SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – Holy Trinity Sunday/June 7, 2020
Holy Trinity Sunday
Bible Passage (for parents)
The Holy Trinity (Matthew 20:16-20)
Today is Holy Trinity Sunday. It is the Sunday of the church year when we remember and celebrate our One God who comes to us in 3 ways: Father or Creator, Son or Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We worship our Triune God…which means One God in Three “Persons”. Something that can help us remember that Trinity or Triune means three in one is other words that begin with the prefix tri- like tricycle (has three wheels), triangle (has three sides), and trio (a group of three).
Watch this video together:
Please note that this video was prepared for a different occasion, but is for the gospel appointed for this Sunday. You may also notice that the students are from the Roman Catholic tradition.
The gospel for Holy Trinity Sunday has Jesus talking with his friends and followers, his first disciples. Jesus gives them a job to do. Jesus says, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded them. Remember, I am with you always.”
- What has Jesus told us to do?
- How can we help other become followers of Jesus?
- How does it help to know that Jesus is always with you?
Come, All You People.
Look at an apple. Ask: What is this? (Apple) How do you know? (It’s red, round, has a peel, etc). What does the peel do? (It’s the skin- protects the fruit inside). Cut open the apple to show the pulp and seeds. Ask: What are these? (seeds) What do the seeds do? (Make more apples) The peel is like God – God protects us. The apple pulp is like Jesus – it fills us with food, like Jesus filled his followers with spiritual food. The seeds are like the Spirit – we know they are there, and can see the sprouts, but we don’t know what happens to make the sprouts. We can see what the Spirit does, moving people to share God’s word with others, but we don’t know HOW the Spirit works.
Cut the apple into slices and eat it!
This game is called Egg Roll. You are required to move an egg by fanning it. You may watch this video for further explanation:
Just like an apple has three parts, but is one apple, an egg has three parts: shell, yolk, white part, but is still one egg. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but yet One God.
Things have been different because of the coronavirus, but one thing that isn’t different is that Jesus calls us to follow him, to love others, and he is always with us. The idea of God as three in one is sometimes hard to understand, but we know that God is bigger than we are, stronger, and able to do the impossible.
- How are you feeling about the things that have been different?
- What have you been disappointed about?
- What are you looking forward to you?
- How can you share God’s love with others this week?
Pray: Holy God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three in one, thank you for always being with us. Help us love others as you love us. Help us reach out to others, even those who are different from us, because we are all your children. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.