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Good soil -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME
AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

NULL -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOME

Materials:
Good soil -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Today we hear the parable of the sower. The imagery in the lesson is both rich and subtle.
The parable of the sower -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Teachers or Parents: The Parable of the Sower shows us that
Good ears -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Teachers or Parents: Listening is a skill that has needed
The good soil -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Materials:

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A

Commentary

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Changed -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
Having outgrown its old and limiting facilities, a large church finally managed to build a magnifice
Choices -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
As parents, we want to influence our children.
Devil's advocate -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Psalm 119:105-112 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
It's an awful phrase, you know, when you stop to think about it: "Devil's advocate." Yet how often h
Embarrassing flesh -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Psalm 119:105-112 -- David Kalas -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
I recall a few weeks in elementary school when it was the height of hilarity to take
Plowed human furrows -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2002
Early in human history, people discovered that they could stir up soil, drop seeds in the stirred up
On sowing the word -- Isaiah 55:10-13, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1999
Perhaps the most humbling and, at the same time, thrilling moments of the liturgy occur for me when
The outcome is certain -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1996
Although they come at it from very different perspectives, the texts for this Sunday all speak to
Living in unsafe neighborhoods -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
We vacationed recently on Hilton Head Island.

Children's bulletin

Gospel Grams 2

Children's Bulletin (ages 8-10) -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A

Gospel Grams 1

Children's Bulletin (ages 5-7) -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A

Children's sermon

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Listen! -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Arley K. Fadness -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
Let anyone with ears listen!  (v. 9)

Good morning boys and girls,
Planting for Jesus -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus wants to tell others about his love that saves.
Good soil -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Leah Thompson -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who
No roots -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and
Good soil -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Hello again! Do you remember the reading for today? Let's see. There once was a man who sowed seed.
The parable of the sower -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Good morning! Here is a package of seeds. (Show the seeds.)
Good ears -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
(Hand out the ears of corn to each child as he or she
Where are you planted? -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
(Editor's note: Have some fun with this lesson. As you tell
The good soil -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Good morning, boys and girls.

The Immediate Word

Fertile Grounds: Birthrights And Kingdom Privileges -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
This week’s primary Old Testament lectionary text brings us the story of Jacob trading away his birt
Paul Meets Hobby Lobby -- Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014

In this week’s Romans passage, Paul contrasts God’s law with the constraints of human behavior: “

Birthday Gifts -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
This week the lectionary readings feature the familiar Parable of the Sower; but another fascinating
Words That Count -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Argile Smith, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Freedom is a word that carries with it great power and emotion.
How Firm Is Our Faith Foundation? -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Because Jesus' parables have become so familiar, we need to think of new ways we can re-tell them so

SermonStudio

Dirty-hearted People -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Brett Blair, Tim Carpenter
Exegetical Aim: Growth takes place only in fertile, receptive people.

Children's Story

The Village Shepherd

St Mark's Mission -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
St Marks were a lively, go-ahead crowd. At least, some of them were.

Devotional

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Proper 10 / Pentecost 8 / OT 15 -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2007
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snat

Drama

SermonStudio

The Sower And The Seed And So What -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Robert F. Crowley -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1998
Theme

Illustration

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Sermon Illustrations For Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 (2017) -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
Genesis 25:19-34
Sermon Illustrations for Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 (2014) -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen, Scott A. Bryte, Bob Ove, Derl G. Keefer -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
Genesis 25:19-34
The real point of this parable... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
The real point of this parable is that soil is passive, not what kind of soil it is.
Earnest Presswood was born... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Ron Love -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
Earnest Presswood was born in 1908 and grew up on the prairies of Canada.
NULL -- Genesis 25:19-24, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
Genesis 25:19-24
NULL -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Craig Kelly -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
I have a friend that lives about a half hour's drive outside of the city in which I live.
NULL -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Richard A. Hasler -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
On the day Abraham Lincoln was born his older cousin Dennis Hanks went over to see the newborn baby.
In chapter 18 of Huckleberry... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
In chapter 18 of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain provides an example of some
We all know the parable... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
We all know the parable of the seeds that fell on the various types of soil -- and we, of
Anthony Flew was born in... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Anthony Flew was born in England, the son of a Methodist preacher. He was raised in a
On Greg's farm, his land... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
On Greg's farm, his land varies greatly from one field to another, and even within a given
Genesis 25:19-34 How... -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Genesis 25:19-34
The world looks like a... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2002
The world looks like a hostile place.
As children, my brothers and... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2002
As children, my brothers and I each had our own section of ground in our family's vegetable garden.
For years the people of... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2002
For years the people of the congregation had wondered why they were struggling.
The present state of the... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2002
The present state of the church, for better or worse, is the result of people's response to hearing
Hattie held her breath. She... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1999
Hattie held her breath. She hadn't heard from her son in almost two years.
The preacher stood on the... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1999
The preacher stood on the street corner, telling the story of Jesus.
Ninety percent of Americans support... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1999
Ninety percent of Americans support the concept of organ donation.
The power of this parable... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1999
The power of this parable and its interpretation lies in the production of a crop, the good soil whi
As each day passes, people... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1996
As each day passes, people that we thought never would be interested in God are coming to faith.

