Good morning girls and boys. Remember this? (I take out of my bag the Godly Play heart shaped box of the ten commandments) The Ten Best Ways to Live- also called the Ten Commandments- are the rules God gave God’s people to help live the life God wanted for them once they were free and could choose how they lived. Do you remember what the rule was about Sunday? Yes, to keep the Sabbath holy. I wonder what that means to you.

Today in worship we’re talking about the passage of scripture where Jesus talked about the Ten Commandments, and said that he came to help us understand them in a deeper, bigger way.

I brought a book today to share to help us think about what Jesus might have meant. It’s called Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Pena, and in it there’s a grandma who has learned from Jesus a bigger way to follow his commandment. I’ll read it to you really quickly, and we can see how Jesus made the commandment bigger and deeper.

(Read or skim the book, as much as time permits.)

So what do you think? How didd the grandma keep the Sabbath holy?

(Allow children to respond.)

Jesus came to help us understand that the commandment is just where we start, and that to really know God, we’ve got to let Jesus show us (from his own life) how to live these rules out.

Dear God, thank you for loving us so much that you gave us Jesus to show us the BIG LOVE you want us to have for each other and show to each other. We love you, God. Amen.