April 19, 2020

GREETING


So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~Isaiah 41:10

 

Greetings!

I hope you and your family had a blessed Easter.  While it was not our traditional way of celebrating the resurrection of our Savior, each day sheltered away brings us one day closer to worshiping together.  Just as the earth is springing forth new life after the long cold months of winter, may our time of solitude prepare us to   flood the earth with a more kind, gracious and loving spirit once sprung.

I miss you and look forward to the day when we will all be together again.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

NOAH NEEDS HIS NAILS

~ Glenys Nellist

Plip, plop, plip plop.  Was that rain? Noah woke from his sleep and jumped out of bed.  Hurrying to the window, Noah peeked out and saw huge gray clouds scurrying toward his house.  Noah read ready! For weeks and weeks now, he had been building his big, beautiful boat that God had told him to make.  Today was the day he would get to use it.  The day when the mighty rains would begin and a flood would cover the whole earth and clean it.  Thank goodness Noah had listened to God and made that boat just like God had told him.  Now Noah, his family, and all the animals would be safe in the ark.  Noah hammered in the last of his nails and then quickly checked his list:

Two bid badgers, two blind bats,

Two strong camels, and two cute cats.

Two fast foxes, two fit frogs,

Two shy deer, and two young dogs.

Two tall flamingoes, two fat fleas,

Two black bears, and two small bees…

Noah’s list went on for a long, long, time until finally, all the animals were checked in and safely on board.

For forty days and forty nights the rains fell, covering the earth in water.  The grass disappeared, the trees disappeared, the mountains disappeared until there was nothing to see except water.  In the big boat, Noah was worried.  He stood by the window and wondered whether God would remember him.  Of course he would! Even though Noah could not see it, God’s huge hand was carrying that boat safely until it came to dry land.

How happy Noah was to be back on land again! All the animals could not wait to get off the ark. Two ran, two hopped, two slithered, two crawled, and two flew … all in different directions, to find a new home.  Noah knelt down to say a thank-you prayer as God painted a rainbow in the sky above.  It was, and still is, a wonderful reminder of God’s forever love

God’s Wonderful Words to You

I have made you. And I will carry you. ~ Isaiah 46:4

 


 

MESSAGE

God told Noah that He was going to send rain, a lot of rain to cleanse the earth and to make it clean again.  He loved Noah and wanted him to be prepared, so He told him to build an ark; a really, really big ark.  Noah loved God and he trusted God, so he obeyed God.  He built a really, really, big ark.

  1. Have you ever been told to do something in order to prepare for something that was going to take place or happen? (study for a test, practice for a game or concert, clean room for a guest who was coming, pack for vacation)
  2. What happened because you obeyed? What happened because you did not obey?  (Even if they obeyed, ask what might have happened if they did not obey)
  3. What do you think would have happened to Noah, his family and the animals if he had not obeyed God and built the ark? (they would have all been washed away)

There were lots and lots of animals on the ark.  It probably got pretty crazy and smelly at times.  Noah and his family probably got tired of feeding and cleaning up after all the animals.  They may have even bickered at times about whose turn it was.  Even though they obeyed God and knew that He was looking after them, Noah and his family were still probably sad, mad, scared and unhappy at times.

  1. Have you ever been sad, mad, scared or unhappy even though you obeyed and did what you were told?(perhaps they practiced and still lost the game or studied for a test and still did not get an A)
  2. Did it make you want to disobey the next time? Did you think, “what’s the use?” (Not study for the next test, not practice, not help out)

Even though it may have taken longer than Noah would have liked.  And perhaps even though Noah questioned or doubted God while on the Ark, God remained faithful to Noah.  After forty days and forty nights, God stopped the rain and eventually Noah and his family and all the animals were able to leave the ark and to live in a cleansed world.

  1. Have you ever had to wait for a long time to get what was promised to you?
  2. Did you start to lose faith or have doubts that you would not receive what was promised to you?

Because we are all human and we are not perfect, sometimes the things we promise to one another do not happen.  But God is PERFECT, and what He promises will always happen.  It may not happen when, where or how we want it to, but we can always trust that God will keep His promises to us.  All we have to do is obey and believe.  Just like Noah!

 


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

Dear___________________________,

I am so glad that Noah listened to me and built that big boat, just like I told him.  As you are growing up, I want you to be like Noah.  I want you to listen to me and try to do what I tell you.  And remember, just like I carried Noah, I will carry you, all through your life.  No matter where you travel, whether you are in a car, a train, an airplane, or a big boat, like Noah, I will carry you wherever you go.

 Love, God     

                          


 

ACTIVITY 

Rainbow Art

Supplies: White construction paper or printer paper (any white paper), pen, pencil, markers or crayons.

Purpose: To reproduce the image of God’s promise to Noah to never flood the earth again.

How To – Have the children take a bowl and trace ¾ of the outside of it.  Have them then use that as their template to make a rainbow with all the colors that they want.  They can add birds and clouds as well.  Remind them that God always keeps His promises. Send me pictures so I can share them next week.

EXAMPLE:

GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE

 

1.)  RAINBOW HUNT    Find seven things the color of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet and write them down and then thank God for them.

 

2. ) RAINBOW PRAYER   Write your own prayer thanking God for all the things you found that are the color of the rainbow. Thank Him for keeping His promises.  Send me your prayer so that I can share it with others.

 

3.)  ADOPT A GRANDPARENT.   Write a letter, or color a picture to one of our elderly church members twice a month.  That’s all you have to do to brighten someone’s day.  Have mom or dad email, call or text me for a name and address.

 

4.)  Make Hearts!   Make a red heart and write THANK YOU Doctors, Nurses and healthcare professionals on it.  Make a blue heart and write THANK YOU police, fire and first responders on it.  Make a white heart and write THANK YOU essential retailers, drivers and workers.  Place the hearts in your window to brighten the day of those continuing to serve and care for us.

We can all do something to lighten the load of others during this time.  Be creative and share your ideas!

Pastor Schalm (734) 255-0935  / cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER 

Dear God,

Thank you for all my blessings; my home, my family, my food and most of all, Your love. Please help me pay attention to the rules that You want me to follow so my life can be the best it can be. And help me to be patient, while I wait for You to fulfill your promises; promises that you always keep.   Be with all those helping and serving during these days.  In Jesus’ name we pray ~ Amen