JCS – Shabbat/Communion for the 5-7 year old crowd

March 9, 2011

Well, thank God Jesus was a Jew.

This leads to a LOT of overlap when you’re trying to teach your inter-faith kids about religion.

Our Shabbat/Communion lesson a couple of weeks ago is a good example of this.

Shabbat is the Jewish name for Sabbath, and is observed weekly. It begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday.  This day of rest is started by lighting candles, saying a prayer –

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam
asher kidishanu b’mitz’votav v’tzivanu
l’had’lik neir shel Shabbat. (Amein)

For my non-Hebrew speaking friends –

Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us
to light the lights of Shabbat. (Amen)

There are also blessings for the bread and the wine that is traditionally served.

Didn’t you ever wonder where communion came from???

Well, there ya go – Jesus was a good Jew.  The Last Supper (from where communion is gleaned) was a Passover Seder.

…more on that later…

What most Christians learn about ‘where communion came from” is that Jesus told his disciples at The Last Supper that he was going to die and to remember him by the act of eating bread and drinking wine.

Stop and think about that for a minute – pretty cool guy to command the enjoyment of  food and drink (especially wine) when his followers ‘remembered him’.

Our kids enjoyed this lesson because…. well, because we served bread and juice.  We’ll have to wait a number of years before we know if it really sank in!

This was to funny not to share….


One Response to “JCS – Shabbat/Communion for the 5-7 year old crowd”

  1. […] – that Jesus and his disciples were eating a seder meal and that this is where we get our sacrament of communion.  These are the easy days to […]

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