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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Knock, Bang, Boom

Itty Bitty Lutherans continued the story of Joseph and concluded our month long study of singing the faith with your little ones.  

Story Notes: Throughout Joseph’s life, he was repeatedly built up to positions of favor and power just to be torn down again.  Isn’t this how life works most of the time? Just when you think you’re getting ahead, this messed up sinful life and world gets in the way!  Praise God, for His steadfast love and the hope we have in Him!
Tell your Itty Bitty Joseph’s story this way, using blocks.  Build the blocks up in a tower saying, Joseph was blessed and favored by his daddy, Jacob.  Then, Joseph’s jealous brothers threw him in a pit and sold him into slavery - away from his family.  Encourage your child to knock the blocks down.  God’s steadfast love endures forever!  Joseph knew this.  Start building the blocks up again, saying, The Lord was with Joseph and he rose to become in charge of everything for his new boss, except his boss’s food and wife.  Because of this sinful world, down Joseph fell again, and was locked up in jail.  Knock the tower of blocks down again. God’s steadfast love endures forever!  Start building the up blocks again.  The Lord was with Joseph, even in jail, and the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of everyone in jail!  Build the blocks up again.  Joseph had hard times, but the Lord was with him and Joseph held to the hope of His steadfast love. (Read Genesis 39)

This story, as well as so many narratives from God’s Word, has content that is simply not comprehensible for little ones (or us for that matter!), not to mention appropriate, but there is a difference between the two.  It is inappropriate to go into the details of Potiphar’s “come hither” wife, however we can point out the she wanted him to do something bad.  How wonderful to reinforce God’s steadfast love and our eternal hope in Him!  Remember, children, even the very, very young, can understand more than we can imagine! 

Singing the Faith: We spent the month learning songs, lullabies and hymns. This week we put our playlist on shuffle, found our shakers, and made a few more instant percussion instruments to keep the beat as we reviewed the songs learned this month.  Flip over a sanitized, recycled container and you have drum. Patting your baby’s belly or back along with the music is instant percussion, while older babies can clap along! Even during worship, tapping the beat of the liturgy or hymns on the back or knee of your Itty Bitty may help them connect and focus throughout the service.

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