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LCH Children’s Conversations—Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany 2008/09

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Last Epiphany: Transfiguration Sunday—February 22, 2009

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Summary: Transfiguration means change. It’s like when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. It’s the same thing, but it looks different, and it acts differently. Jesus is the same before and after the Transfiguration, but he changes his direction and heads to Jerusalem.

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Epiphany VI—February 15, 2009

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Summary: When you’re sick, you’ll do anything to get better. In today’s Gospel we have the story of a man with leprosy (Hansen’s disease) who comes to Jesus. In that time, people with leprosy were sent away, so he really wanted to be healed. Jesus loved the man and healed him. Jesus loves us in the same way and heals us every day.

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Epiphany V—February 8, 2009

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Summary: In today’s story, Jesus was preaching and healing. Everyone came to be healed, but they couldn’t all get around him. So he healed some and left. It’s like this roll of tape. When it’s rolled up, you can’t all touch it, but if I roll it out on the floor, you can. Jesus spreads God’s word out so everyone can get to it.

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Epiphany IV—February 1, 2009

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Summary: Here I have a vase with some water. Some of you will say it’s half full, and others will say it’s half empty. Jesus says it’s full and overflowing. Why? Because it’s half full of water and half full of air. This is like the new teaching Jesus brings in today’s gospel: God loves us so much that we are full to overflowing.

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Epiphany III—January 25, 2009

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Summary: Today Jesus talks about fishing for people. If you’ve ever been fishing, you know you would need a very big pole, but that’s not how you fish for people. Who does Jesus call to be fishers of people? You and everyone here.

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Epiphany II—January 18, 2009

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Summary: Today’s story about Samuel is great. Samuel goes to sleep in the temple, hears God’s voice, and says he will do what God asks. God called Samuel, and God called each of you at your baptism.

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Baptism of Jesus—January 11, 2009

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Summary: Today is the Baptism of Jesus. Let’s take a field trip to the font to see what baptism means. Baptism comes from a Greek word meaning “wash with water,” and here we have a font with water. You remember John the Baptist. He baptized people with water to wash away their sins. In Jesus’s baptism and in our baptisms, the Holy Spirit comes to say we belong to God forever.

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Second Sunday after Christmas—January 4, 2009

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Summary: You all got exciting presents for Christmas, and I got this exciting battery. It’s full of potential and energy, just like the baby Jesus was full of God’s energy. But this battery won’t do anything if it’s not connected to a circuit. We are like the circuit for God’s energy. When we send you out into the world, that’s when God’s energy gets spread.

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Holy Innocents—December 28, 2008

Lessons and Carols—No children’s conversation.

Advent IV—December 21, 2008

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Summary: It’s the Fourth Sunday of Advent, so Christmas is very close. I’m sure you’re excited about the many wonderful presents you will get. What are you most excited about? That’s right; the very best present for all of us is Jesus.

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Advent III—December 14, 2008

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Summary: It’s the Third Sunday of Advent, so we have three candles lit. Those candles point to Christmas and to God. In the Gospel, John the Baptist said he wasn’t God or Jesus, but he pointed to God and Jesus. We can also point to God in what we say, how we live, and how we love.

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Advent II—December 7, 2008

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Summary: In today’s Gospel, John the Baptizer says to prepare the way of the Lord. When it says the way, it is like a road, but it is not a physical road. The Holy Spirit enters us and prepares our hearts to proclaim God to everyone. So, John is telling each of us to get ready.

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Advent I—November 30, 2008

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Summary: This is the first Sunday of Advent, and our lessons tell us to be ready. It’s like when you get up in the morning and get ready for school. This morning, I thought I was ready, but I put on two different shoes. My wife wasn’t happy, but God doesn’t care. Sometimes we aren’t completely ready, but God loves us, and that’s how we are ready.

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