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Pentecost for Everyone

Watch and Wonder

Elizabeth Adkisson tells the Pentecost story (Acts 2:1-21)

You can also listen to the Pentecost narrative on Story Divine (though nobody tells it like Elizabeth). What follows are story learning and telling prompts meant for all ages.

Wonder Word

Pentecost: The word “pentecost” comes from a Greek word which means “fifty.” Pentecost is the fiftieth day–its tradition began in Judaism as a celebration of the fiftieth day after Passover. For Christians, it is the fiftieth day after Easter and celebrates the beginning of the church.

Map It!

People were gathered from far and wide on the day of Pentecost. Check out this map–it shows you how far people traveled to worship in Jerusalem on that day! I wonder what it must have been like to be gathered in a room with people from so many different places, speaking so many different languages…

 

Pentecost lands

 

 

 

 

Can you PICTURE that?

Take a plain piece of paper and fold it into quarters. Unfold. Using the sections draw each of the following to tell the first part of the story:

1. When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
3. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.
4. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

Using only your picture, tell the first part of the story to someone else!

Going Deeper

Imagine what it would have been like to be gathered with people who spoke so many different languages–to be in a room with a bunch of people you couldn’t understand for worship.

1. What might it have felt like to suddenly understand one another?
2. Sometimes it is hard to understand even when we speak the same language! Is there anything you have a hard time understanding during worship?
3. Tell a story about a time you finally understood something.

 

 

Jesus Gets Baptized!

Ready to start telling the scriptures by heart in 2015? The story of Jesus’ baptism from Mark is a wonderful place to start! A re-post from 2014…

WATCH AND WONDER

Hear the story of John the Baptist and Jesus as it unfolds in Mark.
Watch the images–they’ll be useful as you learn to tell the story!

Mark 1:1-11

 

WONDER WORDS

A brief pitstop to help before you get to story-learning

REPENTANCE The story tells us John was “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” To repent is to TURN AROUND. You may have noticed that when “repentance” came up in the video, this image appeared: Repent turn around
When they repented, they turned around–and they turned toward God. They turned towards God’s love and forgiveness. That IS good news!

CONFESSING To confess is to admit the truth (to tell the truth).  When we confess to God, we admit things to God. Of course, God already knows all about us, but telling God is part of how we show God we care and that we want to do better. Confessing is easier when we remember that God always forgives. The next time you pray, what might you tell God?

Learn it BY HEART

Ideas to get you started in your story learning journey

1. Read the story out loud. Here is a written version of the story: Mark 1 1 to 11 NRSV
      If there is more than one of you, you could also pass the story around, reading one sentence or paragraph per person.

2.Watch the video again.

3. Using the images from the video (click here: Mark 1 video images), try to retell the story as best as you are able. Don’t worry about getting all the words right–it’s more important to get the ideas right in the beginning!

4. Think you’ve got it? Watch the video–but MUTE it! See if you can remember the parts of the story.

WAYS to WONDER

Go deeper in your understanding of the story through play, personal storytelling, and reflection.

For all ages:

1. Using not just your mind, but your whole body, imagine what it would be like to see a dove coming down from heaven. Now imagine what it would be like to eat locusts with honey.   😉

2. Tell a story of baptism.

Keys to telling your story:
Where were you? (Consider the sights, smells, sounds, etc.)
Who was there?
What were you (or others) feeling at the time? Thinking? Has that changed over time?
What actions occurred?
Did you have a sense of God in the moment? Has that changed over time?
If you have pictures of the baptismal day, take this opportunity to look at them!

 

3. Google it! There many ways people are baptized. Google images of baptism to learn more about how baptism is practiced throughout the world.

For the older set:

In part, Jesus’ baptism was his inaugural event. It was a preparatory event. How did it prepare him for what was to come? How might Jesus have felt in that baptismal moment?

Remembering that the Spirit will immediately drive him into the wilderness–remembering the whole story of Christ’s life to come–tell Jesus’ baptism portion again. Imagine you are Jesus witnessing the dove’s descent and hearing the words of God’s love. What might/does it feel like to be so loved?

Even (perhaps especially) in our adulthood, it is easy to lose sight of this belovedness. If this is the case for you, perhaps you can receive this story as a gift and reminder of your own belovedness.

Witness the dove descending and hear the voice from heaven:

“You are my child, whom I love;
          with you I am well pleased.”
 

There is always more to tell…for background on how I made some of my decisions for telling (and things to consider as you develop your own way of telling) click MARK 1 More to tell.

Burning with the Story

The Story of Pentecost

as told by Elizabeth Adkisson

I love Elizabeth’s telling of this story–her gestures and expressions are AMAZING!

And…congratulations to all those who participated in the #storyonfire story learning experience. This is just the beginning of what I hope to do with Faith and Wonder! I would LOVE to hear what stories/topics YOU would like covered!

 

 

 

Story on Fire Day 14!

The End is HERE!

Congratulations! You did it!

Let me know how it went in comments or on Facebook or Twitter (@faithandwonder) #storyonfire .

Story on Fire Day 13

Look!

 

Story on Fire Day 12

Starting and Finishing

 

Story on Fire Day 11

What do you think?

 

Story on Fire Day 10

It’s about TIME

 

Story on Fire Day 9

Find an ending that works…

Spin the Wheel!

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Spin the wheel (just click the image above) and read the final part of the story according to the indicated feeling. (Repeat!)

Story on Fire Day 8

Know Where You’re Going

Congratulations…you’re half way there!