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Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

After the storm -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
What difference does my life make for others around me? What difference does anyone’s life make?
Heeding the prophets -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Cathy Venkatesh -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
In the Book of Common Prayer, the collect for Advent 2 reads: Merciful God, who sent your
The peaceable kingdom -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
What difference does my life make for others around me?
Keep looking -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Alone for his first cruise ship voyage, a young man felt a stranger among crowds of aging
Wannabes -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Peter Nichols' most recent book, A Voyage For Madmen, traces the journeys of nine men who, in
From dawn 'til high noon -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
The pericopes for this Sunday challenge us to think about the difficult theological tension between
God always comes -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
During my growing up years we had no family automobile. My father walked to work and home again.
And now, introducing ... -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- David Kalas -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
In the United States just now, we're in the period between the election and the inauguration of the
Roots, Sprouts and repentance! -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
The world and the church approach the "Mass of Christ" with a different pace, and "atmospheres" that

Children's sermon

The Immediate Word

Hungry For Peace -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Christopher Keating -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
This week’s lectionary text from Isaiah offers his vision of the “peaceable kingdom” -- a world wher
Advance To The Rear -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

The Isaiah passage appointed by the lectionary for this coming Sunday tells us that “A shoot shal

A Love-Hate Relationship -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Kate Murphy, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The figure of John the Baptist is one that seems oddly discordant in the middle of our "holiday" sea
Illustrations For December 9, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The process of metamorphosis changes the whole being into something entirely new.
An Unlikely Time -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation. But what are we waiting for?

Devotional

SermonStudio

Advent 2 -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire o

Drama

SermonStudio

Phil Pharisee And The Baptizer -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- John A. Tenbrook -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Thespian Theological Thoughts

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations for Advent 2 (2016) -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Isaiah 11:1-10
Sermon Illustrations for Advent 2 (2013) -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Isaiah 11:1-10
In the summer... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Ron Love -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
In the summer of 2013 the Madame Tussauds wax museums in Berlin and Amsterdam added a life-size figu
According to... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Derl G. Keefer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
According to Prairie Overcomer the story is told of Crowfoot, chief of the Blackfoot confeder
The text makes... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
The text makes clear that the Messiah is concerned with justice, especially for the poor.
NULL -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Leah Thompson -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a classic children's book about the children of a congregation an
NULL -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Isaiah describes a new leader... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Isaiah describes a new leader who will bring permanent peace. Yet, the chance of such a
In my early years at... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
In my early years at the Hollywood church, some young men planted a small tree at the
And a little child shall... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
"And a little child shall lead them" (Isaiah 11:6c). A pioneer in California during the time
Isaiah describes a new leader... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Isaiah describes a new leader who will bring permanent peace.
In my early years at... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
In my early years at the Hollywood church, some young men planted a small tree at the west end of th
And a little child shall... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
"And a little child shall lead them" (Isaiah 11:6c).
My kids fight like cats... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
"My kids fight like cats and dogs!" If you haven't said that, then you've heard it.
The neighbors of the Erskine... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
The neighbors of the Erskine Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario, were getting suspicious.
At this time of year... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
At this time of year, many gardening enthusiasts anticipate the arrival of a new year's supply of se
Peace. Not just peace between... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Peace. Not just peace between people but peace in the natural world as well.
A man from a small... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
A man from a small town went on a business trip to a large city.
In 1990 Frank Galati made... -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
In 1990 Frank Galati made a hit broadway musical out of John Steinbeck's novel, The Grapes of Wra

The Immediate Word

Hungry For Peace -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Christopher Keating -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
This week’s lectionary text from Isaiah offers his vision of the “peaceable kingdom” -- a world wher
Advance To The Rear -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

The Isaiah passage appointed by the lectionary for this coming Sunday tells us that “A shoot shal

A Love-Hate Relationship -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Kate Murphy, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The figure of John the Baptist is one that seems oddly discordant in the middle of our "holiday" sea
Illustrations For December 9, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The process of metamorphosis changes the whole being into something entirely new.
An Unlikely Time -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation. But what are we waiting for?

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Hungry For Peace -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Christopher Keating -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
This week’s lectionary text from Isaiah offers his vision of the “peaceable kingdom” -- a world wher
Advance To The Rear -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

The Isaiah passage appointed by the lectionary for this coming Sunday tells us that “A shoot shal

A Love-Hate Relationship -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Kate Murphy, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The figure of John the Baptist is one that seems oddly discordant in the middle of our "holiday" sea
Illustrations For December 9, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The process of metamorphosis changes the whole being into something entirely new.
An Unlikely Time -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation. But what are we waiting for?

