Godly Play I: Simeon
Summary: This summer we will use bible stories from the life of Christ. This week’s lesson picks up after Christ’s birth when his parents take him to the temple to offer firstborn sacrifices. There they encounter an elderly man, Simeon, who has been waiting for the Light of the World to, as the story words it, “grow and shine and fill the world and bring light to the people who were poor and sick and lonely and scared.”
I Wonder… : why Simeon believed the Light of the World was coming? why he kept on looking for Christ after years of nothing happening? how he knew baby Jesus was the Light of the World?
Memory Verse: Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:1-2*
*We are learning all of Psalm 16 over the next 10 weeks. Typically, we’ll learn one verse a week, but since there are 11 verses, this week we have 1 & 2! You can do it! Say it each morning at breakfast and each evening at bed time. Say it together, take turns saying it. Get the Psalm II CD and learn it via song! I wonder if this Psalm had anything to do with Simeon?
Godly Play II and III: New City Catechism
What is our only hope in life and death? That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.
For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. Romans 14:7–8
What is God? God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through him and by his will.
There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. . . . But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:8–10, 15
Mealtime Conversation Questions
1. I wonder what it means to be eternal?
2. I wonder if you have heard stories from the Bible about God creating? What about sustaining? Which stories are those?
3. I wonder what it means to belong to Christ?