Year 1: November 11, 2018
Preaching Text: Micah [1:3-5]; 5:2-5a; 6:6-8
King of the Sky by Nicola Davies
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: In King of the Sky, a little boy and his family have moved from Italy to the UK, where the boy is lonely. He discovers that one of his neighbors, Mr. Evans, raises and trains racing pigeons, and the boy loves to watch the pigeons. In an act of kindness, Mr. Evans not only lets the boy visit and watch, but allows him to name one of the pigeons and gives him encouragement and support about his pigeon. Mr. Evans’ welcome and his kindnesses make the little boy feel less lonely and more at home in a new place. The prophet Micah urges God’s people not to focus on burnt offerings and sacrifices, but instead to focus on doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God—just like the one who will be raised up to rule, who will tend his flock and be a person of peace. The way Micah tells the people to live is exemplified by Mr. Evans in the story. Mr. Evans is welcoming, understanding – a person who loves and shows kindness to a lonely child. What Mr. Evans does, and what Micah encourages, may not be as impressive as sacrifices or burnt offerings, but things like doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God in even the smallest way, and in our every day actions are what the Lord is looking for in us.(1:35-
Thanks to Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Sara Ann Berger for writing the Year 1 Narrative Lectionary Links this year.