Advent 1A

Day: Advent 1A

Lectionary Passage: Isaiah 2:1-5

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 2:4

Object: None

Good morning everyone! I am so glad to see you. Last night I had a really amazing dream that I could fly. Have you ever dreamed you could fly? (allow children to raise their hands) Oh, and one time I dreamed that I could breathe under water and swim with the dolphins! And another time… (continue with one or two more examples, perhaps things relevant to your region or sports team, to create a sense that in dreams anything is possible).

Dreams are amazing! I wish we had the power to make those dreams come true. That reminds me of a story from the Old Testament. It’s from a book called Isaiah. Isaiah was a prophet. Prophets were hand picked by God to teach others all about God’s ways. In our story for today, Isaiah tells about God’s dream for the world. God dreams that one day there will be peace on earth, people will no longer fight, and everyone everywhere will worship God. That’s an amazing dream! As amazing as being able to fly!

But you know what is even more amazing? God has the power to make that happen! God is working every second to make the world a better place, to bring peace to all places. And the biggest thing God did was send Jesus Christ who teaches us all about love, peace, joy, and hope. God has the power through Jesus Christ to make the dream of a peaceful world full of love and joy come true! I think that’s pretty awesome.

Let’s pray: Holy God, we give you thanks that you dreamed big and are working to make your dream of a peaceful and loving world come true. Help us follow your ways and do whatever we can to help. Amen.


Proper 19C

Day: Proper 19C

Lectionary Passage: 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Scripture Focus: 1 Timothy 1:13-14

Object: None

One of my favorite movies is Transformers. In it the heroic Autobots battle the evil Decepticons to save Earth. The cool thing is that both Autobots and Decepticons are robots that can transform into machines. My favorite one is Bumblebee. He’s an Autobot who transforms into a yellow sports car. I think it is so cool how the Autobots can start out as one thing and then transform into something completely different like a car!

And that reminds me of our Scripture passage. It’s not talking about Autobots, but it does talk about transformation. That’s when you start out as one thing and become something different. In our Bible passage, we learn that a person can be transformed! We can go from being an unbeliever to being friends with Jesus. Even though we look the same on the outside, on the inside a major transformation has happened. Instead of thinking bad things about God or not believing in God at all, when we are transformed, we learn that God loves us and we love God back. Now that is a pretty cool transformation!

Let’s pray: God thank you for helping us to become something totally new when we become friends with Jesus. Help us teach others about this amazing transformation. Amen.