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Shaking Things Up
Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22

Anna Shirey

Mark 7:14-15, 21-23

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First Thoughts: In this Mark passage we see Jesus struggling once again with his old debate partners, the Pharisees. Many preachers seem to come down pretty hard on the Pharisees in their commitment to the rituals of the Jewish faith. But rituals are important in the church: they help orient us in the world, create sacred space, and give us a sense of identity. Good ritual addresses our very real need for connection and sacredness. The problem isn't with the rituals themselves, but when rituals become more important than actual needs. In preparation for your time with the children, I invite you to think of rituals that invite you into worship -- perhaps singing a certain hymn, reciting a certain prayer, or the way you receive communion. Now consider whether you are willing to adjust that ritual in order to respond to the needs of different people (or the changing needs in your own life). Can communion be done differently? ...

This Children's Sermon, Shaking Things Up, is based on Mark 7:14-15, 21-23 and relates to Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22. This Children's Sermon on Mark 7:14-15, 21-23 is just one of over 3,000 children's sermons at SermonSuite.com. SermonSuite also offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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