten very crowded out there in the last century.
Don't blow your inheritance -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- R. Craig Maccreary -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
I suppose all of us have particular objects of our venom and disgust. Whenever said
Tuning in -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2002
It has gotten very crowded out there in the last century.
Distinguishing the good from the bad -- Isaiah 44:6-8, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1999
There are certainly times when we can readily distinguish good folks from bad folks.
I've got a secret -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1996
Our texts for this Sunday continue the theme from a week ago, namely, that Christians are engaged i
Perfection -- Psalm 15, Genesis 18:1-10a, Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
I am certain that when I hear some people speak of the Christian life, I am hearing them say that no
That's the way -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- David Kalas -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Walter Cronkite, in his long tenure as the anchor of the CBS Evening News, was known for his

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A

Children's Liturgy and Story

The Village Shepherd

Hannah's Homework -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Call to Worship:

Children's sermon

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Wheat And Weeds Separated -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2017
...The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; bu
Love not Judgment -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus says we cannot tell who is in his family and who is not so treat all with lo
Hoping vs. knowing -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen?
Weeds -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, "Master, did you not sow good seed in you
Part of God's family -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. (Romans 8:14)

Weeds -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell
Adopted by God -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Good morning! If you wanted to get a pet, where would you look?
Good fruit -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Hello again, everybody! Last week our Gospel lesson was about planting seeds.
The pain won't last -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Good morning! What do I have here? (Show the Band-Aid and
The parable of the weeds -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Good morning! I brought two plants to show you this morning.
The gift of hope -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Good morning! I have with me this morning a birthday party
Weeds in our garden -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Good morning! I think it is interesting that Jesus always told
Christmas in July -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. I hope you are all ready for
Weed the garden? -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
(Editor's note: Use plenty of pretending in this lesson. The
Groan for God -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you have hope? (let them answer) What is hope?
Growing weeds -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Good morning, boys and girls.

The Immediate Word

Paved With Good Intentions -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells a parable about workers anxious to rid a field of
A Stone For A Pillow -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014

The Genesis text appointed by the lectionary for Proper 11 describes Jacob’s journey from Beershe

What Are We Going To Do With The Weeds? -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
At first the reaction across the country was incredulous disbelief -- then as the reality of the Cas
A Christian Response To Fear -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Argile Smith -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
It has been said that fear is the opposite of faith.
We And Jesus -- Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
"He's got the whole world in his hands" -- so the old spiritual points to God's concern for the whol

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

Awkward Jennifer -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Nobody liked Jennifer.

Devotional

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Proper 11 / Pentecost 9 / OT 16 -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2007
... Surely the Lord is in this place -- and I did not know it!
-- Genesis 28:16
Proper 11 / Pentecost 9 / OT 16 -- Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2007
You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
Proper 11 / Pentecost 9 / OT 16 -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2007
We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now....
Proper 11 / Pentecost 9 / OT 16 -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2007
He answered, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the g

Drama

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Showdown -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1998
Theme

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations For Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 (2017) -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Bonnie Bates, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2017
Genesis 28:10-19a
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 (2014) -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Scott A. Bryte, Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
Genesis 28:10-19a
We climb the corporate ladder... -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- Scott A. Bryte -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
We climb the corporate ladder.
Jacob leaves Beersheba... -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
Jacob leaves Beersheba and sets out for Haran.
Abraham's was a life of... -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- Bob Ove -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
Abraham's was a life of authority and decision, Isaac's life was one of submission, and now Jacob's
A 2012 poll conducted... -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
A 2012 poll conducted by Politico indicates that 3 in 5 Americans are pessimistic about the f
On April 19, 1854... -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Ron Love -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
On April 19, 1854, at the age of 19, Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon was called to pastor N
Bearded darnel... -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
Bearded darnel (Lolium temulentum) is a weed that grows everywhere in the world where wheat g
Parables are much better... -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
Parables are much better than scholarly dissertations!
After sharing a parable... -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
After sharing a parable concerning the wheat and the weeds in the fields with a multitude of people,
NULL -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
Genesis 28:10-19a
NULL -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
You always feel a little embarrassed when you get caught being unobservant.
NULL -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- Ron Love -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
We are celebrating over the next four years the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
NULL -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Craig Kelly -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
I recently read an article in the Orlando Sentinel about a 55-year-old man named James Bain.
NULL -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
Tony Campolo notes that Christians and environmentalists, those who love the Creator and those who l
NULL -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
Tom was the new CEO of a small company in financial trouble.
NULL -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Ron Love -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
The Grammy Awards have dropped a significant number of categories eligible for recognition -- decrea
A benefit of having a... -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
A benefit of having a few decades of experience is to begin seeing patterns. On the
On his way to Haran... -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
On his way to Haran, his relative's homeland, Jacob had a spectacular dream one night. In
All of us who are... -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
All of us who are married have occasionally been asked, Where did you meet your wife?
In a certain village, the... -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
In a certain village, the school bell rang at 8:30 a.m. to call the children to class. The boys
If we're alive in this... -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
If we're alive in this world, we know that at times we're going to have to go through some

