Matthew 25:1-13 (1)


Be Prepared
Reading: Matthew 25:1-13
Blanks: lamps, oil, bridegroom, know you

It is important to be prepared sometimes.
Because then we can do what we want to do.
For example:
You may go to a nice wedding ceremony.
You want to remember this wedding forever.
So, you want to take many photos.
Then what do you need to prepare?
(3) Right, you need a camera.

Here is another example.
Your family went to a camp.
You wanted to have a nice campfire there.
So, you found the safe place.
You found some dry wood and put them together.
Now if you prepared this, you can have a campfire.
What is this?
(3) Right, you need something to light the fire: like matches and stuff.
If you are prepared, you will have a nice campfire.

Likewise, if you are prepared, you can do what you want to do.

(3) Now what is this?
It is a lamp.
Do you know what this is for?
In the time of Jesus, they use this as a flashlight.
But it was more than a flashlight.
In those days they didn’t use electricity or bulb.
So, they used this as their light at night as well.
They also used this when they wanted to welcome someone at night.
They prepared this light and shine the path of someone who came.

Just like a flashlight needs a battery, this lamp needed oil.
So, if you want to use this light all night, you want enough oil.

Using this lamp Jesus told a story like this:
(3) “The kingdom of God will be like ten ladies who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were prepared and five were not.
The five of them prepared oil in jars with them.
The five of them did not have any oil with them.

“Then since nobody knew when the bridegroom would come, they all just waited and waited.
Then they all felt asleep.

Then suddenly at midnight the cry rang out:
“The bridegroom is here!
Come here and meet him!”

Then all the ladies woke up and prepared their lamps.
Those who had oil got ready right away.
But those who didn’t have oil were in trouble.
So, they asked to those who prepared:
“Give us some oil.
Our lamps are going out.”

Then those who prepared said:
“No, there may not be enough for both us.
Why don’t you go and buy some?”
So, they went to buy some oil.

But then the bridegroom arrived.
(3) Those who prepared went in with him to the wedding banquet.
Then all the doors were shut.
Then the marriage feast has started.

Then later, the others came and said:
“Lord, Lord, open the door for us!”

But he was like:
“Who are you?
I don’t know you.”
Then he just went in to have a party.

Telling this story, Jesus was like:
“So, be prepared, since you do not know when I will come.
When you have time, be prepared.
When you are prepared, you can fall asleep.
I am making a new world for you.
One day, I will come and show you.”

When you are ready, it does not matter when Jesus comes.
Then some of you may ask:
How can we be prepared?

These are something that we do to be ready for Jesus.
We can get ready doing the things that Jesus teaches us to do.
For example:
We love God and love people.
We obey God and do good to people.
We pray, read our Bibles, and share our lives with each other.
We obey what he says.
We do some good works that Jesus asks.
We gather together in the name of Jesus like this.
We learn new lessons that Jesus wants us learn.
We give our life to Jesus.
Then, we are ready.
Then we are prepared for Jesus.
Then we will be prepared for his new world.
So, while we are alive, let’s be prepared.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, you can only prepare us to be ready.
You can only help us to grow.
May you help us to understand you and obey you.
We pray this in your name.


Luke 17: 20-25 (3)


God's plan for our life (You will come to know it)
Reading: Luke 17: 20-25
Blanks: is in your midst, lightning, suffer, rejected

(3) Jesus said something like this:
“The kingdom of God is a bit different.
So, you cannot say:
'The Kingdom of God is over here.
Or, the kingdom of God is over there.
Or, God appears here.
Or, God appears there.'
Well, the truth is that the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

What does it mean?
(2) Jesus is saying:
“You find the kingdom of God, as soon as you know what God is doing.
You need to find how God works, because God works here.
God works right before you.
I am also right here to show that.
I am doing what God is doing.
I am saying what God is saying.
So, when you understand me, you will understand the kingdom of God.”

