Year 1: April 21, 2019
Preaching Text: Matthew 28:1-10
Henry’s Bright Idea by Lauren Bradshaw
(Written for ages 2-6)
Comment: In Henry’s Bright Idea, Henry the fox and his friends have formed a creative society called the Walnut Animal Society. Each one has something to contribute, and for Henry, it is his inventions. But one day, he realizes that he has lost his ideas for inventions and needs to find more. So he and his friend go out and spend the day looking for his ideas, searching for inspiration, which they finally find at the very end of the day. In our Easter story, the women also are looking for something. First, they choose to go out to the tomb, to look for Jesus’ body. Then an angel appears who says to them, “I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified”, and informs them that Jesus has been raised. As they go to leave, they meet Jesus himself, who tells them to tell the other disciples, and for them to go to Galilee, where they’ll be on the lookout for Jesus to appear. Like Henry, the women and the disciples they tell are looking for something and they take the risk of going out to search for what they’re looking for. As Easter people, we are called not to merely sit back and wait for things to come to us, but to actively go out and look, to search for Jesus who has been raised, and for the signs of his resurrection in this world.
Thanks to Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Sara Anne Berger for writing the Year 1 Narrative Lectionary Links.