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Pentecost 19 (A) – October 8, 2023
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A Different Ending, Pentecost 19 (A) – October 8, 2023
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Pentecost 19 (A) – October 8, 2023
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RCL: Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14 Exodus 32:1-14 The Golden Calf account is one of those stories that anyone familiar with the Bible knows – or…
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