SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – 9th Sunday after Pentecost/August 2, 2020
Bible Passage (for parents)
Jesus Feeds 5000 (Matthew 14:13-21)
Jesus performed amazing miracles for many people. He prayed for people to hear and see again, helped people walk, and even raised people from the dead! Watch one amazing miracle where Jesus feeds over 5,000 people.
Watch this video together:
The people didn’t know where their lunch was going to come from. Jesus’ disciples didn’t know either. But Jesus took just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, blessed and broke it, and feed it to the crowd of more than 5000 people. Everyone had enough to eat. In fact, when everyone was finished, Jesus’ disciples collected the leftovers and there were 12 baskets full!
- When was a time you were really, really hungry?
- Tell about a time that God help you.
- What surprises you most about this story?
This Little Light of Mine.
Create decorative fish. Cut a fish shape out of a paper plate or some other kind of stiff paper. Cover it with tinfoil. Decorate the tin foil with markers. It is simple, but can look very nice and be a reminder of Jesus feeding more than 5000 with just 5 loaves and 2 fish.
Grab a set of dominoes or jenga blocks or anything you can make a domino tumble line with and give the kids 3 minutes to set out as long a domino tumble as they can make. You may not be able to have 5,000 in your tumble line, but see how many you can get!
Jesus was speaking to a large crowd in what’s called a deserted place. The people were hungry. There was nowhere to get food. Jesus took what they had: two fish and five loaves of bread and he fed the more than 5000 people. When everyone was full, Jesus’ disciples collected the leftovers and there were 12 baskets full. Jesus took what was available, as ordinary as it was, and did something amazing with it. Jesus saw the need that people had and he provided for them. Not much has changed since then. Jesus still works with ordinary things and he still provides for us.
- What are some reasons Jesus might work with ordinary people and things when he does miracles?
- What do you need Jesus’ help with this week?
- What’s one ordinary thing about you that God could use in big ways?
Pray: Jesus, you take ordinary things and ordinary people and do amazing things. Thank you for loving us and providing for us. Be with us always. Protect and keep us. 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.