for Sunday, December 29, 2013
1st Sunday after Christmas
lectionary focus: Hebrews 2:10-18
note: This would be the perfect Sunday to get the Youth Group to lead the Revolution engerizer! (Revolution by Kirk Franklin)
Merry Christmas! Here we are! We have lit the Christ Candle and are celebrating Christmas! But after all of the excitement of this past week, some people think this Sunday is kind of boring. Instead, I say that the word for today is Revolution! Everyone say after me: Revolution! (Revolution!) Now, as a science word, revolution reminds us that the Earth has made its year-long circle–or revolution–around the sun so we change from the year 2013 to 2014. (Happy New Year, by the way.) But as a Bible word, revolution reminds us that Jesus has been born to bring change–or revolution–to our lives.
In our Bible story today, we are reminded that Jesus was not born just to be a cute little baby and have sweet angels sing and fluffy sheep prance all around. Jesus was born to change our lives. Being born like us, Jesus calls us brothers and sisters. And Jesus calls us to call each other brother and sister. Jesus expands our family to all those around us…here at church, at school, in our neighborhoods, across the country, across the oceans, across the world, everywhere near and far. This idea that we are all brothers and sisters, that we are all children of God, is a complete change from the divided life lived before His birth; there were lots of different groups of people, some lived here and some lived there and they couldn’t be friends because they were different. Even nowadays, sometimes it is easy for us to slip back to way of thinking, and we talk about them and about those people. But that is when we need to remember the Revolution! We need to change from that thinking. We need to reach out to those around us, to our brothers and sisters in Christ and share God’s love with others the way Jesus wants us to do.
As we continue to wish others a Merry Christmas and as we go into the New Year, let us keep the Revolution! Let our lives be changed by Jesus! Let us move forward sharing love near and far.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
Happy New Year!
Change my life!
Help me keep the Revolution!
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.
Happy New Year!
Be the Revolution!