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Serving others -- Matthew 23:1-12 -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A
Teachers: Servanthood is today's theme. The suggested activity
Doves And Lambs -- John 1:29-42 -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A
Teachers: This week's lesson uses two gentle animals in
Jack-in-the-box -- Luke 24:1-11 -- Easter Day - C
Teachers or Parents: Today's children's sermon is an exercise
The Nunc Dimittis -- Luke 2:22-40 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - B
Teachers or Parents: Simeon's story is a story about
Planting the seed -- Mark 4:26-34 -- Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - B
Teachers or Parents: This week's lesson is about growing
You, Jesus, and God -- Matthew 10:40-42 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - A
"Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me" (v. 40).
Best friends -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: For this exercise you will need magazines to cut
Angel cookies -- Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) -- The Nativity of our Lord - C
Teachers: One of the main characters in Luke's Christmas story
Pleased as punch -- Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - C
Teachers: Today's children's message is about a time when God was well pleased with Jesus.
Only Jesus -- John 14:1-14 -- Fifth Sunday of Easter - A
Teachers or Parents: More and more, we are hearing that it
Guided into truth -- John 16:12-15 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - C
In this week's Gospel Lesson we read about Jesus and his desire to reveal himself fully to us.
You are beloved! -- Matthew 3:13-17 -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A
Teachers or Parents: See the previous Plus section for an
Lost ones found! -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
Teachers or Parents: Share with the children a time when you
Mark 10:17-31 -- Rich in so many ways -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B
Materials Different size cardboard boxes Ribbon Tape Wrapping paper
Abundant life -- John 10:1-10 -- Fourth Sunday of Easter - A
Teachers or Parents: Teach the children the bedtime prayer used in the 1 Peter object lesson:
Time, Treasure and Talent -- Luke 14:25-33 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - C
Parents or Teachers: The lesson today is about counting the cost of being a
John the Baptist -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A
Teachers or Parents: This week's Gospel tells us about John
Giving God what belongs to God -- Matthew 22:15-22 -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A
Materials Small, clean jar for each child
The teacher's apple -- John 3:1-17 -- Trinity Sunday | 1st Sunday after Pentecost - B
Teachers or Parents: Teachers are important to children and
Jesus brings a friend back to life -- John 11:1-45 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - A
SHARING THIS WEEK'S GOSPEL THEME AT SUNDAY SCHOOL AND AT HOMEMaterials:
Bread from heaven -- John 6:51-58 -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - B
Materials 7 pieces of white bread, without crust Medium-sized bowl
The good soil -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Materials:
"He has risen!" -- Luke 24:1-12 -- Easter Day - C
Teachers or Parents: Amid all the secular symbols of Easter
He'll be back! -- Luke 24:44-53 -- Ascension of the Lord - B
Teachers or Parents: The focus of our attention as we
He was transfigured -- Mark 9:2-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - B
Teachers or Parents: Transfiguration Sunday is also