The Immediate Word

Paved With Good Intentions -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells a parable about workers anxious to rid a field of
A Stone For A Pillow -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014

The Genesis text appointed by the lectionary for Proper 11 describes Jacob’s journey from Beershe

What Are We Going To Do With The Weeds? -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
At first the reaction across the country was incredulous disbelief -- then as the reality of the Cas

Intercession

The Village Shepherd

Harvester God... -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Preaching

The Immediate Word

A Stone For A Pillow -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014

The Genesis text appointed by the lectionary for Proper 11 describes Jacob’s journey from Beershe

What Are We Going To Do With The Weeds? -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
At first the reaction across the country was incredulous disbelief -- then as the reality of the Cas
A Christian Response To Fear -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Argile Smith -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
It has been said that fear is the opposite of faith.
We And Jesus -- Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
"He's got the whole world in his hands" -- so the old spiritual points to God's concern for the whol

SermonStudio

Proper 11 / Pentecost 9 / Ordinary Time 16 -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Explanations Or Truth? -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Richard L. Sheffield -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2007
So, what's that all about?
Proper 11/Pentecost 9/Ordinary Time 16 -- Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2006
(See Epiphany 2/Ordinary Time 2, Cycle B, and Proper 4/Pentecost 2/Ordinary Time 9, Cycle B, for
Proper 11 -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Genesis 28:10--19a (C)
Weeds And Wheat -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2004
1. Text
Proper 11 -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Isaiah 44:6-8 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2004
Jacob is on a journey from Hebron to Haran, Abraham's original home in northern Mesopotamia.
Ninth Sunday After Pentecost -- Derl G. Keefer, C. Neil Strait -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2002
WORSHIP HELPS

CALL TO WORSHIP (Based on Psalm 30:4--5, 12)
Proper 11, Pentecost 9, Ordinary Time 16 -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
The teaching and ministry of Jesus the Christ.
Seeking Greater Tolerance And Patience -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1998
He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good
Proper 11 -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Genesis 28:10-19a (C)
The mystery of good and evil -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Genesis 28:10--19a (C)
Thistles Among The Wheat -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1995
He put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed g
Proper 11 -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Genesis 28:1O-19a (C)
Proper 11 -- Exodus 3:1-12, Romans 8:18-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Paved With Good Intentions -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells a parable about workers anxious to rid a field of
A Stone For A Pillow -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014

The Genesis text appointed by the lectionary for Proper 11 describes Jacob’s journey from Beershe

What Are We Going To Do With The Weeds? -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
At first the reaction across the country was incredulous disbelief -- then as the reality of the Cas
A Christian Response To Fear -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Argile Smith -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
It has been said that fear is the opposite of faith.
We And Jesus -- Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
"He's got the whole world in his hands" -- so the old spiritual points to God's concern for the whol

SermonStudio

The Ladder From Our House -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- Stan Purdum -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2007
There is a wonderful story about a city mayor.
Children Of The Heavenly Father -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2007
Some consider it a secret. Others consider it almost a badge of honor.
Life's Purpose Is Often Hidden! -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2007
Life is a messy affair. Our purpose is often hidden.
Speaking Of The Spirit -- Romans 8:12-25 -- William G. Carter -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2004
There's something you might not know about the Apostle Paul.
Two Harvests -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2004
All of the Bible is inspired.
Surprised By God -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- James L. Killen, Jr. -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2004
We live in a culture that is increasingly secular.
All In The Family -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2001
How to begin a sermon? It always is a preacher's dilemma as to how to introduce a sermon.
Growing Together Until The Harvest -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2001
I once knew this person who had both the blessing and the curse of utter clarity in his life.
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.
The Eternal Divorce -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1998
What's your first image when you hear these parables describing the kingdom of God in Matthew 13?
Don't Bypass Your Bethels -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- Leonard W. Mann -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1998
Jacob was looking for a wife, and father Isaac had suggested he go to Pandanaram, locate his mother'
Playing By A Different Set Of Rules -- Matthew 13:24-30 -- Larry M. Goodpaster -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1992
Obscenity, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
The Burning Bush Within US -- Exodus 3:1-12 -- Justin W. Tull -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1992
The flame is a part of our biblical heritage, from the burning bush, to pillars of fire, to the flam
Weeds and Wheat -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1989
"This is a perplexing parable." This is George Buttrick's first sentence in the chapter discussing t
Weed-Pulling -- Matthew 13:24-30 -- Richard W. Patt -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1975
"Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest!" I don't know if we're up to taking t

The Village Shepherd

Where Is God? -- Genesis 28:10-19 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
When the first astronauts went into space, they were awestruck by the strange beauty of all they saw
We Have An Obligation -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
There's been a lot of trouble in recent years over politicians receiving gifts.
The Awkward Squad - Weeds Or Wheat? -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
You always get one!

