Easter Sunday is a great opportunity to build excitement for upcoming programs. To draw attention to Faith Builders, our summer Sunday school program for children K-5th grade, we are hosting a “Guess How Many Bricks” competition in the main entry to our building. Combined with activity books and crayons handed out to every child on Easter (another one on Mother’s Day), we are sure to catch the attention of members and guests alike!
Day: Pentecost 15
Lectionary Passage: Psalm 78:1-4 12-16
Scripture Focus: Psalm 78:1-4
Object: A storybook (This is a great opportunity for you to share a little about yourself by telling the kids about your favorite childhood storybook or a story that you read with your (grand)children.)
This morning I’ve brought with me my very favorite story! It’s the Chronicles of Narnia. I bet some of you know this story, too. Maybe you’ve seen the new movies. But let me tell you, the book is way better. I love it so much that I read it over and over and over. And, I’ve started to read it to Caleb even though he is only a baby. I want to start reading it to him early because I want him to grow up knowing the characters and the story as well as I do so that we talk about it! I hope it will be one of our special things.
And that reminds me of our Bible lesson. It tells us about sharing the stories of the Bible. You know, there is a lot of good stuff in the Bible! There are stories like Noah and the Ark, Adam and Eve, Jesus Feeding the 5,000, David and Goliath, and so many more that I can’t even name them all! But they all tell about the wonderful deeds of God. And when we read them and learn about them and share them with each other, we grow closer to God. That’s why every Sunday we read from the Bible and learn just a little more about what it says. And, I hope each day you are reading your Bible at home on your own or with help from your parents or an older brother or sister.
There are some really amazing stories in the Bible and the only way you’re going to discover them is if you open up the book and read!
Let’s pray: Thank you God for giving us the Bible so that no matter where we are we can read about the amazing things you have done. Amen.
Day: Pentecost 4
Lectionary Passage: Psalm 119:105-112
Scripture Focus: Psalm 119:105
Good morning everyone! I brought something from my house this morning. It’s usually found in my hallway (reveal the nightlight). It’s a nightlight. During the day, it’s not very spectacular. But let me tell you what! At night, when it’s totally dark in my house and I have to get up and walk from my bedroom to the kitchen to get a drink, I’m really glad to have this little light shining brightly. It shows me the way so that I stub my toe or run into the wall… not that I’ve ever done that before.
This nightlight reminds me of our Scripture passage. It says that the Bible is like a lamp that shows us the way. Hmmm… do you think that means the Bible glows in the dark? No! Of course not. But, that would be pretty cool if it did! What our Scripture passage means is that the Bible tells us all the stuff we need to know to live the way God wants us to. And when we read the Bible and learn what it says, then we’ll know exactly what God wants us to do. Then, we won’t go through life stubbing our toes or running into walls because we make silly mistakes we could have avoided if only we had read the Bible.
So let’s all remember that the Bible is like a light. It guides us every day so we can live the way God wants us to.
Let’s pray: Thank you God for giving us the Bible and helping us to learn it and use it to follow your ways every day. Amen.