Camels, Babies and Wise Ones


Year C, Christmas 2 and Epiphany

Jeremiah 31:7-14 or Sirach 24:1-12 

Psalm 147:12-20 or Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21            HeartCandle.jpg

Ephesians 1:3-14 

John 1:(1-9), 10-18


Isaiah 60:1-6 

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 

Ephesians 3:1-12 

Matthew 2:1-12

Dear Friends of Sermon-Stories,

I want to take this thoughtful time at the end of the year to give you all a BIG thank you for subscribing to the work I do each week. I do think of you as a community as I write. And as new subscriptions come in I am always grateful and amazed to see where everyone is from….across the world! I hope to find new ways we can stay connected in the ministry of building God’s realm in our world in 2016.

This week I have a wisdom tale for January 3rd. The scriptures this week have the theme of Wisdom running through them. Do you have any favorite stories about how wisdom came into the world? What story could you create from visions of the female figure of Wisdom in Sirach or the Wisdom of Solomon? Below is a favorite wisdom story of mine from the African storytelling tradition of Ananzi the Spider and another from the Missle East, “How to Sell Wisdom.” You will also find my favorite Epiphany story from the Italian folk tale tradition, the story of La Befana. And an Epiphany story from Arabia titled, “The Camel Who Carried the Tent.”

Tomorrow my husband and I are off for eighteen days of travel in Italy for fun, spiritual pilgrimage and to connect with my oldest stepson who will meet us there. He is studying abroad in Ireland this year and traveling during is winter break. I have never been to Italy and look forward to spending Epiphany in Florence where I understand there is a big 12th night procession. I will look for La Befana! I plan to be posting just for fun on my Sermon Stories Facebook and Twitter. So check there to see what up!

In the meantime, please use the suggestions below to find stories for January 10th, 17th, and 24th. I will be back on line with a blog with more substantive reflection in time for sermon prep for January 31st.

  • The website, ”Storypath” has postings up for children’s book suggestions for the Sundays through January 24th. They do a wonderful job pairing children’s books with particular lectionary texts. If you are not familiar with them they are definitely worth checking out!

Blessings my friends as you enter the new year! My prayers are for health, safety, abundance to share and peace for all of you. Let us pray for our world and hold it in God’s healing light!

Here’s to our 2016 story journeys,

Jane Anne

©Jane Anne Ferguson, 2015. Text and photos to be reprinted with permission only.

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