November 3: The Communion of Saints
Today we hear the All Saints Story in celebration of All Saints Day (the day that follows All Hallows Eve!) In our Episcopal/Anglican tradition, we trust that each of us is a member of the Communion of Saints just by virtue of being one of God’s children. The symbol in the story is a mirror, an invitation to remember that God loves each of us just the way we are. And yet, we are called to try and be our best selves in everyday life. Saints in our tradition – St. Patrick, St. Nicholas, St. Valentine and so many more – are only part of the story. Wonder with your children who are the saints they know personally – the choice is theirs. Whom do they see as saints?
November 10: A “Giving Thanks for Service” service project.
At the beginning of every Godly Play session we begin with prayer. We ask God to enter us and help to be aware of what we think and say, what we love and do. We ask God to make us “STRONG, really, really STRONG” for the work God calls us to do. This “work” sometimes called “service”. We will explore many ways we can do Gods work and respond by making “Thank you for your service” tokens of appreciation, to be given to members of the congregation.
November 17: The Circle of the Church Year
Our story today centered on the Circle of the Church Year. This is one of the stories that help us all understand why we do the things we do in church. This particular story explains the “Three Great Days” (Easter, Pentecost, and Christmas) and the times right before them we use to get-ready (Lent, Eastertide, and Advent). The colors change in church for very good reasons – just ask your child! Here are some hints: White is the color of pure celebration, Green is the color of growing times, blue is a color for patience and pondering, purple is the color of royalty and is very serious in nature, while red is HOT and signals the appearance of the Holy Spirit.
November 24: First Sunday in Advent! The Prophets
In anticipation of Advent, we changed our colors on the altar and the calendar to blue, the color of patience and pondering, and light the first blue candle. People 2,000 years ago were waiting for a Messiah. On this Sunday before Advent, we remember the prophets who pointed us to Bethlehem, the city where King David had been born 1,000 years earlier. The prophets knew something special was to happen there. They told the people to “Pay Attention, for something amazing was to happen in the City of David.” Wonder as a family this week, how does it feel to wait when you are not quite sure what you are waiting for?