Peace School - We'll learn about the return from exile in Babylon. This visual is of "Jonah" representing this eighth section in the Bible Storyline, "Return and Occupation." While Jonah is a story by itself, it's underlying story is the Jews wrestling with how to overcome their destruction at the hands of the Assyrians and Babylonians. Can you forgive Assyria (Nineveh was the capital) after they kill your people, take your land, and defy your identity and your God? It's something the Jews wrestle with as the return to rebuild Jerusalem, yet are under occupation by the Persians, Greeks and eventually the Romans when Jesus is born. Can we forgive our conquerors and occupiers?
Reflect - Reflect on the story of Jonah from your own Bible (5th Graders), Spark Story Bible (4th Graders) or Shine On Story Bible (3rd Graders):
Jonah and the Big Fish - Jonah 1-4, Spark 190, Shine 154
You can also use one of the following activities to do at home together during the week from Building Faith, an Anabaptist resource. This activity reflects on "Repenting and Forgiving." Again, the story of Jonah made the people of God wrestle with their relationship with Assyria - the empire that destroyed the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Can we forgive those who hurt us? Can we repent of our times of stubbornness and hate?
A second activity is "It's All God's." Ultimately, Jews returning to rebuild had to wrestle with land, revenge and forgiveness being God's. What do we need hold lightly, both physically and emotionally?
Pray - Consider reciting a version of the LORD's Prayer on page 278/Spark, 198/Shine. There's also a contemporary version down below from New Zealand.
Serve - As we collect Thanksgiving Food Baskets for DenUM, here's one last video about the Food For All project.
Explore - Watch another video below from our Jewish friends about the Psalms.
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