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Dramatic Irony -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
Agatha Christie’s mystery play The Mousetrap opened in 1952, and it has been running longer
Live like you were dying -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014
A well-rounded biblical moral lifestyle is established on four primary foundational principles:
Choose each day -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Bass M. Mitchell -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2011
When my son was about four, he spotted my wedding ring on my finger and asked about it.
Choose each day -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2002
When my son was about 4, he spotted my wedding ring on my finger and asked about it.
Born again -- and again -- and again -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 1996


Joshua 24 is another of those pivotal chapters in the Old
On high alert -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- David Kalas -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A
If the pitcher spends too much time fingering the rosin bag or peddling the dirt on the mound or loo

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Dramatic Irony -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
Agatha Christie’s mystery play The Mousetrap opened in 1952, and it has been running longer

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Caught Off-Guard -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the parable of the bridesmaids -- a story Jesus tells to
More Than A To-Do List -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014

In this week’s lectionary gospel passage, Jesus tells a rather stern parable about having enough

Living With Fear -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A
Dear fellow preachers,

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Caught Off-Guard -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the parable of the bridesmaids -- a story Jesus tells to
What It's Like -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Wesley T. Runk
Object: a fluffy bed pillow

Directions to heaven -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A
Good morning, boys and girls.

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Life again -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2011
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that
Our road trip -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2008
We will be with the Lord forever. (v. 17b)

Directions to heaven -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A
Good morning, boys and girls.
We want to know -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A
Good morning! This morning I brought a medicine bottle with

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What It's Like -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Wesley T. Runk
Object: a fluffy bed pillow

Devotional

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Proper 27 / Pentecost 25 / OT 32 -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2007
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 (2017) -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 (2014) -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014
Joshua 24:1-3a
Statistics from the Center for... -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014
Statistics from the Center for Disease Control indicate that 1 in 20 Americans are depressed.
Dressed in rags, the South... -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Ron Love -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014
Dressed in rags, the South Carolina delegate who signed the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Heyw
NULL -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2011
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NULL -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Craig Kelly -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2011
I have no idea how people who don't believe in God deal with death, to be honest.
The Left Behind series of... -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2008
The Left Behind series of novels has been a publishing phenomenon, each one of them a huge be
Bob was pleased to discover... -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2008
Bob was pleased to discover that his family had purchased a new barbeque grill for his Father's Day
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25br... -- Matthew 25:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2008
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
so that you may not... -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2002
"... so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope ...
When the curtain goes up... -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2002
When the curtain goes up in Fiddler on the Roof, a dim light outlines a house.
There is both promise and... -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2002
There is both promise and threat in the news that God will come quickly to interrupt our earthly exp
His grandfather lay in the... -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2002
His grandfather lay in the coffin. He did not move.
Saint Paul, the coach, writes... -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 1996
Saint Paul, the coach, writes to the followers of Jesus in
He died at age 63... -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 1996
He died at age 63. Like so many these days, he suffered for
I earned quite a bit... -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 1996
I earned quite a bit of money my freshman year in college

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Caught Off-Guard -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the parable of the bridesmaids -- a story Jesus tells to
More Than A To-Do List -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014

In this week’s lectionary gospel passage, Jesus tells a rather stern parable about having enough

Living With Fear -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A
Dear fellow preachers,

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 (2017) -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bonnie Bates -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Caught Off-Guard -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the parable of the bridesmaids -- a story Jesus tells to

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Caught Off-Guard -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the parable of the bridesmaids -- a story Jesus tells to
More Than A To-Do List -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014

In this week’s lectionary gospel passage, Jesus tells a rather stern parable about having enough

Living With Fear -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A
Dear fellow preachers,

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Caught Off-Guard -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the parable of the bridesmaids -- a story Jesus tells to

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Proper 27 / Ordinary Time 32 -- Matthew 25:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, Psalm 78:1-7 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014
Theme of the Day
The difference relating to God makes.
Proper 27 / Pentecost 25 / Ordinary Time 32 -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Proper 27 -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Joshua 24:1--3a, 14--25 (C)
Proper 27, Pentecost 25, Ordinary Time 32 -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
The teaching and ministry of Jesus the Christ.
Proper 27 -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 (C)
Arriving Home First -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Gary L. Carver -- 1997
His name is Ralph Archbold.
Living in readiness and anticipation of the Second Coming of Christ. -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Joshua 24:1--3a, 14--25 (C)
Proper 27 -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 (C)
Proper 27 -- Amos 5:16-24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

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Caught Off-Guard -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the parable of the bridesmaids -- a story Jesus tells to
More Than A To-Do List -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014

In this week’s lectionary gospel passage, Jesus tells a rather stern parable about having enough

Living With Fear -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A
Dear fellow preachers,

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Caught Off-Guard -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the parable of the bridesmaids -- a story Jesus tells to

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What Can We Believe about the End of Time? -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2010
Today we are going to talk about one of the biggest puzzles in the study of the Bible.
Tomb It May Concern -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Mary S. Lautensleger -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2007
One of the first things Pastor Susan heard about when she moved from Ohio to the mountains of North
Further On Up The Road -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Richard C. Brand -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2004
As best I can remember it, the comment came as part of a discussion about the media frenzy immediate
The Last Laugh -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Richard F. Bansemer -- 1987
Death of a happy person
NO IGNORANT BRETHREN -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Anthology -- 1971
The year has literally flown by.

