Why baptism? What’s getting dunked got to do with anything? Why not a ceremonial haircut, or ritual slap round the face with a damp trout? … More Baptism of Christ and Lego! (Isa 43:1-7, Ps 29, Lk 3:15-17, 21-22)
Luke 3:1-6 – Road Building and the A14, and it’s OK to use frozen spouts. … More Luke 3:1-6 – Road Building and the A14
You can adapt this activity for lots of occasions – Pentecost is obvious, but there’s Elijah’s soggy bonfire or Moses’ burning bush. You could make half reds, half blues for the pillars of fire and cloud. What about blues and greens for crossing the Jordan? You will need 9″ (24cm) paper plates scissors … More Activity – Fire Hats
Epiphany 1 – It’s easy to fake repentance, and even great deeds, as Jesus said in Matt 7. “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’” Ouch! Their faith was not real. It looked great from the outside, but had no inside. So how can we tell what’s real beauty and what’s just good make-up? How can we tell real repentance from following the crowd? How can we tell wheat from chaff? … More Baptism of Christ – Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Advent 3 – “Welcome, dearly beloved. You’re all bunch of hypocritical snakes.”
OK, ummn, interesting tactic. Has the Rev been at the communion wine a little early?
It gets worse.
“So you’ve been at St Dithering’s for forty years, man and boy? Don’t care. There are drunks down the Red Lion closer to God than you!”
I say, steady on there, Vicar! … More Luke 3:7-18
Advent 2 – John was sent to ‘prepare the way of the Lord’. He was the PR Events Manager who went ahead of the VIP, making sure everything, everyone, was ready for his coming. We need to make sure we’re ready too. Advent is the perfect time for a spiritual spring-clean. After all, if the Queen were coming round for tea, you’d make sure the loo was sparkling and there were some good biscuits in, wouldn’t you? … More Luke 3:1-6