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Below are some full lessons for Epiphany, as well as "First Thoughts" for each Sunday in Epiphany.   Where a full lesson isn't available, it can be accessed on the CSS SermonSuite website.  

Lessons for January 6, 2012 (Epiphany and New Years Year B)

"What is Concealed Now Is Revealed” (Scripture Reference: Matthew 2: 1-12)
First Thoughts:  This lesson focuses on the nature of revelation, to suddenly “see” something that was once concealed from you.  As the leader preparing this lesson, I encourage you to think of times in your own life when things seemed muddy or confusing, but then – like the sun breaking through the clouds – suddenly everything became clear to you.  How did you experience the breakthrough – a sudden shifting of feeling, a lightening in your body, a liberating and new thought?  This is the experience we want to help our kids tap into, and to watch for, in their growing relationship with God. 
 
FULL LESSON: "Following the Season" (Scripture reference Ecclesiastes 3:1-13)
 
Lesson for January 8, 2012 (Baptism of Jesus Year B)

“Pointing Out the Christ"

Scripture Reference: Mark 1: 4-11

First Thoughts:  I want to focus a bit on John the Baptist – who’s such an interesting character we can bet the kids will like him!  Everyone was looking for the Christ, but it was this wild man in the wilderness – dressed in animal skins and eating locusts (both of which put him squarely outside appropriate religious decorum) – who spotted him.  How quick are we to ignore or silence the “weirdoes” in our congregation?  Can you recall a time when you received wisdom or enlightenment from someone who surprised you?  Not only can God use such folks, God seems to delight in it. (As 1 Samuel 16 reminds us, we look on the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart!) To access full lesson, please contact Sermon Suite!

 

Lesson for January 15, 2012 (Second Sunday after Epiphany,  Year B)

“Seeing Into the Heart”

Scripture Reference: John 1: 43-51

First Thoughts:  Here we are looking at Jesus’ first “recruiting” mission, as depicted in John.  The gospel writer depicts him having supernatural knowledge of the disciples-to-be, and calling based on what he alone can see.  What do we think God sees when God looks into our heart?  I think too often we expect God is disappointed, or – at best – sees us as fixer-uppers.  But that’s more likely how we see ourselves, not how God really sees us.  Scripture tells us over and over that we are God’s beloved, the apple of God’s eye.  I invite you to spend a few moments reflecting on that, letting it sink in.  Then turn and apply that meditation to the kids you will teach! To access full lesson, please contact Sermon Suite!

Lessons for January 22, 2012 (Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year B)

“Freeze!" (Scripture Reference; Mark 1: 4-20)
First Thoughts: In this next story of Jesus inviting disciples, we’re going to focus on Jesus’ invitation to repentance - to stop, think, and turn around.  As preparation for this lesson, I invite you to look back at your life, particularly focusing on those times when you made a shift in your path.  Perhaps you changed careers, or ended an unhealthy relationship, or just decided it was time for a fresh start and moved to another place.  What was it that caused you to change direction?  Do you feel the change benefited you?  How does it feel to change direction, and to
begin something new? To access full lesson, click here!
 
FULL LESSON: "Time Out" (Scripture Reference: Jonah 3: 1-5)
 

Lessons for January 29, 2012 (Fourth Sunday After Epiphany, Year B)

"Cleaning Out the Icks" (Scripture Reference: Mark 1: 21-28)
First Thoughts:  A lesson about spiritual possession is a difficult one for children to understand – and those who do understand might find it frightening. We’re going to draw an analogy, then, to something the children are familiar with: getting a stomach ache. We’re going to draw a parallel between being physically sick and spiritually sick. In preparation for this lesson I invite you to think of a time in your life when you were ailing spiritually. Perhaps you found yourself in a destructive relationship or addiction patterns, or were simply despairing whether God was with you. What did you need to be “purged” from this sickness? Was the act of spiritual healing a hard thing to accept? To access full lesson, please contact Sermon Suite!
 
FULL LESSON: “Love Builds Up” (Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 8: 1-13)
 
 
 
Lesson for February 5, 2012 (Fifth Sunday After Epiphany Year B)
 
“Saved to Serve”
 
Scripture Reference: Mark 1: 29-39

First Thoughts: This scripture passage is a great lead-in to a conversation about need and gratitude. How do we respond when someone sees our need and responds to it? Are we embarrassed or angry? Do we refuse to receive help? Or do we open our hearts to accept the gift, and with those same open hearts offer our gifts back? If we find ourselves struggling either to give or receive support, this story holds a challenge for us. To access full lesson, please contact Sermon Suite!