Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Well, after a week of bad colds and a snowstorm keeping us inside, it's easy for me to spend some time this afternoon anticipating a much needed Sabbath rest. I'm not sure I can hold out until the weekend!

I hope to keep the menu simple with a roasted pork, sauteed zucchini, and baked sweet potatoes. The kids and I already made the cake! Tomorrow I'll make up a big batch of Simple Crusty Bread and bake a loaf on Saturday afternoon.

Have you tried this recipe? Last week I posted about how fresh crusty bread was a must for our feasts! Bread baking in the oven...certainly, splendor in the ordinary. But it wouldn't be if it wasn't for this recipe . It's so quick and easy; you just dump in the ingredients and keep it in the fridge until you're ready to bake a loaf. Here is a video of the authors making the bread for those of you who need to see it to believe it!

Here is the lectionary scripture we'll be reading:
Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm 111
I Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28

Our focus will be to help the children understand God's sovereign love for them. How He rules over heaven and earth, including our lives. This is beautifully demonstrated by the lectionary's combination of the Old Testament Promise in the Deuteronomy passage with the fulfillment in the Book of Mark. Moses fortells of God's plan: The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet...And then we see Christ fulfilling that promise in the Book of Mark as he taught them as one having authority.

We will use the coloring pages below to help demonstrate this as well. The first is Jesus teaching and the second puts the old and the new testament together to show how Jesus is the fulfillment of the old testament law.

You may want to check out Cyberfaith for further reflection, discussion question and activities for the lectionary readings.

How wonderful to be on this journey from Advent where we waited for the coming of the Lord in the birth of a baby to now be contemplating His Epiphany or manifestation as the very Lord and Authority promised so long ago.


Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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