Sunday School, December 9, 2018 2 Advent C
Topic: The Role of John the Baptist
Why is John the Baptist important in Gospels? There is much information about John the Baptist in the Gospel. That must mean he was important.
John the Baptist was a popular preacher and prophet. There were many people who followed him. There was something like a “John the Baptist Church.” But John the Baptist died; he was killed by King Herod. His friends and the members of his community were sad. What would they do? John the Baptist baptized Jesus and Jesus became the leader for those who used to follow John the Baptist.
When you are in first grade and really like your first grade teacher, you want to keep your first grade teacher forever. But when you go to second grade, you have another teacher and at first that might make you sad. You might miss your first grade teacher. But as you learn new things from your new teacher you learn that you can like more than one teacher. You learn that you can graduate to a new teacher.
John the Baptist was the first teacher of many of the people who later graduated and became students of Jesus Christ. During Advent, we always read about how John the Baptist was the first important teacher for many of the followers of Jesus.
During Advent, we learn about how important John the Baptist was because his community became the first churches of Jesus Christ.
What does a blocker do in football for a running back? He pushes and shoves tacklers out of the way so the running back can run far with ball.
What do we use bulldozers and earthmovers for? We used them to build straight and level roads so we can get places quicker in our cars.
Today we read about a man named John the Baptist. And John the Baptist is a person who was like a blocker or like a bulldozer.
He was like a blocker, in that he pushed aside everything, to prepare a way for Jesus Christ. He was like a bulldozer in that he was trying to help people come directly to knowledge of God.
John the Baptist lived a very different life. He camped out all of the time. He lived out amongst the wild animals all of the time. He probably slept in caves. He wore a camel hair robe and do you know what he ate: He ate grasshoppers and honey?
John came and he wasn’t very popular, because he saw some things that were wrong that needed to be corrected. And no one likes to be corrected, do we? When our parents or teachers correct us, it is not always fun. But why do they correct us? Because they want us to be better.
John the Baptist corrected people, because he believed that they could be better. And he really wanted them to be introduced to Jesus Christ. Because Jesus Christ was a important gift from God to us.
Today, when we think about John the Baptist, let us remember that sometimes we need to be corrected so that we can get better. What If we never were corrected, then we could not get better. It does not always feel good to be corrected, but remember we do want to get better. And the only way to get better is to have someone show us how.
Jesus Christ showed us how to be better. He showed how to love God with all our hearts and how to love our neighbors. Let us be thankful today for the people that God gives to us to help correct our behavior so that we can become better. That is what the season of Advent is about: Correcting our behavior so that we can be better. Amen.
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
17740 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Family Service with Holy Eucharist
December 9, 2018: The Second Sunday of Advent
Gathering Songs: Light a Candle; He’s Got the Whole World; This Little Light; Jesus Stand Among Us; Lord I Lift Your Name on High
Lighting of the Advent Candle: Light a Candle
Light a candle for hope today, Light a candle for hope today, light a candle for hope today. Advent time is here.
Light a candle for peace today….
Liturgist: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
Liturgist: Oh God, Our hearts are open to you.
And you know us and we can hide nothing from you.
Prepare our hearts and our minds to love you and worship you.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Song: He’s Got the Whole World (Christian Children’s Songbook # 90)
He’s got the whole world; in his hands he’s got the whole wide world in his hands. He’s got the whole world in his hands; he’s got the whole world in his hands.
Little tiny babies.
Brother and the sisters
Mothers and the fathers
Liturgist: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Liturgist: Let us pray
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Litany Phrase: Alleluia (chanted)
O God, you are Great! Alleluia
O God, you have made us! Alleluia
O God, you have made yourself known to us! Alleluia
O God, you have provided us with us a Savior! Alleluia
O God, you have given us a Christian family! Alleluia
O God, you have forgiven our sins! Alleluia
O God, you brought your Son Jesus back from the dead! Alleluia
A reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
Liturgist: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
Liturgist: Let us read together from Canticle 16
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; * he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior, * born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old, that he would save us from our enemies, * from the hands of all who hate us.
Litany Phrase: Thanks be to God! (chanted)
For the good earth, for our food and clothing. Thanks be to God!
For our families and friends. Thanks be to God!
For the talents and gifts that you have given to us. Thanks be to God!
For this day of worship. Thanks be to God!
For health and for a good night’s sleep. Thanks be to God!
For work and for play. Thanks be to God!
For teaching and for learning. Thanks be to God!
For the happy events of our lives. Thanks be to God!
For the celebration of the birthdays and anniversaries of our friends and parish family. Thanks be to God!
Liturgist: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"
Liturgist: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Sermon: Fr. Phil
We did not make ourselves, so we believe that God the Father is the maker of the world.
Since God is so great and we are so small,
We believe God came into our world and was born as Jesus, son of the Virgin Mary.
