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Starting Over -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
Sometimes the healing of our hurts starts only when we find another song to sing.
Give Yourself Away -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20) -- Sandra Herrmann -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
After the Resurrection, Jesus met with his disciples in many places and situations.
Testimony -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Wayne Brouwer -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
In 1637, Eilenburg, Saxony, was surrounded by the dark night of the soul. Europe was at war.
Game on -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
When a baseball game is in danger of being canceled because of weather but then is allowed to procee
Visions -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19, Psalm 30 -- Wayne Brouwer, Schuyler Rhodes -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
Giuseppe Tartini's Devil's Trill Sonata is a spectacular piece of music.
More than sitteth -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19, Psalm 30 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
Ask folks to conjure up a picture of Jesus' birth, and many vivid images will no doubt
Finding ourselves in being found by Jesus -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
Socrates' famous dictum, "Know thyself," has been passed down through the ages in philosophy classes
A new identity -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1998
The first lesson and the Gospel speak of the new vocation that comes to people who encounter the ris
Braving the waters -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1995
After the encounter with the Risen Lord and their ordination to mission Peter announces to the rest
Appearance and/or reality? -- Acts 9:1-20, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
A common phrase rightly reminds us that "appearances can be deceiving." In fact, experience has ofte
Revelation -- Acts 9:1-20, John 21:1-14, Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
By Ross Marrs
How do I love thee? -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19, Psalm 30 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

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Paul Gets a New Prescription for Glasses -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19, Psalm 30 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 1, 2022:
Going to Extremes -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For May 5, 2019:
Fences Make Bad Neighbors -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
This week’s epistle text relates Paul’s conversion experience on the Damascus Road.
Whose Voice Are You Following? -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
What is it about Jesus that makes people behave so strangely?
Seeing, Hearing, Discovering -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
This week's lectionary texts feature the story of Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus, and the
Who, Me? -- John 21:1-19, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, Psalm 30 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
In this week's Gospel lesson (John 21:1-19), Jesus commands the repentant Peter to "feed my sheep."

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Worthy -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Leah Thompson -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
"Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and hon
Empty or full? -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
... singing with a full voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to
Angel choirs -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
Good morning, boys and girls. Have you ever heard angels singing?
Make a joyful noise to God! -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
The Apostle John had a dream. He dreamed that he went to
Angels -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
Good morning! I brought a picture with me today to show you.
Jesus is worthy! -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
Which is worth more -- the nickel or the dime? If we judged by

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Counting Sand -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Wesley T. Runk
Object: a handful of sand and a piece of paper
What About Heaven? -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Wesley T. Runk
Object: some cutouts from construction paper of clouds, angels, harps, and a throne

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Counting Sand -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Wesley T. Runk
Object: a handful of sand and a piece of paper

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Easter 3 -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Stephen P. McCutchan -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and hono

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Just Do It! -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- John A. Tenbrook -- 2004
Hey, the Bible doesn't say anything about who ol' Ananias was, so he might have been the proprietor

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Sermon illustrations for Easter 3 (2022) -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Mark Ellingsen, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)
Sermon illustrations for Easter 3 (2019) -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
Acts 9:1-6, 7-20
Sermon illustrations for Easter 3 (2016) -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- R. Robert Cueni, Mark Ellingsen, Ron Love, Bonnie Bates, Bill Thomas, Frank Ramirez, Bob Ove -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)
Sermon illustrations for Easter 3 (2013) -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Bob Ove, Mark J. Molldrem, Ron Love, Mark Ellingsen -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)
NULL -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Mark Ellingsen -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
Reference to the praise offered by all living creatures and animals to God warrants ecological conce
NULL -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
When George Washington retired from public service as President of the United States, he returned to
Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)br... -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)
Free Sermon Illustrations for April 18, 2010 from Emphasis Preaching Journal -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20) -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
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Fans of the Doonesbury comic... -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
Fans of the Doonesbury comic strip know that the Little Church of Walden is
Kevin was a conservative white... -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
Kevin was a conservative white student from small town America. In college, his first
The adult Sunday school classes... -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
The adult Sunday school classes spent a month discussing worship. There were many
His devotees make repeated pilgrimages... -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
His devotees make repeated pilgrimages. Graceland is more popular than the holy places
Who are the thousands upon... -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
Who are the "thousands upon thousands, and ten thousands upon ten thousands" of angels?
One of my favorite agenda... -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
One of my favorite agenda items at Synod Convention is Worship.
There is an incredible power... -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
There is an incredible power in the praise of collective voices.
Some would refer to them... -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2001
Some would refer to them as a heavenly sound on earth.
Every once in a while... -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1998
Every once in a while, Oral Roberts would come up with a short statement that was absolutely profoun
One wonders at the audacious... -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1998
One wonders at the audacious faith of the writer of Revelation.
Hanging on the door of... -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1998
Hanging on the door of my church office is a castoff cardboard lamb.

