June 30, 2012

Dynamic Rituals

Sometimes active rituals can enhance the teaching and learning. When music is played softly during an appeal, it evokes more of our senses, enhancing our experience. Kneeling when we pray puts our body in a unique posture that can deepen our conversation with God. Rituals can become a burden as well, but there is a dynamic element to physical involvement. In this week’s lesson have the students stand up as the Bible is read to them. Have five or six students stand and read expressively the punch lines or the story, and observe whether they are more attentive and thoughtful about what is being read. Some churches stand every week during the reading of God’s Word to physically say, “We are at attention so God can have our attention.”