Sunday, November 22, 2020:
Stir-Up Sunday!


Our church color is white, with the last green days of 2020 during this week. Next up, purple!
Here are the readings for this Sunday:
Here's what we're wondering about:

WHO: anybody who likes treats, traditions, and kitchen fun!

  • making a Christmas Pudding (dessert!)
  • thinking about symbols and the life of Jesus
  • taking turns making a wish
  • making memories!

WHERE: in your kitchen, and in kitchens around the world (the tradition began in Victorian England; some people think the recipe may have started in Germany)

WHY: in response to this Collect from the 1549 Book of Common Prayer:

"Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

WHEN: about 5 weeks before Christmas, on the Sunday before the first Sunday of Advent - on the Last Sunday After Pentecost: Christ the King Sunday. So the date changes a little every year. This year, it's 11/22/2020. Plus, if you're making a traditional Pudding, steeped in alcohol, it needs to rest for several weeks for the flavor to mature (it'll keep for months - maybe even years!)

  • You put all the ingredients in a big bowl (sometimes 13 ingredients, representing Jesus & the 12 disciples)
  • You take turns stirring it clockwise - from East to West - representing the journey of the Wise Men to see Baby Jesus
  • You make a wish while you stir (but keep it a secret!)
  • Some people drop in a coin or objects, which will be baked in, and be found by a cautious and lucky diner. Traditional lucky charms could include: a silver coin = wealth, a wishbone = good luck, a thimble = good homemaking, a ring = love/marriage, and an anchor = safety. Just be careful for your teeth!
  • The whole thing is decorated before serving with a sprig of holly (watch out, real holly is poisonous, yikes) - to represent health & Jesus' Crown of Thorns
  • And if you pour hot brandy on it and set it on fire (!!!), that represents the love that Jesus has for us and His power
Here's a very easy & yummy Christmas Pudding recipe: make it in the microwave!

Save some cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving; it's a special ingredient. Golden syrup is similar to dark corn syrup; "mixed spice" is kind of like pumpkin pie spice.

LMK if you make it! (I'm going to!)

P.S. Here's the traditional recipe famously stirred up by the Royal Family last year.
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Our Online Sunday School emails (like this one) continue, every weekend.

I think of you as I write, and offer prayers for your health and well-being, peace, joy - and love! - Linda