Year C: June 12, 2016
First Reading: 1 Kings 21:1-10 (11-14) 15-21a
The Great White Man-Eating Shark: A Cautionary Tale by Margaret Mahy
(Written for ages 5-9)
Comment: “Because you have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord, I will bring disaster on you…” This text is rife with greed and wickedness. As it comes to an end, we are reminded that there are consequences for terrible behavior. Mahy’s book offers a good way to talk about these themes with young children while leaving out death and destruction. Norvin’s greed and wicked plan to have Caramel Cove all to himself doesn’t turn out so well. Jezebel and Norvin were both cunning and their actions harmed other people. Wonder together with the children of your church about greed, and how it can lead us to make bad decisions.
Second Reading: Galatians 2:15-21
Ninja Bunny by Jennifer Gray Olson
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: Alicia Vargas says, “The great theme of Paul’s letter to the Galatians is Christian freedom.” (http://www.workingpreacher.
Gospel Reading: Luke 7:36-8:3
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford
(Written for ages 12+)
Comment: Sarah Henrich highlights the risk-taking action of the woman in Luke 7: “Within the narrative, the woman shows extraordinary behavior… she takes the risk… because her gratitude is too great to be contained within ordinary boundaries.” (http://www.workingpreacher.
The Lectionary Links are written this week by Noell Rathbun-Cook, Minister of Children and Youth Discipleship at Grace Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.