Lent 3 Yr B—
Cleansing the temple

John 2:13-22

. . . In the temple he [Jesus] found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”

From sermon4kids.com: “. . . the word Lent meant ‘the season of spring’. But it has now become much more than that. . . . Are there some areas of your life where Jesus needs to do some ‘spring cleaning’? I know there are in mine!”

Scripture: March 4, 2018 (Lent 3)—Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38; and Psalm 22:22-30.

Collect: O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection: The third Sunday of Lent focuses on the gift of God’s law (Exod. 20:1–17). John Calvin (1509–1564) described three uses for the Ten Commandments: First, they show us how to live before God and neighbor, and expose our sins in failing to live as God intends. Second, they instruct our civic or common life, showing us how to live responsibly in the freedom God gives. Third, rather than show us what we must do in order to receive God’s grace and love, the commandments show us how we should live because we are a people who have already received God’s grace and love in Jesus Christ. Does God’s law restrict or enhance our freedom as human beings?

Image: “Cleansing of the temple”, polychrome relief in Amiens Cathedral

Sunday School 9:15 am

Eye Candy: “Cleansing of the temple” (1000), unknown; “The moneychangers” by Iain McKillop; “Jésus chassant les marchands du Temple“, by Jacob Jordaens

Ear Worm: “Soon, love, soon“, by Vienna Tang: “Christ is the world’s true light“, Cathedral choir; “Inspired by love and anger“,  Trinity College, Melbourne

Brain Food: “A banal overturning of tables” by Andrew Prior; “Spring cleaning with Jesus” by David Sellery; “Words” by Anna MacDonald Dobbs

Movies/Videos: “Strictly ballroom” (19925), Australian film about people making the most of their creativity; “Jesus of Montreal” (1989), about a contemporary staging of the Passion Play

 Study guide, group activity, snacks—make heart shaped cookies

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

  This Sunday, we’re joining the Bishop’s class.

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