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Table to table -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- David Kalas, Schuyler Rhodes -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
We have a table in our home that goes way back.
Locked in a room with open doors -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- R. Craig Maccreary -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
About 25 years ago, Ernest Campbell, former preaching minister at New York's
Birth announcement -- Isaiah 62:6-12, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Psalm 97 -- David Kalas -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Christmas Day. For many of us, it is the fondest day of the year. As children, the holiday

Children's sermon

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:
Free Sermon Illustrations For May 16, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
The Hope For Peace -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Titus 3:4-7, Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.
Meeting Jesus In Jail -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
This Sunday's passage from Acts 16:16-34 offers up a striking contrast between outward appearances a

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
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Easter 7 -- Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.
Christmas Eve-Christmas Day -- Isaiah 62:6-12, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2008
Isaiah 62:6-12
The LORD Is King! Let The Earth Rejoice -- Psalm 97 -- Robert G. Beckstrand -- 2007
The LORD is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad ...

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:
Free Sermon Illustrations For May 16, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
The Hope For Peace -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Titus 3:4-7, Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.
Meeting Jesus In Jail -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
This Sunday's passage from Acts 16:16-34 offers up a striking contrast between outward appearances a

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:

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CHRISTMAS DAY -- Isaiah 62:6-7, 112, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:8-20 -- B. David Hostetter -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER -- Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20, John 17:20-26 -- B. David Hostetter -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP(Responsively)Sing praises to God,SING PRAISES!

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:
Free Sermon Illustrations For May 16, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
The Hope For Peace -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Titus 3:4-7, Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.
Meeting Jesus In Jail -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
This Sunday's passage from Acts 16:16-34 offers up a striking contrast between outward appearances a

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:

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Psalm 97 -- Psalm 97 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
This is it.
Psalm 97 -- Psalm 97 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
Christ is born!
Psalm 97 -- Psalm 97 -- Schuyler Rhodes -- 2009
Bracketed by the language of praise, this psalm tackles an issue that does not much concern the chur
Easter 7 -- Psalm 97 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
(See Christmas Day, Cycle A, for an alternative approach.)
Christmas Day -- Psalm 97 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see Christmas Day, Cycle A; see also Easter 7, Cyc
Christmas Day -- Psalm 97 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see Christmas Day, Cycle A; see also Easter 7, Cyc
Christmas Day -- Psalm 97 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see also Easter 7, Cycle C, for an alternative app
Christmas Day -- Psalm 97 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 1993
The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:
Free Sermon Illustrations For May 16, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
The Hope For Peace -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Titus 3:4-7, Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.
Meeting Jesus In Jail -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
This Sunday's passage from Acts 16:16-34 offers up a striking contrast between outward appearances a

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
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Pay Attention -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- C. David Mckirachan, Frank Ramirez -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
Contents “Pay Attention” by C. David McKirachan
Paul And Silas, Bound In Jail -- John 17:20-26, Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Sandra Herrmann, Peter Andrew Smith -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
Contents "Paul and Silas, Bound in Jail" by Sandra Herrmann
The Cost Of Standing Up For God -- John 17:20-26, Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Frank Ramirez, John E. Sumwalt -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
Contents"The Cost of Standing Up for God" by Frank Ramirez
Big Mike And The Harmonica -- John 17:20-26, Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Craig Kelly, Keith Hewitt, Constance Berg -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Big Mike and the Harmonica" by Craig M. Kelly
Are You Sure? -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- C. David Mckirachan, Stan Purdum, Constance Berg -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
What's Up This Week
Larry's Lesson -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Titus 3:4-7, Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97 -- Stan Purdum, C. David Mckirachan, James T. Garrett, David Michael Smith -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week Stories: "Larry's Lesson" by Stan Purdum

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:
Free Sermon Illustrations For May 16, 2010 From The Immediate Word -- John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97 -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
The Hope For Peace -- Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Titus 3:4-7, Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Thom M. Shuman -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Hope is all around us this time of year.
Meeting Jesus In Jail -- Acts 16:16-34, John 17:20-26, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Stephen P. McCutchan, Carlos Wilton, Thom M. Shuman -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C
This Sunday's passage from Acts 16:16-34 offers up a striking contrast between outward appearances a