Jesus was saying like this because some people saw the kingdom of God and could not recognize it as such.
They saw God working right before them.
But they could not say it was God.
(2) Instead, they were saying:
“How does God work here?
We don’t know how God works here.
We don’t know how to hear God.
We don’t understand what God is doing.
So, we don’t know what to do.”
They were saying this when God was trying to guide them.

So, God sent Jesus right before them to teach them about the way of God.
(2) So, Jesus came and helped them understand God’s character so that they might understand how God might speak to them.
Jesus also pointed out what God is doing so that they could notice God.
Jesus also spoke for God and asked them to obey God.

(4) Jesus also obeyed God to show them how to obey God.
Jesus obeyed God by dieing on the cross and rising back again.
Jesus did this so that people might not be afraid of death, but instead fear God who holds the power of life.

God loves people.
And God is very interested in people’s life.
(3) So, God spoke to them in various ways.
Sometimes, God sent coincidences and creates circumstances so that they know what God wanted for them.
God also spoke to them through the Bible.
God spoke to them when they prayed.
God spoke to them through their dreams.
God sent them the peace of mind when they were doing good, so that they might understand God’s will.

But still they were saying:
(3) “Was it all God?
Was God speaking to us like that?”
Then they doubted it.

(2) So, Jesus was saying something like this to them:
“God is in you.
God is in you to be discovered.
Try to notice what God is doing in your heart.
Try to see how God works.
Then when God asks you to do something, try to obey God.
Try to do something good for God.
Try to truly help people.

“Because when you listen to God and obey, you will end up doing what you truly love to do.
When you surrender all to God, you end up living your best life.
Because God will help you to use your gifts and talents.
God will help you understand who you are.
God will help you find a great joy in God.
God will help you live a good life.”

(3) So, when you hear anything from God, first, make sure that is from God.
Then if it is from God, cherish it.
Dedicate your life for it.
You can build something positive.
You can give something precious to this world.
In fact you will be God’s gift to this world.

Then people will also follow you, because they know God is in you.
They will join God, because they know what God can do for them as well.
In this way, many people may find God and find who they are in God.
In this way, many people may be saved.

So, your job today is to find what God is doing here.
Then you will be able to change your life and your world.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, help us to find God in our life.
Give us a blessing to live according to your will and do what you have us to do.
May we also help others to find you and obey you.
In Jesus name, we pray.


Matthew 28:1-10 (2)

Shine God’s light.
Reading: Matthew 28:1-10
Prop: candles and a small table

What are these?
Right, these are candles.
Now let me tell you a story.

One day Jesus was in heaven.
(Light a candle on the table)
Jesus was there because Jesus is God.
But then, Jesus wanted to become a man just like us so that he could shine God’s light to us.

So, he became a man.
(Bring a candle under the table)
Then Jesus taught people about the truth.
Jesus told them what God told him.
Jesus loved them and prayed for them.
Then, many people understood God and the truth.

But some people didn’t want to hear Jesus.
They didn’t like his teaching.
So, they killed Jesus.
(Turn off the light)

But God loved his light, because God knew Jesus spoke the truth.
Jesus obeyed God and did everything that God told him.
So, God decided to bring him back up so that he can continually shine his light and help people to know the truth about God.
(Light the candle)

Then Jesus decided to give his light to his students so that they could shine God’s light, forever.
(Light other candles under the table)
Jesus gave them power.
And then Jesus went home.
(Bring Jesus Candle on the table)

Then his students could do what Jesus has done, because they got the light, the light of Jesus.
They could do all things in Jesus' name.
They could help people to understand God.
They could help them to know that God loves them and that they are God’s children.

Then Jesus also gave this light to us.
(Light two more candles)
Then Jesus was like:
“Shine God’s light.
Help people to understand God and God’s truth.
Encourage people to follow my light.
Then God will be very happy.”

