Abundance

Season after Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 12
Scripture: John 6:1-21

“There is a child here.” How interesting. The disciples do not see how a child could be much help, but Jesus does. The central aspect of our worship together – bread broken, bread shared –first happened when a little boy offered the little loaves in his picnic basket. When Jesus uses the little boy’s willingness to share, abundance is the outcome. Could we choose to risk noticing abundance?

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Rest and Healing

Season after Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 11
Scripture: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

The passage from Mark that we have in this set of sessions seems to be telling us, amid all that shows up in our lives, to take time to breathe. Find space to just be. Perhaps it is a walk with a child, time puttering in a garden, or going fishing. We recharge our cell phones so they can keep serving us. Take a lesson from the cell phone: breathe and revitalize.

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God is There in Good and Bad

Season after Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 10, Year B
Scripture: Mark 6:14-29

 

A birthday party, a fancy banquet — Herod is having a grand time. A beautiful woman dances. Herod flamboyantly promises her whatever she wants in gratitude for her dance. She wants what? Herod is stuck with his promise; his decision has consequences. John the Baptist’s death casts a shadow across the hearts of the disciples of Jesus.

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Healing

Season After Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 9, Year B
Scripture: Mark 5:21-43

Jesus heals two people, an elderly woman, and a young girl, neither of whom had any status in their community. The power that was flowing out from Jesus into them can also flow into the things that need healing in our lives, but we must risk opening up to receive it. Jesus seems to insist that the most important work happens in the ordinary and that our faith makes us well.

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Two-by-Two

Season after Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 9, Year B
Scripture: Mark 6:1-13

Although Jesus was stung by the hardened hearts of those in his own hometown, he realized that the prophet is not without honor — except in his own hometown. So he moves on and begins to train his disciples. Two by two he sends them out to work in pairs, building their own relationships as they work with those who accept their ministry.

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Jesus in the Storm

Season after Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 7, Year B
Scripture: Mark 4:35-41

Amid the storms that toss our boats is the assurance that Jesus sleeps on a pillow in our boat! Are we comfortable enough to look at the question Jesus poses? “Why are you afraid?”

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Seeds Scattered on The Ground

Season after Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 6, Year B
Scripture: Mark 4:26-34

Jesus has begun his ministry; fresh with the capacity to notice abundance wherever he looks. But how to describe the richness of the Kingdom of God so people can grasp it? Seeds. Maybe that is it – everyone has seen seeds.

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Who is Your Family

Season After Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 5, Year B
Scripture: Mark 3:20-35

Proper: appropriate, fitting, and during Ordinary Time, the scripture appointed for each particular Sunday. The scriptures for this Season after Pentecost all come from the Gospel of Mark. In today’s Gospel, our story begins with the realization that the crowds around Jesus had become so big that the people could not even eat (presumably because it was too crowded). People were very interested in what he was saying, some thinking that his take on God and his ministry made him look crazy while others were drawn to his new kind of message.

We see his family try to come and make him stop, worried about what people were saying about him. But rather than taking a breather or taking a time out, Jesus instead challenges the notion and challenges the notion of family.

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The Trinity

Trinity Sunday, Year B
Scripture: John 3:1-17

Learned leaders of the church struggle to communicate the concept of the “Trinity,” our God who is three-in-one. A learned leader named Nicodemus went to Jesus in the night to struggle with the concept of “born again.” We stretch for a deeper understanding of God’s longing for us and with our call to respond, as John 3:16b says that eternal life is for those who believe in God.

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Coming of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost, Year B, Intergenerational Lesson Plan
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21

The focal scripture for Pentecost is The Book of Acts 2:1-21. Jesus had told them to wait. Wait until the “advocate” appeared. They had no clue who this advocate would be, but they trusted Jesus.

They were probably together to celebrate Shavu’ot, which was also called Pentecost because it occurred 50 days after Passover. Passover has brought physical freedom. At Shavu’ot people gratefully celebrated the “giving” of the Torah (the first five books found in our Bible), which brought freedom from idolatry.

On the Feast of Pentecost, “it” happened. The only account we have is provided by the writer Luke in this Acts passage. We can probably identify with Luke’s reaching for the right words to describe what happened: “It was like …” Yes. Wind. Fire. Now the disciples are not just speaking – they are communicating. Each person there understands. Now the disciples are ready to do the work Jesus gave them to do.

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