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Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Some Choices Matter -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2019
Elizabeth Achtemeier said that one of the greatest errors of young preachers is their desire to tell
Keeping the holy in our lives -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2016
From Amos, we learn that the problems of our society are nothing new in the vast scope of humankind’
Defining our destinies -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2013
During World War II the English government knew that Hitler was planning to invade the British Isles
Unspeakable famine -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42, Psalm 52 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
During some of the years that I was doing youth ministry, my wife was providing child care for sever
The gospel of the Sistine Chapel -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42, Psalm 52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
I cannot read these texts without finding myself pondering the ceiling of the Sistine
After the handshake and the hug -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
The master brought his disciples into a darkened room with one instruction: "Find the truth." One di
Hear and heed -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1998
Søren Kierkegaard said a long time ago now that "purity of heart is to will one thing." People who d
Famine in the midst of plenty -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
"One does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God" (Deuteronomy
Typing and timing spirituality -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42, Psalm 52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
You are having guests over for dinner. The meal is nearing completion.

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

Teamwork -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42, Psalm 52 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2019
For July 21, 2019:
Licensed Fruit Inspectors -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2016
The last week has been a tumultuous one that has highlighted the divisions in American society.
Use It Or Lose It -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2013
The lectionary’s appointed passage from Amos for this week uses the seasonal imagery of a basket
Free Sermon Illustrations For July 18, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
In a recent Los Angeles Times
'her Piece Is Bigger Than Mine' And Other Family Quarrels -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
In this week's gospel text Jesus visits the home of the sisters Mary and Martha, where he finds hims
Jesus: The One Thing -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
For many in your congregation, the big story this week is certain to be the release this Saturday of
The Cookie Tree -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2007
As the calendar turns to August, stores are featuring back-to-school sales -- which means that child
All Things -- Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52, Colossians 1:15-28, Psalm 148 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
There is always some news about it, though it is not always on the front page.

Devotional

SermonStudio

Proper 11 / Pentecost 9 / Ordinary Time 16 -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2009
The time is surely coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 11 | OT 16 (2019) -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- Bonnie Bates, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, R. Robert Cueni, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2019
Amos 8:1-12
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 11 | OT 16 (2016) -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- Bonnie Bates, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bob Ove, Bill Thomas, R. Robert Cueni, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2016
Amos 8:1-12
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 11 | OT 16 (2013) -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- Scott A. Bryte, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bob Ove, Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2013
Amos 8:1-12
As United States troops... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Ron Love -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2013
As United States troops were pulling out of Afghanistan, the Taliban continued its insurgency operat
The situation in Amos' context... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2013
The situation in Amos' context was like our own: Free market capitalism exploits the poor, while the
In a math problem... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2013
In a math problem it is the final answer. It is the total.
NULL -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Craig Kelly -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
For military families, communication with their loved one in a war zone is a lifeline, an oasis in a
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 11 | OT 16 (2010) -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
IllustrationsAmos 8:1-12
Oskar Groning was an SS guard at Auschwitz... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Ron Love -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
Oskar Groning was an SS guard at Auschwitz.
It all began at a red light... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
It all began at a red light.
Suppose a chauffeur drives a... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
Suppose a chauffeur drives a sleek limousine through the streets of New York with a
Olga was raised in the... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
Olga was raised in the former Soviet Union. Her parents owned a contraband Bible,
For many years, Irvin has... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
For many years, Irvin has had a garden in his backyard. His wife will tell you that every
Amos' countrymen faced imminent disaster... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
Amos' countrymen faced imminent disaster because of their disobedience. Few of his
Drat! Marjorie thought. She'd done... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
"Drat!" Marjorie thought.
When the guilty verdict was... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
When the guilty verdict was rendered, the wife tearfully slumped in her courtroom chair.
Amos brought a basket of... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
Amos brought a basket of fruit as an object lesson for the people of Israel: God is going bananas
Richard Gillett in The Human... -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1995
Richard Gillett in The Human Enterprise tells of a woman named Mary McDaniel.