God has given us power to shine God’s light.
So, we can shine God’s light that we receive from Jesus.
We can shine God’s light, by practicing what Jesus said.
Ok, let’s shine God’s light, by practicing what Jesus taught us.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for giving your light.
Let us shine God’s light so that more people could understand God and the truth.
May all the people shine the light that you have given them.
In your name, we pray. Amen.


The Gospel of Luke 3 (God’s poor)


The Gospel of Luke 3 (God’s poor)
Reading: Luke 16:19-31
Additional readings: Luke 12:16-21
Blanks: angels, Son, comforted, listen

(2) Today we are going to have another look at the gospel of Luke.
Especially, we are going to look at how Luke emphasized about helping the poor.
In this gospel, helping the poor is very important theme.
Luke also introduced the concept of God’s poor.
It appeared again and again in the Gospel of Luke.

For example, in the gospel of Luke, we see the Sermon on the Mount which is also appeared at Matthew chapters 5-7.
But Luke changed a bit.
(2) He wrote:
“Looking at his disciples, Jesus said: Luke 6:20-26
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of Jesus.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets."

In Luke God will bless those who are poor, hungry, and weep, but still live for Jesus.
In those days, Christians lived like this.
Some of them were God’s poor.

(3) By the same token, Luke said:
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.
Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.”

Then, Luke asks people to be kind to the poor, using the story of the Rich man and Lazarus: Luke 16:19-31
In this story Lazarus went to be with Father Abraham.
But according to the story, we don’t know whether Lazarus did anything wonderful and faithful to be with Abraham, except that he was really poor.
But he was God’s poor.

(2) So, telling this story, Luke was saying something like this:
“Remember to look after the poor, God’s poor.
Then, we will be truly rich toward God.”

By the same token, Luke encouraged people not to be greedy.
(1) Jesus said that Jesus said something like this: Luke 12:16-21.
The ground of a certain rich man produced an abundant harvest.
So, he planed to tear down his barns and build bigger ones.
Then he wanted to enjoy these plenty of grain for many years.
He was talking to himself like this:
“Take it easy now.
Eat, drink and be happy!”’
But God was like:
‘What if you die tonight?’
Then Jesus reminds people to be rich toward God, and use money wisely for God when God blesses them.

Then Luke said: Luke 14:12-14
(3) Jesus said to his host who invited him for a meal:
"When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.
But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.
Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

(3) Then concerning how to handle money Luke said: Luke 16:10-13
Jesus said:
“No one can serve two masters.
Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and money.”
Luke is writing this gospel so that people could help the poor, God’s poor.

So, Luke is asking people to be trustworthy when God entrusts them something, some talent, and some gift.
When they learn to be honest with handling money in the way God wants, then God will also entrust them with God’s abundant wealth.
When you are trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, God will trust you with God’s true riches.
Being trustworthy is very important here.

Then God may feel comfortable giving you wealth so that you can take good care of more people and more ministries that God desires.

Reading this gospel, some people decide to serve the poor and be kind to God’s poor.
Some people dedicate their life for this.
Then, some people try not to spend money on themselves but for God’s poor.
Then they are able to share the story of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is something to think about.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, you teach us to be God’s poor.
You teach us to share and love the poor.
May we obey you and live like you.
In your name, we pray.

Note: Mary’s Song: Luke 1:46-55: “He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.”

John 13:1-17


Feet Washing & Lord’s Supper
Reading: John 13:1-17
Blanks: Passover, God, God, water, wash, wash, understand, with me, clean, clean, understand, wash, feet, do

(1) Jesus wanted that his life would tell about who God is.
Jesus worked hard to produce a wonderful story of God.
So, today, Jesus creates a story so that his students could learn about God.

Now it was on the night he betrayed.
Jesus was having a dinner with his students.
Then Jesus wanted to explain the meaning of the Lord's Supper.
(3) So, Jesus got up, and prepared a clean towel.
He poured water into a basin.
Then he began to wash his disciples’ feet.
Then, he dried them with the towel.

(3) The students were surprised that Jesus was washing their feet.
As they wear sandals all the time, their feet were usually dirty.
So, in the time of Jesus, it was often the job of slaves.

