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Always Room For More

3kingfor Sunday, January 5, 2014
2nd Sunday after Christmas / Epiphany
Year A
lectionary focus: Matthew 2:1-12 or John 1:1-9

Merry Christmas!

Today we meet again around our creche. We spent the Season of Advent lighting candles and gathering the figures of the animals and Mary and Joseph. Then on Christmas, we lit the Christ candle and placed the figures of the shepherds and sheep and angels and the Baby Jesus. We said that our creche was complete. And yet today, we are adding more figures. Whoa! Wait! What? Today we celebrate Epiphany–the day the Wise Men came to honor the Baby Jesus. They did not arrive as quickly as the shepherds because the Wise Men travelled by camel, a very cool, but very slow way to move. Here are their figures. Pass them around and see how they look with their fine robes and sparkly crowns. The celebration of Epiphany so many days after Christmas reminds us that Christmas is never really completed. Christmas is all about the work of making room for others–not just on one day, but every day. There is always room for more.

Yes, soon we will begin packing up the Christmas decorations and putting away the creche, but Christmas goes on and on even without the decorations. Jesus came to change our lives forever by helping us to discover that we have room to include others and to realize that we have plenty of God’s love to share with others. Now Billy and Bobby and Buddy can find room for the three Wise Men beside the creche. And we can keep room in our hearts.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
that there is more room.
Help me
to do the work of Christmas
and to realize
to discover
and to share
Your love
with others.

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire,and encourage.


The Light of the World

IMG_9868for Sunday, January 6, 2013
Epiphany of the Lord
Year C
lectionary focus: Matthew 2:1-12
prop: an assortment of light bulbs
inspiration: Mudhouse Sabbath by  Lauren F. Winner (Paraclete Press, 2003) “hadlakat nerot / candle-lighting”

Today I brought some light bulbs. (Talk about whatever kind of light bulbs you bring and the amazing way this source of light works.) Now this kind of light from a bulb in a lamp has been around for less than 150 years. Before electric lights, people used gas lights and lanterns and torches and candles and oil lamps or…they just went to bed when the sun went down and it got dark. Without light, we cannot see our way in the world.

Today we celebrate Epiphany and we read the Bible story of the Wise Men meeting Baby Jesus. We note the importance of the shining star…“And there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen…until it stopped over the place where the child was.” The light of the star led the Wise Men to Jesus.

We are thankful for the star that led the Wise Men. We are thankful for these lights here in church. Whether it be starlight or light bulbs, the Sun or candles, throughout time, we have known the importance of light: light helps us see our way in the world.

And because we know the importance of light, we call Jesus the Light of the World. With Jesus, we can see our way in the world.

And by carrying Jesus in our hearts, we are not only able to see our way, but we are able to see each other and therein, we are able to help each other.

This focus on light is a good reminder to us right now. In winter, the days are shorter and darker. It’s January…Christmas is over; the presents are all opened; the food is all eaten; our families have gone home; the decorations are put away; we are back in school. But though the Advent candles are no more, we always have the Light of Jesus to help us see our way in the world and to help us see each other.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for light bulbs.
Thank You
for Jesus,
the Light of the World.
Help us
to see our way in the world
and to see each other.

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.