We're entering into the month of May now, and I know this has gone on longer than any of us wanted or expected, but I'm glad that we're still able to stay connected through this email and through other means. This week is Good Shepherd Sunday, which means I know that Harrison and Mark have some things planned for the kids in the streaming service on Sunday morning, so you definitely don't want to miss out on that.
If you look at the readings for this week, you'll see that they're mostly centered around the idea of shepherding. If you spend a lot of time reading your Bible, you may notice that shepherding comes up a lot. In our culture today where there just aren't that many shepherds around, some of the shepherding metaphors may be lost on us. But I hope that by going through the videos today and spending time in conversation with your family that we'll be able to see just what was going on with all that shepherding talk back then.
I think it's really cool that the Bible used metaphors that would have been familiar to its original audience. Sometimes I wonder what the metaphors would be if the Bible was written today. Maybe just for fun, you and your family can try and rewrite the 23rd Psalm using language and and examples that would make sense to someone reading it today who didn't know much about shepherding. If you do come up with something together, be sure to send it to me so that I can see what you've come up with!
The Sunday Paper Handout/Coloring Sheet is available HERE
The Sunday Paper Junior Edition is available HERE.
Below are a few discussion questions about the readings today that your family can use to help process the passages together:
The readings this week talk a lot about shepherding and how God and Jesus are shepherds for their followers. In what ways do you think God is like a shepherd? In what ways do you think Christians are like sheep?
Psalm 23 uses a lot of powerful imagery about David's relationship with God. Which image from that Psalm do you like the most and why?
John 10 tells us that the sheep won't listen to anyone but the shepherd. How can the sheep know their shepherd apart from other people? How can we come to know Jesus' voice when we hear it?
The reading in Acts 2 describes a church where everybody does what they can to help take care of each other. How do you see the church taking care of each other in this coronavirus? What are some things that you personally can do to help take care of each other (related to the coronavirus or not)?
The reading from 1 Peter says that Christ's suffering was an example for us to follow in his steps. What do you think that means? Compare this idea to the idea in Acts 2 about the apostles sharing everything which each other. Are these ideas related? If so, how?
I hope you have a great Sunday School experience together. Let me know how these Sunday School emails are working for you and your family! Have a great week!
Director of Children's and Youth Ministries