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Scripture:  Mark 1:21-28
[ Summary:
Jesus isn’t afraid of our messes.  ]


Supplies Needed: You will need to assemble a mess. Pack a bag that might include mismatched socks, a rumpled shirt or two, scraps of papers, writing utensils, an old cell phone, books/magazines, an empty snack of some kind (like a Wheat Thins box or empty candy wrappers), a couple of movie/jewel cases, remote control, maybe an old slipper, etc.


ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)


  • Good morning!
  • Has your room at home ever been messy and needed to be cleaned up?
  • Yeah? What kind of things do you usually have to clean up? (books, toys, clothes, headhpones, stuffed animals, other things)
  • I have messes at home, too. They usually look like this...[open up your prepared bag and pour out your assembled mess]
  • So these messes we have at home...do you ever see those type of messes here in the sanctuary?
  • No, not so much -- looks pretty clean just about all the time, doesn't it?


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • Just like we have messes in our homes, we can also have messes inside of us.
  • And a lot of times, we think we're supposed to clean those inside messes up on our own.
  • We might even think that we need to clean up our messes before we can come here.
  • But in today's scripture story, we see that in the faith community that Jesus is talking to, there is someone there who decides to spill their inside mess right in the middle of their worship service.
  • The story calls that mess "an unclean spirit."
  • But did you notice how Jesus responded to this person's mess?
  • Jesus didn't get mad or upset with the person.
  • Instead, Jesus helped the person clean up his mess.  


SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • Although this sanctuary is almost always clean, that doesn't mean that we have to have everything cleaned up in our own lives to be here.
  • In fact, our faith community can actually help us, with God's guidance and love, clean up our messes just like Jesus did in today’s scripture story.
  • For example, I've come here and made a mess. And maybe you would help me clean it up?
  • [Put your mess back into the bag]
  • Thank you very much for your help in cleaning up my mess.
  • And this is the Good News, then, for today: We don't need to be all cleaned up to be part of the church.
  • Instead, together and with God's help, we can help each other clean up and straighten out our messes.


CLOSING Prayer

  • Let’s pray.  This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,
Dear God,

Thank you for Jesus…

Thank you for Jesus…


…who shows us…   

…who shows us…


…how to share…

…how to share…


…your healing love…

…your healing love…


…even when things get messy.

…even when things get messy.


Thank you and amen.



Posted January 18, 2015
Written by Nathanael Vissia


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Written for Sunday, February 1, 2015

4th Sunday in Epiphany

Lectionary Year B

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