Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost

We Were Like a Grapevine You Brought Out of Egypt

Psalm 80: 8

The Israelites were the descendants of Jacob, Joseph's father, who went to Egypt during a time of famine and eventually became slaves there under the Pharaohs.

They were builders, and some of them may even have worked on the pyramids before they returned to the Promised Land with Moses.

Certainly there was a great deal of travel between Palestine and Egypt, and many Jews may have seen the pyramids.

Did Joseph and Mary travel past the pyramids when they took the baby Jesus to safety in Egypt?

Cut squares of brown paper (some stone-like texture would be good) for each child - 8-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches is fine, but 12 by 12 inches or even 4 by 4 inches also works well.

Fold on the diagonal to make four triangles, and fold the fourth triangle in half inward.

Draw desert landscapes (continuous or not - it's up to you) with crayons, markers or colored pencils on the three unfolded sides of the pyramid. What do you think the Israelites would have seen in Egypt?

Fold the fourth side inward and tape it to the side next to it.

Your pyramid should stand up quite sturdily.

Or you can make the bulletin board for Psalm 23.


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