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Worship Connection: August 21, 2016

By Nancy C. Townley Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost COLOR: GreenSCRIPTURE READINGS: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17 CALLS TO WORSHIP Call to Worship #1: L: With great rejoicing we come to the house of the Lord today!P: God is our refuge and our stronghold.L: The power and love of God flow through this gathering.P: We place our whole trust in God’s …

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Worship for Kids: August 21, 2016

By Carolyn C. Brown From a Child’s Point of View Old Testament: Jeremiah 1:4-10. The story of God’s call to Jeremiah speaks pointedly to children at the beginning of a school year. With help from the preacher, children can hear that just as God knew Jeremiah before he was born and had a plan for his life, God knew them …

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Sermon Options: August 21, 2016

By Ministry Matters HOW DARE YOU? HEBREWS 12:18-29 In a “Peanuts” comic strip, good old Charlie Brown is reading while Lucy swings. He says, “It says here that the world revolves around the sun once a year.” Lucy gets this totally stunned look on her face and says, “The world revolves around the sun? Are you sure? I thought it …

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Worship Elements: August 21, 2016

By Jamie D. Greening Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Color: Green Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17 Theme Ideas Luke’s gospel uses the occasion of a miracle to communicate other spiritual truths. Physical healing can lead to an understanding for the need for liberation from oppression, spiritual pain, or anything that cripples the soul. Psalm 71 similarly reverberates with …

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Where is your heart?

By Rolf A. Jacobson Dr. Rolf Jacobson is Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and one of the stars of the “Sermon Brainwave” podcast.  In this week’s sermon from Luke 12:32-40 he tells a story about a beloved high school teacher who gave him a very special gift. This sermon is from A Sermon for Every …

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'Tis the season

By James C. Howell ‘Tis that season again — and no, it’s not the season to be jolly. Everyone is frowning, exasperated, a little ticked off or disturbed. Two weeks of nightly conventions are ending, and it would be hard to say we are better people, or holier, because the conventions have happened. Both parties try to outdo one another …

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Franklin Graham rebuts pope on Islam: 'This is a war of religion'

By David Gibson / Religion News Service (RNS) Pope Francis is once again making headlines for comments declaring, as he has before, that Islam is not “terroristic” and that all religions, including Catholicism, have “fundamentalist” splinter groups that can commit violence. The pontiff made his comments during a flight back to Rome on Sunday (July 31) from Poland, where he …

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May 20, 2012 – Witness, to the End of the Earth

By William H. Willimon Encountering Acts In last Sunday’s exposition of the text, we mentioned today’s First Lesson from Acts 1:15-17. Many have noted that this command to be witnesses into Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth could be taken as a programmatic summary of the Acts of the Apostles. The gospel begins in Jerusalem and …

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