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Making Choices -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2019
As God's people we have a choice to make about what sort of covenant we want to live with.
Lying eyes, crying eyes -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2016
The great composer Felix Mendelssohn loved to tell the marvelous story of how his grandparents Moses
Remembering who we are -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2013
When Mahatma Gandhi traveled from his India homeland as a young man and studied for a time in Englan
Living under the tree -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2010
We're still several months from Christmas, but I have a Christmas scene on my mind going into this w
There is going to be an investigation -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
"There is going to be an investigation." Are there any more chilling or challenging words
In all the wrong places -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
Have you heard about the Question Box?
Grounded in faith -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1998
There is a great deal of moral exhortation in the lessons for today, with a strong focus on the diff
Snake oil religion and tunnel vision -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
Browsing through a friend's collection of antique botties I came across a bottle of patent medicine.

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Solidarity With the Imprisoned -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2019
For September 1, 2019:
Humility -- It's What's For Dinner -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells guests at a party -- who’ve been competing for pr
At The Head Of The Table -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2013
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells a parable about a banquet host who eschews th
Jockeying And Jostling At The Table Of Prestige -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2010
In this week's lectionary gospel passage from Luke, Jesus offers some strong comments on the importa
Economically, Politically, Or Faithfully? -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Thom M. Shuman, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
This Sunday falls on Labor Day weekend, which seems to be as much an unofficial "last fling" of summ
Who Gets The Gold? -- Luke 14:7-14, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Proverbs 25:6-7 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
For two weeks we've seen some almost incredible physical feats, a lot of spectacle (wonderfully prep

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Proper 17 / Pentecost 15 / Ordinary Time 22 -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2009
But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit.

Illustration

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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 (2019) -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Ron Love -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2019
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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 (2016) -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, R. Robert Cueni, Ron Love -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2016
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Sermon Illustrations for Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 (2013) -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Mark Ellingsen, Scott A. Bryte, Ron Love, Bob Ove -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2013
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In the text God laments... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2013
In the text God laments the waywardness of Israel, of our waywardness for changing our God for what
All children, they say... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Scott A. Bryte -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2013
All children, they say, tend to prefer the box.
Ariel Castro was sentenced... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Ron Love -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2013
Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years for his abduction, enslavement, and ph
NULL -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Craig Kelly -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2010
Relief organizations like World Vision or Compassion International often show us pictures of women a
NULL -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Ron Love -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2010
Stacy Finley knew people would go to any lengths and pay exorbitant sums of money for the promise of
NULL -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Timothy Smith -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2010
Mike grew up in the church and like many people began drifting away after graduating from high schoo
NULL -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2010
IllustrationsJeremiah 2:4-13
Scratch an addiction, and you... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
Scratch an addiction, and you will reveal an idol, hiding underneath. The psychologist,
Asking Can a nation change... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
Asking "Can a nation change its god?" in Jeremiah's day is akin to asking, "Can a leopard
Michelle was at a turning... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
Michelle was at a turning point of sorts in her personal life. The past year had been
The Lord gave Jeremiah a... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
The Lord gave Jeremiah a tough assignment. Most preachers hope to save people from
Jeremiah had to preach to... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
Jeremiah had to preach to people who didn't want to have their doings called sinful, much like the p
Elie Wiesel, the great writer... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2001
Elie Wiesel, the great writer who spent part of his childhood in a Nazi concentration camp, tells a
The prophet's task is to... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
The prophet's task is to get the word out. How Jeremiah would have loved e-mail!
Dick Geary writing for History... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
Dick Geary writing for History Today notes the rise of public support for National Socialism
U. S. News & World Report... -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
U. S.

The Immediate Word

Solidarity With the Imprisoned -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2019
For September 1, 2019:
Humility -- It's What's For Dinner -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells guests at a party -- who’ve been competing for pr
At The Head Of The Table -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2013
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells a parable about a banquet host who eschews th
Jockeying And Jostling At The Table Of Prestige -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2010
In this week's lectionary gospel passage from Luke, Jesus offers some strong comments on the importa
Economically, Politically, Or Faithfully? -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Thom M. Shuman, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
This Sunday falls on Labor Day weekend, which seems to be as much an unofficial "last fling" of summ
Who Gets The Gold? -- Luke 14:7-14, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Proverbs 25:6-7 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
For two weeks we've seen some almost incredible physical feats, a lot of spectacle (wonderfully prep

