Various wooden blocks with letters -- make sure the
letters A and Z are on at least two of them (a stack of alphabet
cards would do as well)
Happy New Year! When I think of a whole new year that we are
at the beginning of, I think of the alphabet. I have all these
blocks and they remind me of all that could happen in the new
year. I can spell any word in our language with these blocks.
Anything could happen. I could spread the blocks out and come up
with all kinds of words.
In a similar way this is the beginning of a whole new year.
Aren't new years exciting? We know all kinds of things will
happen in the next year, but we don't know exactly what, when,
UPCOMING WEEKS In addition to the lectionary resources there are thousands of non-lectionary, scripture based resources...
Oscar Wilde penned a powerful story about behaviors and definitions and justice called The Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorian was a handsome young man, a model of physical beauty and moral virtue. People complimented him on his good graces. Parents pointed to him as an example to their youth. One artist even painted an exquisite portrait of him.
"Have you seen it?" whispered the Barbie doll to her next door neighbour.
The next Barbie doll in line was instantly alert. There were five different Barbie dolls, who lived jumbled together in the toy cupboard but who were so jealous of each other that they rarely spoke. "Seen what?" asked the second Barbie doll, blue eyes darting all round the room.
"The Princess," replied the first Barbie with glee. "Caitlin's done her hair and it looks terrible!"
These verses from Mark's gospel are a call to commitment, a call to sacrifice, and a call to give up everything of earthly value in life. To say these are difficult verses is truly an understatement. It is pretty clear that the disciples are not at all ready for what Jesus is saying. They are not ready for Jesus to die and they certainly are not ready to die themselves.