Year 3: May 14, 2017
Preaching Text: Acts 15:1-18
Will You Be My Friend? by Nancy Tafuri
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: In this text some people in the community of believers are hesitant to welcome Gentiles into their community because they are not circumcised. Bird’s shyness keeps her from welcoming friends into her life. In the text their actions their role in the work of God, explain why the Gentiles belong in this community. Likewise, the action and love of the other animals helps Bird understand why she should welcome friends into her life. Through this text and story we are challenged to consider what keeps us from building relationships and welcoming others into our communities of faith.
Thanks to Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Noell Rathbun for writing the Year 3 Narrative Lectionary Links.