The fourth epiphany 2/3/19

Luke 4:21-30

In the synagogue at Nazareth, Jesus read from the book of the prophet Isaiah, and began to say, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” . . . And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. . . .” When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

sermons4kids: “What a way to treat a hometown boy! It seems that no matter what Jesus did, he just couldn’t seem to please the people in his own hometown. I wonder, if you and I had lived in Nazareth during Jesus’ day, would we have treated him any better, or would we have gone along with the crowd?”

Scripture: February 3, 2019—Jeremiah 1:4-101 Corinthians 13:1-13Luke 4:21-30; and Psalm 71:1-6.

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: In Jesus’ first sermon, he referred to two scriptural stories to illustrate God’s love. Why did that so enrage the congregation that they wanted to kill him? Do some of Jesus’ teachings still enrage us today?

Sunday School—9 am on Sunday

Eye Candy: Untitled image; “Reconciliation” (1995) by Josefina de Vasconcellos at Coventry Cathedral [Note: this refers to the 2nd lesson for Sunday]; “Brow of the Hill Near Nazareth” (1886-1894) by James Tissot.

Ear Worm: “Thuma mina“, sung by Hugh Masekela, an island version [Note: “Thuma mina” means “Send me”. For those who did not look up the lyrics, they are added below “Movies/Videos” below.]; “Though I speak with the tongues” by Bairstow, relates to 2nd lesson; “O love, how deep, how broad, how high“, contemporary hymn

Brain Food: Commentary by Rose Ann Reese; “Hometown visit goes awry“, by Bob Cornwall; “Escaping the boxes“, poem by Andrew King.

Movies/Videos: “The Giant of Thunder Mountain” (1991), a little girl is touched by the giant’s love; “Phenomenon” (1996), “bounties and mysteries of human spirit”; “Rudy“, (1993), “pint-sized football player”

Thuma Mina (lyrics)

I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around
When they triumph over poverty
I wanna be there when the people win the battle against AIDS
I wanna lend a hand
I wanna be there for the alcoholic
I wanna be there for the drug addict
I wanna be there for the victims of violence and abuse
I wanna lend a hand
Send me

[Chorus]
Thuma mina (thuma m’na)
Thuma mina (ezizweni)
Ndizoya ndithandaze
Thuma mina (thuma m’na)
Thuma mina (ezizweni)
Ndizoya ndithandaze

[Verse 2]
I wanna be there when the people win the battle against AIDS
I wanna lend a hand
I wanna be there for the victims of violence and abuse
I wanna lend a hand
Send me

 

Study guide; group activities;

 

 

: young elementary: activity one & two; bulletin games;
older elementary: activity one & two; bulletin games.

 

 

 

Our last section for this curriculum is really tough questions. The first is Video for “Is it a sin to think about sex?”, Chapter 29. Mr. Chris Johnson will join our class as potential new leader. Bring your thoughts! Hope to see you at 9 on Sunday.

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