Beulah Land: The Parable of the Mustard Seed and Parable of the Leaven
Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, it grows to become to largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches. Matthew 13:32
- Summary: Today our Lenten journey brings us to the Parable of the Mustard Seed and Leaven. Things that are so tiny become huge as they grow and work their way throughout flat dough. This set of lessons uses the phrase repeatedly, “Jesus said, ‘Listen and believe; hear the story, and let it change you.’” The parables are not just about mustard seed and yeast. They are doing something as we listen… then and now!
- I Wonder: I wonder how the people knew the stories were about more than mustard seed and a bowl of dough? I wonder what else they thought the story was about? I wonder if this story reminds you of any other stories? I wonder what it means to hear the story and let it change you?
- Additional Followup: Make some bread together! Watch it rise. Learn and sing the song Leaven Bread by Rain for Roots!
Godly Play I & II: Faces of Easter I
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
- Summary: Lent is the season in which we prepare for Easter. We are using a set of stories that walk through the life of Christ. Today’s lesson focuses on the birth of Christ. Something interesting to know about this set of stories is that during wondering time, the children are invited to bring something from another story set that reminds them of the story being told that day. One example might be that a child brings the Advent story set over when talking about the birth of Christ. They are making connections in Scripture!
- I Wonder…: what you liked best about this story? what part is most important? what other stories this one reminds you of?
- Additional Followup: Maybe you’d enjoy making a “Faces of Easter” tree at your house. Use a branch in a jar. Start this week by having your child draw a picture of Jesus as a baby. Cut those out and hang them on the tree. Lent is a time when we remember that Christ is the servant king, who came to serve. How might your family serve each other? What about others?