Year C: May 26, 2013
First Reading: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
The Museum by Susan Verde
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: As we celebrate the work of Wisdom, we are invited to think about the ways she was a part of creation from the beginning and continues to be present with us, inspiring our own creativity. The Museum is the story of a girl whose creativity and emotions are stirred by great works of art. Much like Wisdom rejoices and delights in the work of the great master of all creation, the girl rejoices and delights in the work of great master artists. As she leaves the museum, the girl carries it within her, causing creative visions to burst forth around her. With the help of this text and story, wonder together with the children of your church about the ways Wisdom and the beauty of creation inspire our own creativity.
Second Reading: Romans 5:1-5
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
(Written for ages 5-9)
Comment: While this short passage will not likely be understood by children in your church, the concepts mentioned are things they know and experience. You may choose to explore their understandings of peace, hope, and love. Additionally, you might explain the ideas of suffering and endurance, and explore the ways that they’ve experienced or witnessed these ideas. The Curious Garden is a lovely illustration of hope growing in the midst of suffering. Liam shows endurance and patience as he tends a tiny garden that eventually spreads throughout his dilapidated, dreary city. With Liam’s hope, color and light blossom in the midst of a broken world.
Gospel Reading: John 16:12-15
Zip, Zip… Homework by Nancy Poyder
(Written for ages 5-9)
Comment: “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…” Help children connect to the work of the Spirt by reflecting on the ways they find guidance in life. Who are the people that guide them in truth and what does that guidance look like? In Zip, Zip… Homework, Violet is guided in the ways of truth by her teacher Ms. Patience. Even when she is caught lying, Violet experiences grace when Ms. Patience teaches her the importance of truth. Wonder together about what Violet experienced when she was lying and what changed when she was able to live into the truth.
The Lectionary Links this week were written by regular contributor Noell Rathbun-Cook.