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Worthless Religion -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- David Kalas -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2018
James’ word is harsh, but it is not unique.
Religion that is pure -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- David Coffin -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2015
The dog days of a hot August summer have been upon us.
Inside-out religion -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- David Kalas -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2012
For the earliest part of a child's life, the mom or the dad picks out the clothes and puts them on t
What's carved above your church door? -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- R. Craig Maccreary -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2006
There is a certain irony here as we approach the Sunday before Labor Day and the
Come away -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 2000
Myrna and Robert Kysar are the co-authors of "Charting The Course." Myrna is pastor of Christ Luther
To believe is to do -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1997
If this book were not in the canon of the Bible, one might wonder if it were any more than a collect

Children's sermon

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The Rule of Law, or Ruled by Law? -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2018
Peanuts, Paste, And Pathways To God -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2015
In this week’s gospel reading, Jesus loses his patience (yet again) with a group of scribes and Phar
Tradition Vs. Twitter -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2012
We all know that tradition is an important influence in human affairs...
Every Perfect Gift -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
The recent arrest of a suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case has reignited a media frenzy -- on

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How do you look? -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2006
For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look
Doing the job -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
Good morning, boys and girls.
Getting the work done -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
Good morning! What do I have here in my hand? (Show the
Two and one -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
Good morning! I want to ask a riddle of you. I have two of
Slow to speak, slow to anger -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you like the Sunday

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Do The Right Thing -- James 1:17-27 -- Mark A. Hultquist -- 1996
Items necessary for the treatment of a cold or flu such as: blanket, pillow, hot water bottl
Anger Doesn't Work! -- James 1:17-27 -- Wesley T. Runk
Object: a pitcher of water, a strainer, and an empty bucket

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Do The Right Thing -- James 1:17-27 -- Mark A. Hultquist -- 1996
Items necessary for the treatment of a cold or flu such as: blanket, pillow, hot water bottl

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Proper 17 -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2008
Song Of Solomon 2:8-13

Drama

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The Deeds -- James 1:17-27 -- Lori Lee Triplett -- 1993
Cast Of Characters
Minister: male or female any age over college

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 (2018) -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Ron Love -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2018
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 (2015) -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2015
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 (2012) -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Richard A. Hasler, Mark Ellingsen, Cynthia E. Cowen, Mark J. Molldrem, Bob Ove, Ron Love -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2012
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
The Andersons raced into church on the last verse of the opening hymn... -- James 1:17-27 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2012
The Andersons raced into church on the last verse of the opening hymn.
Our anatomy illustrates James' advice... -- James 1:17-27 -- Mark J. Molldrem -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2012
Our anatomy illustrates James' advice.
So many blame God for what they do and say... -- James 1:17-27 -- Bob Ove -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2012
So many blame God for what they do and say.
Ron Fouchier, 45, is a virologist... -- James 1:17-27 -- Ron Love -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2012
Ron Fouchier, 45, is a virologist.
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 17 | OT 22 (2009) -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13 -- David O. Bales, Dennis A. Becker, Mary S. Lautensleger, Timothy Smith, Leah Thompson, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2009

1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43
Angry words are among the... -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2009
Angry words are among the most destructive.
Bob was a loyal member... -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2009
Bob was a loyal member of his church for well over fifty years.
Johnny was a talker, and... -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2009
Johnny was a talker, and even though his talk often got him into trouble, he didn’t seem to learn.
Walking one's walk is a... -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2006
Walking one's walk is a theme that we find in this text and throughout general and
Nick is the sort of... -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2006
Nick is the sort of person who thinks he knows what everyone likes or wants. He treats
When nineteenth-century missionaries began... -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2006
When nineteenth-century missionaries began to penetrate into the interior of China, they
The writer of James knows... -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2000
The writer of James knows the damage an irresponsible tongue can do -- including a tongue at work in
Every year Jerry Lewis has... -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2000
Every year Jerry Lewis has a telethon to raise money for the treatment of and to research a cure for
Colorado was kicking around the... -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1997
Colorado was kicking around the idea of passing a new state law.
Eventually the Christian faith leads... -- James 1:17-27 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1997
Eventually the Christian faith leads the believer into a life that embraces the neighbor.