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Go To Jesus For the Words of Life -- John 6:56-69 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 16 | Ordinary Time 21 - B -- 2015
The Point:  Jesus, alone, has the words of eternal life.
What Spills from Your Heart? -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B -- 2015
The Point:  Whatever is in your heart will spill as life bumps into you.
Jesus, Savior of the World -- Mark 7:24-37 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B -- 2015
The Point: Jesus did miracles to point to his greatest work -- our salvation
Who Is Jesus to You? -- Mark 8:27-38 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B -- 2015
The Point: To believe that Jesus is our Savior is to seek and to follow him
Children in God's Kingdom -- Mark 9:30-37 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B -- 2015
The Point: Children are important in God's kingdom
Flavor the World with Love -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B -- 2015
The Point: A world with love in it is a much better world
A Childlike Faith -- Mark 10:2-16 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - B -- 2015
The Point: A childlike faith in Jesus includes us in the kingdom of God
Lean on Jesus for Eternal Life -- Mark 10:17-31 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B -- 2015
The Point: Lean upon Jesus for he alone can give eternal life
Serve in the Name of Jesus -- Mark 10:35-45 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - B -- 2015
The Point: As Jesus served us we serve others
Blinded by Doubt? Call on Jesus -- Mark 10:46-52 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 2015
The Point: Blinded by doubt or worry, call out to Jesus for sight
Saints Believe in Jesus -- John 11:32-44 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- All Saints Day - B -- 2015
The Point: A saint believes in Jesus and trusts him for eternal life
Love God and Others -- Mark 12:28-34 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - B -- 2015
The Point: Loving God and others are the two most important commands in life
Give in Response to Jesus -- Mark 12:38-44 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 2015
The Point: Our offering in church is a response to Jesus' gifts to us
Jesus Alone Is Important -- Mark 13:1-8 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - B -- 2015
The Point: The things of this world will be lost but not Jesus
Jesus Is King of All -- John 18:33-37 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - B -- 2015
The Point: Jesus is King of all of life and of our hearts
Love As Jesus -- John 15:9-17 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Sixth Sunday of Easter - B -- 2015
The Point: As a child of God, Jesus gives us one commandment - to love as he loves.
Celebrate! Jesus is coming again! -- Luke 25:25-36 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- First Sunday of Advent - C -- 2015
The Point: As God’s children we can lift up our heads and hearts because Jesus will
Be Thankful 365 Days a Year -- Matthew 6:25-33 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Thanksgiving Day - B -- 2015
The Point: Recognize things that you are thankful for and be thankful always
Planting for Jesus -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus wants to tell others about his love that saves.
Love not Judgment -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus says we cannot tell who is in his family and who is not so treat all with lo
Loving Service Honors Our King -- Matthew 25:31-46 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2014
The Point: We serve our king Jesus by serving others.
Guide to Heaven -- Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus wants us to know what the kingdom of heaven is like.
A Thanks-Giving Life -- Luke 17:11-19 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Thanksgiving Day - A -- 2014
The Point: Thanksgiving Day reminds us to live a "thanks giving life."
Great Things from Small Offerings -- Matthew 14:13-21 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 2014
The Point: Jesus wants us to work together to spread the kingdom of God.
Be Prepared! -- Mark 13:24-37 -- Cynthia E. Cowen -- First Sunday of Advent - B -- 2014
The Point: As we prepare to celebrate Jesus' birth on December 25, our preparation for his re
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The Immediate Word

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For December 8, 2019:
  • Repentance That Matters by Tom Willadsen — John reminds the people that it is not who they are but what they do, the fruits of their repentance that matters. “You’ve got to walk the walk,” John insists.
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Of the Advent readings, this is one of my favorites. The prophet proclaims that one from the root of Jesse will come and the Spirit of the Lord will be upon him. Righteousness will come into the world. People, nations, even animals that war with one another will be at peace. All will be blessed, from the smallest child to the oldest adult. Mercy and justice will reign. That is the hope, the promise.
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Broadly speaking, we human beings turn to two solutions to try to make things better. Whether it is an organization, a family, a church, or a nation, there is always room for improvement, always some yearning for things to be even better than they are. And we generally seek those improvements by trying to find either the right system or the right person.

Revolutions are usually about trying to find the right system. Elections are about trying to find the right person. And human beings seem to have an endless reservoir of optimism when it comes to new systems and new leaders.

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Less Than A Peaceable Kingdom
by David O. Bales
Isaiah 11:1-10

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Bethany Peerbolte
Matthew introduces John the Baptist, the person who God has sent to prepare the people for Jesus. John’s teaching is the first sign that the Messiah is coming, everyone should be listening closely. John’s fashion choices make it hard for some people, though. His dirty camel hair toga and general unkempt appearance is not what we expect a great teacher to look like. This is a warning to us all that God’s voice may not always come from the people from whom we expect.

The Village Shepherd

Janice B. Scott
Roddy was plunged into gloom. It was that time of year again - the time of the annual nativity play. Roddy hated it. For a start, he had only once been chosen to actually feature in the play. That was the year he had to wear his dressing gown with a stupid tea towel on his head, and say one line: "Look! Let us follow that shining star!" Only he'd pointed to the star and forgotten the words. The audience had started to laugh, and the teacher said afterwards that "the whole feel of the play had been lost." Roddy was never invited to be in the play again.

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Don M. Aycock
A man who lives in Hollywood tells this to friends who come to visit: "When you are in Hollywood, don't miss Hollywood." He reminds his guests that his town is much more than a movie set. They won't see stars giving autographs or movie crews with cameras whirring.

In a similar way the scriptures seem to say to us, "At Christmas, don't miss Christmas." It is easy to miss, isn't it? We can get so busy that the season passes over us like a plane at night, heard but not really seen. And what, during this season, do we need not to miss?

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