SermonStudio

Second Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Isaiah 11:1--10 (C, RC, E)
Second Sunday in Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
This passage is part of the larger section of Isaiah 10:5--11:16, that portrays the defeat of Assyri
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
Second Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Isaiah 11:1-10 (C, RC, E)
The Attitude of Repentance -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Isaiah 11:1-10 (C, E, L, RC)
Second Sunday of Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- George M. Bass -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Hungry For Peace -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Christopher Keating -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
This week’s lectionary text from Isaiah offers his vision of the “peaceable kingdom” -- a world wher
Advance To The Rear -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

The Isaiah passage appointed by the lectionary for this coming Sunday tells us that “A shoot shal

A Love-Hate Relationship -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Kate Murphy, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The figure of John the Baptist is one that seems oddly discordant in the middle of our "holiday" sea
Illustrations For December 9, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The process of metamorphosis changes the whole being into something entirely new.
An Unlikely Time -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation. But what are we waiting for?

SermonStudio

From 'Uh-oh' To 'Ah-hah!' -- An Axe, A Stump, And A Shoot -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Tony S. Everett -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
One hot summer day, a young pastor decided to change the oil in his automobile for the very first ti
Mother Teresa And The Messianic Life -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Michael D. Wuchter -- 2006
"On that day," promised wild Isaiah, "on that day when things are finally set right, the wolf sha
First Comes An Everyday Hope -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- John T. Ball -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Today's great spiritual priority may be for a grounded everyday hope.
Still Small Voice -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Ask any child at Christmas!
The Future Of God -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- R. Glen Miles -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
The text we have heard today is pleasant, maybe even reassuring.
Daring To Trust The Roots -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Paul E. Robinson -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1995
There is so much uncertainty in life that most of us look hard and long for as many "sure things" as
God's Christmas Greeting -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Robert A. Beringer -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Christmas is the time of year for sending messages.

The Village Shepherd

Heavenly Peace -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Janice B. Scott -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
In the film, "Big Fish", the hero Edward Bloom stumbles into a dark and terrifying swamp-like wood,

Stories

StoryShare

The Tree -- Matthew 3:1-12, Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Keith Hewitt, Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013
Contents
"The Tree" by Keith Hewitt
"Think Like a Bee" by Frank Ramirez
Just Like -- Us? -- Matthew 3:1-12, Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Keith Hewitt, Larry Winebrenner -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
Contents
"Just Like -- Us?" by Keith Hewitt
Preparing The Way -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Frank R. Fisher, David O. Bales -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Preparing the Way" by Frank Fisher
Baptism Of Repentance -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Second Sunday of Advent - A
Contents
What's Up This Week
A Story to Live By: "Baptism of Repentance"

SermonStudio

The Wondrous Gift -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- David E. Leininger -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Phillips Brooks was an eloquent Episcopalian preacher in the nineteenth century, famed in his day fo
Coventry Story -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- John E. Sumwalt -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion

Worship

The Immediate Word

Hungry For Peace -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, Robin Lostetter, Beth Herrinton-Hodge, Christopher Keating -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
This week’s lectionary text from Isaiah offers his vision of the “peaceable kingdom” -- a world wher
Advance To The Rear -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2013

The Isaiah passage appointed by the lectionary for this coming Sunday tells us that “A shoot shal

A Love-Hate Relationship -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Kate Murphy, Ron Love, George Reed -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2010
The figure of John the Baptist is one that seems oddly discordant in the middle of our "holiday" sea
Illustrations For December 9, 2007 From The Immediate Word -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The process of metamorphosis changes the whole being into something entirely new.
An Unlikely Time -- Matthew 3:1-12, Romans 15:4-13, Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Scott Suskovic, Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation. But what are we waiting for?

SermonStudio

Second Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
(Distribute this sheet to the readers.)

Date:

Reader A:
Bulletin Insert for Second Sunday in Advent for Year A -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12, Psalm 72:1-7, 17-19 -- Robert S. Jarboe -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Second Sunday In Advent

Advent Wreath Service
Reader A:
Advent 2 -- Matthew 3:1-12, Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Litany Of Confession
P: Wild animals flourish around us,
Advent 2 -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: We gather, in this place, in this time of worship
Will We Let Little Children Lead Us? -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Frank Ramirez -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Call To Worship (Isaiah 11:6)
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2004
Hymns
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (UM216, PH48, CBH211, NCH127)
Second Sunday Of Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2001
Theme: The Peaceful Kingdom

Call To Worship
The Expectant Parents -- And An Unexpected Baby -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Luke 2:1-5 -- Thomas A. Pilgrim, Lisa Johnson Wrote The Beholders -- 1999
Third Sunday In Advent
Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 2:1-5
Second Sunday In Advent -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-10
Theme: From Jesse's Stump

Call To Worship
The Peaceful Kingdom -- Isaiah 11:1-10 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
Suggestions:
Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture reading.
SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 -- B. David Hostetter -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
The Messiah is endowed with God's Spirit -- Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13 -- Heth H. Corl -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 1986
Call to Worship
Pastor:

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Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Bethany Peerbolte
For February 17, 2019:

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Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Ron Love
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
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.”
Ron L.

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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.

StoryShare

David O. Bales
Contents
“A Messianic Message?” by David O. Bales
“Blissful? Agnosticism” by David O. Bales


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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Cynthia E. Cowen
"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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