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Luke 21:5-19

When Things Fall Apart

November 13, 2016

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Year C

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ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • I have here some building blocks
  • And what I’m going to do is use these blocks to build a nice looking building.
  • [build a pretty/artistic building that is also highly unstable with your blocks]
  • What do you think? It looks pretty good, don’t you think?
  • But even though it looks pretty good, it’s not a long-lasting type of building, is it?
  • What do you think will happen if I shake the board this is built on?
  • You think it will fall over?
  • Let’s find out! [shake board slightly until the building falls down]
  • Yep, you were right. It was a pretty building, but not very solid or long-lasting.

TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • In today’s scripture story, Jesus and his disciples are in Jerusalem where the Temple was located.
  • And the disciples are excited about seeing the Temple.
  • They think the Temple is a pretty amazing building!
  • But even though the Temple was much prettier AND better built than my little building, Jesus tells the disciples in today’s story that it was going to fall over – just like my building did.
  • This probably sounded pretty scary to the disciples because…
  • …when we realize that things that we think will last for a long time (like buildings) might fall over and be no more, then that can often make us feel afraid.

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

  • But what Jesus then teaches the disciples is that even though things like my little building and big buildings like the Temple do not last forever…  
  • …God DOES last forever.
  • Which means when things are falling apart, God is and always will be with us while it happens.
  • And, because God is with us in these scary moments, then God can help us know what to do and how to respond – which means we don’t need to be afraid.
  • And this is the Good News for today.


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

Dear God,

Dear God,

Thank you that…

Thank you that…

…in a world where things…

…in a world where things…

…don’t last forever…

…don’t last forever…

…you are always with us.

…you are always with us.

Thank you and Amen

Originally posted November 8, 2013
Updated on November 4, 2016
Written and edited by Nathanael Vissia

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Supplies: You’ll need 5 or so building blocks that can be stacked on top of each other in a less than stable way (I like blocks from the game of Jenga, personally).  Also, you’ll want a hard, flat surface (like a board of some sort) to build on.

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