SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – 12th Sunday after Pentecost/August 23, 2020
Bible Passage (for parents)
Who Do You Say I Am? (Matthew 16:13-20)
Jesus was traveling with his disciples. He asked them a question. “Who do people say that I am?” Peter answered him. He said, “Some say you are John the Baptist (who was Jesus’ cousin and someone people were following). Some way Elijah, or Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” Jesus then asked a very different question, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter said, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” Watch today’s video as we think about the question Jesus asked and a question that might be asked of us or that we might ask ourselves.
Watch this video together:
Jesus asked his disciples a question, “Who do people say that I am?” Peter said that some said Jesus was John the Baptist, some said he was Elijah, some said he was Jeremiah, or one of the other prophets. Then Jesus asked, “Who do you say that I am?” That’s a totally different question. Peter answered that question by saying that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God. That was what Peter believed. It was Peter’s confession of faith. We confess our faith in worship by using the words of the Apostle’s Creed. We say we believe in God the Father Almighty… We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s Only Son, our Lord… and We believe in the Holy Spirit…(The Apostles Creed can be found here: http://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Apostles_Creed_Evangelical_Lutheran_Worship.pdf). Another question that is important is “Who are you?” The Bible tells us that we are children of God. And nothing can ever change that.
- Who do you believe Jesus is?
- Who does Jesus believe you are?
- Who are you?
Everybody. Everywhere. Sung by Jana Alayra.
Who Am I Project. Take a piece of plain paper. Write “Who Am I?” at the top. Using words, drawing pictures, or pictures from a magazine, (or a combination) answer that question. Answer some of these questions: What job would you like to do? What is something you’d like to try? Where would you like to visit? What are your hobbies? What pets do you have, if any? Who is in your family? What do you do at church? What are you good at? What are you proud of? What is something you’d like to learn to do? What would is something you’ve never done before? What is your favorite kind of music? What is your favorite food? Who is someone you look up to? What is a memorable event you’ve had? Use this as an opportunity to not only tell about yourself, but also to think about who you are and who you’d like to be.
Sometimes people who live in nursing homes are lonely. They can feel like people forget who they are. You can color a picture for them and it will be delivered to them by an organization called “Color a Smile.” The process is really very simple. Find out more about how it all works at https://colorasmile.org/volunteer/instructions—kids.html
Sometimes people call us names. Sometimes they say bad things about us. We can begin to believe the things that they say about us. In our gospel, Peter says that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. That is true. The Bible tells us that we are children of God. That is what we are. God claims us in the waters of Holy Baptism and makes us God’s own. We become part of God’s family forever. We are forgiven of our sins and we are given the gift of eternal life. Nothing can ever change that. Even when we make mistakes. Even when we are afraid. Even when we are sad. Even when bad things are happening in our world. We are God’s children. Jesus is always with us. Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love in Jesus. That is good news! News we want to share with everybody, everywhere!
- How does it feel to know that you are God’s own child?
- Have you ever felt that God didn’t love you? Why or why not?
- How can you be more confident knowing that you are God’s own child and nothing can ever change that?
Pray: God, we thank you claim us as your own. We are children of God. That is what we are. Help us to always remember that. No matter what we face, help us remember that we are yours and that you are always with us through Jesus. 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].