(3) But now, it was Simon Peter’s turn.
But Peter was like:
“Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied:
“You don’t understand what I am doing.
But later you will understand.”

Then this teenager Peter was like:
“No, you are not going to wash my feet, never.”

Jesus answered:
“Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

Peter replied:
“Oh! Then, Lord, not only my feet.
Wash my hands! Wash my head!”

But Jesus was like:
“If you’ve had a bath in the morning, you only need your feet washed.
Then your whole body is clean.
Then, you are clean.”

(3) Then, there was Judas who was going to betray him. (1 Corinthians 6)
Jesus also washed his feat, because he was also his disciple after all.

Then after washing their feet, he asked them:
“Do you understand what I have done for you?
You call me ‘Lord’ and ‘Teacher.’
Yes, I am your Lord and Teacher.
I’m greater than you.
But I have washed your feet.
So, you should wash one another’s feet.
Then you will be blessed.”

(3) Jesus washed their feet, because Jesus wanted them to serve each other.
God has given Jesus all the power.
In fact, Jesus is God.
But Jesus came and washed their feet.
Instead of ruling over them, Jesus chose to serve.
Jesus chose to be their slave so that his students may choose to serve others.

Can you imagine that God wants to wash your feet?
But is it not what God is doing?

In this way Jesus explain the meaning of the Lord's Supper.

People make mistakes in their lives.
Because of that, there can be some problems in their community.

But when Jesus sees our imperfectness, when Jesus sees our dirty feet, when Jesus sees our not-so-nice behaviors, Jesus wants to support us and assist us in our living.
Jesus comes to take care of our weakness and our shortcomings.
Jesus comes to take the responsibility of our sin and mistakes.
Then, Jesus cleanses us so that we can move forward.
Jesus wants to forgive and cover our many sins. (1 Peter 4:8, Proverbs 10:12)
Jesus gives us a new chance to live better.

So, washing the feet, Jesus was explaining his life.
(3) For this reason, Jesus shed his blood on the cross.
Through this blood, Jesus cleanses us spiritually.
Through his blood Jesus washes our sin away.
Through his blood, Jesus would cleanse us from our sin.
Through his blood, Jesus cleanses his community of faith.
For this, Jesus came from God.
For this, Jesus was willing to die.
For this, Jesus rose from the dead.
For this, Jesus returned to God.

(3) But still his ministry continues.
But still Jesus asks us to wash each other’s feet.
Jesus asks us to forgive and cover each other's many sins.
Jesus asks us to help each other and serve each other.
Jesus asks us to strengthen each other’s faith so that we all can stand for God more clearly and firmly.
This is another way to take communion, to participate in the Lord’s Supper.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, you serve us.
Then you ask us to serve people.
You ask your church to serve people.
May we be faithful in this service to each other and to the world.
We pray this in your name.


Prayers of the people 13

God, you have given us Jesus the King who marched to Jerusalem today.
This was your only Son.
Your only Son was marching to show us the way of peace and freedom.
Let’s us march with him.

Jesus, thank you for your work for peace.
Thank you for inviting us to march alongside with you.
May your kingdom come today.
May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Thank you for making God’s name holy by showing God’s action.
Thank you for making God’s kingdom known by doing what God would do.
Thank you for helping us understand which path is the way of God.

Forgive us if we expect you to do what you don’t want to do.
Then help us to forgive those who expect us to do what we don’t want to do.

Jesus, you dwell among us.
You provide joy, love, faith, and victory in life.
You take our weakness and take charge of our future.
You take care of our family and friends.
Thank you for enabling all of us to live in harmony with you and with your people.
We bless all those who serve you today.

Jesus, we pray for those who ask for our prayers and who pray for us.
Whether the name is spoken or remained in our heart, give them your peace and healing.
Keep them in your love, as they wait for your coming.
Keep them in your community.

