for Sunday, November 4, 2012
All Saints Sunday
lectionary focus: Revelation 21:1-6a
props: a narrow strip of paper with a fat line drawn on it; tape
note: I thought of making a Mobius strip and then decided it was too complicated for Children’s Time…but it would make a great extension lesson during Sunday School with children and youth!
I have a piece of paper and I have drawn a line on it. This is the start of the line, and this is the end of the line. If I trace along the line, I go from the beginning to the end and that is all there is. Start to end. And it is done.
But if I take this line and bring the beginning and the end to the same spot and tape them together, we now have a circle. And if we trace along this round shape, we pass the beginning and the end, but we keep going around and around. We keep going on and on.
We are now in the month of November, and we are nearing the end of the year. In 2 months, we will go from December 31, 2012, to January 1, 2013. One year to the next year. And in a few weeks, we will come to the end of the church year. We will celebrate Christ the King Sunday and then the next week we will start the new church year with the First Sunday in Advent. We go from the end of one year to the start of the next year. And the years go on and on.
But today we celebrate All Saints Day. Today we remember those in our church family who died in the past year. While we are sad that their life on earth has ended, we rejoice that their lives in heaven have now started. Their eternal lives go on and on.
In our Bible story today we hear that the Lord is the Alpha and the Omega. These are Greek words that mean the Lord is the Beginning and the End. But He is not like the line that goes from here to there and that is all. God is the Beginning and the End at the same. So like the circle, God goes on and on.
And as His children, we go with Him. We pass many beginnings and many endings–celebrating the end of various events and years and celebrating the start of various years and adventures. But we, too, go on and on.
God continues to call us to be His Saints, to share His love over and over, on and on, through this life and into our eternal life in Heaven.
Today we celebrate God’s Saints before us and we continue the work. We are God’s Saints on and on.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
You are the Beginning and the End.
And You go on and on.
to be Your Saints
to share Your love
on and on
on and on.
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.