10th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C, Revised Common Lectionary: ideas to involve even the youngest.

You have found a collection of ideas to help you contemplate the RCL readings. While designed to be used during a Sunday service at church or by zoom, these readings can also be used during the week to help you remember and build on what you experienced on Sundays. My objective is for faith to be a lived experience and for children to learn how to worship and explore the Bible and pray by participating in Worship with you. The goal here is not for them to learn names or facts though they may want to do that for themselves, but rather to find ways of connecting with the text and sharing that with others. The ideal is to form a life long love of Christ, for the Word of God and to participate in Worship.

We are now in the longest season of the Liturgical calendar, After Pentecost, it is often refered to as Ordinary Time, as no big celebrations occur in this season. The Liturgical colour is Green.

If you are worshipping from home you may like to set up a worship area and define it with a GREEN placemat, or ribbons.

You can do this by setting up a candle, then add the things that remind YOU of God, a Cross, a Bible that everyone likes to read from, a special object, even something from one of the readings.

If able to worship in the Church buildings pack a special backpack, as well as filling, it with your Covid Safe equipment, add the books or materials required to help your young ones relate to today’s readings.

For adults and older students, you might like to use a journal with which to record anything that grabs your attention during the service. This could be a special, bound book or use your ipad or iphone. You could write a precis of the message (traditional words or pictures), draw, keep a record of emotions and hymns that you did or did not like. You could use a template like this free download. Remember, this is for you, you do not have to show anyone what is in it unless you want to, and you feel safe to do so.

CONGREGATIONAL USE: Though parents are the best at sharing their faith with their children. If you are a small congregation where children are a very small, or rare part of your congregational life, please feel free to make these suggestions available to your congregation. I am very happy for you to copy and paste ideas from here into your own Order of Service or for you to supply a link to this page. An acknoledgement though is always appreciated.

LET’S BEGIN:

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

You might like to start with the Lord’s Prayer if at home, or say the Lord’s Prayer within a set place if following along in a service. Here are 4 options

2 with ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w

A more contemplative version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuUo-igXDU&fbclid=IwAR2FasYCU-9mP1PaLQDjweXyhyUnJutt4J28KycjzeUEttWSesipX2jmJxE

Or for a more Intergenerational approach try Number 1 on the Table Settings album by Liturgical Folks

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY

If you are in Australia and attending a Uniting Church in Australia, in many cases an Acknowledgment of Country will be said. You can teach your young ones to do this too.

INTRODUCTORY SONG Hey Ha Ha from the Full of the Spirit Album by

Heather Price Music

FIRST READING: ISAIAH 5:1-7

READ: Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano

WATCH

A Storypath suggestion

MAKE: Build with blocks and then destroy your creation? Or make a cake and give it away without even a bite! How does it make you feel? Why would something be destoyed.

Creator God,

in you

all things

are made

new again

Amen

PSALM 80:1-2 and 8-19

READ:

Psalm 80: God’s shining smile

​We’re here, Lord, calling to you –
Shine out, God of love!
How long, O Lord,
how long will your people suffer in the dark?

Remember how you carried us
and planted us in the land
like a vine, brought from far away.
It grew strong and deep and wide
but now it has been cut down!
May your light break through!
May your smile shine on us!

Open our eyes to new possibilities.
Give us new hope, Lord!
Give us strength from your right hand
and we praise you for ever more.
May your light break through!
May your smile shine on us!

Prayer by Rev. Purdie (lines removed that did not fit the RCL reading)

How does this Psalm make you feel? Show which emoji best describes how you feel.

SECOND READINGS: Hebrews 11:29-12:2

READ: Hero’s Rebels and Innovators by  Karen WyldJaelyn Biumaiwai 

WATCH

OR READ from a Children’s Bible or the CEV version on Biblegateway

Do: How many of the people named can you find a Bible story about

Red Sea, walls of Jericho, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samual, Jesus.

Draw your favourite character that trusted God.

GOSPEL READING: Luke 12:49-56

READ: When Randolph Turned Rotten by Charise Mericle Harper 

WATCH

A Storypath suggestion

WONDER QUESTIONS: I wonder what you are passionate about?

How does it feel when others don’t feel the same?

I wonder what you liked about this Bible reading?

I wonder what you could leave out and still understand the Bible reading?

PRAY:

Following you is hard God

Thank you for being there

When i need help

Amen

SENDING SONG Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here

Blessings

Wendy L.

Please check local guidlines before using items that are not mine especially if you are using this page for congregational use. If you find this page useful an acknowledgment is always appreciated. Thank you.

I am writing this on Wurundjeri land and wish to pay respect to all Elders, past, present and emerging.

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