Year 3: October 2, 2016
Preaching Text: Exodus 12:1-13; 13:1-8
Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt by Barbara Smucker
(Written for ages 5-9)
Comment: In this text, God is laying out the traditions of Passover. Some Passover books have been highlighted on Storypath and the holiday section of your library is likely to carry several as well. On a broader scale, this passage might draw you to consider how traditions help families and communities with the process of remembering. The women in Selina’s Mennonite family have a tradition of creating quilt tops that tell stories as they stitch the fabric from wedding dresses or baby clothes into beautiful patterns. When she moves to a new country, the fabrics in the quilt top help her remember her beloved grandmother. Use this text and story as an invitation to explore the traditions that invoke the practice of remembering within your own faith community.
Thanks to Noell Rathbun-Cook, Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna and Minister for Children at Grace Baptist Church, Richmond, VA for writing the Narrative Lectionary Links for Year 3.