Year C: September 1, 2013
First Reading: Jeremiah 2:4-13
Guji Guji by Zhiyuan Chen (Written for ages 5-9 )
Comment: In this passage the Lord is sharing the ways the people have forsaken the very God who cared for and delivered them. The people made a choice. In abandoning their stories of salvation and their worship of God, they chose way of life that no longer aligned with God’s values. In the book, Guji Guji, a young crocodile is also faced with a choice. Should he remain loyal to the ducks who have raised and cared for him, or will he forsake them to follow the three nasty crocodiles? Like the Israelites and Guji Guji, we too are faced with choices of who to follow and how to live. In reflecting on our own choices, we might ask ourselves: are we drinking from the fountain of living water or from cracked, dry cisterns?
Second Reading: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Yonderfel’s Castle by Jean Gralley (Written for ages 5-9)
Comment: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers…” The hospitality we are called to show applies not only to friends or family, but to everyone. If you choose to explore experiences of welcoming strangers, you may need to help the children of your church understand the meaning of hospitality. No matter the circumstances, Yonderfel’s Castle is always open to anyone in need of a place to stay. King Yonderfel inspires us to welcome anyone and everyone, even ogres. In reading today’s text and story, take time to wonder together with your children about the ways they have welcomed strangers (or ogres) into their midst.
Gospel Reading: Luke 14:1, 7-14
I’m The Best by Lucy Cousins (Written for ages 3-7)
Comment: At the sabbath meal, Jesus warns the guests not to choose the seats of highest honor, for surely they will find themselves lowered by someone who is more distinguished. “For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” I’m The Best works well as an exploration of the exalted being humbled and the humble being exalted. Dog can’t stop talking about the ways he is better than his friends, causing some discord. Eventually Dog is humbled, realizing he actually isn’t the best at everything. When reflecting on the story of Dog and his friends alongside Jesus’ teachings at the table, invite your children to consider the importance and value of each person at the table.
The Lectionary Links this week were written by regular contributor Noell Rathbun-Cook.