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Sermon and Worship Resources
22nd Sunday after Pentecost
Reformation Day Resources

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. " Mt. 5:6-7


Texts & Discussion:
Joshua 3:7-17
Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
Micah 3:5-12
Psalm 43
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Matthew 23:1-12


This Week's Themes:

Courageous Faith
Leading By Example
Genuine Servanthood


A Prayer for Courage

Almighty God, who gives strength to the weak and upholds those who might fall, give me courage to do what is right, for those that trust in you have no need to fear.

Make be brave to face any danger which may now threaten me. Give me the help that you have promised to those who ask it, that I may overcome my fears and go bravely forward.

Fill me with courage, that nothing which is my duty to do, may be too hard for me. Let me put my trust in your power and goodness.

Thank you my Lord. Amen.





Reformation Day Sermons:

Children's Messages:

  • The Pumpkin Prayer
    a children's sermon for the Sunday before Halloween
    by Rev. Liz Curtis Higgs 
  • Get Real,  Mt. 23:1-12
    by Rev. F. Schaefer

Sermon Excerpt:

chicken.jpg (3197 bytes)Crossing the Road
Joshua 3:7-17
by Rev. Tom Hall

One of America’s most beloved genre that many of us cut our humor teeth on was the why-did-the-chicken-cross-the-road question. Remember that hackneyed Q and A? Over the years we’ve been able to fit almost any current figure into the lines to bring us smiles and smirks.

Here’s a few current responses to the question, why the chicken did cross the road . . . .

    • Scully . . . it was a simple bio-mechanical reflex that is commonly found in chickens.
    • Jerry Seinfeld . . . Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn’t anyone ever think to ask, "What the heck was this chicken doing walking around all over the place anyway?"
    • Dr. Seuss . . . Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes! The chicken crossed the road but why it crossed I’ve not been told!
    • The Bible . . . And God came down from the heavens, and He saith unto the chicken, "Thou shalt cross the road." And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.
    • Pat Buchanan . . . To steal a job from a decent, hard-working American.
    • Bob Dylan . . . How many roads must one chicken cross?
    • Bill Gates . . . I have just released the new Chicken 2000, which will both cross roads AND balance your checkbook
    • Grandpa . . . In my day, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken had crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.
    • L.A. Police Department . . . Give me ten minutes with the chicken and I'll find out.
    • Mr. Scott . . . ‘Cos ma wee transporter beam was na functioning properly. Ah canna work miracles, Captain!
    • Colonel Sanders . . . I missed one?

Our bent toward chicken crossings is not so far removed from our lesson in Joshua 3. The wandering Israelites have finally bumped up against the water’s edge. That’s the road they’ve got to cross. It’s during the rainy season and the dark swirling, swelling waters make crossing dangerous. So there they are all bunched up at water’s edge, wondering what to do next. Their problem is our problem: how will we cross the Jordan, cross the road into God’s promise for our future?


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