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Paul Gets a New Prescription for Glasses -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19, Psalm 30 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 1, 2022:
Going to Extremes -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For May 5, 2019:
Fences Make Bad Neighbors -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
This week’s epistle text relates Paul’s conversion experience on the Damascus Road.
Whose Voice Are You Following? -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
What is it about Jesus that makes people behave so strangely?
Seeing, Hearing, Discovering -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
This week's lectionary texts feature the story of Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus, and the

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Second Chance -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14 -- David O. Bales -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
Contents "Second Chance" by David O. Bales

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THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER -- Acts 9:1-20, Psalm 30:4-12, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-14 -- B. David Hostetter -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1985
CALL TO WORSHIP(Responsively)Sing a psalm to our God, all loyal servants.

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Paul Gets a New Prescription for Glasses -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19, Psalm 30 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 1, 2022:
Going to Extremes -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For May 5, 2019:
Fences Make Bad Neighbors -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
This week’s epistle text relates Paul’s conversion experience on the Damascus Road.
Whose Voice Are You Following? -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
What is it about Jesus that makes people behave so strangely?
Seeing, Hearing, Discovering -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
This week's lectionary texts feature the story of Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus, and the
Who, Me? -- John 21:1-19, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, Psalm 30 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
In this week's Gospel lesson (John 21:1-19), Jesus commands the repentant Peter to "feed my sheep."

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Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Theme For The Day
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Jerry L. Schmalenberger -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
Seasonal ThemeThe resurrected Christ becomes a physical presence in the world again.
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 9:1-16 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- E. Carver Mcgriff -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 9:1-20, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- George M. Bass -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 9:1-20, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- George M. Bass -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1991
The Church Year Theological Clue
Easter 3 -- Acts 9:1-20, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-14 -- Perry H. Biddle, Jr. -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1988
Comments on the Lessons
Easter 3 -- Acts 9:1-20, Acts 5:27-32, 40-41, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- John R. Brokhoff -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 1985
The LessonsActs 9:1-20 (C, L)

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Paul Gets a New Prescription for Glasses -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19, Psalm 30 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 1, 2022:
Going to Extremes -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For May 5, 2019:
Fences Make Bad Neighbors -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
This week’s epistle text relates Paul’s conversion experience on the Damascus Road.
Whose Voice Are You Following? -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
What is it about Jesus that makes people behave so strangely?
Seeing, Hearing, Discovering -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
This week's lectionary texts feature the story of Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus, and the
Who, Me? -- John 21:1-19, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, Psalm 30 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
In this week's Gospel lesson (John 21:1-19), Jesus commands the repentant Peter to "feed my sheep."

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The iPod Vs. The Larynx -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Steven E. Albertin -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
The book of Revelation is a vision that occurs on the Lord's day.
Death To Glory -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Richard E. Gribble, CSC -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Once in a far-off land, there was a great king whose dominion extended far and wide.
Living Creatures -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Bill Mosley -- 2004
Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is t
Dog Song -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
What is it about the inner song that sings us? Is it a connecting with the singing of angels?
The Power That Cannot Fail -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Henry F. Woodruff -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
You know the phrase.

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Pie-In-The-Sky When We Die? -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Janice B. Scott -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
There's a section in the Church Times for people to write in and ask any questions they might have

Stories

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Second Chance -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14 -- David O. Bales -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
Contents "Second Chance" by David O. Bales
Gone, Forgotten, And Now Remembered -- John 21:1-19, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, Psalm 30 -- Frank Ramirez, John Fitzgerald -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
Contents "Gone, Forgotten, and Now Remembered" by Frank Ramirez
The Blindness -- John 21:1-19, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, Psalm 30 -- Keith Hewitt, John E. Sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
Contents"The Blindness" by Keith Hewitt
Told Ya So -- John 21:1-19, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, Psalm 30 -- C. David Mckirachan, John E. Sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "Told Ya So" by C. David McKirachan
Glory All Around Me -- Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), John 21:1-19, Psalm 30 -- John E. Sumwalt And Jo Perry-sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
It was back in 1986, as I recall, that I felt the power of God as I was enshrouded in what seemed to
The Good Little Girl -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Scott Dalgarno, Ron Lavin, John E. Sumwalt -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
ContentsWhat's Up This Week "The Good Little Girl" by Scott Dalgarno

