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Emphasis Preaching Journal

Commitment -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- David Coffin -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2017
A pastor receives a telephone call from a person who is on the church roster, but who rarely attends
Endings and transitions -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2014
As we approach the end of the year and the days get shorter and darker, many people have a difficult
Testimonies -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
In Susan Howatch's novel Absolute Truths, the main character is a rather perfect man.
Life on the level -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46, Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 -- David Kalas -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2008
I've been doing some around-the-house projects lately, and it seems each project has
Life goes on -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2002
October 27 this year is the Sunday before "All Saints Day." That festival day in the church on Novem
How do we love God? -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1999
The question about how we love God in our lives is essential to the meaning of life itself.
What kind of leadership do we want? -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
After following Moses for many weeks, we come to the end of the line.

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

Swiping Toward God -- Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, the Pharisees continue trying to trap Jesus with their series
Ebola 2014: A Test Of The Heart -- Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2014

In this week’s epistle passage, Paul compares the gentleness and caring that should characterize

Occupy Your Faith -- Matthew 22:34-40, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
When Paul characterizes the nature of his ministry in this week's lectionary epistle passage, he not
A Word From The Wounded Healer To Contemporary Christians Seeking Physical And Spiritual Health -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
Dear Fellow Preachers,

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Make new friends -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God
God's test -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2008
But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of
Gentleness and love -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
Good morning! Today we have two special guests. How many of you know them?
Truth, not tricks -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
Good morning! I brought this deck of cards so I could show
We share ourselves -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
I have a gift with me this morning. It could be a birthday
How brave are you? -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
Good morning, boys and girls. This morning I brought with me a

Devotional

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Proper 25 / Pentecost 23 / OT 30 -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2007
... we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts.

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 (2017) -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bob Ove, Ron Love, Bill Thomas, Bonnie Bates, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2017
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2014
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Paul speaks of his gentleness... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2014
Paul speaks of his gentleness with the Thessalonians.
Aldhelm was a gifted musician... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Ron Love -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2014
Aldhelm was a gifted musician.
Preaching professor Tom Long... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
Preaching professor Tom Long tells a story about shopping in a grocery store one day.
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 (2011) -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
It is estimated that there are over 30,000 Christian missionaries... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Craig Kelly -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
It is estimated that there are over 30,000 Christian missionaries in the unevangelized world today.
Who steals my purse steals... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2008
Who steals my purse steals trash --
'tis something -- nothing,
It's all too easy for... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2008
It's all too easy for us to think that it's too hard for us to be the witnesses to our
Sara took a course on... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2008
Sara took a course on spiritual practices. While she was not majoring in religion she
At a Veteran's Day event... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2008
At a Veteran's Day event at an elementary school, a student asked the aged soldier why
Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Moses... -- Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2008
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
It was Sunday noon and... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2002
It was Sunday noon and she was exhausted.
Jessie was the only child... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2002
Jessie was the only child of parents who were determined that she would become a great success.
My boyhood pastor was a... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2002
My boyhood pastor was a model for me in ministry.
The Apostle knew from hard... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2002
The Apostle knew from hard, and sometimes bitter, experience that those who do a good thing will nev
we dared to tell you... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1999
"... we dared to tell you this gospel in spite of strong opposition." Dr.
I'm here to give you... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1999
"I'm here to give you a free set of encyclopedias," he said at the door.
Buck Brannaman of Sheridan, Wyoming... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1999
Buck Brannaman of Sheridan, Wyoming, an advocate of horse-
School Evangelism is a program... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Reformation Sunday - A -- 1996
"School Evangelism" is a program being offered to students to help them witness at school.
A Sunday School class was... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
A Sunday School class was asked to discuss 1 Thessalonians 2:46.
The professor brought his class... -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1996
The professor brought his class to order with a slow, steady, roving gaze.

The Immediate Word

Swiping Toward God -- Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, the Pharisees continue trying to trap Jesus with their series
Ebola 2014: A Test Of The Heart -- Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2014

In this week’s epistle passage, Paul compares the gentleness and caring that should characterize

Occupy Your Faith -- Matthew 22:34-40, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
When Paul characterizes the nature of his ministry in this week's lectionary epistle passage, he not

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Swiping Toward God -- Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, the Pharisees continue trying to trap Jesus with their series
Ebola 2014: A Test Of The Heart -- Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2014

In this week’s epistle passage, Paul compares the gentleness and caring that should characterize

Occupy Your Faith -- Matthew 22:34-40, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
When Paul characterizes the nature of his ministry in this week's lectionary epistle passage, he not
A Word From The Wounded Healer To Contemporary Christians Seeking Physical And Spiritual Health -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
Dear Fellow Preachers,

