SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – 5th Sunday after Pentecost/July 5, 2020
Bible Passage (for parents)
Rest (Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30)
Jesus says that everyone who is weary (or who is really tired) or who is carrying a heavy burden (or is facing something difficult), can come to him and he will give them rest. Let’s see what pictures some other kids drew after they heard this story and then hear the story from the Bible.
Watch this video together:
Sometimes things are hard. When things are hard, we can feel tired. When things are hard, we can feel alone. Jesus tells us that when we are tired or when we are facing difficult or hard things that we can come to him and he will give us rest. Jesus’ words remind us that no matter where we are, no matter what happens to us, we are not alone. Jesus is always with us. In Holy Baptism, through water and God’s word, we are made part of God’s family forever.
- What makes you tired?
- What do you do when you are tired?
- What is something hard you are facing now or have faced in the past?
Come to Me: Matthew 11:28-30. This song is by an artist known only as “rladbsi” on YouTube.
Lyrics: “Come to Me all who toil and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (RcV Bible)
This is a simple game. Spread out so no one is touching one another. When music is started, everyone should dance non-stop. Move around the room if you’d like. When the music stops, everyone must drop to the ground and relax. You can pretend to sleep, or just close your eyes and smile. When the music starts up again, dance around again.
Jesus tells us to come to him and he will give us rest.
This simple craft can be done with beads, elbow macaroni, scraps of crumpled paper, or something else you have handy.
Jesus says that those who are weary and carrying heavy burdens can come to him and he will give them rest. Elsewhere in the Bible it says that we can give our burdens, those difficult things we face, to Jesus because he cares for us. Jesus does care for us. Jesus loves us and wants what is best for us. We can experience Jesus’ love through others, like moms and dads or grandparents or siblings or others. We can also share Jesus’ love with others so that they know they are not alone.
- When have you felt alone?
- Who do you know that is facing something difficult?
- How can you show someone Jesus loves them and they are not alone?
Pray: God, thank you for making us your own through Holy Baptism. Thank you for your Son, Jesus. Help us remember that Jesus is always with us. Help us to show others that they are not alone and that Jesus loves them and is with them, too. 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 email@example.com.