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When Life Gives You Lemons…

lemonfor Sunday, May 25, 2014
6th Sunday of Easter
Year A
lectionary focus: 1 Peter 3:13-22
prop: a lemon


This is a lemon. Lemons taste sour. They make our faces go like this. (Make the face.) I have often wondered about the first person to eat a lemon. If they had be expecting a sweet taste, like with an orange, imagine their surprise with the lemon. What if that person had said, “Yuck! These should not be eaten by people!” And from then on, we thought lemons were bad or poisonous. Instead, it seems that the first person to eat a lemon probably said, “Oh! That is sour! But I bet it would be really good if we mixed it with something sweet to make a tart, refreshing flavor!” That first person, with their positive thinking, mixed the intense sharpness of lemon juice with the sweet power of sugar…and we all now enjoy lemonade. This manipulating the chemistry of food is what we are doing when we cook. And lemonade is by far one of the best examples ever of taking an unpleasant flavor and making it lovely. In fact, it is such a good example that we have a saying in our culture: if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This saying is not warning you that people will be handing you lemons throughout life; this saying is advising you to take the unpleasant things that happen in your life and make them into something lovely.

In our Bible story today, St. Peter gives us just such advice. No, you’re not going to read anything about lemons and lemonade, but St. Peter does say that there will be difficult, dreadful, distressing moments in our lives. And St. Peter says that in these moments, we should look for and work for ways to show these things into God’s good. And in our hearts, we will have peace knowing that we are doing the right things and that God is with us and that we will get through the difficulties. In other words, St. Peter is saying, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Today during our fellowship time, we have lemonade to go with our donuts. And the next time you are faced with something scary or difficult, look to see how you can make things better. Look for ways to make lemonade and continue to share God’s love.

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

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for lemons!
Thank You
for lemonade.
When life gives me lemons,
help me
to make lemonade
and to share Your love.

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

31 Pairs of Socks

IMG_9981for Sunday, August 4, 2013
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 13
Year C
lectionary focus: Luke 12:13-21
Note: Back to School is coming! Our Blessing of the Backpacks 2013 is scheduled for Sunday, August 18, and I will be posting that sermon by August 5.

Good morning!

Today, I have a story about two people.

The first guy goes to the store and buys 31 pairs of socks. The second guy goes to the same store and does exactly the same thing: he buys 31 pairs of socks…the same colors and types as the first guy. They each go home.

I wonder if you see any difference between these two guys?

The difference is seen when they get home. The first guy opens the sock packages and carefully arranges the socks in neat little rows in his dresser drawers. He is so proud that he will have a new pair of socks to wear each day of the month!

But on the other hand, the second guy goes home, keeps the sock packages closed up, carefully sorts them into neat little bags, and then takes the bags to the homeless shelter where he gives the new socks to the many guests that are staying there. Each guest now has a new pair of socks to wear!

I wonder if you see any difference between these two guys now?

In our Bible story today, Jesus reminds us that our lives are not built on the things we HAVE. Our lives are built on how we USE the things we have. We can be greedy, storing and using things just for ourselves. Or we can be generous, sharing and using things for others. Jesus warns us that when we selfishly store up THINGS–like socks, or money, or toys, or any THING, we make THINGS more important to us than God. When we generously share our things, we are being rich toward God and showing that God is our treasure.

My sock story today is about two different guys: one who values things and uses them to care for only himself, and another guy who values God and uses things to care for God’s children around him. I wonder which guy you want to be?

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 all of my blessings.
Help me
to share my things
so others may see
that You are my treasure.

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