This is the last Sunday of the program year, and our last Sunday school day until September!
Today’s story is the story of Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus who invited Jesus to eat dinner with them and then had what turned out to be a very one-sided sibling squabble. Martha, you may remember, bustled around the house getting things ready for their guest, who was not only their friend but an honored teacher. Mary, on the other hand, settled in to talk and listen. Can’t you see Martha now, rolling her eyes as she whips around the room tidying things, throwing glares Mary’s way as she, Martha, shleps buckets of water and bags of flour around? And finally getting to the end of her patience and shaking a finger at Jesus: “Tell my sister to get up and give me a hand here!”
But Jesus, instead of gently reminding Mary of her responsibilities as a host, gently reminds Martha of her priorities. This Sunday is about paying attention to priorities: recognizing that our relationship with the God Who made us is, even in these latter days, something to take care of!
As we have been instructed by Christ to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and power, and to love our neighbors as ourselves, those older kids and youth who wish to live out this instruction (with permission from their parents) will be washing cars today for donations. These donations will go toward paying for the big inflatable waterslide that St. Peter’s will rent for Camp Get-Along, the Philadelphia day camp that provides a fun, safe summer for city kids who might otherwise have not much – or not much good – to choose from once school is out.
Kids who don’t want to wash cars or whose parents don’t want them to do so will have a Sunday school lesson in the Parish Office rather than in the Sunday school rooms, so that we can keep everyone together and under adults’ eyes at all times. Parents may walk their children to the Parish Office after church if they wish, but an adult or youth escort will also be at the back of the Barn’s worship space to take them to their lesson.
- “Church Mice” game for all ages
- Materials: styrofoam block for each participant, 4 colored toothpicks per participant, 2 googly eyes per participant, 4-inch piece of string for each participant, small half-circle of red felt for each participant, 2 small quarter-circles of gray felt for each participant, fast-setting craft glue, instructions, die
- How to do it: Example provided. This game is played like “Cooties”: each participant rolls the die and attaches the designated part to his or her Church Mouse, trying to put the whole Church Mouse body together. Before play, explain what the body parts represent:
- (Roll a 1:) styrofoam body = church building
- (Roll a 4:) toothpicks = legs (the Altar Guild, Sunday school, Flower Guild, sound technicians)
- (Roll a 5:) googly eyes = fellowship ministries like More Than Coffee
- (Roll a 3:) red felt mouth = worship leaders (priest, acolytes, eucharistic ministers, choir)
- (Roll a 6:) gray felt ears = congregation
- (Rolla 2:) string = everyone who add balance and coordinate church activities (parish office staff, sexton, event coordinators)