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.
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: HOSEA 1:2-10
READ: Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein
A Storypath suggestion
PLAY: How many things can you name? Name all the things you can see in the church, or your toys.
DRAW: a picture and name the things in it.
READ: Psalms for Young Children by Marie-Helene Delval
SING Love and Faithfulness on Colin Buchanan’s Old Testament Sing a long album
SECOND READING: COLOSSIANS 2:6-15 and (16-19)
READ: Noni is Nervous by Heather Hartt-Sussman
A Storypath suggestion
SING Walk in him by Seeds Family Worship
PRAY: Find a Babuska doll set.
As you take apart the Babuska dolls and put them back together say
You call me to be in you Christ
as you are in me
GOSPEL READING: LUKE 11:1-13
READ: Children of God Storybook Bible, The Disciples Learn to Pray, pp.84-85
This reading only covers Luke 11: 1-5, and the last verses, the full reading tells a parable and then there is some words of caution. May I suggest that you act out the parable vs.5-8. YOu can wonder why these readings are together in the lectionary. I wonder if the words of advise in Luke 9-13 shed any light on why they are bundled together.
OR you could watch this cute video or
This video shows all of the verses
Choose one of the Lords’s Prayer options above to SING.
Time to talk to God
What do YOU want to say.
Spend some time praying alone
SENDING SONG Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here
Please check local guidlines before using items that are not mine especially if you are using this page for congregational use. Please acknowedge 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.