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NOTE:  This story is not a typical one for Rotation Churches so we don't have a lot on it. Why not typical? Because in Rotation we spend 4 to 5 weeks in a row on a single story, and thus, have to prioritize which stories we teach in elementary Sunday School. This particular story doesn't often make the final cut. If you think it should, then add your lessons and ideas in this post!

Scripture:  is Luke 4:14-21. Jesus is reading Isaiah 61:1,2. Also Mathew 13:53-58.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth (Luke)

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read,17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”

24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown....

28 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29 They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. 30 But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

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Game -- you could take words from the passage and play a game. Words like: scroll, Nazareth, synagogue, Isaiah, Spirit of the Lord, anointed, freedom, preach, blind, etc.

How to Play:  Write these words on cards. Pass out cards - have everyone have at least 2 cards, maybe 3. The object being that you try to get others to guess what your card says. Can use different ways to have people guess - drawing pictures, sculpting out of Playdoh, acting out, or what is called "tongue-tied" (TM) you say words that all start with the same letter to guide people to say your word. For example: for the word preach - say speaking, sermon.
(This game idea is based on a game called Cranium Hoopla.)

Cooking -- The other thing to maybe do is something to do with the portion of the scripture "to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." This refers to the jubilee, the year of cancellation of debts (Leviticus 25:8-13). In that year, debts were canceled and slaves were freed. This portrays hope. Maybe do some sort of a jubilee feast in a cooking workshop?

Some ideas.

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Carol, Thank you!

The games are great. Using variations on the word games will finish out the workshops.


Cooking:  We came up with a cooking workshop for making scrolls from biscuits and pretzels for our small coffee hour - they will write Scripture on the centers of the scrolls, a sharing the Word as they offer biscuits to parishioners.


Your jubilee idea will work on a unit we are doing later in the year.


Thanks again, Jerrie Lynn

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Isaiah Drama & Art Idea

Member Jerrie Lynn later posted the following:

We are doing a first-person re-enactment of Jesus reading Isaiah. The kids will become the questioning then grumbling crowd, then try to run him over the cliff.

Member Neil added:

In our Art Workshop each class made part of a large ISAIAH SCROLL wall hanging using felt and precut letters glued onto it with symbols. Each week a different group made a different part of the scroll.   As part of their assembling exercise, they had to decide WHICH WORDS WERE MOST IMPORTANT to remember in the lesson. The visual images we glued to the felt were like RHEBUS puzzles....    where instead of the letters "sight" we made an eyeball.

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