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Paul Gets a New Prescription for Glasses -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19, Psalm 30 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Thomas Willadsen, George Reed, Dean Feldmeyer, Quantisha Mason-Doll -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2022
For May 1, 2022:
Going to Extremes -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Thomas Willadsen, Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, George Reed, Bethany Peerbolte -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2019
For May 5, 2019:
Fences Make Bad Neighbors -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Mary Austin, Christopher Keating, Ron Love, Dean Feldmeyer, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
This week’s epistle text relates Paul’s conversion experience on the Damascus Road.
Whose Voice Are You Following? -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Leah Lonsbury, Dean Feldmeyer, Mary Austin, George Reed, Ron Love -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2013
What is it about Jesus that makes people behave so strangely?
Seeing, Hearing, Discovering -- John 21:1-19, Revelation 5:11-14, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Psalm 30 -- Ron Love, Mary Austin, George Reed -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2010
This week's lectionary texts feature the story of Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus, and the
Who, Me? -- John 21:1-19, Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, Psalm 30 -- Barbara Jurgensen, Thom M. Shuman -- Third Sunday of Easter - C
In this week's Gospel lesson (John 21:1-19), Jesus commands the repentant Peter to "feed my sheep."

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Easter 3 / Earth Day -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19, Psalm 30 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
The Easter story is about the triumph of creativity.
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Revelation 5:11-14 -- Frank Ramirez -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
Second Lesson: Revelation 5:11-14Theme: Now That's Entertainment
Third Sunday Of Easter -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- H. Burnham Kirkland -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2003
Theme: The Conversion Of SaulCall To Worship
Third Sunday of Easter -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19 -- Dallas A. Brauninger -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2000
First Lesson: Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)Theme: Straight-Away Call To Worship

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Earth Day (Easter 3-C) -- Acts 9:1-6 (7-20), Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19, Psalm 30 -- Julia Ross Strope -- Third Sunday of Easter - C -- 2009
The Easter story is about the triumph of creativity.
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John Jamison
Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) I have a question for you today. Are you ready to hear it? (Let them respond.) Great! Here we go! Has anyone ever said something to you that didn’t make sense to you? (Let them respond.) After they said it, were you pretty confused about what they meant? (Let them respond.) Yes, I think that happens to all of us. But let me ask this: did Jesus ever say something that didn’t make sense to you or that was just really confusing and hard to understand? (Let them respond.) Well, that has happened to me.

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Christopher Keating
Quantisha Mason-Doll
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Dean Feldmeyer
For August 14, 2022:
  • Holy Heart Burn by Chris Keating. Jesus’ declaration that he comes to bring division and not peace is a harsh reminder of the kingdom’s disruption of our lives and world.
  • Wild Growth by Quantisha Mason-Doll. Based on Isaiah 5:1-7.
  • Sermon illustrations by Mary Austin, Tom Willadsen.

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Bill Thomas
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19
Charles Paul Conn wrote, in his book Make It Happen, about a church that lost her purpose. The story went something like this.

A preacher was in Atlanta, several years ago, and noticed in the restaurants section of the yellow pages, a place called Church of God Grill. The unusual name aroused his curiosity, so he dialed the number. A man answered with a cheery, “Hello! Church of God Grill!”
Mark J. Molldrem
Note: This installment was originally published in 2007.

"But he's for family values!"

My parishioner could not believe that I didn't like the radio talk show. So what if the host's politics were reprehensible, his theology simplistic, and his biblical interpretation uncritical? The only thing that counted was family values!

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Peter Andrew Smith
Abbie walked through the door, threw her coat on the chair and crashed onto the couch. She grabbed for the remote and flipped through the channels on the television. Nothing caught her eye, so she turned it off. She picked up her phone and checked her message and social media. Nothing new. She tossed her phone on the table and slumped back.

“Why is this happening to me?” she muttered.

Linda yelled from the other room. “You back from work?”

“Yeah. I’m starving. Is there any of that pizza left?

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Janice B. Scott
Tracey was afraid. They were all playing Truth or Dare, and Tracey didn't know which was worst. The dares were becoming more and more scary, and Tracey didn't want to be part of them. On the other hand, she was terrified of being required to reveal her innermost secrets, for she knew perfectly well all the others would laugh themselves silly.

"Your go, Tracey," announced James. "Truth or dare?"

Tracey hesitated. "Oh come on, Tracey!" cried the others. "What, you scared or something?"

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Rick McCracken-Bennett
I have to admit, this is not the Jesus I'm comfortable with. All this talk about bringing fire to the earth and that he can't wait until it's set ablaze. What kind of talk is that? Then there is the part about how households will become divided because of him. For goodness' sake, that's exactly opposite from the kind of community we're trying to build here.
Chrysanne Timm
This summer I decided to take up some simple vegetable gardening. I knew it would happen someday. It's in my blood. My dad has planted and tended summer gardens of various sizes my whole life. For several years, our family's garden filled the whole half acre second lot behind our home. We had strawberries, melons, tomatoes, sweet corn, lettuce, onions, cucumbers, zucchini, acorn squash, and even pumpkins.
Kirk R. Webster
In his colorful commentary on Hebrews, Thomas Long paints a picture of the historical setting surrounding this anonymous New Testament book.

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