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GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD

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Hear the Good News

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Contemporary Worship Resources For Lent

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From Life To Life

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SYMBOLS OF SACRIFICE

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HOLY WEEK CONFESSIONS

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Visions Of Lent

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Restore Me

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Tenebrae For Modern Times

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Returning Home

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Life On The Edge Of Faith

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Lenten Resources For Worship Leaders

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And The Sea Lay Down

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Bright Intervals

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The Word Has Come Down

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Living in the Light

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Sermon

BIBLICAL PICTURES OF WATER

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THE SEVENFOLD PATH TO PEACE

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BIBLICAL PICTURES OF BREAD

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SOUNDS OF THE PASSION

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THE FOLLOW THROUGH ON FOLLOW ME

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Paradise Restored

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The Glory Of Our Weakness

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The Psalms Were Made For Lent

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The Victory of the Cross

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SIX NAILS OF THE CROSS

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An Idle Tale Becomes Good News

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The Roads Jesus Traveled

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The Vine and the Branches

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The Isolated Jesus

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Leading To Easter

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THE VICTORY OF FAITH

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The Victory of Faith

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Turning Points

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The Seven Last Words Of Jesus Christ

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The Gifts Of Lent

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Come Dine With Jesus

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Behold The Man

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At The Cross With Jesus

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Affirming The Ash Heap

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A Clearer Vision

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Wounded For Us

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Experiencing Easter

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The Challenge of Starting All Over Again

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Preaching

If a Sermon Falls in the Forest...

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Monologues

The Attributes Of Lent

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MY TOMB WAS EMPTY

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Lent/Easter

Traveling Calvary’s Road

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Traveling Calvary's Road

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Easter

The Road to Victory

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Drama

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PASSION

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DATELINE: Jerusalem

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Watch And Pray

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The Last Covenant

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VOICES

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Visualizing The Parables

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Why Did Jesus Die?

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ThespianTheology

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Roll Back The Stone

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MEDITATIONS FOR THE SIX DAYS OF HOLY WEEK

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Hey Joseph!

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From My Point Of View

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Conversations With The Savior

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From A Soldier Of Rome To A Soldier For Christ

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Voices Of Repentance

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Who Is This Man -- This Jesus?

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Holy Moses

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Living in the Light

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Children's sermon

The Glory Of Our Weakness

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Speaking With Signs

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Children's Sermons A To Z

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Alleluia!

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Bible Study

The Critical Questions... And More

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The Immediate Word

Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Katy Stenta
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For May 9, 2021:
  • One Nation Under God? by Tom Willadsen — What would the United States look like if we truly were “one nation under God?” What would it be like to live in a place where everyone was treated as one who has been “born of God?”
  • Dying Is Easy by Dean Feldmeyer — Dying is easy; living the gospel is hard.

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John E. Sumwalt
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Waking Up to Racism” by John Sumwalt
“Twists and Turns” by Frank Ramirez

 
Waking Up to Racism
by John Sumwalt
Psalm 98

Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.
(vv. 8-9)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

David Kalas
In the mid-1960s, a popular song declared, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It's the only thing that there's just too little of.”1 It was an era of both national and international unrest. And the American landscape was reeling from the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and opposition to both. Amidst headlines so marked by unrest and division, therefore, the sentiment of the song struck a chord with an American audience. 
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Acts 10:44-48
Prejudice is always wrong. Nat King Cole is a well-known artist who was the first African American to host his own national television program. In 1948, he purchased a beautiful home in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood. When the local neighborhood association confronted him and informed him it didn’t want any undesirables to move in, Cole responded, “Neither do I. If I see any coming in here, I’ll be the first to complain.” He lived in that house until his death in 1965.

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John Jamison
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (vv. 9-12)

Hi, everyone! (Let them respond.)

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

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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John E. Sumwalt
Jo Perry-sumwalt
One evening, when I was 26 years old, beleagered by guilt for acknowledged sins, I was deep into an hour-long prayer of repentance. In despair, I grieved that I had broken the commandments and that I was not worthy of God's love.

Near me lay the Bible, unused and unfamiliar. I had never, ever read from the Bible. Yet my hands reached out and took the Bible to open it. I knew not where, nor why. But my hands knew the way. They opened to John 15:9-11 and as my eyes began to read, my mind knew the meaning with clarity. My eyes read verse 10 first:
Mark Ellingsen
Theme of the Day
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.

Psalm of the Day
Psalm 98
Stan Purdum
(See Christmas Day, Cycles A and B, for alternative approaches.)

Richard E. Gribble
Once upon a time a great and powerful king ruled over a vast territory. There was something very strange about this kingdom, however -- everything was the same. The people ate the same food, drank the same drink, wore the same clothes, and lived in the same type of homes. The people even did all the same work. There was another oddity about this place. Everything was gray -- the food, the drink, the clothes, the houses; there were no other colors.

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