The Immediate Word

Teamwork -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42, Psalm 52 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2019
For July 21, 2019:
Licensed Fruit Inspectors -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2016
The last week has been a tumultuous one that has highlighted the divisions in American society.
Use It Or Lose It -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2013
The lectionary’s appointed passage from Amos for this week uses the seasonal imagery of a basket
Free Sermon Illustrations For July 18, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
In a recent Los Angeles Times
'her Piece Is Bigger Than Mine' And Other Family Quarrels -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
In this week's gospel text Jesus visits the home of the sisters Mary and Martha, where he finds hims
Jesus: The One Thing -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
For many in your congregation, the big story this week is certain to be the release this Saturday of
The Cookie Tree -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2007
As the calendar turns to August, stores are featuring back-to-school sales -- which means that child

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Teamwork -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42, Psalm 52 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2019
For July 21, 2019:
Licensed Fruit Inspectors -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2016
The last week has been a tumultuous one that has highlighted the divisions in American society.
Use It Or Lose It -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2013
The lectionary’s appointed passage from Amos for this week uses the seasonal imagery of a basket
Free Sermon Illustrations For July 18, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
In a recent Los Angeles Times
'her Piece Is Bigger Than Mine' And Other Family Quarrels -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
In this week's gospel text Jesus visits the home of the sisters Mary and Martha, where he finds hims
Jesus: The One Thing -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
For many in your congregation, the big story this week is certain to be the release this Saturday of
The Cookie Tree -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2007
As the calendar turns to August, stores are featuring back-to-school sales -- which means that child
All Things -- Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52, Colossians 1:15-28, Psalm 148 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
There is always some news about it, though it is not always on the front page.

SermonStudio

Proper 11/Pentecost 9/Ordinary Time 16 -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Proper 11 -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2003
The lectionary often combines parts of two separate sections.
Proper 11 -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeJesus' acts of compassion and teaching ministry.
Proper 11 -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Amos 8:1-12 (C)

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Teamwork -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42, Psalm 52 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2019
For July 21, 2019:
Licensed Fruit Inspectors -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2016
The last week has been a tumultuous one that has highlighted the divisions in American society.
Use It Or Lose It -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2013
The lectionary’s appointed passage from Amos for this week uses the seasonal imagery of a basket
Free Sermon Illustrations For July 18, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
In a recent Los Angeles Times
'her Piece Is Bigger Than Mine' And Other Family Quarrels -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
In this week's gospel text Jesus visits the home of the sisters Mary and Martha, where he finds hims
Jesus: The One Thing -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
For many in your congregation, the big story this week is certain to be the release this Saturday of
The Cookie Tree -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2007
As the calendar turns to August, stores are featuring back-to-school sales -- which means that child
All Things -- Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52, Colossians 1:15-28, Psalm 148 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
There is always some news about it, though it is not always on the front page.

SermonStudio

When The Fruit Is Spoiled -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2009
When we speak of Amos today, we know that he was one of Israel's great prophets.
When Nothing More Can Be Done -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Stan Purdum -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2006
Colleen was a good woman with a bad heart.
The Lord Hears The Cry Of The Poor -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2003
The year 1992 marked the quincentenary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World, an e
God Notices -- Amos 8:1-12 -- John W. Wurster -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2000
It was the best of times.

Stories

StoryShare

Here Comes da Judge -- Amos 8:1-12, Luke 10:38-42 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2019
Contents “Here Comes da Judge” by C. David McKirachan
Thoughtful Action -- Luke 10:38-42, Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Psalm 52 -- Peter Andrew Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2016
Contents "Thoughtful Action" by Peter Andrew Smith
This The Judgment Of God? -- Luke 10:38-42, Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Psalm 52 -- Sandra Herrmann, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2013
Contents"This the Judgment of God?" by Sandra Herrmann
In Him All Things Hold Together -- Luke 10:38-42, Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Psalm 52 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
Contents"In Him All Things Hold Together" by John Sumwalt
Housewarming Warning -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- David O. Bales, John S. Smylie -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Housewarming Warning" by David O. Bales
Rejoice In My Suffering? -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42, Psalm 52 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
A Story to Live By Rejoice in My Suffering?