The Immediate Word

Fertile Grounds: Birthrights And Kingdom Privileges -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
This week’s primary Old Testament lectionary text brings us the story of Jacob trading away his birt
Paul Meets Hobby Lobby -- Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014

In this week’s Romans passage, Paul contrasts God’s law with the constraints of human behavior: “

Birthday Gifts -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
This week the lectionary readings feature the familiar Parable of the Sower; but another fascinating
Words That Count -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Argile Smith, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Freedom is a word that carries with it great power and emotion.

Intercession

The Village Shepherd

God - Sower, Reaper, Gardener, Harvester... -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

Poems

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Proper 10 -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Andrew Daughters -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1989
O Lord, our hearts are open
To so many kinds of things,
Proper 10 -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Andrew Daughters -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1989
O Lord, our hearts are open
To so many kinds of things,

Preaching

The Immediate Word

Fertile Grounds: Birthrights And Kingdom Privileges -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
This week’s primary Old Testament lectionary text brings us the story of Jacob trading away his birt
Paul Meets Hobby Lobby -- Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014

In this week’s Romans passage, Paul contrasts God’s law with the constraints of human behavior: “

Birthday Gifts -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
This week the lectionary readings feature the familiar Parable of the Sower; but another fascinating
Words That Count -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Argile Smith, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Freedom is a word that carries with it great power and emotion.
How Firm Is Our Faith Foundation? -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Because Jesus' parables have become so familiar, we need to think of new ways we can re-tell them so

SermonStudio

Proper 10 / Ordinary Time 15 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Carlos Wilton -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2010
Theme For The Day
Listen To Yourself -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Richard L. Sheffield -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2007
Sometimes the best way to start reading your Bible is with the footnotes.
Proper 10 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2004
THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Genesis 25:19--34 (C)
The Sower -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2004
1. Text
The Secret Of The Kingdom -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Robert D. Prescott-ezickson -- 2004
Reading the Gospels, it would seem that telling parables was Jesus' favorite teaching method.
A Story For The Discouraged -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2001
The response was terrific!
Proper 10, Pentecost 8, Ordinary Time 15 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2001
Seasonal Theme
The teaching and ministry of Jesus the Christ.
Persistence Along The Road Of Life -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1998
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
Proper 10 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1998
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Genesis 25:19-34 (C)
Proper 10 -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Richard A. Jensen -- 1998
We come to our text for this week noting that the lectionary has entirely omitted Matthew 12.
The productivity of God's word -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Russell F. Anderson -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1995
BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Genesis 25:19--34 (C)
Sowers Of The Seed -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- William E. Keeney -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1995
The same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
Proper 10 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1992
Lesson 1: Genesis 25:19-34 (C)
Proper 10 -- Exodus 2:11-22, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- George M. Bass -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1989
The church year theological clue
Seed and Soil -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1989
"O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord." (Jeremiah 22:29) These words of Jeremiah were ch

Sermon

The Immediate Word

Fertile Grounds: Birthrights And Kingdom Privileges -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
This week’s primary Old Testament lectionary text brings us the story of Jacob trading away his birt
Paul Meets Hobby Lobby -- Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014

In this week’s Romans passage, Paul contrasts God’s law with the constraints of human behavior: “

Birthday Gifts -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
This week the lectionary readings feature the familiar Parable of the Sower; but another fascinating
Words That Count -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Argile Smith, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Freedom is a word that carries with it great power and emotion.
How Firm Is Our Faith Foundation? -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Because Jesus' parables have become so familiar, we need to think of new ways we can re-tell them so

SermonStudio

It's Not About You; It's All About God -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2007
Jesus left the house (which one we are not sure).
The Garden Is Doing Fine? -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Stephen M. Crotts -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2004
Remember the nursery rhyme about little contrary Mary?
Good Seeds, Good Soil: The Call To Christian Community -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2001
Not too long ago I was in a garden shop and I bought a "meadow in a can." Have you ever seen one?
4000 Chickens And 2000 Eggs -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1998
One autumn, a young man aiming for the seminary left home to complete his college degree.