Stories

StoryShare

The Pillow -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2017
Contents
"The Pillow" by C. David McKirachan
Seeing Angels At Work -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Peter Andrew Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
Contents
"Seeing Angels at Work" by Peter Andrew Smith
All Earthly Fathers -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- David O. Bales, Sandra Herrmann, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
Contents
"All Earthly Fathers" by David O. Bales
The Land's Sacred -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Argile Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
Contents
What's Up This Week
"The Land's Sacred" by Argile Smith
Spirit Of Adoption -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Contents
What's Up This Week
A Story to Live By: "Spirit of Adoption"

SermonStudio

I Am With You -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2007
In all of scripture, and even in all of literature, you would be hard pressed to find a character mo
A Father's Love, A Mother's Good-bye -- Romans 8:12-25 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2004
R. Ellen Rasmussen
Exodus House -- Romans 8:12-25 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2004
So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh -
Bitterness Will Get You Nowhere -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Constance Berg -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2001
Some people cannot communicate unless they are complaining. It's irritating, isn't it?
And Then There Was Eve -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1998
Eve was one of those kids who, no matter how hard anyone tried, no one could reach.

Worship

The Immediate Word

Paved With Good Intentions -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells a parable about workers anxious to rid a field of
A Stone For A Pillow -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014

The Genesis text appointed by the lectionary for Proper 11 describes Jacob’s journey from Beershe

What Are We Going To Do With The Weeds? -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2011
At first the reaction across the country was incredulous disbelief -- then as the reality of the Cas
A Christian Response To Fear -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Romans 8:12-25, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Argile Smith -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2008
It has been said that fear is the opposite of faith.
We And Jesus -- Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
"He's got the whole world in his hands" -- so the old spiritual points to God's concern for the whol

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Proper 11/Pentecost 9/Ordinary Time 16 -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Isaiah 44:6-8, Romans 8:12-25 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2007
Opening Litany
P: Everyday life, home, and family,
Proper 11 -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: We come to the One
At The Crossroads -- Genesis 28:10-91a, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (from Genesis 28:16-17)
Proper 11 -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2004
Hymns
Proper 11 -- Genesis 28:10-19a -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2001
Theme: How Awesome!

Call To Worship
Proper 11 -- Romans 8:12-25 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2001
Theme: Children Of God

Call To Worship
Proper 11 -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2001
Theme: Parable Of The Weeds And The Wheat

Call To Worship
Proper 11 -- Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2001
Words Of Assurance
Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1998
Celebrating The Presence Of God

Invitation to the Celebration
Proper 11 -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Genesis 28:10-19a
Theme: Know This

Call To Worship
Jacob's Dream At Bethel -- Genesis 28:1O-19a -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1992
Suggestions:
Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture readings.
PROPER 11 -- Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
The majesty and mystery of God -- Exodus 3:1-12, Psalm 103, Romans 8:18-25, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: God's call to Moses in the presence of the burning bush is a classic theophany, pre
God's revelation, a call to service -- Exodus 3:1-12, Romans 8:18-25 -- Heth H. Corl -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1986
Call to Worship
Pastor:
PROPER 11 -- Psalm 103:1-13, Exodus 3:1-12, Exodus 3:1-12, Romans 8:18-25 -- Norman A. Beck -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 1986
An important connecting link between most of these texts is the emphasis on the qualities or attribu

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“...and Mary gave birth to her first born son...and laid him in a manger..”

(V. 7a)

Merry Christmas children,

I love Christmas don't you? There's the tree, the lights, the carols, the nativity scene, families getting together --- and the presents! Were there any presents at your house?

(children respond)
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“...blessed are you among women...” (V. 42b)

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I am loving seeing you today. How are you dear children? Getting excited for Christmas? Are you planning special things with your family?

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This seems to be a change he looks forward to in Old Testament times. Isaiah is looking forward to the Lord’s coming. He is telling the people in that day to look forward to Jerusalem being restored, Jesus is the only one who can restore it.

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Most towns have a slogan. We remember the clever ones.

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Come, let us go even now to Bethlehem with the shepherds and the angels and see Mary and Joseph, with the baby lying in a manger.


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Jesus, we come to worship the baby in the manger.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, we come to offer ourselves and our own gifts.
Christ, have mercy.

Jesus, we come to absorb your love.
Lord, have mercy.

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