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Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Redemption In Christ -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Many years ago, I was invited to the home of a parish family for Easter dinner.
A time to reflect -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Jimmy Carter, in his memoir An Hour Before Daylight, recounted the number of tramps that freq
Homecoming -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Ian Maclaren tells the story of a young woman in his book Beside the Bonnie Briar Bush.
Big finish? -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- David Kalas -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Go to a fireworks show on the Fourth of July or some other festive occasion, and you will
The Stranger and we strangers -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
Knowing Jesus, that is, in the biblical sense of knowing, assumes that we are in an intimate relatio
Reverent fear -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1996

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

Meeting Jesus Again -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, two disciples walking to Emmaus encounter a fellow travele
Where Is Emmaus? -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Our lectionary gospel text this week brings us the familiar story from Luke of two disciples encount
Illustrations For April 6, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
It was in "the breaking of the bread" that the two disciples who had walked with Jesus to Emmaus tha
What Are The Odds? -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Generally speaking, there are very few people out there who are genuine risk-takers.
Well-Known Christians -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
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Oh, behave! -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live
Clean souls -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that
You were ransomed! -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Good morning, boys and girls! (hold up the trap) Who can tell me what this is?
The ransom is paid! -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Good morning! I have here a newspaper article about a
A different kind of money -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
What does money look like? (Let them answer. They will
A place in heaven -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you live in a house?

Devotional

SermonStudio

Easter 3 -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mut

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations For Easter 3 -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Sermon Illustrations for Easter 3 -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Dr. Adam Geibel, a music... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Dr.
Democratic President Harry... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Democratic President Harry Truman so disliked Robert Taft, the Republican Senator from Ohio, that he
This lesson's call... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
This lesson's call to holy living seems to put more pressure on us.
NULL -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
NULL -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Marshall and Nathan are brothers, and sometimes they drive each other crazy.
NULL -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
During the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Giffords in Tucson, six other individuals were kil
Lionheart, they called him. They... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
"Lionheart," they called him. They named him that because of his courage in battle -- and
A team of people in... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
A team of people in Africa is working together to translate the gospel of Luke and some
How many times does someone... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
How many times does someone share an idea in a Sunday school class or committee
When I was growing up... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
When I was growing up, my grandmother had a favorite expression when referring to
Acts 2:14a, 36-41br... -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Bart had been outspoken, opposing... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
Bart had been outspoken, opposing letting people from other racial and ethnic groups into the church
A woman writes of a... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
A woman writes of a reoccurring dream:
William Henry Harrison, then Governor... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
William Henry Harrison, then Governor of Indiana Territory, negotiated with Chief Tecumseh in 1810,
Love God and do as... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2002
"Love God and do as you will," said Augustine, the fifth-century bishop and theologian.
Love one another deeply from... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
"Love one another deeply from the heart," the minister tells them.
The futile ways of our... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
The "futile ways" of our society take on a profound foolishness when contrasted with the love of Chr
Botanists have identified tens of... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1999
Botanists have identified tens of thousands of different kinds of seeds.
The Mental Health division of... -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1996
The Mental Health division of the U.S.

The Immediate Word

Meeting Jesus Again -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, two disciples walking to Emmaus encounter a fellow travele
Where Is Emmaus? -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Our lectionary gospel text this week brings us the familiar story from Luke of two disciples encount
Illustrations For April 6, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
It was in "the breaking of the bread" that the two disciples who had walked with Jesus to Emmaus tha
What Are The Odds? -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Generally speaking, there are very few people out there who are genuine risk-takers.

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Meeting Jesus Again -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, two disciples walking to Emmaus encounter a fellow travele
Where Is Emmaus? -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Our lectionary gospel text this week brings us the familiar story from Luke of two disciples encount
Illustrations For April 6, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
It was in "the breaking of the bread" that the two disciples who had walked with Jesus to Emmaus tha
What Are The Odds? -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Generally speaking, there are very few people out there who are genuine risk-takers.
Well-Known Christians -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Dear Fellow Preacher,

SermonStudio

Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Jesus Christ is Lord of the commonplace.
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
Jesus out of the grave and alive and with us.
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

The risen Christ is revealed -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Meeting Jesus Again -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, two disciples walking to Emmaus encounter a fellow travele
Where Is Emmaus? -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Our lectionary gospel text this week brings us the familiar story from Luke of two disciples encount
Illustrations For April 6, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
It was in "the breaking of the bread" that the two disciples who had walked with Jesus to Emmaus tha
What Are The Odds? -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Generally speaking, there are very few people out there who are genuine risk-takers.
Well-Known Christians -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Dear Fellow Preacher,

SermonStudio

Oddballs For God -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- David O. Bales -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Immigration reform swirls around us. Immigrants, documented and undocumented, live among us.
Because -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Richard W. Ferris -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
A group of kindergarten children visited the local police station and were given a tour by one of th
Genuine Mutual Love -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Harry N. Huxhold -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
A rather insightful novel about the problem of Christian missions to Africa is Barbara Kingsolver's
A Time To Be Born Anew -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Frank Luchsinger -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
A man comes to Jesus by night, a ruler of the Jews; his name is Nicodemus.

