Peace School: This week we connect the dots from everything we learned over the fall. We've covered a lot of major stories and we're only half way through the year! :-) Part of our goal, is not to just learn individual stories of the Bible, but to realize how they are connected. Parents should note that the Bible is not written in a linear fashion, and is not all written as "history." However, there is a linear history underneath the Bible that we try to emphasize in Peace School. The hope is that we see that God was always with the Hebrews, Israelites and Jews. That although there were different ways of listening to God, they all claimed to follow the same God. What does that mean for us today?
As Christians, we follow Jesus, and as Mennonite Anabaptists, we follow Jesus above all else. As we continue this second part of the year with Jesus, his disciples and the Apostles, how do we connect them to the stories of Moses, David, Esther and Ruth? Is this the same God? For me, I often wrestle with whether God changes, or if people's understanding of God changes. Maybe a better question is to wonder what kind of relationship we are to have with God, and can relationships change.
Simeon and Anna - Luke 2:22-40 (Spark 226, Shine 168)
The Boy at the Temple - Luke 2:41-52 (Spark 230, Shine 174)
Activity: Here's another origin story of Jesus, that doesn't tell of a birth, but focuses on Jesus as God's light. "Light of the World".
Prayer: Psalm 23 is one of the most well known Psalms. This will be our prayer through the season of Epiphany. (Spark 160, Shine 128)
Jan.-March Young Voices for Peace
March 5 1:30pm YVP Concert at FMC
March 10-12 Annual Winter Retreat at RMMC - contact Rachel B. for details. Registration concludes Feb. 26
May 21 Peace School Finale and potluck picnic