The family of God 061018

Mark 3:20-35

. . . A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

From “. . . You and I love our families, but we also have a wonderful family of faith made up of brothers and sisters who love God and love one another. It is wonderful to be a part of “The Family of God.””

Scripture: June 10, 2018—1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15); Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; and Mark 3:20-35.

Collect: O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection: As we age, we can see how our physical bodies do indeed suffer the wear and tear of life (“our outer nature is wasting away,” as Paul puts it in 2 Cor. 4:16). Yet Paul says it is possible for our “inner nature” to be renewed every day. In your life, what contributes to your renewal? How are you being prepared “for an eternal weight of glory” (2 Cor. 4:16–18)?

Sunday School—check with your teacher (Youth are out for the summer)

Eye Candy: “Kinfolk” by Jan Richardson; cartoon about the gospel; “Jesus of the People” by Janice McKenzie.

Ear Worm: “The family of God“, a praise song (with lyrics); “The Servant Song“, congregational hymn; “What a friend we have in Jesus“, sung by Alan Jackson.

Brain Food:
Family Man
It used to say, “He is beside himself,”
As if some other person stood nearby;
A twin, perhaps, who also looked the part,
But part one, now, the second part belied.
It turns out too familiar did he seem
For them to see in him the other side,
From which, this bigger family man still calls,
That those who hear, on part two might decide.
~Scott L. Barton

Offering a wide welcome” by David Lose; “Family Reunion” from Journey to Penuel.

Movies/Videos: The themes we explore are “love” and “friendship”: “Almost famous” (2000), a coming of age drama; “Simon Birch” (1998), “the ardor and resilience of faith”; “Intouchables” (2011), a sorta French “Driving Miss Daisy”. The Editor will not put a link for Birdcage but notes that it touches on the topic of “Who is my brother; who is my mother?” Look for it on your own.




Study guide, group activity, snacks—make a cookie and put a happy face on it.



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




For the summer, we are exploring how faith and science fit together—or do they? The second video in our summer series talks about historical figures who were ostracized from the church for their scientific beliefs. And we begin to look at these figures in greater depth. For this week, pick up your worksheet at church or print from here. Using the balloon on the first page, write down your thoughts after watching the video. We will continue and do more next week.

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