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Children's Activity

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What (not) to wear -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME
AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Now or later? -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Materials:
Craft sticks -- around fifty per child
Thick glue
Who is the king? -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Do your children have a favorite superhero?
John the Baptist -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers or Parents: This week's Gospel tells us about John
A great man -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers or Parents: Certainly a primary message Jesus gave
Sending A Message -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers: John the Baptist was the "messenger" God sent to
The joy of our favorite room -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME


Materials:

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A

Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Easter in Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
The third Sunday of Advent is traditionally one that emphasizes joy.
Still standing in line -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- David Coffin -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Inevitably it happens to any adult or any church leader toward the end of the year, or the time thei
Signs of hope, signs in life -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Perhaps it's time for the annual rant about the commercialization of Christmas, and the incredibly e
Watching and waiting -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11, Psalm 146:5-10 -- David Kalas -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
When I was a boy, the father of my best friend accepted a job offer in another country. It
The long and winding road -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
The "journey" is a favorite image for spiritual growth. It fits the subject in so many ways.
Signs of hope, signs in life -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Perhaps it's time for the annual rant about the commercialization of Christmas, and the incredibly e
Seeing and hearing -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
In the midst of our Advent distinctions between vision and sight, this Sunday's pericopes seem to me
Wait till it's over -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
We admire those who seem able to maintain their faith in the midst of the most impossible circumstan
Patience, blossoms and open eyes! -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Every pastor should have the opportunity of going to the Land of the Bible, and doing it early in li
Salvation -- Zephaniah 3:14-20, Philippians 4:4-13, Luke 3:7-18 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
It is natural to expect that people will always couch any talk about salvation in terms of their own

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A

Children's Liturgy and Story

The Village Shepherd

Paul's Play -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Call to Worship:

Children's sermon

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Important People -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Mary Kay Eichelman -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Today I have rolled out the red carpet for you.  We are not famous people, movie stars or royalty, s
Preparing the Way -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Anna Shirey -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Role models -- James 5:7-10 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the
What (not) to wear -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Object: a department store magazine/catalog (or clothing store magazine/catalog)
Let it rain -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives th
Now or later? -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
... and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" (v.
It's hard to wait! -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
How many of you have a Christmas tree? (show of hands) Did you decorate it?
Who is the king? -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
(Show your nativity scene) See what I have with me today? What is this?
Be patient! -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning! What do I have here? (Show the present and let
John the Baptist -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning! Does anybody know who this is? (Show the
Hurry up and wait! -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
A bean is a seed. Seeds grow into plants. Plants produce more
A great man -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning! This morning I have a copy of what is called a
Do you have patience? -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning, boys and girls. What am I holding? (Let them
Are you the one? -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Good morning, boys and girls. Do you know what this is? (Show
The importance of being patient -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord.
The joy of our favorite room -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to h

The Immediate Word

The Real Deal -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
In this week’s gospel lectionary text, John dispatches his followers to confront Jesus and ask him:
’tis The Season... -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

In last week’s lectionary gospel reading John the Baptist talked about preparing the way of the L

Shop Without Ceasing -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Another Black Friday -- the discount shopping bonanza that marks the day after Thanksgiving -- has c
Same Old, Same Old -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Thom M. Shuman, Paul Bresnahan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
So often in life, we are temped to "delegate" or "pass the buck." We don't want to do something, so

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

Adrian's Swimming Coach -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
There wasn't much that Adrian was good at, except swimming.

Devotional

SermonStudio

Advent 3 -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom ...
Advent 3 -- Luke 1:47-55 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
-- Luke 1:50
Advent 3 -- James 5:7-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord....
-- James 5:7
Advent 3 -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
... Are you the one who is to come or are we to wait for another?
-- Matthew 11:3

Drama

SermonStudio

The Prophet Has His Doubts -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Thespian Theological Thoughts

