July 19, 2020 – Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Text: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+13%3A24-30%2C+36-43&version=CEB

Good Background Video on Matthew (ch. 1-13) – All ages – you’re gonna wanna see this.

  • Link to all the readings for this Sunday:

https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=151

  • Parable of the Weeds – Kid-style

*Please know that, if you use this one to tell the story, what I dislike about the images in this one is that they all represent a fair-skinned people. Not realistic. You may want to address this with your children.

*Story with drawings, cut-out figures and narration all done by children.

Bible Challenge

Commentaries & Study Tools

https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=4511

https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/scofield-reference-notes/matthew/matthew-13.html

https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/the-fourfold-gospel/by-chapters/matthew/matthew-13.html

https://www.blueletterbible.org/rsv/mat/13/1/s_942001

Art

http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/diglib-displayindex.pl?SID=20200714576063256&pagenumber=1&code=act&

https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/slides/Ax_Proper11.pdf  (slide show of art and texts, using all of the day’s lectionary)

Music/Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_pjprrz2bI (Not sure how I would label this one…?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNPDl3htf24 (Kids -Veggie Tales, Rumor Weed)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxWGjxIm7x0 (Original – Folk)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vepaLKGfb2k (Soulful Rock) –Personally, Love this one!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zol7d0TrZI (Dramatic Music and Video Representation of the Text)

https://www.youtub( lue.com/watch?v=89NMSrDL2LE (Folk)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuhlyTLB9hY (Rap)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCSeKWfS8Ds (Gospel-ish)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PrcNuofOgM (Blue Grass)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHDJHaVRXvw (Country)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvPCjVWFXJw (Hymn – Gift of Finest Wheat)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVHBYH7KRfQ (Hymn – As Grains of Wheat)

Prayers

https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/prayers.php?id=151

https://re-worship.blogspot.com/search/label/Proper%2011%20A (Disregard the dates at the top. These are still tied to the texts for this week)

https://www.sacredspace.ie/scripture/matthew-1324-30#

Podcasts

https://www.pulpitfiction.com/notes/proper11a

*(this podcast also includes lots of resources, including Bible Study and questions, ideas from Pinterest to engage, etc.). Go to link and find the date for the Sunday you wish to study. Click that and you’re golden!

https://www.workingpreacher.org/brainwave.aspx?podcast_id=1283

*(this podcast also includes additional resources, such as the additional lectionary readings and commentaries for each reading).

Activities for Adults & Couples

https://www.vibrantfaithprojects.org/uploads/1/3/1/1/131152636/grain_of_wheat.pdf  (For this activity, instead of using the suggested John text, use our Matthew text for this week. Consider the sorrows and sufferings of our lives as they weeds referred to in the text. God calls us not to pull the weeds out right away, but to wait, let them grow alongside, and be patient. Consider the rest of the activity and how that leans into our scripture).

Activities for Young Adults

https://www.vibrantfaithprojects.org/uploads/1/3/1/1/131152636/top_five_lists.pdf *[Use the Top 5 List in this activity as they pertain to this week’s scripture. For instance, 1. (Monday) What do you believe to be true about God in the Wheat and Weed Parable? Or… 2. (Friday) What separates you (i.e., the weeds) from God? Follow through the rest of the activity].

Activities for Teens

https://www.vibrantfaithprojects.org/uploads/1/3/1/1/131152636/ordinary_time.pdf *(This activity leans more into Ordinary Time for families with teens, but I encourage you to also think about the “Gardening” part at the bottom. How do you make a garden better? How does Jesus suggest, in this week’s parable, how to make it better? I wonder why he would suggest this? Take time to consider as a family).

Activities for Young Families*

https://www.vibrantfaithprojects.org/uploads/1/3/1/1/131152636/hard_stuff_-_bad_day.pdf

*(In this activity, use our Matthew text, as well as the children’s book suggested. Consider that having a bad day might feel like being the wheat surrounded by the weeds. But Jesus in His parable, encourages us to wait and be patient. Have HOPE because He will always see us through).

Activities for Various Ages

https://www.ultimatecampresource.com/camp-games/nature-games/

*Link to lots of nature games that you can tie into the text!

Devotionals

https://d365.org/

*(interactive devotional – for all ages – written by young people).

https://www.thethoughtfulchristian.com/Content/Site115/Basics/59264JulyDevoti_00000031009.pdf

*(These Days, Daily Devotions for Living by Faith) – July 2020