Beulah Land: The Prodigal Son
- Memory Verse: While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20b
- Summary: Today’s parable is the Prodigal Son. This parable is also known by different names such as: The Two Sons, The Running Father, and The Loving Father. It only appears in one Gospel—Luke. This parable is a response to the mutterings of Pharisees who did not understand why Jesus “welcomes sinners and eats with them.” (v. 2) Interestingly, though many parables highlight what one should do, this one does not. Instead, we see the abundance of the Good News…there is enough for all, regardless of if you do everything you “should do” or if you fail miserably and squander all you have.
- I Wonder… : how it feels to waste things? how it feels to say you are sorry? how it feels to be the older brother? if anything like this story has ever happened to you? what it means to hear the story and let it change you?
- Follow up Ideas: Go back to your list from last week (of ways people have loved you). Talk about when your child is loved. How does God’s love change us?
- Parent Reflection: With your spouse or a good friend, talk about which parable character you personally identify with and even which tendencies you notice in your children. Pray to receive the grace of Jesus in those places. A good, short, follow-up read for adults is Henri Nowen’s Return of the Prodigal.
Godly Play I & II: Faces of Easter VI
- Memory Verse: Whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26
- Summary: Today our kids will hear about Jesus turning toward Jerusalem and the cross. They will learn about the institution of the Lord’s Supper.
- I Wonder…: if you have ever come close to the bread and the wine Jesus was talking about? what it means when Jesus said this bread was his body and this wine was his blood? why we still partake of this special meal? why it is so special? where else you have heard about Jesus’ people eating bread or drinking wine?
- Additional Followup: Lessons about Communion can be full of mystery and wondering! Explore with your child what it means to take communion. Ask an elder to help if you feel stuck! You can also use your worship folder to review our order of communion with your child. They have probably made some interesting and even profound observations! You could even play/ act out “communion” using your worship folder.
- Bonus: Host a seder meal with your kids. Look HERE and HERE for some ideas. Talk about the Passover and wonder what the Passover might have to do with Jesus. HERE is an example of the Last Supper if you are not comfortable with a Seder.