July 23, 2017
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Romans 8:12-25
Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24


Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4

from the book

Brett Blair
Tim Carpenter

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Exegetical Aim: Happiness comes from a life emptied and humble before God and not from a life full and easy.

Several dollar bills or a handful of coins, a toy that laughs, some kind of food, and a toy gun or any object to represent conflict. Also a box or big glass jar. Optional humorous prop: A football or some sports object that is presently in season. If there is a crucial local game, then focus on that. Try to hide the sports object.

I have a question for you: What makes you happy? (responses) With the items hidden behind your back and the jar out in front: I have some things I want to show you. After each item is presented, put it in the jar. What is this? (money) Would you be happy if you had this money? (response) Why would that make you happy? What would you do with it? (response) What is this? (response) Listen...

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