As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birthpangs.”
From sermon4kids.com: “. . . But how do we test the truthfulness of our spiritual leaders? The best way is to compare their claims to the teachings of Jesus. Do their teachings agree with what Jesus taught?”
Collect: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: How do you profess your faith in God’s coming reign of justice and peace, even in the face of our troubled world?
Sunday School—9 am on Sunday
EVENING PRAYER (WHEN AT NIGHT I GO TO SLEEP)
When at night I go to sleep Fourteen angels watch do keep
Two my head are guarding Two my feet are guiding
Two are on my right hand Two are on my left hand
Two who warmly cover Two who o’er me hover
Two to whom ’tis given To guide my steps to heaven
Sleeping sofly, then it seems Heaven enters in my dreams;
Angels hover round me, Whisp’ring they have found me;
Two are sweetly singing, Two are garlands bringing,
Strewing me with roses As my soul reposes.
God will not forsake me When dawn at last will wake me.
From “Hänsel & Gretel” (Engelbert Humperdinck) Recorded by : Charlotte Church; Richard Kapp; Mary Van Arsdel.
Movies/Videos: “End of days” (1999), “made-to-order action drama about the Anti-Christ”; “Phantom Menace“, “The struggles between good and evil run a zigzag course, and we never know where or when they will erupt”; “The Postman” (1997), “hope as a powerful spiritual force”
Image: Excavated stones from the wall of the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem; Source: Wikimedia Commons
We will return to our normal schedule for a couple of weeks. Video for “Do I have to believe Jesus performed miracles . . .?”, Chapter 23
Video for “Why did Jesus get baptized?”, Chapter 24. See you at 9 am in our room in the main building.