Day: Proper 22C
Lectionary Passage: 2 Timothy 1:1-14
Scripture Focus: 2 Timothy 1:7
Object: Baking Soda, Water, and Vinegar
Preparation: You will need two bowls with about 1/2 cup of baking soda in each and about 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar. Because the vinegar and baking soda will react, you want to be sure the bowls are placed on baking sheet or towel to absorb the mess.
This morning we’re going to a little experiment to help us better understand our Scripture passage. Okay, first of all, I’ve got three things: Some baking soda, water, and vinegar. First we’re going to see what happens when I add some water to this baking soda (pour the water into one of the bowls).… Well, that wasn’t too exciting. Nothing happened. Let’s see what happens when I add some vinegar instead… (slowly pour the vinegar into the bowl and to see the chemical reaction). Whoa!!! That was amazing! The vinegar had a way cooler and more powerful reaction than the water.
Well, in our Scripture passage, Paul is telling us that God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power. Timidity is when you’re too scared to do anything. Kind of like what happened when I mixed water and baking soda… a whole of nothing. But, God gives us a spirit of power so that we can do amazing things! Kind of like mixing vinegar and baking soda. God’s spirit helps us go out in the world and tell others about Jesus without being afraid. And that is an amazing thing.
Let’s pray: God, thank you for giving us a spirit of power so that we can do amazing things for Jesus Christ. Amen.