In 1991 , this will be the pivotal Sunday in the Pentecost cycle/season; thirteen Sundays precede it and thirteen Sundays follow before Pentecost is concluded with Christ the King Sunday. In most places, this next-to-last Sunday in August is almost the unofficial end of summer. People are beginning to think about Labor Day, the beginning of school, and a general transition in the thinking and the attitude people have toward recreation, work - and the life of the congregations.
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?