The Village Shepherd

Strangers Or Neighbours? -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
A week or two ago I received an unexpected registered package through the post.

Stories

StoryShare

Saved From Violence -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- John Fitzgerald, Peter Andrew Smith -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2014
Contents
"Saved from Violence" by John Fitzgerald
The Feud -- John 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Keith Hewitt, John E. Sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Contents
"The Feud" by Keith Hewitt
"Two Mothering Pastors" by John Sumwalt
Speak The Truth In Love -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- John S. Smylie, Sandra Herrmann -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Speak the Truth in Love" by John Smylie
Growing Pains -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
StoryShare

Edited by John Sumwalt and Jo Perry-Sumwalt

Worship

The Immediate Word

Meeting Jesus Again -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Ron Love, Christopher Keating, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel reading, two disciples walking to Emmaus encounter a fellow travele
Where Is Emmaus? -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Roger Lovette, Ron Love, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2011
Our lectionary gospel text this week brings us the familiar story from Luke of two disciples encount
Illustrations For April 6, 2008 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
It was in "the breaking of the bread" that the two disciples who had walked with Jesus to Emmaus tha
What Are The Odds? -- Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Barbara Jurgensen, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2008
Generally speaking, there are very few people out there who are genuine risk-takers.
Well-Known Christians -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Dear Fellow Preacher,

SermonStudio

Easter 3 -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Gathering Litany
Easter 3 -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: Where shattered hearts are made whole,
The Promise Is For All -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Acts 2:39)
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2004
Hymns
I Want To Be Ready (NCH616)
Third Sunday Of Easter -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2001
Theme: A Call To Holy Living

Call To Worship
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 2:14, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Acts 2:14, 36-41
Theme: The Promise Is For You

Call To Worship
Loving Deeply From The Heart -- 1 Peter 1:17-23 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1992
Suggestions:
Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture reading.
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER -- Acts 2: 14a, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- B. David Hostetter -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
EASTER 3 -- Psalm 116:12-19, Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35 -- Norman A. Beck -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 1986
In the three New Testament texts chosen for Easter 3, Series A, the message that God raised Jesus fr

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Mary Austin
Bethany Peerbolte
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For December 23, 2018:

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Arley K. Fadness
“...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)
Arley K. Fadness
“...blessed are you among women...” (V. 42b)

Good morning boys and girls,

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

(children respond) (presenter may share personal plans and/or experiences)

Today, this Sunday, is called the 4th Sunday of Advent. We call it that in the church calendar. But I have a better name. Know what it is? Mother's Day!!

StoryShare

Peter Andrew Smith
Frank Ramirez
Contents
“Seeing the Future” by Peter Andrew Smith
“A Distant Land” by Frank Ramirez


Seeing the Future
by Peter Andrew Smith
Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20

John sat at the edge of his bed in the half way house staring out the window.

“Are you okay, John?” Carl asked from the doorway.

Keith Hewitt
C. David Mckirachan
Contents
“First Encounter” by Keith Hewitt
“That’s Weird” by C. David McKirachan


First Encounter
by Keith Hewitt
Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 62:6-11
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.

Several future books in the Old Testament have restored watchmen to wait on the Lord’s coming. It sounds like we must spend all our time waiting for the day the Lord has promised. It sounds like we must give him no rest until we get it.

Mark Ellingsen
All the lessons testify to the theme of why Christmas matters! The festival encourages sermons on what Christ accomplishes in our lives and a joyful celebration of thanks for the best Christmas present of all -- the babe in the manger.

Isaiah 62:6-12
Mark Ellingsen
Bob Ove
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Micah 5:2-5a
But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah…(Micah 5:2).

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

I spent part of my childhood in the city of Azusa, California. The town was named after the Susa family, ranchers who owned much of the land during the days of Spanish colonization. But the town fathers decided they needed something a little more catchy, so they advertised that Azusa has everything from A to Z in the USA.
Frank Ramirez
“Current Events” can be very significant at the time they happen, but they can change and/or grow in significance as time goes by. Micah addresses a current political situation in his day that is pretty significant. Judah is under siege from Assyria. But the words of hope that he shares grow in significance over the centuries until hundreds of years later biblical experts are able to tell the Magi that Micah is telling us -- and is still telling us -- that the greatest king of kings will be coming from one of the smallest of the clans of Israel.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

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.


Invitation to Confession:

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.

Janice B. Scott
While I consider myself to be very much in tune with the modern era, well into technology and all that it can offer, there are times when I look back with nostalgia to the past.

SermonStudio

Cynthia E. Cowen
The Christmas concert was about to begin. The professional musicians were ready. All eyes were on the band director as he brought down his baton. Softly, flutes began weaving a magical introduction, capturing the audience's spirit. An instrumental duet formed with clarinets adding their voices. Then more wind instruments came in. Finally, brass and percussion entered and volume and tempo increased. Each section's contribution melded into a harmonious voice. The rehearsals had been worth it; the time and labor had not been in vain.
Paul E. Flesner
Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr once observed that the Christmas event can only be spoken about in poetry. He went on to comment that over the centuries preachers have analyzed it in their sermons and have turned Christmas into dogma. "Dogma," he said, "is rationally petrified poetry." I think I understand what he means. He means that Christmas speaks to the heart.

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