Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Year 4: February 4, 2018
Preaching Text: John 4:1-42
The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World by Katie Smith Milway
(Written for ages 6-10)
Comment: The Working Preacher commentary on this text highlights “that living water comes when we acknowledge and repair the systems that promote injustice and division,” asking readers to consider what boundaries they might breach and conversations they might invite. This text also invites us to share stories of overcoming division such as the experience of Deo and the bully Remy in The Banana-Leaf Ball. A soccer coach guides these boys to overcome their differences so that they may become teammates and friends. As you read this text and story, invite congregants to share their own living water experiences of repairing relationships by overcoming injustice and division.
Thanks to regular contributor Noell Rathbun for writing the Year 4 Narrative Lectionary Links.