The Village Shepherd

What Sort Of Soil Does Our Church Offer? -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Janice B. Scott -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Most people of any age love a story, and stories are often remembered fairly easily and enjoyed

Stories

StoryShare

The Sower -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
Contents
"The Sower" by Peter Andrew Smith
"Big Rocks" by John Fitzgerald
Conflicts And Blessings -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Keith Wagner, Keith Hewitt -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
Contents
"Conflicts and Blessings" by Keith Wagner
Restoring The Birthright -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Frank Ramirez, C. David Mckirachan -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
Contents
"Restoring the Birthright" by Frank Ramirez
Turning Dirt! -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Bryan Meadows, John E. Sumwalt, Keith Hewitt -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Contents
What's Up This Week
"Turning Dirt!" by Bryan Meadows
If You Have Ears To Hear -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Contents
What's Up This Week
A Story to Live By: "What Goes Around..."

SermonStudio

Fertility Facts -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- David E. Leininger -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2007
Bible scholars tell us Matthew's gospel was compiled and distributed around 85 AD.
Will It Bear Fruit? -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Constance Berg -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2001
Melinda's heart ached. Her seventeen--year--old daughter had just gotten her nose pierced.
Seventh Grade Sunday School Class -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Timothy J. Smith -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1998
Hank and Charlene were gifted Sunday School teachers.

Worship

The Immediate Word

Fertile Grounds: Birthrights And Kingdom Privileges -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11 -- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Beth Herrinton-Hodge -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
This week’s primary Old Testament lectionary text brings us the story of Jacob trading away his birt
Paul Meets Hobby Lobby -- Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Mary Austin, Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014

In this week’s Romans passage, Paul contrasts God’s law with the constraints of human behavior: “

Birthday Gifts -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34 -- Mary Austin, Roger Lovette, George Reed -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2011
This week the lectionary readings feature the familiar Parable of the Sower; but another fascinating
Words That Count -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Argile Smith, Scott Suskovic -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2008
Freedom is a word that carries with it great power and emotion.
How Firm Is Our Faith Foundation? -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Carter Shelley -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Because Jesus' parables have become so familiar, we need to think of new ways we can re-tell them so

SermonStudio

Proper 10/Pentecost 8/Ordinary Time 15 -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Isaiah 55:10-13, Romans 8:1-11 -- Amy C. Schifrin, Martha Shonkwiler -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2007
Confession And Forgiveness
Proper 10 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Thom M. Shuman -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2007
Call To Worship
One: On this midsummer's day,
we gather as God's people
No Fair -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Frank Ramirez -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2004
Call To Worship
Proper 10 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Beverly S. Bailey -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2004
Hymns
Proper 10 -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2001
Theme: Parable Of The Sower

Call To Worship
Parable of the Soils -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Wayne H. Keller -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1998
Celebrating The Presence Of God
Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1998
First Lesson: Genesis 25:19-34
Theme: Isaac and Rebekah

Call To Worship
PROPER 10 -- Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- B. David Hostetter -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
God's unlikely candidates -- Exodus 2:11-22, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: Moses' troubling lack of hesitation or remorse over his act of murder aside, the re
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Emphasis Preaching Journal

Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Bob Ove
Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18
In many European countries, early on Easter Monday, the girls come out of their homes wearing traditional red, black and white folkloric dress. The young men walk down the streets, also in traditional dress of high black boots, black hats, white shirts and cream-colored trousers. The men follow the girls playing instruments and the older women of the village have prepared a cornucopia of food.
Bonnie Bates
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Isaiah 52:13--53:12
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
Bob Ove
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14
The Pittsburgh Pirates had their last great baseball season in 1979. The Pirates had 98 wins and 64 losses that year and captured the National League East Division title by two games over the Montreal Expos. The Pirates then beat the Cincinnati Reds to win their ninth National League title, and they defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win their fifth World Series title.
David Kalas
From time to time, I’ll hear someone ask a speculative question that begins, “If a space alien showed up on earth, what would he think about...” The idea is to try to imagine what an outsider sees. If we could find someone without any familiarity or preconceived notions, what would he or she see and think.
Wayne Brouwer
In the blackness, in the bleakness, we need to sense God’s presence. We need to know that God is there, even if, like Job, we do not understand what is happening around us and inside of us. “The restless millions wait for the Light,” says George Bernanos, “Whose dawning maketh all things new.”

