Blessing Of The Backpacks: A Prayer For The Start Of School

Liturgies and prayer often mark moments of transition. Baptism, marriage, confirmation, and reconciliation are examples of that. What about beginning the new school year? It also is a time of transition. The new year represents growth and change; moving to a new classroom, school, or town; more responsibility and maturity. Below is one possibility for a blessing of the backpacks and a prayer for the … Continue reading Blessing Of The Backpacks: A Prayer For The Start Of School

Luke 2:41-52, Sermon, Jesus at age 12, Christmas 2, Christ Among the Doctors, Growing Up

No Longer a Manger Baby: Letting Jesus Grow Up – A Sermon on Luke 2:41-52

“Child, why have you treated us like this?” Sound familiar? Do you know those words? Do they take you back to another time, another place? Think back to your childhood. Do you remember hearing those words or words like them? Think about your own children and your parenting of them. Did you ever say anything like that? Mary’s question to Jesus in today’s gospel (Luke … Continue reading No Longer a Manger Baby: Letting Jesus Grow Up – A Sermon on Luke 2:41-52

Growing Up And Moving Home – A Sermon On Luke 2:41-52

The lectionary offers three options for the Second Sunday After Christmas. My parish will be celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. We used the Matthew option last year. So this year I choose Luke 2:41-52 as our gospel text. Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went … Continue reading Growing Up And Moving Home – A Sermon On Luke 2:41-52