Jesus said, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. . . .”
From sermon4kids.com: “Do you know what we must do to be prepared? We must invite Jesus to come into our hearts. When we do that, we are ready!”
image “Portrait of a young woman as a wise virgin” (1510) by Sebastiano del Piombo
Scripture: November 12, 2017—Pentecost 23 (Proper 27)—Amos 5:18-24, Ps 70, 1 Thess 4:13-18, and Matt 25:1-13
Collect: O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: In our fast-paced world, daily encounters with delay are sometimes difficult to accept. How can we be intentional in practicing the presence of God, cultivating steadiness and peace in our lives and the world while extending God’s hospitality and love? How can such spiritual attributes empower us to be better advocates in working to create a more just and equitable world?
Sunday School 9:15 am—there’s a seat with your name on it!
Eye Candy: a whole page of bridesmaids images, many artists, many countries—very cool
Ear Worm: “Give me oil in my lamp“, sing-along with kids; “Keep your lamp trimmed and burning” sung by blind Willie Johnson; “Audivi Vocem de caelo [Come all wisest virgins]” by John Tavener
Brain Food: “Wise and foolish virgins“, self-guided retreat from At the Edge of the Enclosure weblog; “Once upon a time is our time“, sermon by Rev. Frederick Beuchner; “How to stay awake”, from Art & Faith Matters weblog
Movies/Videos: “American Beauty“, satire on the American dream; “Indiana Jones and the last crusade“, “humility in the presence of the holy is preferable to chasing after glory”; “Poseidon Adventure“, the choice to go or not go “to life”
Video for “Can it be proven . . . ?”, Chapter 6.