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Revolution Sunday!

IMG_3369for Sunday, December 29, 2013
1st Sunday after Christmas
Year A
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.)

Dear Lord,
Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!
Change my life!
Help me keep the Revolution!
Amen

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.
Happy New Year!
Be the Revolution!

The End is the Beginning (Without End)

Milo teaches Cookie about blessings.

Milo teaches Cookie about blessings.

for Sunday, November 24, 2013
Reign of Christ Sunday (Christ the King)
Thanksgiving Sunday
Proper 29
Year C
lectionary focus: Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43
prop: calendar

Welcome!

This is a calendar. We use calendars to mark the passage of days and weeks and months and years…and to keep track of our schedules so that we will know when we are to do what. We have many different calendars: the World calendar runs from January through December; the School calendar runs from August through May; and the Church calendar runs from December through November. On the Church calendar, this Sunday is the last Sunday in the Church year, making this Sunday the end of the Church year. Endings are often sad. It is sad when our vacations end, or when a party ends, or when a good book ends. But by now, you understand that the end of one year just means that a new year begins. We just start a new calendar and life goes on…no need to be sad.

Our Bible story today reminds us of the Easter story. When Jesus died on the cross, His friends thought that it was The end. But then Jesus rose from the dead to rescue all of us from the power of darkness and invite us to be a part of His Kingdom. The Easter story is really the beginning! The Easter story is a story of joy.

We call this Sunday that is the end of the Church year the Reign of Christ/Christ the King Sunday. We call it this to remember that no matter when it is and no matter where we are, we are part of Christ’s Holy Kingdom, living to share God’s love. The Church calendar may say that it is the end of year, but God says that His love never ends.

So this week we end the Church year with happiness, with joy, with God’s love, counting of all of our blessings at our Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, and we  begin a New Church Year next Sunday as we enter the season of Advent and prepare for Christmas. See, life goes on…no need to be sad…God’s love never ends. We are blessed.

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 the joys of this past Church year.
Thank You
for the joys of this coming  Church year.
Thank You
for having me
as part of Your Kingdom.
Amen

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.
(Advent is coming!!)