for Sunday, January 27, 2013
3rd Sunday after Epiphany
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
lectionary focus: Luke 4:14-21; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
prop: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (would be good to read during Sunday School…)
One of my favorite books is Miss Rumphius. In this story, little Alice Rumphius tells her grandfather that when she grows up she wants to travel to faraway places and then to live beside the sea. Her grandfather tells her that there is a third thing she must do: she must do something to make the world more beautiful. And so we see Alice growing up and traveling the world and living by the sea…it takes her many years to find her way to make the world more beautiful, but she is always watching for ways to do that.
In the Bible, we don’t hear stories of when Jesus was your age. We go from His birth at Christmas, to a story when He is twelve, to Jesus all grown up. In today’s Bible story, Jesus is grown and starting His ministry, preaching and teaching. He returns to the synagogue He attended as a young child. I find this line in the story interesting:
The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.
Everyone at His church was staring at Him. Everyone at His church was watching Him. Jesus was part of their church family. They had watched Him grow up and now they saw that He was starting something big.
You are part of our church family. All of these people here are watching you. You are not too small. You are not too young. It takes all of us to be the church. And we know that God has given each of you a gift, a way to make the world more beautiful. We are watching to see how you will share your gift. We are watching to see what you will teach us. We are praying for you. We are loving you. You are a precious Child of God and a precious member of our church family. You, too, will do something to make the world more beautiful.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
for my church family.
for watching me.
do something to make the world more beautiful.
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.