6 March 2022
Bible readings for today
tested by the evil one, your Son did not yield,
defend us from the deceits of wealth and power,
shield us from despair,
and hold us fast to you, our rock and our truth.
Through Jesus Christ our Liberator,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
Desert Times (Luke 4:1-13)
The Devil duels with Jesus, debating where power resides and what it is for. Jesus decides it is about serving. A highly symbolic tale of the Christ who walks our every point of pain, our every temptation – and even redeems us when we fail. For we will. True fact. And he will love us still.
All Age Talk: Temptation!
Lent is the time when we get ready to hear the story of Good Friday and Easter. This time is so important that we spend time preparing ourselves. This talk introduces the idea of temptation, looking at Jesus' temptation in the desert.
What you need:
Lollies (enough for the whole group)
A plate or serviette to put the lollies on
A bread roll and a rock
A map of the world or globe
Legos or duplo to make a tower
What you do:
Then the devil showed Jesus all the countries in the world (show the map or globe). The devil said, "You can have all the countries in the whole world. You can rule all of them if you just worship me instead of worshipping God." But Jesus said, "No! We're only supposed to worship God!"
Then the devil brought Jesus to a tall tower (point to the duplo tower). "If you're really God's Son, throw yourself off this tower, and show me that you won't be hurt!" Jesus said that even though he knew that God's angels would catch him and keep him safe, we aren't supposed to test God like that. Jesus wouldn't do it.
You know, Jesus was tempted with all three of those things; food, power and showing how much God loved him by getting angels to keep him safe. But he didn't yield to those temptations. He knew that even though those things might feel good for a moment, the plan to help the world wasn't about turning stones into bread or jumping off towers or being a ruler over all the countries. Jesus knew that he needed to do something else to change the world and bring God's love and forgiveness to everyone.
What you need:
What do do:
A beautiful image from the Visio Lectio project, created by the Anglican Diocese of Auckland. © Sarah West. All Rights reserved, shared with permission.
Jesus said you cannot live on bread alone...
You can use your own recipe, or try this one. This recipe makes 12-15 scones.
What you need:
The Diocese of Dunedin is back with a new year of Gospel Conversations by diving into the story of Jesus' temptations in the desert. Michael is joined for the first time by James Harding from the University of Otago, together with two familiar faces: Bishop Steve Benford, and Rev Richard Johnson. Where, in this strange story of Jesus' encounters with the Tempter, are we to find challenges and good news for our day-to-day lives? What can it mean for us today?