Sunday School, C proper 11
What is the most import “computer” center of the human body?
Is it our legs? Stomach? Arms? Heart? Mouth?
No it is our head which houses the most important computer center of our entire body.
So how do we know that our head is the most important computer center of our body?
We know when we learn to think and when we practice thinking and learning.
Paul said the church was like a body made up of many organs and parts. But Paul wrote that the head of the body, the church was Christ.
And so how do we make the church function the very best? We keep in touch with Christ as our brain. We look to his life and his words and his example and the people whom he has inspired.
We stay in touch with Christ so that we can make the church a group of people who practice love and kindness and service and telling people the Good News of Christ being with us as our Head.
Mary and Martha were friends of Jesus.
Sometimes in our lives we need to be very active. We need to work; we need to prepare food, wash the dishes and the clothes and clean the houses. Martha was a very good worker and she was upset when Mary was not working as hard as she was. Mary was doing something else. She was sitting and learning from her best friend Jesus.
In our lives we need to know when to work and when to stop working and learn to get to know Jesus as our best friend who can help us grow in being the very best persons that we can be.
Work is good; prayer and learning from Jesus is also very good and most important. We need to take time to work but never forget the importance of prayer and talking to Jesus.
Ding dong, the door bell rings. And you open the door and you have surprise visitors; it’s grandmother and grandfather. They are on a trip and can only spend a few hours at your house. What do your parents do?
Do they make you go finish all of your chores? Do they make you leave the room and wash the dishes? Do they make you practice your music lesson or finish your homework?
No, why? Because grandmother and grandfather are only going to be there for just a few hours and so everyone gets to spend time being with them.
Well, Jesus dropped in one day at the home of his friends Mary and Martha. And they were very excited because Jesus was a special person in their lives and they could not see him all of the time, so they wanted to make his visit special.
Martha loved her friend Jesus and she was a good hostess. She wanted to treat Jesus as a special guest. So she wanted to get the house all fixed up and cleaned and she wanted to get the food all prepared.
But her sister Mary just sat in the living room talking with Jesus. And that upset Martha because Mary wouldn’t help.
Jesus was not worried about getting food and he was not worried if the house was not in order or if the good napkins were put out and fresh flowers were in place.
Jesus only wanted to spend time with his friends: He wanted Mary and Martha to be with him and talk with him. And he wanted to talk with him and tell them some wonderful things.
Did you know that you and I can sometimes be so busy we forget that God is our friend and that God just wants to spend time with us?
That is why God gave us the commandment about the Sabbath or worship day of Sunday. It means that we are to stop everything in our lives sometimes and just take time to be with God, to be with Christ.
And we do this by hearing the stories of the Bible. We do this by praying with others. And we do this each day by setting aside some time to just talk with Christ.
Jesus was happy that Mary took time from her work to talk to him. And Jesus is happy when we take time to pray and to spend time with God.
Let us remember what Mary did. She remembered to take time to be with Jesus. And so we should do the same. Amen.
Young Child friendly Eucharist for Year C, proper 11
Gathering Songs: Jesus in the Morning, Only A Boy Named David, I Come with Joy, Christ Beside Me
Liturgist: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever. 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: Jesus in the Morning, (Christian Children’s Songbook, # 134)
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus in the morning, Jesus at the noontime. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus when the sun goes down.
Love him, love him, love him in the morning, love him at the noontime. Love him, love him, love him when the sun goes down.
Serve him, serve him, serve him in the morning, serve him at the noontime. Serve him, serve him, serve him when the sun goes down.
Praise him, praise him, praise in the morning, praise him at the noontime. Praise him, praise him, praise him when the sun goes down.
Liturgist: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Liturgist: Let us pray
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Liturgy Leader: In our prayers we first praise God, chanting the praise word: Alleluia
Litany of Praise: Alleluia
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 Letter to the Colossians
Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers-- all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
Liturgist: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God
Liturgist: Let us read together from Psalm 52
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; * I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
I will give you thanks for what you have done * and declare the goodness of your Name in the presence of the godly.
Liturgy Leader: I invite you to let us know what you are thankful for today
As we thank God let us chant Thanks be to God
Litany Phrase: Thanks be to God!
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!
(Sing Birthday blessings or wedding blessings to those present who are celebrating)
Liturgist: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
People: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."
Liturgist: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Sermon – Father 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.
Liturgy Leader: Next in our prayers, we remember people who have special needs. As we pray let us chant: Christ Have Mercy
Litany Phrase: Christ, have mercy.
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.
Youth 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
Offertory Song: Only a Boy Named David, (All the Best Songs for Kids, # 112)
Only boy named David. Only a little sling. Only a boy named David, but he could pray and sing. Only a boy named David, only a rippling brook. Only a boy named David, and five little stones he took. And one little stone went in the sling and the sling went round and round. And one little stone went in the sling and the sling went round and round. AND….round and round and round and round and round and round and round. And one little stone went up in the air. And the giant came tumbling down.
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.
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.
And so, Father, the gifts of bread and wine will be presented at the Eucharist. We ask you to 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.
We remember that 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: Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People: Therefore let us keep the feast.
Words of Administration
Communion Song: I Come with Joy, (Renew! # 195)
I come with joy a child of God, forgiven, loved and free, the life of Jesus to recall, in love laid down for me.
I come with Christians far and near to find, as all are fed, the new communion of love in Christ’s communion bread.
As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share, each proud division ends. The love that made us, makes us one, and strangers now are friends.
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: Christ Beside Me (Renew! # 164)
Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, king of my heart. Christ within me, Christ below me, Christ above me, never to part
Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand, Christ all around me, shield in the strife. Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting, Christ in my rising light of my life.
Liturgist: Let us go forth in the Name of Christ.
People: Thanks be to God!