Sunday School March 22nd
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Kinder-Grade 4 are practicing "The Wondrous Mystery" by Keith and Kristyn Getty. Here is the accompaniment-version if you and your family want to sing along. Our choir director, Ms. Khrista Petrie, also added an additonal verse that your children have learned to keep the song Christ-centered for Easter:
The wondrous mystery, of boundless grace divine
The Son became the servant of us all
The fullness of our God, in frail humanity
Obedient to death upon a cross
Lifted to the highest place
Given the name above all names
That at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow
Every power and every throne
Heaven above and earth below
Ev'ry tongue confessin Christ the Lord.
So on this Easter Day
Our grateful thanks we sing
To Jesus Christ who died that we might live
Salvation now is mine
Bought by Christ's blood divine
Praise God and praise our resurrected Lord!
Grades 5-8 are practicing "Across the Lands" by Keith and Kristyn Getty. Here is the PDF of the music as well as an accompaniment-version if you and your family want to sing along. They are currently working on memorizing through verse 2.
Lesson: Jesus Calls his Disciples to be Fisher's of Men
Click Here for the PDF of the story to read aloud with younger children. Grades 5-8, read aloud Luke 5: 1-11
Have children take turns. Ask Kinder-Grade 2 age children to remember one item they remember from the story; have older children retell as much as they can remember until the whole story has been retold.
1. Why do you think Jesus performed this miracle?
(Jesus used a miracle to show Peter and other disciples his almighty power. He wanted them and wants us to realize that because he has power to do miracles, he also has power to bring people to faith).
2. What did Jesus mean when he told his disciples that they would be fishers of men? How are we fishers of men?
(Jesus was going to use his disciples to be witnesses to share the gospel message to the world. 2000 years later, he still uses ordinary people, like you and me, to share that same message.)
Here are a few different options for reviewing the story with your kids: You can listen to the story and have children act out what they hear.
You can read aloud this Action Poem:
Jesus preached from Peter's boat. A little ways from shore. And then he said to Peter, "Now row the boat out more" (pretend to row)
"Drop your nets into the deep... (pretend to put nets over the side of a boat) and do some fishing there."
Then Peter said, "We fished all night. Our nets are empty--bare! (hold out empty hands), but since you said to do it, I gladly will obey."
He fished in the deep water (hold hand to show deep water). The worst time of the day. Soon the nets were full of fish (pretend to hold a large amount) And they began to tear! (pretend to tear something). Because of Jesus' power (point up). The fish were caught in there.
You can also watch the Beginner's Bible cartoon-version (4:40) of the story or Lumo's historically re-enacted version (2:50).
Activity: Popcorn Truths
Have kids sit on the ground. Ask them to pop up each time they hear something that is true. You can add additional silly false statements to make it more fun and interesting:
- Jesus has power over the fish
- Jesus has power over the rain
- Jesus has power over the earth
- Jesus has power over sickness
- Jesus has power over death
- Jesus brings people to faith through baptism
- Jesus brings people to faith through hearing God's Word
- It is up to us to give people faith in Jesus (F)
(God is the only one who has the power to bring people to faith. He wants us to do the sharing but God does the saving)
Craft: Fish Mobile
for the PDF of the Luke 5 Worksheet to complete.
Grades 7/8 can either follow along with the lesson above, or they can work independently on an Ephesians Bible study. Their teacher, Mr. Jules Palaisy
, is available to answer their questions. If they start on Ephesians, have them first watch the Bible Project's
Ephesians Introduction (through 4:40) and then you can get the PDF
of Lesson 1(work through questions 1-5).
Read Aloud Together
This is our Easter memory work we are practicing through Easter:
" I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes--I and not another. How my heart yearns within me." (Job 19:25-27)
Close your family in prayer. This can be the Lord's Prayer, a personal prayer, or the following prayer:
"Dear Jesus, thank you for choosing us to be your disciples. Help us use yoru Word to tell others about you. Keep our faith strong and growin as we hear your Word. We praise you, dear Savior! Amen."