Holy Hype -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
Theme

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Advent 3 (2016) -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Isaiah 35:1-10
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 3 (2013) -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Derl G. Keefer, Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Isaiah 35:1-10
"Desert" often... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Bob Ove -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
"Desert" often referred to spiritual desolation.
We have all... -- James 5:7-10 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
We have all heard that patience is a virtue.
Most people... -- James 5:7-10 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Most people I know do not have the virtue known as patience.
It is documented... -- James 5:7-10 -- Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
It is documented that hymn singing continued to be a part of worship throughout the span of the earl
Don't we like... -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Bob Ove -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Don't we like to be sure? Was John an agnostic? Did he doubt who Jesus was?
NULL -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Isaiah 35:1-10
NULL -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Craig Kelly -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Imagine what it is like for people in a village in an arid part of Africa -- people having to walk g
NULL -- James 5:7-10 -- Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
When I was in elementary school I remember a story, as clearly as if it were told today, that my pas
NULL -- James 5:7-10 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
There was a missionary who had spent 25 years in the field without furlough.
NULL -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Craig Kelly -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
In chaos theory, a field of study involving mathematics, physics, and economics, the "butterfly effe
At the beginning of this... -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
At the beginning of this century, in Germany, a brilliant young man began studying theology in the G
Christmas Day was approaching too... -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Christmas Day was approaching too fast for Pam.
Collectors of ancient coins need... -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Collectors of ancient coins need to know if the coin they are buying is genuine or if it is a forger
An article, published in the... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
An article, published in the Atlantic Monthly magazine, tells of a valley near the
Of all the descriptions in... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Of all the descriptions in this passage about wonderful things (healed bodies, water
A small group gathered for... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
A small group gathered for their first meeting. As a way of introduction, they began
One of the most amazing... -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
One of the most amazing ironies of nature is the blooming desert. The desert is a dry and
The old Scot's Golf Manual... -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The old Scot's Golf Manual advised, "No matter how far you are behind, never
One of the worst human... -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
One of the worst human maladies is impatience for justice. We think that everything
Susanna Wesley, the mother of... -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Susanna Wesley, the mother of seventeen children, including John and Charles, taught

The Immediate Word

The Real Deal -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
In this week’s gospel lectionary text, John dispatches his followers to confront Jesus and ask him:
’tis The Season... -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

In last week’s lectionary gospel reading John the Baptist talked about preparing the way of the L

Shop Without Ceasing -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Another Black Friday -- the discount shopping bonanza that marks the day after Thanksgiving -- has c

Intercession

The Village Shepherd

God Who Is Coming Very Near... -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Preaching

The Immediate Word

The Real Deal -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
In this week’s gospel lectionary text, John dispatches his followers to confront Jesus and ask him:
’tis The Season... -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

In last week’s lectionary gospel reading John the Baptist talked about preparing the way of the L

Shop Without Ceasing -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Another Black Friday -- the discount shopping bonanza that marks the day after Thanksgiving -- has c
Same Old, Same Old -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Thom M. Shuman, Paul Bresnahan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
So often in life, we are temped to "delegate" or "pass the buck." We don't want to do something, so

SermonStudio

Third Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Advent 3 -- Psalm 146:5-10 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2006
(See Proper 26/Pentecost 24/Ordinary Time 31, Cycle B, for an alternative approach.)
Advent 3 -- Luke 1:47-55 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2006
One day, back in the early years of computers, an engineer was asked to demonstrate to a group of re
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Isaiah 35:1-10 (C, E), Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 (RC)
Third Sunday in Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
This passage has many affinities with the prophecies of Second Isaiah (Isaiah 40-55), and it has oft
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Derl G. Keefer, C. Neil Strait -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2002
WORSHIP HELPS

CALL TO WORSHIP
Speaker 1:God loves the world.
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
Third Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Isaiah 35:1-10 (C, E); Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 (RC)
The Attitude of Patience -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Isaiah 35:1-10 (C, E, L); Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 (RC)
Third Sunday of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- George M. Bass -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

Sermon

The Immediate Word

The Real Deal -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
In this week’s gospel lectionary text, John dispatches his followers to confront Jesus and ask him:
’tis The Season... -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

In last week’s lectionary gospel reading John the Baptist talked about preparing the way of the L

Shop Without Ceasing -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Another Black Friday -- the discount shopping bonanza that marks the day after Thanksgiving -- has c
Same Old, Same Old -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Thom M. Shuman, Paul Bresnahan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
So often in life, we are temped to "delegate" or "pass the buck." We don't want to do something, so

