A Great Light

If everyone scoots in real close, we’ll see how many people we can get under this dark blanket. (Gather with the children under the blanket.) It’s pretty dark under here, isn’t it? I wanted to read a Bible verse to you, but now it’s so dark I don’t know if I can. But I think I have something that might help. (Retrieve the flashlight out of your bag.) This flashlight will really help; just the thing to push back the darkness. (Turn on the light.) That makes a big difference, doesn’t it? I can see much better. Here’s the Bible verse; Isaiah, chapter 9, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness; on them light has shined” (v. 2 NRSV).

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God with Us

All of these names tell us about Jesus. But during Advent and Christmas, the name of Jesus that we think about the most is the name “Immanuel.” During Advent, we sing the hymn “Oh Come, Oh Come, Immanuel.” Jesus is God with us. The baby born at Christmas was God himself coming to live with us here on earth. “Immanuel” may sound like a strange name; it’s not a very common name, but it reminds us of something very important. When we invite Jesus in our hearts, God is right here with us.

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Hungry for Love

Pentecost Proper 13 From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: John 6:24-35

Preparation: Bring a loaf of bread that has been broken into pieces and placed in a basket for easy distribution.

I brought some bread in a basket this morning. I’ll pass it around. You can help yourself to a piece of bread and then pass it to the next person. (Pass the bread around; continue talking as the children help themselves.) When we’re hungry, we can eat bread and

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