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If Jesus Conquered Death, Why Do We Die? -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A
You may have seen on television a while ago, those heart-rending adverts for Cancer Relief .

Stories

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Watch -- Matthew 25:1-13, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
Contents
"Watch" by C. David McKirachan
Keep Your Eyes Open -- Matthew 25:1-13, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014
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"Keep Your Eyes Open" by Frank Ramirez


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The Bubble -- Matthew 25:1-13, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Psalm 78:1-7 -- Keith Hewitt, Craig Kelly -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2011
Contents
"The Bubble" by Keith Hewitt
"Tell Me a Story" by Craig Kelly
As For Me And My House -- Matthew 25:1-13, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Psalm 78:1-7 -- Craig Kelly, Timothy J. Smith -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2008
Contents
What's Up This Week
"As for Me and My House" by Craig Kelly
Dying For A Cookie -- Matthew 25:1-13, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Psalm 78:1-7 -- Diane Henderson, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2005
Contents
What's Up This Week
A Story to Live By: "Dying for a Cookie"

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Watch -- Matthew 25:1-13, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
Contents
"Watch" by C. David McKirachan

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Words Of Comfort -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2007
"Brothers [and sisters], we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve
That You May Not Grieve -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2004
John Sumwalt

Worship

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Caught Off-Guard -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the parable of the bridesmaids -- a story Jesus tells to
More Than A To-Do List -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2014

In this week’s lectionary gospel passage, Jesus tells a rather stern parable about having enough

Living With Fear -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A
Dear fellow preachers,

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Caught Off-Guard -- Matthew 25:1-13, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
This week’s lectionary gospel text features the parable of the bridesmaids -- a story Jesus tells to
Proper 27 / Pentecost 23 / Ordinary Time 32 -- Matthew 25:1-13, Amos 5:18-24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Psalm 70 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2007
Gathering

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Proper 27/Pentecost 22/Ordinary Time 32 -- Matthew 25:1-13, Amos 5:18-24, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Psalm 70 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2007
Gathering
Proper 27 -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: If we will but listen,
Choose One -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Psalm 70)
Proper 27 -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2004
Hymns
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (NCH144, CBH201, UM240, PH31, 32)
Proper 27 -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2001
Theme: Encourage One Another

Call To Worship
Proper 27 -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Theme: As For Me And My Household
PROPER 27 -- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
End-time expectations -- Amos 5:18-24, Psalm 50, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: The warning of Amos is against the presumption of those among his own people who we
The resurrection of the dead -- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13 -- Heth H. Corl -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 1986
Call to Worship
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Jeremiah 17:5-10
On Sunday, August 5, 2012, Garrett Reid killed himself in the dorm room at Lehigh University where the Philadelphia Eagles were holding training camp. Garrett is the oldest son of the Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid. Garrett had a history of drug problems and even spent some time in prison on drug related charges. Andy Reid told the team’s owner that in this difficult situation he would continue to move forward, saying “I’m going to hit that curveball and hit it out of the park.”
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Wayne Brouwer
There is a powerful scene in Robert Bolt’s play A Man for All Seasons. The story is that of Sir Thomas More, loyal subject of the English crown. King Henry VIII wants to change things to suit his own devious plans, so he requires all his nobles to swear an oath of allegiance which violates the conscience of Sir Thomas More before his God. Since he will not swear the oath, More is put in jail. His daughter Margaret comes to visit him. “Meg,” he calls her, with affection. She’s his pride and joy, the one who thinks his thoughts after him.

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“...for power came out of him and healed all of them.” (v. 19b)

Good morning wonderful children,

Thanks for joining me. I am so happy to see you and to talk to you today. Are you ready for a special message I have just for you? (children respond)  Here we go.

Ever heard the word bless?  Like “you are blessed” or “you are my blessing?”(children respond) To be blessed is like goodness coming to you. To be blessed is like getting a gift that makes you happy.

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A Messianic Message?
by David O. Bales
Luke 6:17-26

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
We tend to think of Saints as special holy people who are perhaps not quite real. But in this reading, Jesus makes it clear that those who are very ordinary because they are poor, or hungry, or sad, or otherwise disadvantaged in some way, are especially blessed. This is a story about Casper, who spoke in fun but found his words were taken rather seriously.

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"Louise, can you and Pastor Hal come to Thanksgiving dinner at our house this Friday? I have this really, really big turkey, and I don't want a ton of leftovers," Tracy implored her friend.

"Well, I'd love to, but we always invite a widower, Andy Vespa, each Thanksgiving. I don't want him to be by himself with his pork and beans. Of course, Steve and Vicki will be here, too," Louise replied. "Andy's always been a part of this family gathering."

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