“…making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16
“…knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” Romans 13: 11
We are busy serving the LORD… getting lessons together and teaching kids. But I would like to exhort you to make sure you prioritize your time for corporate worship, and are getting refreshed and nourished in your spirit with good teaching. We also need to be sensitive to opportunities for encouraging and exhorting the “adult” members of the body of Christ. As I heard in a sermon this past Sunday, is not enough to just “gather together” like the watches in the photo
we must not be”…forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is: but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as we SEE the DAY approaching.” The previous verse says that we need to “consider one another to provoke unto love and good works…” Hebrews 10:24
When the body is functioning properly it is just like the workings of a timepiece. Each part does its own special work and like Ephesians 4:16 teaches, we should be maturing in a healthy manner, growing in love. Jesus is our example here. Not only did he regularly attend the synagogue “…and as his custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day…” (Luke 4:16) , He was in constant communion with His disciples; teaching, exhorting, encouraging… and showing them perfect compassion, patience, fearlessness and joy. I can be very patient with a child because I do not expect maturity from them… but rubbing shoulders with a Christian brother or sister is very revealing . The Holy Spirit has a perfect chance to open our eyes to our true spiritual needs as we see how difficult it is to truly “consider others”.
As always, you might have to play around with “shrinking to fit” the parts of the worksheet. Worksheet #4 is what you will measure all your other pieces to and works well with this smaller dimension. Try to get the image to print about 6 &1/4 inches across and 4 & 1/8 tall and you will be able to get 2 images per page. That will put the “faces” of the timepiece at aprox. 5 inches across…this also means you will be able to print the other worksheets with 2 images per page. I punched “holes” using the nut can seals (we used them for Leah’s veil)…rubbing off the texture with a pencil erasure and creasing the middle with a pencil… by just drawing a line you can simulate a little watch screw. You will need 13 “holes” for each timepiece, and a few “rubies”.(these can just be colored in) Color and assemble as in samples above using a thin line of tacky glue connecting wkst #2 (the timepiece face) to wkst #4 after you have glued the verse from worksheet #3 to the back of the timepiece face..This may seem like an extra piece of paper but I do not like the words of the verse to show through on the timepiece…if you do not mind this, worksheet #3 can be eliminated but the kids will have to write the verse from Ephesians 4:16. Worksheet #4 is the bottom layer and the glue goes applied in the space provided to the left of the dotted line…this will make your project 3 layers after you glue the edge of the gold watch cover (wkst #1) to the edge of the timepiece face (wkst#2). If you want to keep the front cover from flapping open, magic tape is your friend…just roll a little piece “stickie-side” out, and place it on the backside, near the outer edge…..press to close. Optional: the kids can copy a verse on the back of the golden cover (#1) Ephesians 5:16 or Romans 13:11 are good choices for this. If you want to emphasize the contract between “just meeting” together and assembling…you may want to cut out and glue the pieces of a watch in a little collage. If this is the case, you can glue your collage onto worksheet #4…just leave space to do so. To make the spring, cut out a circle the size of a quarter from a nut can seal. Rub out the texture, and cut as thin as possible in a continuous circle. Cut 2 sizes of wheels out of grey paper, or use the foil …(or white paper colored grey or with pencil!) You might cut some circles out of gold paper also…then you will have to patiently scallop the edges or use the scissors that have that sort of edge. The watches are easy to piece together out of black card stock. Copy the basic design from the photo above. You will be surprised how the Holy Spirit can give you a burst of creativity.
I sometimes think of Bezaleel from Exodus 35-36…”whom the LORD had filled with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and understanding, and in all manner of workmanship; and to devise curious works, and to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work…”I mean the list goes on and on..engraving, teaching, embroidering, weaving…all for the glory of God . As he was giving himself to the construction of the tabernacle, what joy must have overwhelmed his heart as he realized the LORD was using him and gifting him with these abilities. * * * * *