Worship

The Immediate Word

Teamwork -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42, Psalm 52 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2019
For July 21, 2019:
Licensed Fruit Inspectors -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Ron Love, George Reed, Christopher Keating -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2016
The last week has been a tumultuous one that has highlighted the divisions in American society.
Use It Or Lose It -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2013
The lectionary’s appointed passage from Amos for this week uses the seasonal imagery of a basket
Free Sermon Illustrations For July 18, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
In a recent Los Angeles Times
'her Piece Is Bigger Than Mine' And Other Family Quarrels -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
In this week's gospel text Jesus visits the home of the sisters Mary and Martha, where he finds hims
Jesus: The One Thing -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Scott Suskovic, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
For many in your congregation, the big story this week is certain to be the release this Saturday of
The Cookie Tree -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Paul Bresnahan, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - C -- 2007
As the calendar turns to August, stores are featuring back-to-school sales -- which means that child
All Things -- Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52, Colossians 1:15-28, Psalm 148 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
There is always some news about it, though it is not always on the front page.

SermonStudio

Proper 11 / Ordinary Time 16 / Pentecost 9 -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42, Psalm 52 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2009
Zoos are no longer in people's good graces. Religion faces the same problem.
Proper 11/Ordinary Time 16 -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Amos 8:1-12Theme: Bad Pun, Bad News
Proper 11 -- Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2003
Theme: The Price Of SinCall To WorshipLeader: God's faithfulness is eternal.
Divine Retaliation -- Amos 8:1-12 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2000
Call To Worship Leader: To you who trample on the world's lesser children,
Proper 11 | OT 16 -- Luke 10:38-42, Colossians 1:15-28, Amos 8:1-12 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1997
First Lesson: Amos 8:1-12 Theme: God's judgment comes
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Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water;” so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

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Wayne Brouwer
We live in a pluralized world where all opinions seem valid, and the only perspective about which we are intolerant is intolerance itself. So, when we compare our views of reality, few of us dare to back all the way into the ultimate questions of origins and worldviews.

Yet it is impossible to read the Bible without admitting that it has a definite opinion about these things. Atheism is not an option from the biblical point of view, nor are several other ideas about values and gods in our world.
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Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13), Psalm 138
One of the consistent elements in the ancient mythologies is conflict in the heavens. In the Greek pantheon, Gaia and Kronos are supplanted by the Titans, who in turn are overthrown by the Olympian gods that we are familiar with through the Iliad, Odyssey, and other ancient stories. There is conflict between the gods, grudges that are nursed, and revenge that wreaks havoc in the heavens that like ripples from a stone thrown in a pond create upheaval on earth.

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John E. Sumwalt
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
   and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
   and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her...
(vv. 3-4b)

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Janice B. Scott
"I'm never going to get married," declared Molly. Her parents had divorced the previous year, and her mum was now living with a new boyfriend. Molly didn't like him, and he made it fairly clear he didn't like Molly either. It was fine when her mum was around, he was all sweetness and light then. But whenever her mum was absent, he was quite nasty to Molly.

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Elizabeth Achtemeier
For those who like to preach from all three lectionary texts, the stated readings for this Sunday could cause a preacher great perplexity. How on earth do they all fit together? The Epistle lesson deals with the variety of gifts given by the Spirit to the church. The Gospel lesson recounts Jesus' first "sign" at the wedding at Cana, when the water turned into wine, became the symbol of his blood poured out for us all. Our Isaiah text concerns the eschatological future of Jerusalem. Other than the reference to a wedding in John and here in Isaiah, the texts seem to have nothing in common.
Richard E. Gribble, CSC
Recently on a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, a middle-aged and apparently quite wealthy South African woman found herself sitting next to a black man. As the passengers were filing in and taking their seats she called a member of the cabin crew to ask about her seating. "What seems to be the matter, madam?" asked the attendant.

J. Will Ormond
This homily was prepared for and preached at the wedding in Norfolk, Virginia, of Kathryn Johnson and David Cameron, both ordained Presbyterian ministers.

There is an imaginary retelling of the biblical story suggesting why the wine failed and how Jesus intervened in the situation.

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