This Sunday: February 7th

Beulah Land: Jesus heals the Paralyzed Man

  • Memory Verse: He said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Luke 5:24b
  • Summary: We are continuing our journey into the ministry of Jesus. Today your children will hear about the healing of a paralytic man. This story is found in Luke 5:17-26.
  • I Wonder… : what the man’s friends hoped for when they lowered him down to Jesus? what Jesus thought when the roof started to come off?! what the enemy is waiting and watching for?
  • Additional Follow-up: Talk about what paralyzed means. That’s a big word for little kids! I wonder what it is like to not be able to move? Write a letter to someone who is sick or take them a flower. Pray for someone who is ill.

Godly Play I & II: Jesus in the Synagogue and Upper Room

  • Memory Verse: The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… Isaiah 61:1
  • Summary: Today’s story begins with Luke 4:16, where Jesus is in the Synagogue. It ends with Jesus in the Upper Room, instating the Lord’s Supper. This story is aimed at linking Old Testament and New Testament as they meet in Christ. It also helps explain why we read God’s Word and take communion each week together.
  • I Wonder…:  if you have heard Scripture read in the worship service? if you have seen the Lord’s Supper take place? why we do these things as Christians?
  • Additional Followup: This might be a good time to look through the worship folder from Sunday together. Ask wondering questions like, “I wonder what your favorite part of our time together is?” or “I wonder why we do things like have a sermon or take communion?”. HERE is a website that explains some cultural background on Synagogues. There is some interesting overlap in the liturgy we use today, including the use of the Aaronic benediction that John Calvin also tended toward in his order of worship. We also use that one and several other blessings found throughout Scripture in our services at Red Mountain. Moreover, consider how this link between Old and New Testament prepares us for Easter.

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