Purpose Statement: Allow some exciting creativity into your faith world.
One of the most imaginative events in the ministry of Jesus was the time (Mark 2:1-12) some men brought a friend to Jesus to be healed. There was such a crowd gathered around Jesus they could not get near. Undaunted, they used their imagination and broke a hole in the roof (to the chagrin of the homeowner) and lowered the man down to Jesus. That is exactly what we need in our spiritual life, a creative imagination. Things go stale occasionally and need revitalization. For example:
I am so happy to see you this morning. How are you? (children may respond)
Let's play a game I call “Lost and Found.” Okay? (children respond)
(presenter role plays) Uh, oh, I lost something for today's message. Hmm, I wonder where it could be. It's a box like this. (shows approximate dimensions) (instruct the children to look around the immediate area) (then presenter or child finds it)
Since the Fourth Sunday in Lent has been historically identified as Laetare (Rejoicing Sunday), it is most appropriate that the lessons collectively testify to a theme for which we can rejoice — God saves us by his grace!
In this familiar and well-loved story of the Prodigal Son, I often wonder what happened to the mother of the family. She's totally ignored. So are any daughters. It seems like a completely male stronghold. So much so that I wonder whether perhaps the mother had died some years previously, and that was the cause of much of the unhappiness displayed by both the father and the sons. Or whether the father was such a domineering character that his wife played no real part in family life, but simply bowed her head in compliance with all his wishes, no matter how extreme they were.