Sunday School @ Home for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost (July 19, 2020)

SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – 7th Sunday after Pentecost/July 19, 2020

Bible Passage (for parents)
The Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43)

Today Jesus tells another parable, or story designed to teach us something. In this story, a farmer plants some wheat. Someone else, who intends evil, plants weeds. The wheat and the weeds are mixed together.

Watch this video together:

Read:
The wheat and the weeds grow together. Good and bad grow side by side. We can’t always tell by what’s on the outside what is good and what is bad. But God can tell. God knows us. God knows what is in our hearts. God knows our names. God loves us. God calls us to love others. We can leave judging others up to God.

Discuss:
When was a time when you judged someone unfairly?
When was a time when you were judged unfairly?

Song
Jesus Loves Me by the Go Fish Guys. We’ve had this one before. I love their version and can’t get enough of it!

 

Activity
Watch the Veggie Tales movie “Larry Boy and the Rumor Weed” together.

It can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF03HKoSlF4.

Activity
Since we are talking about wheat and weeds, why not go on a nature scavenger hunt? Download this sheet to guide you:

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For older kids, consider downloading the iNaturalist app and encourage them to use the app to help identify the plants, trees, tracks, and creatures they discover.

Discuss
In this parable, Jesus teaches us that good and bad sometimes exist together. Martin Luther said that each of us is a saint and a sinner at the very same time. That means that we are both good and bad at the same time. It isn’t our job to judge if someone is good or bad, but that is God’s job. The good news is that God knows us inside and out, even knows our names, and God forgives us and loves us.
When is a time you did something bad? How did you feel?
When is a time when someone forgave you? How did you feel?
When is a time when you forgave someone? How did you feel?

Closing Prayer
Pray: God, you know us inside and out. Thank you for loving us so much that nothing can ever separate us from your love. Help us love others and not judge them. 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 protected].

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