. . . Because of this [Jesus’ teachings] many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go?
From sermon4kids.com: “You and I face the same decision those first disciples faced. Will we follow Jesus, or will we look for another to lead us? It may not always be easy to follow Jesus, but to whom can we go? Who else offers eternal life?”
Scripture: August 26, 2018—1 Kings 8:[1, 6, 10-11], 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84 or 84:1-6; Ephesians 6:10-20; and John 6:56-69.
Collect: Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: “Likewise when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a distant land because of your name . . . and prays toward this house, then hear in heaven your dwelling place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls to you” (1 Kings 8:41–43). Are there people of other nationalities, ethnic groups, or faith traditions in your workplace, neighborhood, community, or congregation? What are some ways in which you and your congregation can express the welcome of God to those who are different from you?
Sunday School—will start the Sunday following Labor Day (9/9/18)
Eye Candy: “Christ as holy wisdom“, contemporary icon by William Hart McNichols; “Wisdom and Destiny” by Henry Keller; “A Sacred Sheet sent from Holy Mother Wisdom by Her Angel of Many Signs” by Mary Wicks and Semantha Fairbanks.
Ear Worm: “Your words are spirit and life” by Bernadette Farrell; “Jubilate Deo” by Benjamin Britten; “Give me Jesus“, spiritual by SSSJ’s adult choir, 2013, Richard Broughton soloist (Thank you, Richard).
Crying for a Vision
To cry for a vision is a sacred task
after hearing a holyman
after taking a sweat bath
with sage and sweet grass
one must climb a mountain alone—
here a song may be heard
here a vision may be given
here a dance may be learned—
one must then leave the mountain
to sing the song
to live the vision
to begin the dance
Movies/Videos: “Remember the Titans” (2000), “. . . a way out of hatred and bigotry”; “Cider House Rules” (1999), spiritual practice of self esteem; “Music of the Heart” (1999), “. . . at the end of her rope after she is deserted . . .”
Nothing specific for you to do but . . . . This week’s concept is “To whom will can we go?” In essence, the question looks at who offers us eternal life. So ponder what you consider to answer the question.