September 27, 2020 Post

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"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs."  ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

 

Greetings!

I hope you all had a good week.  The Fall has settled in nicely, bringing with her some cooler weather and shorter days.  God is good! He has blessed us with numerous sun filled and glorious ones as well.  I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy this colorful season and to fill it with fun, family and social-distanced friends.

Following is the Sunday School lesson offered on Sunday, September 27th.  If you are in need or want of any supplies/crafts offered in our face to face class please contact Pastor Schalm. May God bless you with a productive, safe and healthy week.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

Following is the Sunday School lesson offered on September 27th.

"All About Love"  from Matthew 22:34-46

Opening Activity – All About Love – Love Messages
In this variation of Telephone, the kids will send messages 3 different ways.

  1. Phone Call – Have the kids sit in their chairs (6 feet apart). Have one child say through their mask one of the following messages until each child repeats it and it returns to him/her. See if the message changed.
    1. I love to show love to the people I love.
    2. You love me and I love you, but who’s going to love the kangaroo?
    3. O.V.E. that spells love for you and me.

Lesson – All About Love
Before we get started, there are a few actions you need to know.  When I say ‘LOVE’ I need you to cross your arms over your chest like your giving yourself a great big hug.  When I say ‘HEART’ I need you to make a heart shape with your hands.  When I say ‘SOUL’ I need you to point both thumbs at your chest.  When I say ‘MIND’ I need you to put your hands on your head.  And when I say ‘NEIGHBOR’ I need you to point at anyone else in the room.  Now let’s get started.

The Bible has a lot to say about LOVE.  It tells you God LOVES you.  It tells you that God wants you to LOVE him.  It tells you to LOVE your NEIGHBOR.
There is so much in the Bible about LOVE that some people call it a LOVE letter.
A long time ago when Jesus was on earth, people thought the Bible was just about rules.  Do this.  Don’t do that.  Say this.  Wear that.  Go here.  Worship there.
Rule after rule after rule.

There was a little bit about LOVE, but there were so many rules that was all people cared about. But LOVE was all Jesus cared about.  He came here to show each one of us just how much He LOVES us.  He LOVES us so much that even died for our sins so we can live with Him forever and always.

There were a whole bunch of people who really liked Jesus’ message of LOVE, but there were also a bunch of people who really liked the rules.  They thought following the rules was all that mattered, but they forgot that everyone makes mistakes sometimes and disobeys those rules.  And then what?!?  Is that it?  One broken rule and it’s all over?

No way!  Jesus came so that even when we make mistakes, He can save us.  It’s such an amazing way to show just how much He LOVES us.

One day the rule followers wanted to know what Jesus thought was the most important one of all.  If we could only ever follow one single rule, which one would it be?  They expected Jesus to say one of the 10 Commandments; like obeying your parents, or keeping the Sabbath a day only for God.  But Jesus had an even better one.  The best rule of all, and it’s all bout LOVE.

Jesus said, “LOVE the Lord your God with all your HEART and with all your SOUL and with all your MIND.  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: LOVE your NEIGHBOR as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40 NIV

Jesus turned all of those rules into just two simple ones.  LOVE God.  And LOVE others.

When you keep the Sabbath as a day for Jesus, that’s a way of loving Him.  And when you obey your parents, that’s a way of loving them.  Every single rule can fit into one of those two.  It was so simple.

Now what do you think it means to LOVE God with all your HEART, SOUL, and MIND?  It really just means that you LOVE Him completely.  So you can’t just say you LOVE God, or just put money in the offering, or just listen to the sermon; you need to LOVE God all the time and in every way.

And thankfully, Jesus LOVES us so much that forgives us when we forget to LOVE Him and our NEIGHBORS like we should.  Which is great news, because everyone could use a little more LOVE.

Hook:

  1. “What is a neighbor?” Children give various answers.
  2. “When we say we live in a neighborhood, what does that mean?”  Children give various answers.
  3. “How does God want us to treat our neighbors?” Children give various answers.

 Activity A – All About Love – Bible Verse Challenge
Verse – Matthew 22:37
Pass out Bibles to students.  Bibles should be closed and sitting on the table face up in front of each child.  When you say go, have the kids look up this week’s Bible verse.  As each child finds the verse, have them stick one finger on the verse and quietly raise their other hand.  The first one to find the verse gets to read it to the rest of the class.
Help younger kids and new kids find the verse by following these steps.

  1. Look in the Table of Contents for the book you are looking for.  Make an effort to show them if it is found in the Old Testament or New Testament to help them in the future.  Then open the Bible to the page number listed in the Table of Contents.
  2. Show them the large numbers in the text, known as the chapters.  Flip through pages until you find the large chapter number you are looking for.
  3. Then scan through the text with them pointing out the smaller verse numbers until the correct number is found.

Activity B – All About Love
Supplies – Journals

Have children write in their journals: “Loving God” on one page and “Loving Others” on the second page.  Then have them draw/color each of the following body parts while you come up with ways that you can use them to show love.  Then see if they can think of another body part they can use to show love.

  • Ears (example: listening when others are talking, listening in church)
  • Eyes (example: paying attention to others needs, reading the Bible)
  • Nose & Mouth (example: singing hymns and praise music, speaking kind words)
  • Mind (example: learning about Jesus, thinking of new ways to help)
  • Heart (example: praying to God, telling your parents you love them)
  • Hands (example: holding the door, cleaning up the sanctuary)
  • Feet (example: going on mission trips, walking with someone to their car)

 Look:

  1. “There are a lot of verses about loving our neighbor.  With so many verses in the bible about this, I know loving our neighbors is important to God.  How does He say we should love them?”  Children answer.
  2. “God wants us to love our neighbors like we love our self.  What do you think God means by that?” Children answer.
  3. “You want to keep yourself happy, right?  And you take care of what you need.  When you are thirsty you drink water and when you are hungry you eat food.  We show love to others by helping them be happy and by taking care of their needs.”

 DECORATE MASK

Fruit of the Spirit / Strawberry:

  • Have children write Love on the strawberry with their name

 Color Sheets

 


 

 

 

CLOSING PRAYER

 

Dear God,

We thank you for loving and forgiving us and for knowing us by name. Help us to share the love of Christ with one another, especially those who struggle or are less popular. ~ Amen