17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
for Sunday, July 24, 2011
lectionary focus: Romans 8:38-39
props: a Bible marked to Romans (with added text written in, if you so choose)
I believe that there are 3 things a person needs to be strong and happy.
A person needs:
- to be able to swim,
- to have music,
- to know that God loves them.
Okay, swimming. It is summertime and I hope that each of you are getting to spend lots of time in the water and becoming great swimmers.
Music. Each Sunday we sing here in church; we listen to Miss Amanda and Miss Pat play; some of you can play instruments; and in our cars and our homes or wherever we go, we can sing ourselves or listen and sing to mp3 players.
And of course, God loves us. That we know, and practice, and share every day.
But sometimes, we can’t be in the water to swim. It’s storming, or too cold, we’ve just eaten lunch, or we have to do something else; and that’s okay.
And sometimes, we can’t make music out loud. We have to pay attention to other fun or other work, and we can’t be singing or playing; and that’s okay.
But nothing ever comes between us and the love of God. No matter what happens, what we are doing, what others are doing, nothing comes between us and the love of God. And that is great.
I can’t take you swimming right now. And I really should leave singing and playing music with you to Miss Amanda. But I can remind you that God always loves you.
I have a Bible verse that I want to share with you for you to hold in your hearts always so that no matter what, you will know. I’ll read it straight from the Bible.
The Book of Romans, the 8th chapter, verses 38-39:
38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor parents, nor brothers, nor sisters, nor friends, nor teachers, nor girlfriends or boyfriends, nor homework, nor scraped knees, nor strike outs, nor broccoli, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Wait! Is that what it really says? God talks in the Bible about homework and girlfriends and broccoli? Yes. Because when God says nothing, He means not anything can stop His love.
In sign language, this is the letter R.
Can you make your fingers do this?
When you get discouraged, I want you to cross your fingers in the letter R: to Remember the book of Romans and to Rejoice because God always loves you.
May you always be strong and happy in the love of God.
Will you pray with me?
Thank You / for swimming;
Thank You / for music;
Thank You / for loving me,
no matter / time outs,
no matter / broken toys,
no matter / mean words from friends,
no matter / yucky broccoli,
no matter / all things.
Help me / to rejoice / in Your love.