Godly Play I & II: The Good Shepherd and Communion
I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:10
Summary: Today’s story is a remarkable one to witness! I tear up nearly every time I hear it. Your child will hear the words of John 10 and watch the Good Shepherd story connect with the lesson of Communion. The Shepherd figure will lead the sheep from a pen to the good, green grass, which places them at a table surrounded by people from all over the world. The Shepherd will stand with a pastor figure as the storyteller explains that the pastor reads the words of the Good Shepherd and gives us the bread and wine.
I Wonder…: if you have ever been close to this table? if those sheep have a name? what the table really is? what the bread and wine really are? if you ever thought about taking this special meal? who all takes this meal? where people who take it are from? how is communion like the good grass and still water?
Additional Followup: Did you know a rumor about the early church was that they were cannibals? Onlookers heard they ate a special meal of the “body” and the “blood.” While those early critiques of the church are misinformed, communion is certainly a topic full of mystery and wonder. Explore with your child what it means to take communion. You can also use your worship folder to review our order of communion with your child. They have probably already made some interesting and even profound observations! If you’d like to highlight some of the Good Shepherd passages, HERE is a beautiful version of Psalm 23 (word for word). It might make memorization easier!
Godly Play III: The Psalms
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” – Luke 24:44
Summary: This story is a new one for us! It is about the book of Psalms. The story tells an overview of the bible and how Psalms were created along the way as prayers and songs attesting to stories such as Creation, Deliverance, Hope, Grief, Repentance, etc. The story ends with the culmination of the Psalms in Jesus.
I wonder…: what is a Psalm you know? when you might use a Psalm? if Jesus quoted from Psalms?
Additional Followup: How many times do you think the New Testament refers to or alludes to the Psalms? HERE is an article giving some examples you might find interesting. Find a Psalm that your entire family can memorize together! HERE is a link to a CD of Psalms set to music to help you along the memorization way.