Epiphany 4 Yr B—
Unclean Spirits

Mark 1:21-28

Jesus and his disciples went to Capernaum; . . .. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “. . . I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”

From sermon4kids.com: “Jesus wants to be in control of your life . . . because he wants what is best for you.”

Scripture: January 21, 2018 (Third Sunday after the Epiphany)—Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20; & Psalm 62:6-14

Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection: What is the name of the demon, the spirit, the idolatry you carry? If you can think of this answer as many “troubles,” try to find the root cause, a name to give to that which needs to be cast out. The answer may take different forms throughout the week. You may also consider the same question with regard to your family and to this nation. What is the Holy One casting out today in your presence?

Image: Healing of the Madman by Victore Carpaccio

Sunday School 9:15 am

Eye Candy: “Man with unclean spirit” by Ian Pollock; “Liberation from demonic powers” by Solomon Raj (scroll way down); “Jesus casts out the devil” by Matthaeus the Elder

Ear Worm: “Our darkness“, Taize; “Silence frenzied unclean spirits“, dissonant, interesting; “Thou whose almighty word”, hymn

Brain FoodJesus of Nazareth Went to Capernaum:  Jesus of Naz’reth went to Capernaum,  / To the synagogue to teach, / People, astounded, at his wisdom / Saw his power all to reach. / Jesus of Naz’reth, as we pray, / Please teach us, reach us, we beseech you; / Visit your people with your power; / With your life, our lives renew. / Into the room there came a man / Whose ranting, crying stole the show; / What would Jesus tell the madman, / All the people sought to know.

Jesus of Naz’reth, are you able  / To cast out, blast out demons today? / Your love saves us in each hour; / Come to us without delay! / Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit / While the people were amazed; / “He commands, and they obey him!” / Thus his name to all was praised. / Jesus of Naz’reth, we are yours, / We follow and hallow your will for peace; / You have called us to your purpose, / So your love may here increase.

God has called us to be faithful / In an age of fear and strife; / War and greed are now our demons, / But in Christ we have new life; / Jesus of Naz’reth, we your people / Now go, to show your gift of grace; / Give us courage you to follow, / That your church may all embrace! ~Scott L. Barton

Thoughts” from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Bible (scroll down)

Commentary” by Bruce Epperly from Faith in Process website

Movies/Videos: “Amistad” (1997), attitudes about uncleanliness; “Spitfire Grill” (1996), soul-satisfying movie; “The Confession” (1999), making decisions about good and evil

 Study guide, group activity, snacks—try feeding someone else cereal from a teaspoon without spilling; who is in control?

: young elementary: activity; bulletin games;
older elementary:  activity; bulletin games

  Video for “Is the Holy Spirit a person . . .?”, Chapter 12; Class homework is to find a place where God is not present; alternatively, find all the places where God is.

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