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Holding Hands

for Sunday, November 11, 2012
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
24th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 27
lectionary focus: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17

When my friend Zachary was younger, he got kind of nervous when he went to bed. He was not comfortable being alone in the dark. Zach knew that his parents were right there in the house so his heart knew that he was wrapped in a coat of love, love, love–but his hands felt empty. Zach wanted some thing to hold with his hands. And so Zach’s parents gave him a soft, fuzzy blanket. Now Zach’s hands were not empty. Holding on to that blanket with his hands made Zach feel secure. It was his security blanket. And Zach was not so nervous in the dark.

In our Bible story today, Ruth and Naomi feel nervous in a new land. These two women have moved far from home and are now alone. They know in their hearts that the Lord loves them and will take care of them–but their hands feel empty. And so the Lord sends them a family. Ruth and Naomi can hold on to the hands of their growing family. Their hands are no longer empty and they feel comfortable and secure.

We know that wherever we are, whatever we are doing, God is with us and He fills our hearts with love, love, love. But God knows that some times our hands feel empty. So God gives us family–our family at home, at church, in our neighborhoods, at school–so that we can hold on to each other.

And by holding each other’s hands, we feel comfortable; we feel secure; we feel the love of God.

Will you pray with me? And today, while we pray, let us hold hands with those sitting next to us. (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for all our families
and our hands to hold
that we may feel secure
that we may feel Your love.

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

O Prosper the Work of Our Hands!

19th Sunday after Pentecost
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Proper 25
for Sunday, October 23, 2011
lectionary focus: Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
prop: 2 buckets


Once upon a time there were two buckets. Every day they were taken to the well, filled with water, and carried to where they were needed. Back and forth. Back and forth. One day as they arrived at the well, the first bucket said, “Isn’t it sad? No matter how many times we leave this well full of water, we always come back to it empty!”
The second bucket was a little startled and replied, “Not sad at all! No matter how many times we come to this well empty, we always leave full!”

In our Bible story today, the psalmist sings about the hardness of life…so much work, always work, then more work, there is always some work that needs to be done! But as with all prayers prayed with strength, the psalmist stops his whining and comes to see that our work is done for God. Back and forth. Over and over. We work every day to spread God’s love, peace, and hope. With our hearts, we share God’s love. With our words, we speak God’s peace. With our hands, we build God’s hope. And no matter how many  times we come back empty, having given it all away…God has more love, peace, and hope to make us full. The psalmist prays O let the work of our hands be successful! We too reach out to God and ask Him to fill us so that our hands and hearts and words can do His work with success.

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

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for keeping us full.
Let the work of our hands
be successful
in sharing Your love,
Your peace,
Your hope.

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