SermonStudio

Waiting for Christmas -- James 5:7-10 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Excitement is building on this the third Sunday of Advent knowing that Christmas will soon be here.
Looking At Jesus From Behind Prison Bars -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Charles L. Aaron, Jr. -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
How different things must have looked for John behind prison walls.
The Holy Way -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Tony S. Everett -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Our text centers on God's promised action in the wilderness.
Are We There Yet? -- James 5:7-10 -- John N. Brittain -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
"Are we there yet?
Look Who Is Standing At The Door -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Imagine a happening with me. The scene is a fine restaurant all decorated for the holidays.
Disappointed In Jesus -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Susan R. Andrews -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
It was a painful experience for both of us. Jane was a young mother about my age.
The Interruption Of Advent Somberness -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- John T. Ball -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
On many Advent altars Christians often place a wreath holding four candles.
What Good Music Can Do For You -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
It is a scientific fact that when the music of Mozart is played in a henhouse, chickens lay more egg
In The Meantime, God -- James 5:7-10 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
E-mail
From: KDM
To: God
Subject: Be Patient
Expecting -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Linda Schiphorst Mccoy -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
When a woman is pregnant, we often say she is "expecting." That is a good term for it, because she's
What Do You Want For Christmas? -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- R. Glen Miles -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
(Originally published in 1998)
Room For Questions -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- William B. Kincaid, III -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
It's interesting how we fix in our minds certain images of people and block other images of the same
Be Patient -- James 5:7-10 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
Not long ago I encountered the father of five boys.
The Christmas Cactus -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
Christmas has a way of bringing back memories.
Would We Rather Be Comfortable Or Comforted? -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Mark Wm. Radecke -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
"What did you go out into the wilderness to look at?" Jesus asks the crowd.
Why Do You Ask? -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
This passage has puzzled me.
Christmas Preparations we Often Forget -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Robert A. Beringer -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
It does not seem to bother the children that Christmas is so close.
Responding to What We Hear and see -- Matthew 11:2-12 -- Joe E. Pennel, Jr -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
In the semantics of the church, doubt has been a negative word.

The Village Shepherd

The Forerunner -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
You'd have thought, if anybody knew Jesus was the promised Messiah, it would have been John the Bapt
Images Of Heaven -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Years ago our local daily newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press, launched an appeal entitled, "We Care"
Will He Come Again? -- James 5:7-10 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
In 1989 a report appeared in the local newspaper claiming that by the year 2000, our local city

Stories

StoryShare

Why Did He Ask? -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- C. David Mckirachan, Keith Wagner -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Contents
"Why did he ask?" by C. David McKirachan
A Christmas Reminder -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- John E. Sumwalt, C. David Mckirachan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Contents
"A Christmas Reminder" by John Sumwalt
Truckin' -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Contents
"Truckin'" by C. David McKirachan
Stories/illustrations For December 16, 2007 -- James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
A Prison Called Unforgiveness
Lessons Of A Farmer -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Rick Mccracken-bennett, Sandra Herrmann -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Contents
What's Up This Week
A Prison Called Unforgiveness -- Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:46b-55, James 5:7-10 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Contents
What's Up This Week

SermonStudio

Streams In The Desert -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- David E. Leininger -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
"...
Right Here In My Church -- Luke 1:47-55 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
April McClure Stewart
Why Come To Earth? -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Gregory L. Tolle -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to h
A Great Prophet And A Great Dad -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Constance Berg -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
John the Baptist was the real thing, a great prophet.
Jane's Encounter -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
Even though Jane's children were all grown and had families of their own, she still enjoyed attendin

Worship

The Immediate Word

The Real Deal -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Ron Love, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
In this week’s gospel lectionary text, John dispatches his followers to confront Jesus and ask him:
’tis The Season... -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146 -- Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

In last week’s lectionary gospel reading John the Baptist talked about preparing the way of the L

Shop Without Ceasing -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Another Black Friday -- the discount shopping bonanza that marks the day after Thanksgiving -- has c
Same Old, Same Old -- Matthew 11:2-11, James 5:7-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Thom M. Shuman, Paul Bresnahan -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
So often in life, we are temped to "delegate" or "pass the buck." We don't want to do something, so

