Ordinary Sunday: January 28th

GP I: Parable of the Great Pearl

Memory Verse: Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all of these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

Summary: Today our parable journey takes us to Matthew 13:45-46, a short story about selling all that one has in order to obtain something of great value. Interesting to note: in this story set, the pearl of great value is not the biggest one. From the story: “Our culture holds up big things for us to admire…big homes, big bank accounts…greatness has to do with more than size.”

I Wonder…:  what the pearl could really be? if the man knew right away the pearl was more valuable than everything he owned? what is so precious that someone would sell EVERYTHING to have it? if you have ever been close to something so valuable?

Additional Follow-Up: Talk with your 3-4 year olds about things that are precious to them. What is valuable? Wonder together why we have those things. Wonder about what God says is valuable.

GP II: Parable of the Sower

Memory Verse: Blessed is the man whose delight it the law of the Lord… he is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season. Psalm 1:2a & 3a

Summary: This week your children will hear the Parable of the Sower. This parable about a farmer who plants seeds to discover four different outcomes, is told in Mark 4, Matthew 13 and Luke 8.

I Wonder…:  who the sower might be? what surprised the sower most? what the sower was doing while the seeds were choked by the weeds? who those birds might really be?

Additional Follow-up: This is one parable that Jesus explaned to the disciples. Why not try to read the parable with your children this week and talk about how Jesus explained it? If you garden (or want to plant a bean seed in a Styrofoam cup), that would be an easy illustration to use at home for deeper understanding of the parable.

GP III: Parable of the Great Banquet

Memory Verse: Go out into the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. Luke 14:23

He has brought me to his banqueting table and his banner over me is love. Songs 2:4

Summary: We are kicking off our parable stories! This week we will hear the Parable of the Great Banquet. It is taken from Luke 14.

I Wonder…:  who the guests might really be? why they did not go? what the banquet might really be? if you have ever been invited to God’s banquet?

Additional Follow-up: Aren’t parables curious things? In response to a catty statement about being invited to the banquet of God, Jesus, like he does, flipped his audience upside down with a story about inviting the lame and poor to a feast… and not allowing certain others in. That’s on the tail end of exhorting his followers to bless people who could not bless them in return. I WONDER what all of this is about?

You know we can’t mention this parable without remembering our favorite band, Rain for Roots. and how they tell this important tale!

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