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Lesson for Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time  (August 28, 2011)

Theme Song for August: "Be the Change"

Scripture ReferenceExodus 3 : 1-15

First Thoughts:  How do we translate the story of a burning bush into something to which children can relate? Actually I think kids will get this story even better than some adults.  Kids are naturals at seeing the divine in what appears to be mundane, in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary details of life.  What we can do is affirm for them their wisdom in being delighted in the miracles of God’s world.  That they are correct in pausing, in giving God glory, in taking the shoes off their feet to encounter Mystery.  Maybe this is a lesson they will teach us!

Props You Will Need:  None.

Teaching as a Team

Leader 2: Hey, (name), have you ever seen a miracle?

Leader 1: I think so.  How about you?

Leader 2: I think so too.   Like the other day I was out mowing the yard.  I was hot and sweaty and feeling a little grumpy.  I had three acres to mow and I needed to get busy.  So I started up the mower, but then I saw something out of the corner of my eye.  A kind of weird light.

Leader 1: A weird light?

Leader 2: Yeah.  At first I almost ignored it, cause I had so much work to do.  But then I paused.  I thought, what is that weird light?

Leader 1: Did you check it out?

Leader 2: Yeah, finally.  I turned off the mower and went searching for that light.  I went behind a tree and I saw it - a rainbow.  And there wasn’t any rain!

Leader 1: I thought rainbows only came out when it rained!

Leader 2:  Me too.  That’s when I knew that God was sending me a sign.  Even though I felt grumpy and hot, God was with me.  And whatever I did would be blessed.  I spent a few minutes thanking God for the sign.  Then I went back to work.

Leader 1: That reminds me of Moses’ story.  He was working, just like you, tending sheep.  When he saw a sight which caught his attention - a burning bush.  Now he might have walked on by it, but instead he did what you did.  He paused.  When he looked more closely at the bush, he realized it wasn’t burning up.

Leader 2: Wow! What did he think?

Leader 1: The same thing you thought - it was a sign from God.  Then Moses heard a voice telling him to take off his shoes, because this was holy ground.

Leader 2: So you’re saying what happened to me has happened before.

Leader 1: Yeah, and it happens all the time.  If we take the time to pause we will see how God  has put signs in our path - ways of saying “hello, I’m here and I love you.”  Rainbows and sunsets, baby birds and caterpillars, beautiful clouds and spider webs.  Beauty everywhere,  God everywhere.  For anyone who will see.


Teaching On Your Own: Hey everybody,  have you ever seen a miracle?  I have.  The other day I was out mowing the yard.  I was hot and sweaty and feeling a little grumpy.  I had three acres to mow and I needed to get busy.  So I started up the mower, but then I saw something out of the corner of my eye.  A kind of weird light.  At first I almost ignored it, cause I had so much work to do.  But then I paused.  I thought, what is that weird light?  So finally I checked it out.   I went behind a tree and I saw it - a rainbow.  And there wasn’t any rain!  That’s when I knew that God was sending me a sign.  Even though I felt grumpy and hot, God was with me.  And whatever I did would be blessed.  I spent a few minutes thanking God for the sign.  Then I went back to work.  You know, that reminds me of Moses’ story.  He was working, just like me, tending sheep.  That’s when he saw a sight which caught his attention - a burning bush.  Now he might have walked on by it, but instead he did what you did.  He paused.  When he looked more closely at the bush, he realized it wasn’t burning up.  That’s when he knew it was a sign from God.  Then Moses heard a voice telling him to take off his shoes, because this was holy ground.    What happened to me, what happened to Moses, I think that happens all the time.  God gets our attention in a bunch of different ways.  If we take the time to pause we will see how God  has put signs in our path - ways of saying “hello, I’m here and I love you.”  Rainbows and sunsets, baby birds and caterpillars, beautiful clouds and spider webs.  Beauty everywhere,  God everywhere.  For anyone who will see.

Closing Prayer: Thank you, God, for the signs you have placed in our paths - all the beauty and the wonder of your world.  Give us eyes to see your hand, and hearts to move in your love.  In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

Follow-Up Lesson: A great way to follow up this children‘s sermon, in a classroom or home setting, is to get the kids to identify special places in their lives - where they have experienced amazement and joy at God’s beauty.  Maybe give them some magazines to look through, allowing them to pick out pictures where they can see God working in the world.  Then introduce the kids to the name of God in this lesson - “I Am.”  Help them to think about the implications of that name.  How would they finish that sentence?  I am Life, I am Love, I am Beauty, I am Wonder, etc.  Since God describes Godself as “I Am”, God is all these things, in every place.  Help the kids to think about they might “take off their shoes” for God?  How can they acknowledge God’s special presence in their lives?  Help them to think about special rituals they might adopt - praying before each meal, inviting God to cleanse them as they brush their teeth at night, coloring mandalas as a prayer practice.