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Resources from 2019 and 2020

  • God Keeps His Promises

    by Klaus Adam
    We’re all familiar with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, but fewer of us are familiar with St. Vincent de Paul himself ? a man who swept through seventeenth-century France like a tornado of holiness. During one of his many visits to the galley slaves (galley slaves were criminals condemned to serve their punishment by forced labor as rowers on board ships) in the French city of Marseilles, he met one man who seemed sadder than all the rest. “My friend,” St. Vincent asked the man, “what makes you so sad?” “I have a wife and family far away,” the slave replied, “and my heart aches to see them. But it will be a long time before I have that happiness ? if I ever do.” St. Vincent went to the overseer and asked permission to take the poor man’s place. Not recognizing the saint, the overseer agreed. The chains were taken off the slave and put on St Vincent, who was forced to work in the place of the man he befriended. A short time later, when it was discovered who he was, the saint was set free. But the love and generosity of this heart had already breathed new life and hope into all the wretched men who were condemned to cruel labor at the oars...
  • Advent 4A (2019)

    by Joseph Coleson
  • Courage and Serenity

    by Kathy Donley
  • At Last

    Art and Theology by Victoria Jones
  • Sermon Starters (Advent 4A)(2019)

    by Stan Mast
    Signs are essential to life in this world. A red octagon tells us that we need to stop for cross traffic or we will get in a wreck. A black and white rectangle with an arrow warns us that traffic is going in only one direction on this street, so don’t turn into it. The green signs with white lettering overhead inform us where we are in a city and what highways are coming up. A blue sign with an H shows us the way to the hospital, while a sign with a picture of an airplane indicates where the airport is. Try to picture a city without signs and you will see how necessary they are to peaceful cohabitation. In a confusing world filled with conflict, one sign stands above the fray to show us that God is with us and wishes us “peace on earth.” Jesus is the Sign of God’s loving involvement with his world.
  • Ask for a Sign

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    Sign painters in decades and centuries past didn't necessarily consider themselves artists, but they were definitely communicators on a giant scale. There work was as small as a card in a window and as large as the side of a building or the roof of a barn. The job was to make information as understandable as possible through size of letters, placements of words, and use of color. The information had to be comprehensible even from a moving car and persuasive. The point of the sign was to influence the viewer: to draw them into a shop or bring them to a tourist attraction or to sway them to try a product. The message had to be unmistakable...
  • Immanuel: God Is with Us

    by Dave Risendal
  • Annunciation

    Poems by Jan van Eyck
  • Advent 4A (2019)

    by Rachel Wrenn

Resources from 2016 to 2018

Resources from 2010 to 2015

  • Boldly Be

    by Dan Bollerud
  • Oh, I Couldn't Do That

    by Dan Bollerud
  • Advent 4A (2013)

    by Brendan Byrne
  • God With Us

    from Faith Element
  • What If It's True?

    by Steve Godfrey
  • Advent 4A (2013)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Advent 4A (2010)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Advent 4A (2010)

    by Scott Hoezee
    ("In C.S. Lewis' book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Gumpas is governor of the Lone Islands. The islands are technically under Narnian rule, but no one from Narnia has been to these far-flung regions of the kingdom in a very long time. Caspian, the young King of Narnia, is sailing through these regions for the very time when he stops off one of the Lone Islands....")
  • The Hope of the Birth

    by John Holbert
  • Advent 4A (2013)

    by Barbara Lundblad
  • A Virgin Shall Conceive

    by Philip McLarty
    It's like the story of the tourist who went to the Grand Canyon. He stepped too close to the edge and fell off the cliff. Luckily, there was a scrub brush growing out from the hillside, and, as he hit it, he grabbed on for dear life. In desperation, he called for help. "Is anyone up there?" he cried. Just then, a man in a white robe appeared above him. He looked down at the man and said, "I'll help you, my friend." "Great!" he said, "But who are you? The man replied, "I'm the Lord. I'm here to help you. Just let go of the limb, and you'll be saved." The man hanging from the limb looked down at the great chasm below and said, "Let go of the limb? Are you crazy?!" The other man replied, "Not at all. I'm the Lord. Trust me. Let go of the limb, and you'll be saved." The man thought for a moment and called out, "Is anyone else up there?"...
  • Advent 4A (2010)

    by Anathea Portier-Young
  • Reluctantly Blessed

    by Stephen Schuette
  • Trusting in God

    by Betsy Schwarzentraub
  • God With Us

    by Todd Weir
  • Overcoming Fear

    by Bill White
  • Advent 4A (2010)

    by Wesley White
  • Annunciation

    by Wesley White
  • A Sign

    by Sue Whitt

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