SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 9, 2021)
The Holy Spirit (Acts 10:44-48)
Today is the Sixth Sunday of Easter. Jesus died on the cross and then because of the power of God’s love Jesus rose from death to life. Jesus is alive! That’s such an amazing thing that we celebrate it on Easter Sunday, but we also celebrate it for 7 Sundays!
In today’s first lesson, we hear about Peter. Peter was one of Jesus’ first disciples and was a fisherman. Today, Peter talks about God. Let’s watch the video and learn more about what Peter said.
Peter told the people – and wants us to know, too – that God loves each of us. God never runs out of love. It isn’t like a container of ice cream where we can eat up all up and then it is gone. God’s love never ends. There is always more. God has lots of love for everyone.
While Peter was speaking to the crowd which had gathered to listen to him, the Holy Spirit came down from heaven and was poured out on the people. When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River by his cousin John the Baptist as Jesus came up out of the water the Holy Spirit came down and looked like a dove. When we see a dove symbol or picture of a dove in church today, it reminds us of the Holy Spirit.
When Peter was speaking, God sent the Holy Spirit to bring love to the people. The Holy Spirit comes to us today and brings God’s love. The Holy Spirit comes into our hearts and touches us with God’s love. God’s love is for each of us. It never ends. We can share it with everyone!
- Where did the Holy Spirit come from?
- What can a dove remind us of?
- Who does God love?
Praise Your Name. Go Fish Guys.
When Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit came down from heaven in the form of a dove. As we think about God’s never-ending love, we remember that God loves all of creation, including the earth, the plants, and the animals. Why not make a simple Cheerios bird feeder and hang it from a tree as a way to remember God’s never-ending love for all of creation. Simply string Cheerios on a pipe cleaner or piece of yarn or string. It is really that simple!
God’s love is for everyone. When Peter was speaking to the crowd, the Holy Spirit was poured out on everyone. Whether we are the same or different, God loves us. The book We All Sing with the Same Voice by J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene, illustrated by Paul Meisel, is a wonderful story that reminds us that all of us, all around this big world that God created, sing with the same voice. We have all been created by God. God loves all of us. God’s loves doesn’t run out like the ice cream does!
Hear and watch the story being read by Ms. CeCe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUQTP4kRf5U
God, as we continue to celebrate Easter, we thank you for Jesus, who died on the cross and then by the power of your love rose to new life. Jesus is alive! We thank you for your Holy Spirit which comes into our hearts and touches us with your love. Amen.
Pastor Dan Fugate, Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA, put this lesson together for Sunday School @ Home. There will be a new one for each Sunday while we are unable to gather together physically in our congregational buildings. Contact him at [email protected].