This is the dilemma of Israel in Egypt. This is the struggle of life in Corinth. This is the washing of waves surrounding Jesus and his disciples “on the night in which he was betrayed.”
Frank Ramirez
It can not only be hard, but in some cases not possible to say much at all on Easter morning, what with Easter Breakfast, perhaps a cantata, a children’s choir, and an Easter egg hunt swallowing up any space you might have for preaching. But this is the central message of our faith. Jesus is Risen. This changes everything.

Now do not despair. You can preach Easter every Sunday. For the earliest Christians every Sunday was Easter! Even so, if you’re feeling squeezed you can still take one of these passages and make an important point.

The Immediate Word

Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For April 21, 2019:
  • Why Are You Weeping? by Dean Feldmeyer — One of the reasons it’s so hard to visualize a risen Christ is that we’ve hidden him behind a mountain of hollow, milk chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chickens.

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Keith Hewitt
David O. Bales
Contents
"Reflections of Grief" by Keith Hewitt
"Bearing Our Infirmities" by David O. Bales
"Abandoned?" by David O. Bales


Reflections of Grief
by Keith Hewitt
John 18:1--19:42
Keith Wagner
Contents
"Love Conquers All" by Keith Wagner
"Being together gives us Hope" by Keith Wagner



Love Conquers All
by Keith Wagner
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

For me, the heart of the psalmist’s message is his willingness to be a faithful servant, making commitments to God through sacrifice and love. It takes courage to live sacrificially, none the less our faith is strengthened and we become closer to God with our dedication and loyalty.
C. David Mckirachan
Frank Ramirez

This Doesn’t Make Sense

by C. David McKirachan
Acts 10:34-43

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Arley K. Fadness
“I have seen the Lord.” (v. 18)

Happy Easter morning boys and girls,

Today I have the best news ever to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond) First, notice I have a container (box or can) with a lid on it. Inside we will find ____________.  (for example: oreo cookies, legos etc.)

So let's see what is inside. (open lid) What do we see? Nothing. What? Aren't there supposed to be ___________ inside?? (children respond)
Arley K. Fadness
“When Jesus had received the wine, he said,'it is finished,' then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.'”

Good Friday morning (evening) children,

Today I am feeling very quiet. You know why? It is a holy day, a somber day.

How are you feeling? (children respond) We call it Good Friday. That's a strange name for a sad day isn't it? Perhaps today, the day we remember our Lord Jesus died, we might call Bad Friday or Dark Friday or Sad Friday. But no, it's Good Friday.
Arley K. Fadness
“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.” (v. 14)

Good morning beautiful children,

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
We Christians are often reckoned to be a sad bunch, at least in the opinion of non-Christian western society. And sometimes, I think they're right. We must seem a bit pathetic to normal red-blooded human beings as we go to church each Sunday, singing hymns and indulging in all kinds of odd rituals, when we could be cleaning the car or shopping or playing sport or otherwise enjoying ourselves.

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Carlos Wilton
Theme For The Day
Our culture still "seeks the living among the dead" as it pursues security, comfort, and pleasure.

First Lesson
Acts 10:34-43
Peter's Easter Testimony
Donald Charles Lacy
So much happening in so little time! We are left gasping for breath. We stagger under the weight of the mighty arm of historical occurrence. You and I praise God because we know the rest of the story. Those present did not know how things would turn out. They must have been like awestruck children nearing exasperation.

David Kalas
We have a table before us. It is a familiar table; we have gathered around it together countless times before. It features the cherished elements of bread and wine; and taken together, those elements on this table form a sacrament.

Across the many traditions within the Christian church, we call this sacrament by different names. The Roman Catholics refer to the Mass, while the Eastern Orthodox church uses the Divine Liturgy. A number of Protestant denominations call it the Eucharist, others holy communion, and still others the Lord's Supper.

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