Proper 15 Yr B—
Be careful how you live

Ephesians 5:15-20

Be careful then how you live, . . .  be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

From “Paul wrote, ‘So be careful how you live. . . . be filled with the Holy Spirit, . . ..’ That is good advice, isn’t it? It was good advice to the Ephesians almost 2000 years ago and it is still good advice for us today.”

Scripture: August 12, 2018 (Proper 15)—1 Kings 2:10–12; 3:3–14; Ephesians 5:15–20; Psalm 111; and John 6:51–58.

Collect: Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Reflection: “At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you’” (1 Kgs. 3:5). If God said to you, “Ask what I should give you,” how would you respond?

Image “Solomon’s wisdom” by Phillip Ratner

Sunday School—will start the Sunday following Labor Day (9/9/18)

Eye Candy: “Lamp of wisdom“, metal sculpture at Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire; “The judgment of Solomon” by Master of Jean de Mandeville; “Judgment of Solomon” by by Nikolay Gay.

Ear Worm: “Be careful little eyes“, catchy kids song; “Taste and see” by James Moore; “I sat down under his shadow” by Edward Bairstow.

Brain Food: “Eucharistic bombshells” by Rick Morley; “Turn in here“, self-guided retreat by Susan Guthrie;

“Wisdom is
sweeter than honey,
brings more joy
than wine,
more than the sun,
is more precious
than jewels.
She causes
the ears to hear
and the heart to comprehend.

I love her
like a mother,
and she embraces me
as her own child.
I will follow
her footprint
and she will not cast me away.

~Makeda, Queen of Sheba (c. 1000 BCE)

Movies/Videos: “Jurassic Park” (1997), where’s the wisdom in the science; “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989), choosing the right chalice requires wisdom; “The Wizard of Oz” (1939), false “wisdom”

Study guide, group activity, snacks—make heart shaped cookies to show Jesus’ love



: young elementary: activity—one and two; bulletin games;
older elementary: activity—one and two; bulletin games.




I think we can have another ice cream social on Sunday, August 19th, at 3 pm. We have leftover ice cream but you bring toppings (except Sitniks – they have leftover toppings). Looking forward to it.

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