21st Sunday After Pentecost
Year 3: October 29, 2017
Preaching Text: 1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13
Tinyville Town Gets to Work by Brian Biggs
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: “Any prominent public space needs a rationale and a dedication,” begins professor Stephen B. Reid in his commentary upon this text. These passages from 1 Kings are the rationale and dedication of the temple. It is up to preachers to fill in the blanks for what goes on between declaring the temple will be built and celebrating its completion. Biggs’ story is also about the building of a prominent public space. It, too includes a rationale, when the town proclaims their need for a new bridge, as well as a dedication, when the town parades across the new bridge shouting, “hooray!” The details sandwiched between TInyville Town’s rationale and dedication will help young children think about the aspects that are required for planning and building a public space. Use this story to ignite the imaginations of the children in your church as you wonder together what the planning and building of the temple might have included.
Thanks to Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Noell Rathbun for writing the Year 4 Narrative Lectionary Links.