Welcome back to Ordinary Time! That’s the green time between Christmas (white with star) and Lent (where purple starts).
It is a time of growing. Like green trees and grass.
Here is what we will learn this week.
Beulah Land: Jesus in the Temple
- Memory Verse: And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:52
- Summary: This Sunday your child will hear the story of young Jesus going to the temple with his parents. It is told in a way that ties together Old Testament Covenant stories with the Christmas story. It also serves as a bridge leading us to hear the Gospel stories of “grown-up” Jesus (which begin next week!). You can find the passage in Luke 2:41-52.
- I Wonder… : if Jesus stayed behind on purpose or if it was an accident? why the teachers were so amazed with Jesus’s answers? if you have ever been lost and found?
- Additional Follow-up: It’s interesting to think about Jesus as a child! He would have grown up hearing Old Testament stories from Mary and Joseph, not unlike your children. One suggestion Beulah Land suggests is to draw a picture of Mary and Joseph telling Jesus these stories! Here’s an example from their curriculum.
Godly Play I & II: Parable of the Good Shepherd
- Memory Verse: I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11
- Summary: This Sunday we begin stories about Jesus’ ministry. Over the next few months, your child will learn about his parables and miracles. We will begin with The Parable of the Good Shepherd, a story Jesus gives us about a shepherd who leads, protects, finds and rescues his sheep. This is a different sort of parable in that Jesus also makes the declaration; “I am the Good Shepherd.” I’ve chosen to lead with this one for several reasons, including that it pulls together Psalm 23, John 10, Matthew 18, Luke 15 (and our Communion lesson!) in a way that helps link the Old Testament with the New. It helps form the grid through which the kids begin to filter this set of Scripture stories by naming who this amazing man is.
- I Wonder…: if you have ever been in a dangerous place? have felt good grass and tasted fresh water? who these sheep could really be?
- Additional Follow-up: There really are so many neat things you could do to re-tell this story at home. You could make sheep and a pen (or set up stuffed animals in the roles). You could draw pictures of the story. You could read Psalm 23 and wonder together about what “valley of the shadow of death” might be for humans. How can God’s rod and staff comfort us? That’s a wonder filled thought! You could even look up pictures of sheep and shepherds online. For older kids, use a concordance to see how many times shepherd/sheep are mentioned in the bible and read those passages together. How are they connected?