After that gorgeous snowfall on Friday, the winter winds blew in a guest from the ancient deserts of the Middle East. On the first Sunday in February, the Biblical patriarch Moses visited the combined grades 1-6 class for Community Sunday (aka Children’s Chapel). What follows is a brief summary of what the kids learned from Moses about his life, the time that he lived, and why his story is still important to us in the 21st century.
Moses was born in Egypt. The Israelites were slaves to the Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt. The story of Moses in the Bullrushes tells about how Moses came to be raised in Pharaoh’s household, with his sister Miriam as his nursemaid.
As an adult, Moses left Egypt, but eventually he came back to try and free the Israelites from slavery. God gave Moses special powers to use in convincing Pharaoh to let his people go. Moses told Pharaoh that if he didn’t agree to freeing the Israelites, God would send 10 plagues. With God’s help Moses parted the Red Sea and saved the Israelites from Pharaoh’s army.
During the long time that the Israelites wandered in the desert with Moses as their leader, Moses was in communication with God. Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights on Mount Sinai. It was during this time that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on two tablets. Moses was the “keeper of rules” but even he disobeyed God. He broke the tablets when he was angry and killed some of his people. Was Moses punished by God for breaking the “thou shall not kill” commandment?
Moses had a very long life, he lived for 120 years! But in the end he did not live to see the Promised Land, the new home for the Israelite people.
The story of the Exodus – when Moses led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land – is one that people who are marginalized and oppressed in our day use as a powerful metaphor for their fight for liberation and equal civil and human rights. For example, African Americans often refer to the Exodus and Moses in song and story.
The kids had some particularly interesting questions that they asked Moses. They wondered, for example, why there were two tablets. Were there five commandments on each tablet? Maybe Moses made two copies of the Ten Commandments?
Children’s Religious Education Program Registration and Information:
If you haven’t registered your children for CRE, please do so ASAP using the registration link found on the Children’s Religious Education page of the FCB website (uubelmont.org/childrens-re/) which allows you to register children from birth through 12th grade. All children must be registered for CRE.
CRE Volunteer Opportunities for All at FCB
- Teach any of the CRE classes on Sunday mornings: com/teachCRE. You will need to have recent background check (done by FCB in the last 2 years) or submit a new one using this form: uubelmont.org/coriandsori/.
- Would your family like to lead the Chalice Lighting during the worship service one Sunday this year? CRE is coordinating this effort to involve families in this element of the worship service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Click to sign-up: com/chalicelighting. You will receive an e-mail reminder.
- Non-parent teacher-volunteers are needed to assist our Childcare Provider, Denise Azar, in the Nursery at 9 and 11 a.m. each Sunday. Click here: com/sundaynursery. You will receive an e-mail reminder.
~ Charlotte Lehmann, Acting Director of Children’s Religious Education
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