October 6 Animals and the Saints they loved
People recognized as Saints in the church, are often assigned patronage to special causes. A exceptionally faithful sailor may become associated with the lives of all sailors. At. Francis of Assisi is most commonly associated with the Godliness of animals and nature. St. Francis is said to have been able to communicate with wild animals, preach to birds and regarded the sun and moon as his brothers and sisters. This Sunday we will be introduced to several more saints and the people who loved them. This will be a work day in the Godly Play room. We will be making sturdy towns that will be given to animal shelters to ease the time as the creatures wait to be adopted or reunited with their owners.
October 13 The beginning of the story of Moses
The lesson of Moses tells how a baby is rescued from the Nile river by an Egyptian princess. The princess gives the baby protection and names him Moses, an Egyptian name that is translated by the Hebrew verb “to draw out.” Moses was drawn out of the reeds of the Nile by the daughter of the Pharaoh to later draw the people of God out of bondage in Egypt.
October 20 The ten best ways
Today we hear the story of the 10 Best Ways to Live. We talk together about how hard they are to keep all the time but God asks us to try. The first four ways are about how to Love God while the last six, are ways to help people love one another. The middle one, Remember the Sabbath, is a bridge between Loving God and Loving People, isn’t it? Moses was drawing (leading) his people out of Egypt. On this journey God gives to Moses the 10 best ways to share with his people.
October 27 The Good Shepherd and World Communion
Good Shepherd & World Communion is a story that helps us mesh Bible stories and our weekly worship together. We hear the Parable of the Good Shepherd and weave it together with all the people around the world who share in the Eucharist at communion tables everywhere There is a connectedness that goes way beyond our own congregation!