SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost/June 14, 2020
Bible Passage (for parents)
Jesus Has Compassion (Matthew 9:25-10:23)
Today’s gospel is a long one. In the beginning of it, we hear about Jesus visiting towns and villages, teaching in the synagogues, and proclaiming that the kingdom of God, the kingdom of heaven has come near. We are told that Jesus sees the crowds and he has compassion on them.
Watch this video together:
Someone who has compassion is kind, caring, and willing to help. Jesus has compassion on the crowds. He not only is kind, caring, and willing to help, but Jesus loves those in the crowd, including you and me and everyone! Jesus sees everyone with different eyes. He is able to see who we truly are and who God has created us to be.
- When have you seen only what was wrong with someone and not looked at them the way Jesus does?
- When has someone not looked at you with love?
- Who is someone you know who has compassion (is kind, caring, and willing to help)?
Every Move I Make by CJ & Friends. This was made to dance along with the lyrics. Why not give it a try?
Having compassion means being kind, caring, and willing to help. Look through this list of acts of kindness and pick one for every day this week.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Do a chore for someone without them knowing.
- Tell a joke.
- Feed the birds.
- Call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood.
- Pick up litter.
- Compliment someone.
- Plant something.
- Bake dessert for a neighbor
- Check in on an elderly neighbor by telephone.
- Set the table for dinner.
- Leave bubbles on someone’s doorstep.
- Tell someone why they are special to you.
- Donate outgrown clothes.
- Write chalk messages on the sidewalk.
- Donate food to the food pantry.
- Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter.
- Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello.
- Tell someone how much you love them.
- Make someone else’s bed.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Help make dinner.
- Make a get well card for someone.
- Clean up your room without being asked.
- Tape a video message for faraway friends.
- Write a poem for a friend.
- Adopt an animal online.
- Clean up your toys without being asked.
This game is called “Raisin the Bar”. You will need a small individual size box of raisins and a pop or soda. You may watch this video for further explanation:
Jesus “raises the bar” by inviting us to join him in having compassion for others. He asks us to above and beyond in order to be kind, caring, and willing to help others.
God created each one of us. God loves us with a lover that is stronger than anything. God sent Jesus into the world and Jesus had compassion for others. Jesus loved so much that he died on the cross and rose to new life. You and I have been given that new life through Holy Baptism. Jesus invites us to join him in see others as children of God, our family, and to have compassion for everyone, even those who are different from us.
- How can you show kindness to others?
- What will remind you to have compassion for others?
- How can you share God’s love with others this week?
Pray: Loving God, thank you for making us and for loving us, no matter what. Help us to see others as you do. Help us to have compassion, to be kind, caring, and willing to help those in need. We pray in Jesus’ name. 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.