Joyce MacKichan Walker tells the story of Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James as they discover an empty tomb and encounter Jesus on the way to Jerusalem. The Time with Children in the worship service at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ, focuses on telling Bible stories to the congregation. Listen to storytellers from the church bring these stories to life with dramatic flair.
There was a man named Jesus. He came so that he could show us who God is and so that he could tell the whole world how much God loved it.
But there were some very powerful people who were not very happy with Jesus. Jesus had too many followers. Those followers listened to the stories that Jesus told, and they believed the words that Jesus said, and they noticed that Jesus welcomed everybody, that Jesus loved everybody, that Jesus called everybody. And so, those powerful people did something terrible. They killed Jesus in a really terrible way: on a cross.
Jesus’ followers took the body of Jesus, and they took it to a tomb that was carved out of the rock, and they laid his body in there, and they covered it with a cloth. And they closed the door of that tomb with a great big stone that they rolled across. And those powerful people that were afraid of Jesus, they posted guards at the door of the tomb, and everybody else went home for the Sabbath.
Two days later, two women came to the tomb. And as they arrived at the tomb, the earth shook underneath their feet, and a messenger of God, an angel, appeared in shining robes so white it dazzled their eyes, and those guards were so afraid, they couldn’t even speak.
And the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid, I know why you’re here. You came to take care of the body of Jesus, but he’s not here. He’s alive! Come and see!” And the women went in the tomb and they looked and there was the cloth, but no Jesus. And the angel said, “Go and tell Jesus’ followers that he’s alive. Tell them that he is going to Galilee and he will meet them there.
And the women, they hurried out, and they were still afraid, but they were filled with great joy too, and they were on their way to tell the followers, and there on the road in front of them was Jesus.
Jesus said, “Go and tell my followers that I am alive.”
That’s our job. To go and tell Jesus’ followers and the whole world that Jesus is alive.
Let’s pray. Dear God, Jesus is alive: this is your doing. Help us to tell others by showing how much you love the world by loving the world ourselves. Amen.
Storyteller: Joyce MacKichan Walker
Text: Mark 16:1-9
Joyce MacKichan Walker was the Director of Christian Education at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ for eighteen years and in 2007 became the Minister of Education. A 1979 graduate of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) and a Certified Christian Educator since 1983. Her first love within Christian education is teaching, which she actively practices at Nassau and as a workshop leader and keynoter. Her writing includes a book with Carol Wehrheim, Teaching Children Worship in the Sanctuary; a book with Linda Lebron, BeTween: Exploring Life and Christian Faith with Older Elementary Children and lots of curriculum.