Faith at Home- Narrative Lectionary

Just as Hope4ce offers Revised Common Lectionary related at-home activities, we want to provide a similar resource for congregations that follow the Narrative Lectionary. From the Working Preacher site, “The Narrative Lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays from September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church.

The texts show the breadth and variety of voices within Scripture. They invite people to hear the stories of Abraham and Sarah, Moses and the prophets, Jesus, and Paul. Listening to the many different voices within Scripture enriches preaching and the life of faith.”

Here is a resource for PENTECOST Sunday, when we celebrate the birth of the Church. Subsequent Narrative Lectionary helps will be uploaded to the Hope4CE Facebook Group every two weeks or you can receive them via email by filling out the contact page on this site.

ACTS 2:1-21: Pentecost

This dramatic narrative offers so many opportunities to step into the story:

The power of the wind that swept the Holy Spirit into the room.

  • If you have a portable fan, bring it into your midst and turn it on to “high.” If you have red ribbon, tissue paper or crepe streamers, you can enact the flames of fire as someone reads the Bible story.

The miracle of multiple languages being spoken, as each person hears others in his language.

  • Search on the internet for some common phrases in 1 or 2 foreign languages and practice speaking them. Keep this up through the week and see how much people recall by the end of the week. Can you say “hello” to each other In different languages?

The sudden holy boldness of Peter. Starting at verse 14, we encounter Peter addressing a crowd of thousands.

  • Take turns surrounding each family member and see how many different affirmations/encouragement you all can offer. in other words, play the part of the Holy Spirit!

1 CORINTHIANS 12:1-13  Spiritual gifts

“There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit…”

  • Talk about how a gift is different from a talent. Name people you know whose gifts enrich your own/your family’s life

“…A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good…”

  • Discuss how our spiritual gifts help us to know God

“…All these things are produced by the one and same Spirit who gives what he wants to each person…”

  • Name what you think might be each other’s spiritual gifts. What named gifts surprise you?

 JOHN 20:19-23  Jesus appears to the disciples

“…Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” 22 Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit…”

  • Look up these Bible verses to see how they set the stage for the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Early Church:
  • The Baptizer introduced Jesus in (John 1:33)
  • Jesus talks about his ability to give the Holy Spirit “without measure” (John 3:34).
  • Jesus promises “rivers of living water (John 7:38-39).
  • Jesus talks about the coming “Advocate”(John 14:16-17).
  • The Holy Spirit is sent by The Father, (John14:26; 16:13).
  • It is the Spirit, whom Jesus sends “from the Father,” (John 15:26-27).
  • This Spirit glorifies Jesus (John 16:14).
  • The Spirit can “prove the world wrong” (John 16:8-11).
  • Consider drawing simple pictures to illustrate these passages. If you have a larger piece of paper, divide it into sections and illustrate all the passages together. Perhaps each person contributes 1 or 2 pictures. OR perhaps you discuss the picture idea first.

Roberta L’Esperance Schlechter CCE, Retired Christian Educator and Member of the Hope4CE Steering Committee, Portland OR

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Pentecost in a Parcel (Bag or Box)

Pentecost is May 31st!  It is the birthday of the church and it is a day of great celebration.

Creative Flame Kids has a wonderful idea, “Pentecost in a Parcel”.

Pentecost in a Parcel

You may want to rename this “Pentecost in a Box” or “Pentecost in a Bag”. Mina Munns, Priest in Charge and Pioneer Minister – Parish Churches of Cresswell and Lynemouth, Church of England is the author of this particular version of this idea.

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Pentecost Resources

It seems like we just celebrated the glorious news of Easter, but Pentecost, the fiftieth day, is rapidly approaching. This is the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church.

This seems to be a holy day where many churches craft their own intergenerational traditions, rituals, and ways of celebrating. Some congregations dress in red and take a church picture. Others release balloons symbolizing the spreading of the Gospel. Some fly kites, make pin wheels, or wave streamers/flags in worship to live out the Holy Spirit’s symbolization of wind in Acts 2, John 3, and in the very Hebrew and Greek words for spirit.

Many denominations provide resources or take up special offerings on this day.  Here are some links to the denominational resources I found. What resources and ways of celebrating this festive day, have you found helpful? Continue reading