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The Captivity of Calumny -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Dean Feldmeyer, Ron Love -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For June 2, 2019:

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Christmas Day -- Isaiah 62:6-12, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20, Psalm 97 -- Julia Ross Strope -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2009
Gathering musicChristmas medley(Light the Christ candle.)
Easter 7 -- Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26, Psalm 97 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
The Easter story is about the triumph of creativity.
Praise To Our God -- Psalm 97 -- Clyde W. Wentzell -- The Nativity of our Lord - B -- 2008
1. Praise to our God, the one giving us this day to treasure.
Christmas Eve/Day -- Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 -- B. David Hostetter -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
CHRISTMAS DAY -- Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 -- B. David Hostetter -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 1992
CALL TO WORSHIP
Easter 7 -- Psalm 97 -- Hugh H. Drennan -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
The Lord is King! Let the earth rejoice;let the many coastlands be glad!
God's coming salvation -- Isaiah 62:6-7, 10-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:8-20 -- Paul A. Laughlin -- Second Sunday after Christmas - A -- 1989
Exegetical note: These verses are drawn from a larger passage that announces the imminent restoratio
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John Jamison
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(vv. 16-21)

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For January 23, 2022:
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David Kalas
I’ve attended a lot of NFL games over the years. I lived in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1980s, when the Browns were often fielding an exciting and competitive team. And now, for the past decade, I have been living in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where the Packers have enjoyed a lot of winning seasons. And so, I’ve been fortunate to watch a lot of good football in person.
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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
In a comment which explains a lot of what is happening in contemporary America, the Greek philosopher Aristotle observed, “Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” Mahatma Gandhi is said to have observed that “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

Singer-songwriter Bono observed in a comment in accord with a Christian reading of this lesson (esp.vv.9-10): “To me a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor... it’s nothing.” The initiator of black theology James Cone made a similar comment: 

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Peter Andrew Smith
“No problem.” Carl held up his hands. “If you tell me as the senior minister that I need to wait to hold the session until later in the week, then that is what we’ll do.”

Pastor Luke frowned. “Jack told me you were adamant that you had to start on Tuesday night --otherwise nothing would work properly.”

“Well.” Carl rubbed his neck. “It would make things easier if we didn’t have to delay. I mean, we have the promotional material all done up for the rally and we are talking to speakers.”

“Yet it is not impossible for you to move to a different date?”

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Janice B. Scott
When Jesus chose that particular passage from Isaiah, he went to the heart of his gospel - an option for the poor. But the existence of large numbers of poor keep comfortable people comfortable, so he was immediately marked out as a dangerous person with dangerous ideas. And he was eventually executed for his beliefs.

Today's story is about Oscar Romero, who suffered a similar fate when he too chose an option for the poor.

The Christian gospel is a dangerous gospel when it's truth is really heard.

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Stephen P. McCutchan
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
-- Psalm 19:14

Richard A. Jensen
It was to be "Spiritual Gift" Sunday in Corinth of old. After all it was no lesser an authority than Paul himself who had said of these people that they were, "... not lacking in any spiritual gift" (1 Corinthians 1:7). Not lacking indeed! They were abounding in spiritual gifts and once every year they gathered in their worship service to honor the greatest among them.
Mary S. Lautensleger
One of the more colorful eras of our country's past is the old Wild West. We can visualize cowboys chasing stagecoaches over rough, barren terrain, and sheriffs swaggering down dusty main streets. Towns sprang up virtually overnight around regions rich in natural resources such as lumber, borax, silver, and especially gold, the glitter that inflamed a continent.
Carlyle Fielding Stewart, III
Sweat swarmed and beaded the palms of his hands as his heart thumped and pulse escalated. Bulging eyes blinked rapidly as his face twitched. His brown, swollen hands rumbled nervously through the inside pocket of his urine-stained tweed overcoat. "I got to find a match," he said to himself. "I got to find a match." Again he jerked through every pocket of his pants, jacket, and shirt. Still no match.

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