SUNDAY SCHOOL @ HOME – 13th Sunday after Pentecost/August 30, 2020
Bible Passage (for parents)
Follow Me (Matthew 16:21-28)
Last week Jesus had asked his disciples who people said that he was. They told him that some said he was John the Baptist, some said Elijah, some said he was Jeremiah or one of the other prophets. But then Jesus said, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter said that Jesus was the Messiah, the son of the living God. Jesus said that Peter was right. But then Jesus began to show his disciples that he was going to have to suffer, die, and then rise from the dead. Peter did like how that sounded. He said to Jesus, “This must never happen to you.” Jesus said, “If anyone wants to become my disciple, they must take up their cross and follow me.”
Watch this video together:
Peter didn’t want Jesus to have to suffer or die. But Jesus showed his disciples that he would suffer, die, and then through the power of God’s love be raised from the dead. Jesus said that if we want to be his disciple, we need to follow him. We can follow Jesus by doing the things he did and by doing the things that are important to Jesus. Jesus fed the hungry. He visited the sick. He included everyone. He forgave others. He loved everyone. We are called to be disciples of Jesus by doing these same things.
- What do you think it felt like to be Jesus’ friend and to know that he would suffer and be killed? How about knowing he would be raised from death to life?
- What are some of the things Jesus did and does now?
- How can you follow Jesus?
Every Move I Make. Sung by CJ and Friends. Dance along if you’d like!
Why not play a simple game like Simon Says or Follow the Leader? They are simple games, but they can remind us that that Jesus calls us to follow him. We do that not through silly games, but by loving others.
Follow the instructions to make Moon Dough. Mix equal parts hair conditioner and corn starch. Mix well. At some point, it will feel sticky enough that you will think it didn’t work. Keep mixing and in just a couple more minutes you will have Moon Dough. It is similar to Model Magic. You can wrap in plastic wrap or in a plastic bag to keep it from drying out. This is about following a recipe with instructions. Jesus hasn’t given us a recipe, but instead he has told us to love one another.
God claims us as God’s own through the waters of Holy Baptism and makes us part of God’s family forever. Nothing can change that. Because of God’s love for us, Jesus was born as a baby in Bethlehem, lived on earth, experienced the things we do, died on the cross, and then rose from death to life. Jesus calls us to follow him. He calls us to love others. We can follow his example of loving service. We can share what we have with others. We can include others and make sure that we love even those that others exclude. We can care for the earth by recycling and not wasting what God has provided. We can help everyone know that Jesus loves them.
- How can you share the love of Jesus with others?
Pray: Jesus, help us always remember how much you love us. Help us share your love with others. Help us follow you every day, everywhere, in every way. 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].