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Proper 25 / Ordinary Time 30 -- Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2014
Theme of the Day
It's what God does, not what we do, that counts!
Proper 25 / Pentecost 23 / Ordinary Time 30 -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Proper 25 -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Deuteronomy 34:1--12 (C)
Proper 25, Pentecost 23, Ordinary Time 30 -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
The ministry and teaching of Jesus the Christ.
Proper 25 -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 (C)
To An Audience Of One -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Gary L. Carver -- 1997
I sometimes sit in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, recalling its distingui
Loving God and the neighbor -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Deuteronomy 34:1--12 (C)
Proper 25 -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 (C)
Proper 25 -- Ruth 2:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

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Swiping Toward God -- Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, the Pharisees continue trying to trap Jesus with their series
Ebola 2014: A Test Of The Heart -- Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2014

In this week’s epistle passage, Paul compares the gentleness and caring that should characterize

Occupy Your Faith -- Matthew 22:34-40, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
When Paul characterizes the nature of his ministry in this week's lectionary epistle passage, he not
A Word From The Wounded Healer To Contemporary Christians Seeking Physical And Spiritual Health -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
Dear Fellow Preachers,

SermonStudio

What Can We Believe about the Church? -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- James L. Killen, Jr. -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2010
What can we believe about the church? That is an important question for us to ask and to answer.
Leaders Worthy Of Imitation -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Mary S. Lautensleger -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2007
"Repent! Be saved!
The Cloak -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Richard C. Brand -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2004
If you can't refute the argument, then you can attack the person, and the best way to attack a perso

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The Cloak -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Richard C. Brand -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2004
If you can't refute the argument, then you can attack the person, and the best way to attack a perso

The Village Shepherd

Encouragement Or Bald Truth? -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
We Christians, especially in the Church of England, tend to be quite good at making the best of

Stories

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Within Sight Of The Promised Land -- Matthew 22:34-46, Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 -- Frank Ramirez, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2014
Contents
"Within Sight of the Promised Land" by Frank Ramirez
Loving Neighbors, Killing Neighbors -- Matthew 22:34-46, Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 -- John E. Sumwalt, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
Contents
"Loving Neighbors, Killing Neighbors" by John Sumwalt
A Born Leader -- Matthew 22:34-46, Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 -- Sandra Herrmann, Argile Smith, David O. Bales, Craig Kelly -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2008
Contents
What's Up This Week
"A Born Leader" by Sandra Herrmann
Epitaphs -- Matthew 22:34-46, Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 -- Marjorie K. Evans, John E. Sumwalt, Myron Talcott -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2005
Contents
What's Up This Week
Stories to Live By: "Epitaphs"

Worship

The Immediate Word

Swiping Toward God -- Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2017
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, the Pharisees continue trying to trap Jesus with their series
Ebola 2014: A Test Of The Heart -- Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Christopher Keating, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2014

In this week’s epistle passage, Paul compares the gentleness and caring that should characterize

Occupy Your Faith -- Matthew 22:34-40, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Deuteronomy 34:1-12 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2011
When Paul characterizes the nature of his ministry in this week's lectionary epistle passage, he not
A Word From The Wounded Healer To Contemporary Christians Seeking Physical And Spiritual Health -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A
Dear Fellow Preachers,

SermonStudio

Proper 25/Pentecost 23/Ordinary Time 29 -- Matthew 22:34-46, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Psalm 1 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2007
Confession And Forgiveness
Proper 25 -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: God, enlarge our hearts,
Proper 25 -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2004
Hymns
O God, Our Help In Ages Past (CBH328, NCH25, UM117, LBW320, PH210)
The Greatest Gift -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2004
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Theme: The Greatest Gift

Proper 25 -- 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2001
Theme: Courage To Declare The Gospel

Call To Worship
Proper 25 -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Theme: Growing Up

Call To Worship
PROPER 25 -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
Grace begets grace -- Ruth 2:1-13, Psalm 128, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: It is not entirely clear whether Ruth set out for or happened onto Boaz' field, sin
Proper 25 -- Ruth 2:1-134, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 -- Heth H. Corl -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1986
Call to Worship
Pastor:
God often surprises us with blessings we do not expect.
PROPER 25 -- Ruth 2:1-13, Psalm 128, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Norman A. Beck -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 1986
When Hans Kung in On Being a Christian reflects on the ways in which the Jesus of history depicted l

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Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 -- Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2004
Hymns
O God, Our Help In Ages Past (CBH328, NCH25, UM117, LBW320, PH210)

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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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