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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.

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Shaping up -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
"For in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether
Mysteries of God -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
I became its servant according to God's commission that was given to me for
Imagining the invisible -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
I'm going to give each of you a card and a crayon.
Not guilty! -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Good morning! I have here a newspaper article about a person
Christ's body -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
I brought this with me because we use fake body parts like

Devotional

SermonStudio

Proper 11 / Pentecost 9 / Ordinary Time 16 -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2009
He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that

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
There are major proteins... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2013
There are major proteins in most living organisms. One group is called laminins.
You can't help but notice... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2013
You can't help but notice that there is a purpose in each of Paul's letters.
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
Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote that "Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime;
You know the story by heart... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2010
You know the story by heart -- perhaps you have this story.
Philosophy teachers swap stories about... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
Philosophy teachers swap stories about the sophomore summarizing all of existence in
When I speak about First... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
When I speak about First Church, I usually say, "My church that I serve is First Church."
Winfred Grenfell was a medical... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
Winfred Grenfell was a medical student in London when he responded to the invitation of
We are unsure of exactly... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2007
We are unsure of exactly what heresies or sub-Christian practices troubled the church at
A Yale psychology professor published... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
A Yale psychology professor published a study titled "The Psychological, Interpersonal and Social Ef
For 14 days last year... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
For 14 days last year, President Bill Clinton tried to mediate a peace settlement between Israeli Pr
At the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
At the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon, along with the excitement of the grueling race, there are always so
A plenipotentiary is a diplomat... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2001
A plenipotentiary is a diplomat who acts with the full authority of the state.
Ancient Mediterranean society was based... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1998
Ancient Mediterranean society was based on the dual concepts of honor and shame.
Every so often all of... -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 1998
Every so often all of us open other people's mail by mistake.

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
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
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

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, 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

Sing Praise -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- April Yamasaki -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2009
Theologian Karl Barth was once asked to sum up his life's work.
Be Real -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- John Jamison -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2006
The old story is told about two painters; two artists.
The One Or One Of Many -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Gary L. Carver -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2003
It is the year 50 A.D. Two individuals run into each other on the street corner.
The Great Motivator -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Kirk R. Webster -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2000
In the early 1990s, Wesley Nunley of Dallas completed a project he had dreamed of for decades.

The Village Shepherd

Jesus The Christ -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
NOTE: This sermon is also used for Epiphany 8 | Ordinary Time 8 of Cycle B.

Stories

StoryShare

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 -- Colossians 1:15-28 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Colossians 1:15-28Theme: Second Verse, Same As The First
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.
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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The Immediate Word

Christopher Keating
Quantisha Mason-Doll
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For October 24, 2021:
  • Vision Check by Chris Keating — Jesus’ question of Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?” becomes an invitation to a joyful, life-giving transformation experience of discipleship.
  • Second Thoughts: Don’t Let Go of My Hand by Quantisha Mason-Doll — In God’s future no one is left behind — even those who would be considered burdens.

StoryShare

David O. Bales
Peter Andrew Smith
Contents
“Full-Throated Joy?” by David O. Bales
“With Weeping And Joy” by David O. Bales
“Second Chances” by Peter Andrew Smith


Full-Throated Joy?
by David O. Bales
Jeremiah 31:7-9

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Frank Ramirez
Sooner or later, we see life as it really is. Job sees clearly that the universe is greater than he can imagine. It’s not all about him. Something great and wonderful is going on, and though he has suffered tremendous loss, he is to reject dust and ashes and live authentically. He is free to be alive.

The author of Hebrews makes it clear that we don’t have to jump through anyone’s hoops anymore. We have the perfect priest and the perfect sacrifice and as a result we have perfect access to God, unfiltered, unimpeded. That’s how it is.
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bonnie Bates
Mark Ellingsen
Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Job teaches us that being in the presence of God is an impressive experience. It is beyond what we can think or express. Author Christopher Morley in his book Inward Ho expressed this awesomeness: “I had a thousand questions to ask God; but when I met him they all fed and didn’t seem to matter.” Everything that we thought was so important vanishes in the presence of God. John Wesley put it this way:

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John Jamison

Object: A cloak, or something to use as a cloak, an old bowl, and a handful of pennies.

Note: If you believe your children can do it, this is a great message to have them role-play. Have one child play Bartimaeus, one play Jesus, and the other play the ‘crowd’. Depending on your group, you can ask for volunteers or select specific children for the roles of Jesus and Bartimaeus. If you don’t think role-play will work, just share the story without the role-play pieces.

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The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:

They said to the blind man, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." Jesus continues to call us today, so in our worship let us take heart, get up and respond to him.


Invitation to Confession:

Jesus, sometimes we don't hear you when you call.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, sometimes our hearts are low and we feel fed up and depressed.
Christ, have mercy.

SermonStudio

Wesley T. Runk
Good morning, boys and girls. Today, we are talking about a very big word, and also a very important one. The word is intercession. What do you think the word intercession might mean? (let them answer) Those were all good tries, but they are not the answers. I said it was a big word and not one that we use very often. I think that I can help you learn what it means in just a minute. First of all, I want to tell you that Jesus is our intercession. That will help us to learn more about what the word means.
David E. Leininger
Christmas is such a beautiful time of the year. Physically beautiful with the color and light; spiritually beautiful with story and song. Then there is the special baby -- a baby whose birth was greeted by angels, a baby whose birth meant tidings of joy for all people everywhere, a baby who would save the world. We gather for worship, enjoy familiar company, exchange holiday wishes, then go home, drink eggnog, and eat Christmas treats. God is in heaven and all is right with the world. Or so it often seems.

Stephen M. Crotts
A young man visiting a very small town in Virginia struck up a conversation with an older gentleman sitting on a loafers' bench outside the gas station. "Just look at this town!" The young fellow remarked. "Fresh air, no traffic, you sure don't have much of a population problem around here!" "Wrong, son!" The old man replied. "Dang near every problem we have here is caused by the population!"

It's true everywhere, isn't it? Man's greatest problem is man himself.

The Population Problem

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