Epiphany 4: Year A, 2023: Ideas to share the Revised Common Lectionary Readings with all ages.

Welcome. Each week I compile a number of resources to help you, your family or your congregation 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, explore the Bible and pray by participating in Worship with others. The goal here is not for them to learn names or facts, though they may want to do that for themselves, but rather 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.

Faith is portable, we live it, and share it, every day. I hope these simple ideas help your family or congregation form their faith.

If you are a small congregation that suddenly has children in your pews, these can also be used in your services, shared direct from this site, or copied into your order of service. Or you can print out handouts here

We are now in the Season of After Epiphany and the liturgical colour is GREEN.

If you are worshipping away from a Church it might help to create a centrepoint for your worship time. To do this you might like to find something green (the liturgical colour), create a cross from whatever is around you, and light a candle, you can add anything else that speaks to you about God from the readings or from your week with God.

If worshiping 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, and 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: If you are a small congregation that suddenly has children in your pews, these can also be used in your services, shared direct from this site, or copied into your order of service. Or you can print out handouts here An acknowledgment though is always appreciated.

FIRST READING: Micah 6:1-8

READ: Little Golden Book The Tawny Scrawny Lion by Katherine Jackson


as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-february-2-2014/

COLOURING -INhttps://pathwaypages.com/browse find 9 rows down


God help me to do the three things you ask (hold up your fingers as you count them out)

  1. to be fair to other people
  2. to love kindness and loyalty
  3. to  humbly obey you, Amen Adapted from Micah 6:8 Easy to read Version


Psalm 15: Truth telling

If you want to walk tall in the ways of the Lord (stand straight)
you have to hold on to what matters the most. (give yourself a cuddle)
The truth is the truth, there’s no getting round it,
(pretend to search high and low with your eyes)
the truth can’t be twisted, invented or fudged. (pretend to twist a piece of material)
If you want to be trusted, admired and respected (nod your head)
then do what is right and say what is true. (point with your pointer finger while you wiggle your hand)

Make sure you read Rev. Purdie’s ideas on this Psalm , actions by me

How does this Psalm make you feel?

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

READ: The Big Brag in Yurtle the Turtle and other stories by Dr Suess WATCH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwZHaoKZZBU

as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-february-2-2020/

SING: Our Help https://sovereigngracemusic.org/music/songs/our-help/


Thank you God

That you will use me as I am

for your glory


GOSPEL READING: Matthew 5:1-12

READ: The Whirl Story Bible or The Spark Family Bible, The Beatitudes, pp174-177, pp238-241 respectively

AND The Biggest Story Bible Story Book, The sermon that was, pp.300-303, for an explanation of the text

SING: Seeds family worship album seeds of faith vol-2/#8


Wendy L.

Please check local guidelines before using items that are not mine especially if you are using this page for congregational use. Please acknowledge this page if you find it useful. 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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