Eighth Sunday of Pentecost

When the Time Is Right, You Provide Them with Food

Psalm 145: 15

As we pray in the Fourth Petition of the Lord's Prayer, Give us this day our daily bread, we are assured that God provides for our most basic daily needs.

Today we will make a hand puppet to help us to tell the wonderful story of Jesus.

Even though we will cut the elements of the sandwich from fun foam, we will try to represent only Bible foods.

Using light tan fun foam, cut two 7-inch half rounds to form the top and bottom of a small loaf of pita bread.

Paint two wooden balls black to make black olive eyes.

Cut various shapes of Bible vegetables from the appropriate colors of fun foam - lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, onions. You may want to pleat or gather the lettuce. The people of Bible times made cheese that was soft, like cream cheese, and they used some dried meats - beef and mutton - as well as fish.

The pieces of foam will be layered on an old glove or mitten.

Using brown acrylic paint and a light touch, paint the top crust on the top round of pita. When it is dry, use a glue gun to glue the tops of the fingers of the glove to the underside of the foam. Glue the beads to the front of the fingers (it may be easier to do this last).

Layer your sandwich ingredients - you may want to tack them together with the glue gun.

Glue the top layer of the sandwich fillings to the underside of the glove, so the glove is covered. Choose the mouth layer (it should be twice the size of the others) and fold it in half. Cut a 2-inch by 2-1/2-inch slot in the bottom half. Glue the top half to the underside of the glove layers.

Continue to cut 2-inch by 2-1/2-inch slots in the remaining ingredients and the bottom round of pita. Stack and glue the remaining ingredients, finishing with the pita round and making sure that the thumb remains outside the bottom of the sandwich. You may want to glue the thumb to the bottom of the sandwich and the outside round edges of the pita together.

And you may want to touch up the sandwich with acrylic paint.

Now you are ready to tell the story of Jesus and the thousands of hungry people.

For a simpler project for this lesson, you might want to host the Jesus Picnic and to make the Disciple Eggs.

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