Jesus, we are your new creation.
Touch and heal our minds.
Renew us. Fill us with your love.
Inspire us to love each other and serve the human family.

In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


Luke 19:28-40 (1)


Jesus, the King of Peace
Reading: Luke 19:28-40
Words: colt - young male horse/donkey under the age of four; untie – free a donkey from a tree; olive
Blanks: Jerusalem, Blessed, Peace

It was almost the end of Jesus’ ministry.
So, Jesus was wrapping things up.

(1) But other people were like:
“What do you think?
Do you think that Jesus will become our new king?

“I hope so.
I hope that he would be our king.
You know he could heal people and perform miracles.
And he is wise enough to become our king.”

While people were talking like this, Jesus was preparing to end his ministry.
He’s already planned it out in detail.

His plan was like this.
Today, on this Sunday, he wanted to march to Jerusalem.
Then on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, he wanted to teach people.
Then on Thursday, he would be captured.
Then on Friday, he would die in Jerusalem.
Then, on Sunday, he would rise up again.
That was his plan.

Jesus also all planned out on how to enter Jerusalem.
So, Jesus said to two of students:
“Go to the village ahead of you.
Then, you will find a young donkey tied there.
This donkey has never given a ride to anyone.
But untie it and bring it to me.
And if someone asks you:
“Why are you untying it?”
Then tell him:
‘The Lord needs it.’
Then they will let you have it.”

Then, the two students went and brought a young donkey.
Then Jesus wanted to have a parade.
Before he died, Jesus wanted to have a parade.
Jesus knew that he was the king.
And Jerusalem was his city.
So, Jesus wanted to march like this today.

But the disciples were not impressed.
They even worried about him.
There were some problems here.
First, this donkey has never given a ride to anyone.
(2) So, who knows what this donkey might do?

Secondly, Jesus was not prepared to be a king.
(3) Jesus didn’t have any soldier for him.
He didn’t even have a place to stay.
They wanted to be his soldiers.
But Jesus taught them to love their enemy and not to use any weapons.

Jesus was like this, because he believed that he was the king of peace.
(2) But he wanted to march riding a humble donkey today as other king.

Then since Jesus was like this, the disciples put their coats on the donkey.
They put Jesus on it.
Then they started to march.

Then people began to come out and march with them.
(3) They knew Jesus healed the sick.
They heard Jesus raised the dead.
They knew that Jesus performed miracles.
They heard that Jesus walked on water.

Then as they march, more people came out.
Some of them even started to shout:
(1) “Hooray for Jesus!
Yeeha for our new king!
Finally God sent us the king!
Praise God!
Now may all people see the glory of God!”

Then some people came out waving their palm branches.
(6) Some people put their coats on the road as Jesus was passing by.
Then they were like:
“Come out everyone.
Here is Jesus, the miracle maker!”

Then it excites people.
So, they come to join Jesus today.
Then more people came out shouting:
“Jesus is our king.
God bless our king.”

(3) But then some religious leaders and scholars rebuked Jesus:
“Jesus, are you hearing what they are saying?
You are not a king.
So, tell these people to stop.”

(6) But Jesus was like: (slow)
“I am the king.
That is why I am here.
I am the king of Jerusalem, the king of the world, and the king of the universe.”

What Jesus wanted to show here was who God is.
Jesus wanted to help people understand God.
So, he was riding a donkey today.
Doing this ordinary thing, Jesus wants to show how God may live on earth.

In this way, Jesus wanted to tell them about him.
Jesus was saying:
“I am the king.
I am a different king.
But still I am the king.
I am the king who serves God.
I am the king who does what God wants.
I am the king through whom people may make peace with God and through whom God make peace with people.
So, join me today, in this march and understand what is like to live in my faith.”

Let us pray:
Jesus, thank you for showing your humble way.
May we understand and obey your way of living.
May we join you in your march for God and for peace.
Our king of peace, may you come and make our world a world of peace and shalom today and forever.
In your name, we pray. Amen.