SermonStudio

Third Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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Third Sunday In Advent -- Psalm 146:5-10 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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Third Sunday In Advent -- Luke 1:47-55 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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Third Sunday In Advent -- James 5:7-10 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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Third Sunday In Advent -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
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Bulletin Insert for Third Sunday in Advent for Year A -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Third Sunday In Advent

Advent Wreath Service
Reader A:
Advent 3 -- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Psalm 146:5-10 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Gathering Prayer: Litany Of Expectation
A: Waiting in our darkness,
Advent 3 -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: Be patient!
the time is coming
Here Is Your God -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Isaiah 35:3-4)
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Hymns
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (UM216, PH48, NCH211, NCH127)
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Theme: The Pageant Of The Lord's Coming

Call To Worship
Third Sunday Of Advent -- James 5:7-10 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Theme: Patience In Suffering

Call To Worship
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Theme: Prepare The Way

Call To Worship
Third Sunday Of Advent -- Psalm 40:1-11 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Words Of Assurance
Wonder -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
The Community Gathers To Celebrate God's Wonder That Became Reality
Third Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Isaiah 35:1-10
Theme: Set Aside Sighing

Call To Worship
The Holy way -- Isaiah 35:1-10 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Suggestions:
Use as a call to worship.
6 readers - women of various ages
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Isaiah 35:1-6,10, Psalm 146:5-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- B. David Hostetter -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
Be patient, and stout-hearted, for Christ's coming is near.
ADVENT 3 -- Psalm 146:5-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 -- Norman A. Beck -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 1986
This psalm sharply contrasts the inadequacy of all human rulers with the total adequacy of the Lord
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In many European countries, early on Easter Monday, the girls come out of their homes wearing traditional red, black and white folkloric dress. The young men walk down the streets, also in traditional dress of high black boots, black hats, white shirts and cream-colored trousers. The men follow the girls playing instruments and the older women of the village have prepared a cornucopia of food.
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It can not only be hard, but in some cases not possible to say much at all on Easter morning, what with Easter Breakfast, perhaps a cantata, a children’s choir, and an Easter egg hunt swallowing up any space you might have for preaching. But this is the central message of our faith. Jesus is Risen. This changes everything.

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For me, the heart of the psalmist’s message is his willingness to be a faithful servant, making commitments to God through sacrifice and love. It takes courage to live sacrificially, none the less our faith is strengthened and we become closer to God with our dedication and loyalty.
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“I have seen the Lord.” (v. 18)

Happy Easter morning boys and girls,

Today I have the best news ever to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond) First, notice I have a container (box or can) with a lid on it. Inside we will find ____________.  (for example: oreo cookies, legos etc.)

So let's see what is inside. (open lid) What do we see? Nothing. What? Aren't there supposed to be ___________ inside?? (children respond)
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“When Jesus had received the wine, he said,'it is finished,' then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.'”

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Today I am feeling very quiet. You know why? It is a holy day, a somber day.

How are you feeling? (children respond) We call it Good Friday. That's a strange name for a sad day isn't it? Perhaps today, the day we remember our Lord Jesus died, we might call Bad Friday or Dark Friday or Sad Friday. But no, it's Good Friday.
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“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.” (v. 14)

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We Christians are often reckoned to be a sad bunch, at least in the opinion of non-Christian western society. And sometimes, I think they're right. We must seem a bit pathetic to normal red-blooded human beings as we go to church each Sunday, singing hymns and indulging in all kinds of odd rituals, when we could be cleaning the car or shopping or playing sport or otherwise enjoying ourselves.

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Our culture still "seeks the living among the dead" as it pursues security, comfort, and pleasure.

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Acts 10:34-43
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So much happening in so little time! We are left gasping for breath. We stagger under the weight of the mighty arm of historical occurrence. You and I praise God because we know the rest of the story. Those present did not know how things would turn out. They must have been like awestruck children nearing exasperation.

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We have a table before us. It is a familiar table; we have gathered around it together countless times before. It features the cherished elements of bread and wine; and taken together, those elements on this table form a sacrament.

Across the many traditions within the Christian church, we call this sacrament by different names. The Roman Catholics refer to the Mass, while the Eastern Orthodox church uses the Divine Liturgy. A number of Protestant denominations call it the Eucharist, others holy communion, and still others the Lord's Supper.

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