Year 4: May 6, 2018
Preaching Text: Philippians 1:1-18a
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
(Written for ages 3-7)
Comment: In this text, Paul is writing the Philippian community from prison, commending them on the ways they have been a friend to him in their love and support. He also highlights how love and goodwill are at the heart of sincere and righteous proclamation of Christ. This text asks us to think about how our thoughts and actions shape who we are as friends and followers of Christ. Paul suggests that some ways are better than others. This idea of different ways to be a friend can be seen in Doerrfeld’s story. When Taylor’s block creation is destroyed, many of Taylor’s friends try to offer their support. Unfortunately, none of it feels helpful until rabbit comes along and simply listens to Taylor. As we read this text and story, we are challenged to consider how we allow love, compassion, righteousness, and empathy to shape who we are as friends and disciples.
Thank you to regular contributor and Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Noell Rathbun for writing the Year 4 Narrative Lectionary Links this year.