My students will never win at Bible Jeopardy.
That’s not my goal.
I’d rather teach my preschoolers how to join in, participating alongside youth and adults, in that hour right before or after Sunday School called big church, morning worship, or mass.
If you desire head knowledge to become heart knowledge,
If you believe that it is in our worship that God meets us,
If you want childlike faith to continue into the future,
Then I believe that you’ll best see your Christian education time as a partnership with and primary preparation for Eucharist.
And while I certainly believe that ongoing biblical studies are beneficial for a lifetime, I believe that it is the repetitious sacramental experiences with the church body that truly shape us and our faith.
Years ago, when I began compiling 52 Stories, I considered how each story answered three questions.
- Who am I?
- Who is God?
- How should I live?
Let’s look at that creation beginning that I mentioned. (prior post in series here)
- God is the creator of all things.
- I am one of his creations.
- Therefore, I should …
A child will ask, What is praise?”
I could explain, “A praise might be a great compliment.”
But, really, it may be much simpler to take this child by the hand and lead him into your sanctuary or chapel or to your mini-altar table.
It may be most effective to simply praise the creator of all things, bowing together within a place of beauty, and reciting a Creation Psalm, singing together The Doxology, or answering a common refrain such as this,
Blessed be God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever.
What parts of worship would you include in your beginning unit on creation?