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Solidarity With the Imprisoned -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2019
For September 1, 2019:
Humility -- It's What's For Dinner -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells guests at a party -- who’ve been competing for pr
At The Head Of The Table -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2013
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells a parable about a banquet host who eschews th
Jockeying And Jostling At The Table Of Prestige -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2010
In this week's lectionary gospel passage from Luke, Jesus offers some strong comments on the importa
Economically, Politically, Or Faithfully? -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Thom M. Shuman, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
This Sunday falls on Labor Day weekend, which seems to be as much an unofficial "last fling" of summ
Who Gets The Gold? -- Luke 14:7-14, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Proverbs 25:6-7 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
For two weeks we've seen some almost incredible physical feats, a lot of spectacle (wonderfully prep

SermonStudio

Proper 17/Pentecost 15/Ordinary Time 22 -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2006
Theme For The DayOur faith calls us to offer hospitality to others.
Proper 17 -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Elizabeth Achtemeier -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2003
This passage forms some of the earliest preaching of Jeremiah after his call in 626 B.C.
Proper 17 -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeJesus' acts of compassion and teaching ministry.
Proper 17 -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONSLesson 1: Jeremiah 2:4-13 (C)

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Solidarity With the Imprisoned -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2019
For September 1, 2019:
Humility -- It's What's For Dinner -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells guests at a party -- who’ve been competing for pr
At The Head Of The Table -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2013
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells a parable about a banquet host who eschews th
Jockeying And Jostling At The Table Of Prestige -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2010
In this week's lectionary gospel passage from Luke, Jesus offers some strong comments on the importa
Economically, Politically, Or Faithfully? -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Thom M. Shuman, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
This Sunday falls on Labor Day weekend, which seems to be as much an unofficial "last fling" of summ
Who Gets The Gold? -- Luke 14:7-14, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Proverbs 25:6-7 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
For two weeks we've seen some almost incredible physical feats, a lot of spectacle (wonderfully prep

SermonStudio

Finding Fault With God -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Chrysanne Timm -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2009
It is never a pleasant prospect to deal with someone who has a complaint with you.
Have We Been "Slicked"? -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Lee Ann Dunlap -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2006
In many small towns across America the annual Volunteer Fireman's Fair is the social event of the ye
Be Thankful For What You Have -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2003
Once upon a time there was a fisherman who lived with his wife in a tiny hut by the sea.
There Couldn't Be, Could There? -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- John W. Wurster -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2000
Jeremiah tells us that there was a time and a place when God was upset, when the heavens were shocke

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Self-Serving -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 112 -- David O. Bales -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2019
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Self-Serving" by David O. Bales
A Question Of Hospitality -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Keith Hewitt, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2016
Contents "A Question of Hospitality" by Keith Hewitt
Bubbles -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Keith Hewitt, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2013
Contents"Bubbles" by Keith Hewitt
Thirsty For Living Water -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Craig Kelly -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2010
Contents"Thirsty for Living Water" by Peter Andrew Smith
Translator's Preface: April, 1919 -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- David O. Bales, Frank R. Fisher, Timothy F. Merrill -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
ContentsWhat's Up This Week
Stranger -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels w

Worship

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Solidarity With the Imprisoned -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Bethany Peerbolte, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2019
For September 1, 2019:
Humility -- It's What's For Dinner -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Christopher Keating, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love, George Reed, Robin Lostetter -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2016
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells guests at a party -- who’ve been competing for pr
At The Head Of The Table -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2013
In this week’s lectionary gospel text, Jesus tells a parable about a banquet host who eschews th
Jockeying And Jostling At The Table Of Prestige -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2010
In this week's lectionary gospel passage from Luke, Jesus offers some strong comments on the importa
Economically, Politically, Or Faithfully? -- Luke 14:1, 7-14, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Thom M. Shuman, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2007
This Sunday falls on Labor Day weekend, which seems to be as much an unofficial "last fling" of summ
Who Gets The Gold? -- Luke 14:7-14, Jeremiah 2:4-13, Proverbs 25:6-7 -- George L. Murphy -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C
For two weeks we've seen some almost incredible physical feats, a lot of spectacle (wonderfully prep

SermonStudio

Proper 17 / Ordinary Time 22 / Pentecost 15 -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14, Psalm 81:1, 10-16 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2009
If we love the Lord with all our hearts, minds, and strength,
Proper 17/Ordinary Time 22 -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2006
First Lesson: Jeremiah 2:4-13Theme: Memory AidCall To Worship
Proper 17 -- Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2003
Theme: The Price Of Forsaking GodCall To Worship
Cracked Cisterns -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 2000
Call To Worship
Iniquities of the unfaithful -- Jeremiah 2:4-13 -- James R. Wilson -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - C -- 1997
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