SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – 4th Sunday after Pentecost/June 28, 2020
Bible Passage (for parents)
Jesus Welcomes All (Matthew 10:40-42)
Today we hear Jesus talking about receiving others. Another way to say that is that Jesus is talking about welcoming others. God welcomes everyone to be part of God’s family. God loves each and every person unconditionally or without limits. As followers of Jesus we are called to share God’s love with others. We welcome others in the name of Jesus. Jesus says even small things like giving a glass of water are important.
Watch this video together:
Jesus welcomed ALL people. It didn’t matter where they came from, what they looked like, or who they were. Even if people are different from us, we are one in Christ, part of God’s family. We hear Jesus say in the gospel that he cares about kids. Not everyone in Bible times thought children were important. But Jesus welcomed them. When we welcome others, we are welcoming Jesus, and allowing God to use us for good.
- What does it mean to “welcome” someone?
- How can you welcome others?
- Act out what you might do if you hosted a party. Why is it important to treat others kindly when you are hosting them as guests?
All For You by Go Fish Guys. This song reminds us that God loves each of us even when we make mistakes.
Make some popcorn. Enjoy it together. Brainstorm small things your family can do to welcome others and share God’s love as you eat your popcorn.
Jesus today talks about giving a glass of water. Visit the website below for games, tips, and a water challenge.
When we are filled with God’s love, we can’t help but share it with others and welcome them as a part of God’s family. Think for a minute about popcorn. It’s a small thing, but when it is heated, it expands. Doing small things to welcome others and make them feel loved can make a big difference.
- Has there ever been a time when you did not feel welcome somewhere?
- Have you ever been “unwelcomed” because you are young?
- How can you show someone they are welcome?
Pray: God, thank you for loving us no matter what. Help us to welcome others the way you welcome us. Help us love others the way you love us. Help us remember that even small things can make a big difference. 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.