Today we explored a biblical text that asks us to own prejudice.
When presented with the wonder that is Jesus, one of the approached soon-to-be disciples cannot believe that anything good can come out of Nazareth. Big shrug. Why bother? He almost loses the chance of a lifetime because of his reliance on what he thinks he knows.
So our Director of Spiritual Formation did a children’s sermon with a green pepper as her object lesson. She had the kids smell it and feel it and talk about the assumptions they had about what was inside of it: seeds, the usual green pepper accoutrements.
As the children’s lesson wound down the kids were losing focus and interest and I could feel the sanctuary making the internal shift from children’s lesson to what was to come next.
And then this amazing thing happened. Marcia took off the top of that green pepper and do you know it was chock-full of M & M candies!!!!
Holy cow, I have NEVER felt the energy in the sanctuary shift with such gusto in my eight plus years at Richfield.
Chocolate! In a place unexpected! How can we keep from singing!
I’m still laughing. I think the kids and adults gathered got the message: prejudging can cost the world a heart.
As for me, I learned that if, while preaching, I get the sense that people are slipping away from me, I will unveil a green pepper stuffed with chocolate.
And then look out! Anything is possible.