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A Light in the Darkness – or the Epiphany Christmas Cave

Baabara the sheep and Hamlet the pig have built a cozy blanket cave under the Christmas tree. They are hiding from the New Year, 2021, afraid that it will bring new disasters. What good news can help two worried animals as they look for light in the darkness? And can it be true that Christmas lasts all the way to Epiphany? Cozy up with some furry friends for a lesson on finding glimmers of hope in the midst of trouble.

“In the beginning

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All Are Welcome at the Manger

Grudge the rat is worried. Would a rat be welcome at the manger? Rats are often chased away and he wonders if among the cows and sheep in the nativity scene, perhaps there might have been room for a small rat. Baabara the sheep assures him that all are welcome at the manger. Jesus came to earth to make sure that everyone knew that they were loved and included in God’s family.

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A Gabriel Gift

For the 4th Sunday in Advent – RCL – Year B – Scripture: Luke 1:30-31

Hamlet the pig can hardly wait for Christmas. Why is it so hard to wait for good things to arrive? Did Mary have trouble waiting? After all, she had to wait nine months after being told by the angel Gabriel that a wonderful gift to the world was on its way. Baabara the sheep has a surprise for Hamlet, to help him wait for Christmas… a “Gabriel Gift”

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John the Moon-Baptist

A children’s message for the 3rd Sunday of Advent. RCL Year B. Scripture Reference: John 1:6-8

Hamlet the Pig trots outside in the cold of December to search the skies for… John the Baptist? Why does he think that the moon is John the Baptist? Might it have something to do with John 1:6-8? “John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.” (NLT)

See script below for reference: – Dec. 10, 2020:

Hamlet: Hey! That’s too

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Prepare Ye the Way – 2nd Sunday of Advent

“Where have all the flowers gone?” Baabara the sheep wants to know when she visits the garden on the second Sunday of Advent. “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.” John the Baptist came to prepare the world for the coming of Jesus. Advent is a time of waiting and preparation. And, as Baabara learns, the flowers in the garden prepare in their own way for the coming of spring. How are you preparing, during this

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The Rat Who Would Be King

What are the qualities of a good and respected leader? Do they shout? Do they bully their citizens into compliance? Or are they gentle and wise? Grudge the Rat is practicing his “kingship” acceptance speech. He is determined to be a loud and bossy king… until his friend, Baabara the sheep, points out that kings aren’t elected. And respected leaders aren’t necessarily bossy. Grudge the Rat learns some valuable lessons about the often-overlooked “Fruit of the Spirit,” Gentleness.

Scripture reference: Galatians 5:22 –

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Oh My Goodness! A Fruit of the Spirit!

What happens to a pumpkin that has just a small bad spot on it? What is it like inside? Hamlet the pig learns about another part of the “Fruit of the Spirit,” goodness. If we ignore the little things that are bad in our hearts, we put our whole selves at risk. But what Hamlet really wants to know is… how soon can we make that pumpkin pie?! Join us in the pumpkin patch for a look at goodness. — Galatians 5:22-23

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Patience Pie and the Pig

Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” – New Living Translation

Hamlet the pig has a hankering for pie – apple pie to be precise. It’s just come out of the oven and it’s right under his nose. He’d love to dive right in, but he needs to be patient. He needs to learn about the fourth fruit

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Two-Faced

I’ll ask you the same question that Jesus asked his disciples after they had heard this story; which son did what his father wanted him to do? (Wait for answers.) Yes, the first son did the right thing. Were these sons two-faced? (Wait for answers.) Yes. Both of them said one thing and did the opposite. The first son said the wrong thing and did the right thing. The second son said the right thing and did the wrong thing. In the end, do you think it’s more important to say the right thing or to do the right thing? (Let children respond.) Actions speak louder than words. Of course, the best thing would be to both say and do the right thing.

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Loving Justice

Year A – RCL – Proper 20

Scripture: Jonah 3:10-4:11

Marc Chagall’s “Jonah”

The Bible story of Jonah is a very curious one. God tells Jonah to go and talk to the people of a city where many are behaving very badly. Jonah doesn’t want to go. He’s afraid that they might hurt him if he goes there and tries to tell them to change their wicked ways. Jonah runs in the opposite direction, ends up being thrown into the ocean, swallowed by

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