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Learning Mark 4 BY HEART

Today we’ll use three steps to work toward learning Mark 4:35-41 by heart. These three steps can be done by almost every age. If you have non-readers, have them repeat the story out-loud after you when reading is required.

Step 1: Read-Aloud

Click on the text from Mark to see a PDF version of the story formatted for storytelling. Read aloud, walking around (if able). Do this three times. (For those wanting to, you may use the “episode” spaces to name each section–use these names later to jog your memory as you try to tell the story by heart.)

Mark 4 35_41

Step 2: Read with Pictures

Play this video, reading aloud the lines on each image at least two times.

 

Step 3: Dropping the Script

Tell the story using this video–which has the images from the previous video, but no words.
How much were you able to remember?

Hear the story on Story Divine!

He is RISEN! A Video for Easter

I have a lot of thoughts about this video, but for now, I’ll just leave it here for you.

Blessings on this Easter. May you GO and TELL: HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN, INDEED!

Lent/Holy Week Stories!

Don’t forget to tune in to the special Holy Week series at StoryDivine.com! Here are links to the first two episodes!

Episode 11.1: Memory Reboot

 

Episode 11.2: Not I, Lord!

 

More Kid Videos!

Here are our final “kid telling” for Lent…as well as a few previous ones! Thanks to my fabulous church for their telling skills! 🙂

If you’re interested in doing activities around this story, check out my “Family Liturgy” post at Practicing Families.

The following videos were created by the children of the church, and filmed and edited by our the fabulous Alex Bryant. (Forgive my branding at the top–they are his, but I had to reload the videos onto  my vimeo site to link them appropriately!)

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.

You Are So Beautiful

It’s often hard for people to watch themselves on video. (This is generally true of my own experience.) But lately, as I have been making more videos of other people telling biblical stories, I have had a revelation: YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL.

It is a great joy to film folks telling the story. But the unexpected joy has come when I sit down by myself to edit. As I cut and paste and manipulate sound, as I watch the brave faces across the screen, I am filled with a deep joy. YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. I wish that those in front of the camera could see themselves as I see them in the editing room. This must be something of how God sees us. Perhaps I will even try to see myself that way.

I am grateful for the gift of this storytelling ministry–for the people I encounter and the light that shines in each telling. Beautiful.

Here are two videos I filmed this month with the saints of Burke Presbyterian Church. I had the great joy of keynoting their 3-day intergenerational VBS experience and we filmed these two videos during that time. They are so beautiful.