We need God’s help and we believe that God saved us by the life, death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe that God is present with us now as the Holy Spirit.
We believe that we are baptized into God’s family the Church where everyone is
We believe that Christ is kind and fair.
We believe that we have a future in knowing Jesus Christ.
And since we all must die, we believe that God will preserve us forever. Amen.
Litany Phrase: Christ, have mercy. (chanted)
For fighting and war to cease in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For peace on earth and good will towards all. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety of all who travel. Christ, have mercy.
For jobs for all who need them. Christ, have mercy.
For care of those who are growing old. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety, health and nutrition of all the children in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For the well-being of our families and friends. Christ, have mercy.
For the good health of those we know to be ill. Christ, have mercy.
For the remembrance of those who have died. Christ, have mercy.
For the forgiveness of all of our sins. Christ, have mercy.
Liturgist: The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People: And also with you.
Song during the preparation of the Altar and the receiving of an offering.
Song: This Little Light of Mine (Christian Children’s Songbook # 234)
This little light of mine. I am going to let it shine. This little light of mine, I am going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel, no. I am going to let it shine. Hide it under a bushel, no. I am going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Don’t let anyone blow it out; I’m going to let it shine. Don’t let anyone blow it out, I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Shine all over my neighborhood, I’m going to let it shine. Shine all over my neighborhood, I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Prologue to the Eucharist
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, for to them belong the kingdom of heaven.”
All become members of a family by birth or adoption.
Baptism is a celebration of birth into the family of God.
A family meal gathers and sustains each human family.
The Holy Eucharist is the special meal that Jesus gave to his friends to keep us together as the family of Christ.
The Lord be with you
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
It is very good and right to give thanks, because God made us, Jesus redeemed us and the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts. Therefore with Angels and Archangels and all of the world that we see and don’t see, we forever sing this hymn of praise:
Holy, Holy, Holy (Intoned)
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and Might. Heav’n and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the Highest.
All may gather around the altar
Our grateful praise we offer to you God, our Creator;
You have made us in your image
And you gave us many men and women of faith to help us to live by faith:
Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachael.
And then you gave us your Son, Jesus, born of Mary, nurtured by Joseph
And he called us to be sons and daughters of God.
Your Son called us to live better lives and he gave us this Holy Meal so that when we eat
the bread and drink the wine, we can know that the Presence of Christ is as near to us as
this food and drink that becomes a part of us.
The Prayer continues with these words
And so, Father, we bring you these gifts of bread and wine. Bless and sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. Bless and sanctify us by your Holy Spirit so that we may love God and our neighbor.
On the night when Jesus was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."
After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, "Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."
Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. When we eat this holy Meal of Bread and Wine, we are telling the entire world about the life, death and resurrection of Christ and that his presence will be with us in our future.
Let this holy meal keep us together as friends who share a special relationship because of your Son Jesus Christ. May we forever live with praise to God to whom we belong as sons and daughters.
By Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory
is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. Amen.
And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we now sing,
Our Father: (Renew # 180, West Indian Lord’s Prayer)
Our Father who art in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done: Hallowed be thy name.
Done on earth as it is in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Give us this day our daily bread: Hallowed be thy name.
And forgive us all our debts: Hallowed be thy name.
As we forgive our debtors: Hallowed be thy name.
Lead us not into temptation: Hallowed be thy name.
But deliver us from evil: Hallowed be thy name.
Thine is the kingdom, power, and glory: Hallowed be thy name.
Forever and ever: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!
Words of Administration
Communion Song: Jesus Stand Among Us, Renew! #17
Jesus stand among us, at the meeting of our lives, be our sweet agreement at the meeting of our eyes; O, Jesus, we love You, so we gather here, join our hearts in unity and take away our fear.
So to You we’re gathering out of each and every land. Christ the love between us at the joining of our hand; O, Jesus, we love You, so we gather here, join our hearts in unity and take away our fear.
Jesus stand among us, the breaking of the bread, join us as one body as we worship Your, our Head. O, Jesus, we love You, so we gather here, join our hearts in unity and take away our fear.
Everlasting God, we have gathered for the meal that Jesus asked us to keep;
We have remembered his words of blessing on the bread and the wine.
And His Presence has been known to us.
We have remembered that we are sons and daughters of God and brothers
and sisters in Christ.
Send us forth now into our everyday lives remembering that the blessing in the
bread and wine spreads into each time, place and person in our lives,
As we are ever blessed by you, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Closing Song: Lord I Lift Your Name on High, Renew! #4
Lord, I lift your name on high; Lord, I love to sing Your praises. I’m so glad you’re in my life. I’m so glad you came to save us. You came from heaven to earth to show the way, from the earth to the cross, my debt to pay. From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky; Lord, I lift your name on high!
Liturgist: Let us go forth in the Name of Christ.
People: Thanks be to God!