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Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Making Room For God’s Holy Spirit

January 13, 2019

First Sunday after Epiphany

Lectionary Year C

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ASK   (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • Have you ever been told that you have to clean your room before a friend can come over?
  • Or, if your family is having other family over, do you have to help clean the house?
  • Just so you know – it’s not just you and your family. I do the same things – I always clean up before I have guests over.
  • Why do you think we do that – why do you think we clean up before guests come over? (Should be interesting to hear the responses, here)
  • Those are all interesting ideas. Thank you for sharing them!
  • I know, for me, the main reason I clean up before guests arrive is to help my guests know that there is room for them.
  • I want them to feel like there is a place for them to sit and be comfortable, instead of feeling crowded by and squeezed in among all my things

TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • I share this idea of cleaning up for guests because I think we see a similar thing happening in today’s Gospel story.
  • But instead of cleaning rooms and homes, John the Baptist is telling the people in today’s story to clean up their lives.
  • And the reason John tells the people to clean up their lives is to make room for two very important guests.
  • The first guest they are making room in their lives for is Jesus.
  • And we see who the second guest is once Jesus is baptized.
  • When Jesus is baptized in today’s story, we hear that he then receives God’s Holy Spirit.

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

  • With God’s Holy Spirit in his life, Jesus then goes out and shares the gifts of the Holy Spirit, like God’s healing love, forgiveness and mercy.
  • He also invites people to follow him and learn how to do the same thing – how to make room in their lives for God’s Holy Spirit.
  • And then we see how those disciples eventually do learn to receive God’s Holy spirit and are able to share the same gifts as Jesus did with others, including God’s love, healing, forgiveness, and joy.
  • The same is true for us.
  • We too can make room in our lives for Jesus – which then allows us to learn from Jesus how to make room in our lives to receive God’s Holy Spirit.
  • And when we do, then we too can share the gifts of God’s Holy Spirit with the people around us.
  • Just like Jesus did.
  • And that’s the Good News for today. Let’s pray.


  • This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,
Dear God,

Thank you for Jesus…

Thank you for Jesus…

…who teaches us…

…who teaches us…

…how to receive your Holy Spirit…

…how to receive your Holy Spirit…

…and share your love, healing, and light…

…and share your love, healing, and light…

…with others.

…with others.

Thank you and amen

Originally posted December 31, 2015

Updated on December 30, 2018

This children’s sermon was written and edited by Nathanael Vissia

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