Sermon workings 23 Jan 10

Lectionary – Epiphany 3 Year A

1 Corinthians 1:10 – 17.

The main service I'm doing this week is at Napton and it's a family service.  In this case the children will stay in all through the service, it's in the village hall because the church is too cold, and the musicians usual leader is on a conference.  So I'll be leading the service, doing teaching and leading some singing with a guitar.  I will also be doing a Book of Common Prayer Communion (there are often children in this one) at Lower Shugborough. The 4-5 minute sermon which will be a cut down version of the Napton talk.

The main thrust of the passage is blindingly obvious – Paul wants the Corinthian Christians to been unified rather than schismatic.  So the only problem is how to teach the main centre of this passage in the context of family service in Napton.  I try to avoid getting concepts across to multiage groups and if I'm forced to preach at a family service on Epistle I usually try to find a story behind the passage.  I haven't preached many times family services at Napton so I can go down my standard line and it still seem fresh.

I will tell the story of the planting of the church Corinth, which can be found in Acts chapter 18 and how Apollus came in to continue the work but had a very different style from Paul.

We will then voice some of the factions – I'm with Paul – I like Apollus' preaching – I was baptised by Peter . . . [pause]. . Jackson . . (The name of a previous vicar) - I like Bob - I prefer Michael (name of present vicar) but Zena's bound to say that (name of current vicar's wife).

Paul and God don't want that kind of thing, they want us to be modelled on Jesus.  The first verse of the passage says in the name of Jesus.  That's like a brand – it's the only brand that matters.

Rejected ideas  – Reasons for rejection

Stamp.  "Jesus" on everybody's foreheads – can't be bothered.

Longer spiel on name and brand – some other time.

Organise a punch-up acting out story – they would only remember that not centre of the passage.