January 10, 2021 Post

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GREETINGS

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” ~ 1 Chronicles 16:34

 

Greetings!

I hope you and your family are doing well and enjoying the New Year.  Now more than ever, it is important to remember that an “attitude of gratitude” is not one to be reserved solely for the month of November.  Each year, every season and each day provide us with numerous reasons to be thankful.  Our God is always faithful and He continues to bless us despite that we may not recognize or acknowledge his blessings.  Let us always go before Him with hearts of gratitude and thanksgiving.

We will continue throughout the year to gather in person for Sunday School providing no additional, necessary pandemic mandates be set.  This morning’s lesson,” Being Thankful While Riding the Covid Current,” follows this greeting.

I wish you and your family a very blessed week ahead.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

Sunday School Lesson For Kids:

Jeremiah 1, God calls Jeremiah

INTRO:

Ever since you were small children, you parents have taught you a simple courtesy. When someone gives you something, what two words do you say?

“Thank you.” Those two words are drilled into our heads. We learn the words, “Thank you” almost as fast as we learn, “Mom”, “Dad”, and “No.” Saying, “Thank you” is a common courtesy we extend to everyone, from the people who serve us in restaurants to our grandparents. We expect it when we do something nice for someone else. But how often do we mean it? Is saying thanks just something we do out of habit, or do we really mean it when we say, “Thank you?”

When we stop to think about the things we have been given and the givers of those gifts, we have much to be thankful for, and in the next few weeks, we’ll talk about many of the reasons we have to be thankful - and how we can best show our thanks.

One of the most important things we can be thankful for is the God who created us. God made each one of us unique. He gave us the family he did in the place and time he did for a specific reason. God knew each of us before we were ever born, and he planned for us to be right where we are, right now, so that he could use us to show the world his amazing love.

In today’s scripture, we’re going to meet a man who learned first hand how God makes each one of us for a special purpose. The man’s name was Jeremiah, and he was amazed to discover that God had a special purpose for his life. Jeremiah didn’t believe it at first, but with God’s direction, he became one of the most important men in the Old Testament.

READ JEREMIAH 1

MAIN POINT:

Jeremiah came along at a time in history when God’s chosen people, Israel, had forgotten him. God had saved Israel from slavery. He had given them a land to call their own and protected them from all enemies.  Yet the people rejected God and chose to worship false gods instead.

God had warned the people long ago that he would punish them if they ever forgot him. God needed a man to remind Israel of that warning, someone brave and bold who would share God’s message without fear. God chose Jeremiah for that very reason.

Jeremiah didn’t believe he had it in him to be a prophet, but when the judgment for their sin came, it was Jeremiah who reminded the people why they were being punished and showed them the way they could repent of their sin.

God made each of us for a special purpose, just as he did Jeremiah. We need to thank God for the gifts he’s given us, and we need to use our gifts to show the world God loves us.

DRIVE IT HOME:

When we receive a gift, the first words we say after, “Wow!” and, “Just what I wanted!” should always be thankful. As we discover the gifts God has given us, we need to thank him as well. When we discover a talent we have for something, like music or drama, we can thank God. When we discover a passion we have, something we enjoy doing that serves others, we can thank God as well. God loves to hear our prayers, and he really loves when we are thankful.

But saying thank you isn’t enough. If we say thank you for a gift, and we put it in the closet, what good is that gift to us or anyone else? God wants us to show we are thankful by putting our gifts and talents to use. Those who can sing can sing for God. Those who can act can act for God. Those who have a heart for serving should serve. Those with a talent for leading others and teaching should do what God made them to do. And those who have the gift of encouragement should always be on the lookout for someone who needs a pick me up.

It’s worth pointing out that God doesn’t expect us to wait until we are older to use those gifts. Remember when Jeremiah said, “I’m too young?” God told Jeremiah his age didn’t matter. God can use you, even though you are still kids, to bless others. So don’t put off using your gifts for God. God can use anyone, even kids, to show people he loves them!

God didn’t give us gifts for the simple pleasure of seeing us discover them. He wants to use us to be a part of his plan to bring salvation to the world. Just as God used Jeremiah to warn the people and show them the way back to him. God can use us to invite our friends and others to meet Jesus in person. Let us give thanks to God every day in prayer for the things he has given us. And let us show him how thankful we are by putting those gifts to work so others can give thanks to God as well.

Thanks and glory be to God, who gave us his son and so much more.

 


SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (K-2ND)

ICEBREAKER:

What’s the best gift you have ever received for your birthday?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY:

1 Chronicles 16:8

Give all the kids a Bible. Then, after you read the verse, give them the reference and see who can find it first in their Bible.

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY:

Give all of the kids a spicy cinnamon candy to put on their tongue. How does the candy feel? How do they think it felt when God touched Jeremiah’s mouth?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Jeremiah 1

What did God say to Jeremiah?

What excuses did Jeremiah give when God spoke to him?

How did God answer that excuse?

How did God use Jeremiah to help Israel?

What is one talent or gift God has given you that you are thankful for?

 


 

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (3RD-5TH)

ICEBREAKER:

What’s the best gift you have ever received for your birthday?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY:

1 Chronicles 16:8

Give all the kids a Bible. Then, after you read the verse, give them the reference and see who can find it first in their Bible.

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY:

Give all of the kids a spicy cinnamon candy to put on their tongue. How does the candy feel? How do they think it felt when God touched Jeremiah’s mouth?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Jeremiah 1

What did God call Jeremiah to do?

What excuses did Jeremiah give when God spoke to him?

How did God answer those excuses?

What is one talent or gift God has given you that you are thankful for?

How can you show God you are thankful by using that gift for him?

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Show us the gifts you have given us so we can be thankful and use them for you.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

 


 

ACTIVITIES

Children will color attached sheets and decorate a planter and plant seeds

 

coloring page1