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The Rule of Law, or Ruled by Law? -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2018
Peanuts, Paste, And Pathways To God -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2015
In this week’s gospel reading, Jesus loses his patience (yet again) with a group of scribes and Phar
Tradition Vs. Twitter -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2012
We all know that tradition is an important influence in human affairs...
Every Perfect Gift -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
The recent arrest of a suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case has reignited a media frenzy -- on

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The Immediate Word

The Rule of Law, or Ruled by Law? -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2018
Peanuts, Paste, And Pathways To God -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2015
In this week’s gospel reading, Jesus loses his patience (yet again) with a group of scribes and Phar
Tradition Vs. Twitter -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2012
We all know that tradition is an important influence in human affairs...
Every Perfect Gift -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
The recent arrest of a suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case has reignited a media frenzy -- on

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Proper 17 / Pentecost 14 / Ordinary Time 22 -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2011
Theme of the Day
A love that changes lives.

Collect of the Day
Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 -- James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2005
Revised Common
Song Of Solomon 2:8-13 or Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
Proper 17 (C, E) -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1999
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Song of Solomon 2:8-13 (C)
Purity is an inside job -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: Purity is an inside job.

BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Proper 17 -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1993
According to tradition the Song of Solomon was written by
Proper 17 -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1990
The church year theological clue
Proper 17 -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1990
The church year theological clue
Proper 17, Pentecost 15, Ordinary Time 22 -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
Seasonal Theme

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Purity is an inside job -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1996
Theme For The Day: Purity is an inside job.

BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

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The Rule of Law, or Ruled by Law? -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2018
Peanuts, Paste, And Pathways To God -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2015
In this week’s gospel reading, Jesus loses his patience (yet again) with a group of scribes and Phar
Tradition Vs. Twitter -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2012
We all know that tradition is an important influence in human affairs...
Every Perfect Gift -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
The recent arrest of a suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case has reignited a media frenzy -- on

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The Ear, The Tongue, And The Temper: A Lesson In Spiritual Anatomy -- James 1:17-27 -- Thomas W. Lentz -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2008
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow t
Living The Word Of God -- James 1:17-27 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2005
Mohandas Gandhi was born in Porbandar in the present state of Gujarat, India, on October 2, 1869.
Don't Forget What You Look Like -- James 1:17-27 -- Harold C. Warlick, Jr. -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2002
A young college graduate embarked on what he hoped would be a promising career in sales.

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Experience Or Tradition? -- James 1:17-27 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
I'm presently reading an excellent book by Marcus Borg, entitled,

Stories

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Folding Pews -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27 -- C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2018
Contents
“Folding Pews” by C. David McKirachan
Beyond The Fence -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Keith Wagner, Sandra Herrmann -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2015
Contents
"Beyond the Fence" by Keith Wagner
Credit Where Credit Is Due -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2012
Contents
"Credit Where Credit Is Due" by Frank Ramirez
Come Away With Me -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Sandra Herrmann, Lamar Massingill, Larry Winebrenner, John E. Sumwalt -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2009
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Come Away With Me" by Sandra Herrmann
Do You Not See? -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B

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The Painting -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Charles Cammarata, Constance Berg, Gregory L. Tolle, Henry Scholberg -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
Contents
What's Up This Week

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Unstained By The World -- James 1:17-27 -- John E. Sumwalt, Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1996
A good friend of mine lives just two blocks from the Saint Croix Casino in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin.

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The Rule of Law, or Ruled by Law? -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2018
Peanuts, Paste, And Pathways To God -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Mary Austin, Robin Lostetter, Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2015
In this week’s gospel reading, Jesus loses his patience (yet again) with a group of scribes and Phar
Tradition Vs. Twitter -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27, Song of Solomon 2:8-13, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2012
We all know that tradition is an important influence in human affairs...
Every Perfect Gift -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Paul Bresnahan, Scott Suskovic, Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
The recent arrest of a suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case has reignited a media frenzy -- on

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Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- Charles And Donna Cammarata -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2005
Call To Worship
Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1999
First Lesson: Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Theme: Spring Fever

Call To Worship
Proper 17 -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1996
Call To Worship
Leader: Let us each come before the Lord this day with an open heart!
Living In Response To God's Gifts -- James 1:17-27 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1993
Suggestions:
Use in ordinary sequence with the scripture reading.
PROPER 17 -- Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 1993
* CALL TO WORSHIP
Give yourselves wholly to prayer . . . always interceding for all

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Frank Ramirez
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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.”
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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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David O. Bales
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“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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